KALEI Mau delivered seven straight points that completed United Volleyball Club’s comeback from a two-set deficit to stun Sta. Lucia in five sets, 12-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-9, and earn its first win in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Holding a precarious 9-8 lead in the fifth set, Mau unleashed the last seven points that put UVC in the win column bouncing back from a four-set loss to Foton last Saturday’s opener at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Fil-Am outside spiker finished with 22 points off 19 spikes, two blocks and an ace including 15 digs and eight excellent receptions as UVC improved to 1-1 win-loss record tied with its victim, Sta. Lucia.
“Well, that’s just Kalei being Kailei,” said UVC head coach Joshua Ylaya. “One of the things that we try to remind her is she really wants to play for the national team and we tell her that this is the stage that all eyes are on her.”
“I think what really worked on that set, the team was working as one unit already so they already know what each one of them needs to do, kaya si Kalei alam din niya kung ano yung role niya sa loob mas nagampanan niya,” Ylaya added.
Import Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani also had 22 hits, while other reinforcement Shar Manu-Olevao had eight markers. Fil-Am setter Taira Robins-Hardy made 34 excellent sets.
UVC will have one week to prepare before taking on F2 Logistics on Tuesday next week
Imports Casey Schoenlein and Molly Lohman led the Lady Realtors with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Pamela Lastimosa had 14 hits, while Amanda Villanueva added 11 markers and had 12 digs.
Sta. Lucia, which failed to duplicate its five-set win over Generika-Ayala last Saturday, try to bounce back against F2 Logistics on Thursday.