In what could be a reference to her being out of the national team for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Kalei Mau in a tweet Friday night reaffirmed her desire to play for the Philippines regardless of the circumstances.
In a lone tweet a few hours after reports confirmed her ineligibility to suit up for the tricolors in the biennial meet this month, the 24-year old seemed to renew her commitment to the squad despite the most recent roadblock.
“It’s my passion for the game that has brought to where I am today and nothing/no one can take that away from me. No matter what jersey I have on, I’ll always play for this country,” she wrote.
Prior to this tweet, the Fil-Hawaiin outside hitter reposted a tweet from a fan that said she deserves to be in the national team.
Mau, the prolific scorer from the US NCAA playing for the University of Arizona, failed to secure clearance from the United States Volleyball Association to play for the Philippines.
The 6-foot-2 spiker also did not meet the 2-year residency required by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) for an athlete requesting to change Federation.
With these, Mau was ruled out of the national team that already lost the services of Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat (schedule conflict between Japanese V.Premiere League and SEA Games) and Alohi Robins-Hardy (passport issues) in its quest to end a 14-year medal drought in the said tournament.
She will be replaced by Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, who was previously listed as a reserve, in the lineup that still has Alyssa Valdez, Majoy Baron, Mylene Paat, Jia Morado and Dawn Macandili.
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