All eyes will be on Kalei Mau when the Philippine women’s national volleyball team battles Indonesia in the 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix today at the Terminal 21 Mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Coming off a 12-day training camp that included a set of tuneup matches, Mau will try to rally her troop against the Indonesians at 3 p.m. (Manila time) in the opening day of the three-day tourney.
Mau, the 6-foot-2, Fil-Hawaiin outside hitter who took the country by storm following her arrival last year, is tipped to be at the forefront of the national team’s offense with the absence of Alyssa Valdez and the Santiago sisters.
Valdez injured her right ankle days prior to her flight with the PVL stars to Thailand, hindering her from joining the camp and participating in the tournament.
Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, meanwhile, are now in Japan with their respective clubs preparing for the 2019-2020 Japanese V.Premiere League.
But Mau will not be left alone to carry the scoring load as the Nationals will also parade last year’s breakthrough performer Mylene Paat and UAAP standouts Eya Laure and Maddie Madayag.
PSL champions Aby Maraño, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili, Ces Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Jovelyn Gonzaga are also expected to perform along with Alohi Robins-Hardy, Jia Morado, Kath Arado and Roselyn Doria.
The Nationals will test their mettle against 2017 SEA Games silver medalists Indonesia, who will lean on Amalia Fajrina Nabila, Novia Adriyanti and Wilda Siti Nurfhadilah as the Manganang sisters will not be seeing action.
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