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Mau answers call of duty

Kalei Mau will be in uniform when the national team sees action in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

In a social media post, the Filipino-Hawaiian star confirmed her participation, saying that she will fly to Thailand from the United States to vie in the prestigious interclub event set from 1 to 7 October.

Seeing action for the Nationals means a lot to Mau, who was named as Most Valuable Player for F2 Logistics before the Philippine Superliga took a break last year.

In fact, she was set to compete in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019, but she was ruled out at the last minute after falling short of the required minimum two-year residency.

But everything is now a thing of the past as the power-hitting former Arizona superstar had already processed all the required documents, including her transfer of federation from the United States Volleyball Association to the Philippine National Volleyball Federation.

Now, she is ready to see action in what is regarded as the toughest and most prestigious volleyball tourney this year.

“I’ll be home in Ohau on Sunday and I can’t wait to see my Ohana (family) and friends,” said Mau, who just finished a fruitful stint for Changas de Naranjito in Puerto Rico.

“So I’m going to be home for the month, right? And I’m gonna be training and I’m going to Thailand to join the national team of the Philippines to play in the AVC.”

Mau’s inclusion will be a major boost to the national squad.

With prized opposite Jaja Santiago out, Mau will play a key role in the national team that will bank on the experience of skipper Aby Maraño, Dindin Manabat, Rhea Dimaculangan, Tin Tiamzon, Dawn Macandili, Iris Tolenada, Kianna Dy, Ria Meneses, Major Baron, Dell Palomata, MJ Philips and Mylene Paat.

The squad also has rising stars in Mhicaela Belen, Jen Nierva, Bernadett Pepito, Kamille Cal, Eya Laure, Faith Nisperos, Ivy Lacsina and Imee Hernandez.

The federation later added new faces like Kat Tolentino and Deanna Wong together with Jema Galanza.

The federation said the pool will be divided into two teams for the Asian Club tourney, but Daily Tribune sources stressed that Team A will be composed of senior players while Team B will be bannered by developmental players.

Still, Liao said the final decision depends on Brazilian consultant Jorge Edson Souza de Brito and head coach Odjie Mamon.

The coaches will have the final say. We cannot meddle with their decision,” he said.

“They know better. It’s their job.”

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