Mau lifts UVC past Sta. Lucia
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 20, 2019 02:43 AM
United VC outlasted Sta. Lucia Realty in five sets to barge in the win column.
Fil-American Kalei Mau exploded in the closing stretch of the fifth set to power United VC to a thrilling come-from-behind 12-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-9, win over Sta. Lucia Realty Tuesday in the 2019 Philippine Superliga at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
With the deciding frame tied at 8-8, the Hawaiian spiker took matters on her own hands as she fired seven of the game’s last eight points for UVC’s first win in two games.
Mau finished with 22 points off 19 attacks, two kill blocks and an ace while tallying 15 digs and eight excellent receptions for an all-around game.
“That’s just being Kalei,” said UVC head coach Joshua Ylaya. “One of the things that we want to remind her, well, she really wants to play for the national team. We tell her that this is the stage that all eyes are on her, she has to prove that she deserves to be in the national team. And how can she do that? She has to be not naman dominant but she has to show everyone that she can excel on all aspects of the game not just scoring.”
Mau broke an 8-8 fifth set game with three straight crosscourt missiles before scoring an off speed hit. She followed it up with another crosscourt hit before scoring a kill block to put UVC at match point.
Marge Tejada committed an error in the next play before Mau sealed the deal by breaking the Lady Realtors three-man block.
“All I thought about was all the chances I was given throughout this match. Obviously, I didn't start it strong as I usually can. But, just knowing that I had the opportunity to finish it for my team, I couldn't let that up,” said Mau. “I'm really happy that everyone worked together and allowed me to finish.”
American import Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani posted 22 points while reinforcement Shar Lata Manu-Olevao had eight for UVC.
American imports Casey Schoenlein and Molly Lohman finished with 19 and 17 markers, respectively, while Amanda Villanueva got 11 for the Lady Realtors.
Meanwhile, American imports Katherine Bell and Stephanie Niemer made a rousing debut as Petron made short work of PLDT Home Fibr, 25-19, 25-9, 25-10, in the first game.
Bell led the charge with 15 points and 10 digs while Niemer scattered nine spikes, three aces and a pair of blocks for 14 hits in their win that lasted for one hour and 26 minutes.
Import Grace Lazard was the lone bright spot for PLDT with 14 points while her fellow reinforcement, Kendra Dahlke, only had four markers as her team gave up 24 errors in her debut.
In the night cap, F2 Logistics debuted with 26-24, 21-25, 25-21, 25-14, win over Cignal behind American import BEcky Perry's 22 points and Michelle Morente's 15 markers.
Reinforcement Erica Wilson saw her 29-point effort go down the drain for the HD Spikers.