Hard-hitting Kalei Mau cannot wait to take another crack at the vaunted wall of Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat-Santiago.
However, the 6-foot-2 outside hitter knows that power alone won’t be enough to scale the Santiago siblings-led Foton come the semifinals of the 2019 PSL All Filipino Conference on Tuesday.
“I love playing against them! They are awesome,” said the Fil-Hawaiian Mau about the towering sisters. “I love the [Foton] team. They worked really hard [and have] great defense.
“I got to step it up, I got to be smarter as a hitter. I can’t rely upon just some power.”
But besides a more tactical approach on offense, Mau also said that she and F2 Logistics should put a premium on their defense.
After all, the Tornadoes do not only boast of an arsenal that not only features the twin towers; they also have the likes of Marian Buitre, Elaine Kasilag, Shaya Adorador, and Eya Laure.
“We got to play defense. I got my blocks in, I’ve been really trying to work hard on that, trying to press over the net,” the National team stalwart said.
“I really wanna be better defensively at the net for my team.”
Mau and her F2 Logistics come armed with a twice-to-beat advantage against Foton in the crucial bout. But she vowed that they will take the necessary steps to get the job done and will not fall into complacency.
“Like anything else, we just have to prepare really hard,” she shared.
“We got to go as hard as we can. We got to play our game, stick to what we know. And it’s really important that we just play clean volleyball.”