KALEI Mau and import Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani combined for 28 points to spark United Volleyball Club in taking down skidding Cignal, 14-25, 25-21, 25-21, 26-24, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Mau and Ghani unleashed 19 points apiece to lift United VC from a first-set loss before adding more frustrations to the HD Spikers, who absorbed a third straight loss despite the 29-point explosion of import Erica Wilson.
Ghani provided the back-to-back match-clinching spikes that completed their fourth set comeback from a 21-23 deficit to cap her tremendous performance of 14 kills, three blocks and an ace.
Mau nailed 18 attacks for her 19 points and also took care of the floor with 14 digs and as many as excellent receptions as UVC bounced back from a three-set loss to F2 Logistics last week and improved to 5-4 record at fourth place.
“I’m proud of how the girls stayed composed. The girls talked among themselves, Yassi and Kalei were saying let’s throw that first set away forget about it,” UVC head coach Joshua Ylaya said. “We’re starting zero-zero again, that was a fluke. Let’s start anew and I’m glad that they responded right away.”
Amy Ahomiro was the unsung hero for UVC in the crucial stretch as she was on point from the service line when they were down 21-23 in the fourth set before Tai Manu-Olevao scored back-to-back hits to tie the set. Wilson put Cignal at set point but an error from Ana Artemeva and the winning hits of Ghani allowed UVC to escape with a win.