LIPA, BATANGAS CITY — Kalei Mau will be suiting up in the second season of the Athletes Unlimited in the United States this coming March 2022.
And expect the 26-year-old Filipino-American hitter to represent the Philippines with pride in the upcoming Athletes Unlimited this coming March.
“I will definitely rep the Philippines when I play there because now I am a Philippine federation volleyball player,” said Mau, moments after F2 Logistics’ historical win in the PNVF Champions League.
Athletes United is a women’s professional indoor volleyball league in the US wherein players are drafted into different teams on a weekly basis.
Mau knows the country’s passion for volleyball having experienced it during her time in the Philippine Superliga.
That’s why she’s very much excited to represent the country on her new journey.
“Everyone’s gonna know that and I’m gonna represent us very well and yeah, it’s just a lot to play for. Lot of pride and a whole country and my island behind me so I’m really excited to do that,” she said.
Being the first player with Filipino lineage to play in the Athletes Unlimited, the National team stalwart hopes that her new path can open multiple avenues for other players from the Philippines.
“It’s the first US pro league and this is gonna be the second season there and I’m gonna be the first Filipino to play in that league and I really hope that I can open that avenue for other Filipino players,” said Mau.
“Like I said, I have a lot to represent and play as a Filipino for the first time, well second time I played in Puerto Rico as a Filipino player. It’s a huge thing to play for,” she added.
Mau also assured that she remains committed to F2 and will join the team as soon as she finished her duties with Athletes Unlimited.
“I’m still gonna be with F2 as soon as I’m done with the US pro league which should be done late April, I’ll return back to the Philippines and start training with F2 as soon as we start having training.”