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Kalei Mau catches fire late, helps United VC rally past Sta. Lucia

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Tiebreaker Times Kalei Mau catches fire late, helps United VC rally past Sta. Lucia News PSL Volleyball  Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani United VC Taira Robins-Hardy Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors Molly Lohman Kalei Mau Joshua Ylaya Casey Schoenlein Bang Pineda Babes Castillo 2019 PSL Season 2019 PSL Grand Prix
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Behind by two sets, the United Volleyball Club found their groove and leaned on captain Kalei Mau to finish off the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors, 12-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-9, in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

After two dismal sets to open the match, UVC found the right mix on the court in the third frame, slotting in Shar Manu-Olevao, who arrived late Friday evening. The rejuvenated UVC took all the momentum from there, picking off the dazed Lady Realtors.

The fifth set wound to an 8-all draw, setting up Mau’s heroics. The Fil-American spiker powered in seven straight points, including the match-clinching smash past two Lady Realtors.

Mau and import Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani each finished with 22 points. Olevao added eight markers, and head coach Joshua Ylaya credited her as the difference-maker.

“Having her (Olevao) there allowed us to have another threat on the wings. She gave us a really good advantage,” said Ylaya who picked up his first win as a head coach.

Casey Schoenlein topped the Lady Realtors with 19 points, while fellow import Molly Lohman added 17.

UVC (1-1) next take on the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers (0-0) next Tuesday at the same venue. Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia (1-1) also face the Cargo Movers on Thursday.


The Scores

UVC (3) Bedart-Ghani 22, Mau 22, Manu-Olevao 8, Tiu 4, Robins-Hardy 3, Angustia 2, Palec 2, Ahomiro 1, Tejada 1, Barroga 0, Pineda (L)

Sta. Lucia (2) – Schoenleon 19, Lohman 17, Lastimosa 14, Villanueva 11, Austero 7, Rivera 3, De Leon 1, Maraguinot 0, Raslan 0, Catindig (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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