FIL-AM spiker Kalei Mau seeks to regain top form after recovering from an arm injury and give Cocolife a timely boost in the 2018 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.
Although her debut for the Asset Managers ended in a loss to defending champions Petron Blaze Spikers, 18-25, 15-25, 18-25, last Tuesday, Mau was delighted to play her first game in Philippine soil.
“Wow I think this is such a good environment to play in,” said Cocolife’s new recruit, who dropped 13 points including 11 digs in her Philippine debut.
The Hawaii native, who played in Minnesota and Arizona in college, is ready to embrace the role of being the go-to-scorer of the Asset Managers
“Definitely all the teams that I played for, I’ve been an offensive leader and I like that. It actually pushes me to be better, I play well under pressure,” said Mau, who played for Mayaguez Indios in Puerto Rico from 2016-2017 before seeing action with Nantes Volley-Ball in France last year.
“I just really have to be mindful though of the injury that I’m trying to come back from. I don’t want to blow it. This is my first game. I just wanna keep progressing.”
The 6-foot-1 outside hitter admitted she is still not 100 percent healthy after suffering a dislocated arm during her time in the French league.
The goal is to get better each day, she added.
“Definitely I held myself to a higher standard because this is my first game back and I don’t want to go crazy and hurt myself,” Mau said. “I’m really still focused on making a full recovery and everyday I get the opportunity to step on the court, I want to get a little bit better.”
Mau’s main goal is to give the young Asset Managers a boost in confidence.
“My first goal really is to get a hundred percent swinging. And then my second most important goal also is to get this team the confidence that they need and that they deserve,” she said.
“Each individual is really a hardworking player. Everyday in the gym, we’re working very hard and so I really want them to bring that game that we have in the practice gym onto the court because I don’t think we’re not less than any team in the PSL.”