No jitters: Mau shines in first PSL Finals stint, tows F2 past Cignal

Kalei Mau didn’t disappoint on her first Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) gold medal battle stint.

Showing no Finals jitters, Mau towed F2 Logistics to a 25-21, 26-24, 18-25, 16-25, 15-8, victory over Cignal in the Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series of the PSL All Filipino Conference 2019 yesterday.

The 24-year old outside hitter provided the big punches for the Cargo Movers as they avoided meltdown to inch closer to their second All-Filipino crown.

The Fil-Hawaiin tower scattered 27 tallies, connecting 25-out-of-68 kills off a 36.76 percent conversion rate paired with a block and an ace to power the Ramil de Jesus-mentored squad past the gutsy Cignal.

After bagging the first two frames, F2 Logistics faced bigger adversity in the next two as Cignal came back to life leaning on Janine Navarro, Alohi Robins-Hardy and Mylene Paat to force an extension.

But while her teammates struggled with floor defense and getting past the HD Spikers’ blockings, Mau played consistently and almost single-handedly lift the ladies in yellow during the two lopsided frames.

Come fifth set, though, Mau received support from the rest of F2 Logistics, who zoomed to a 13-6 blitz and never looked back to draw first blood.

Ara Galang, Kim Majoy Baron and Kim Dy came up with 11, 11 and nine markers, respectively, for the Cargo Movers.

On the other side of the net, Navarro led the charge with 16 points followed by Jovelyn Gonzaga’s 12 and Robins-Hardy’s 11.

Producing seven fewer attacks as opposed to Cignal’s 57, F2 Logistics had the edge in blocks (10-7) and aces (11-7) whilst committing more errors (35-30).

Game 2 of the Finals is on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

(Image from Facebook/F2 Logistics)

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