Kalei Mau admitted that she’s facing uncertainty once her stint in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship is finally over.
The Filipino-American spiker said she doesn’t have any contract at the moment and she would be a free agent as soon as she wraps up her commitment with the national women’s volleyball team in the prestigious Asian tourney set from 1 to 7 October in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Mau, a 6-foot-1 power hitter, is one of the world’s best players.
She played for the Arizona Wildcats in the Division I of the US National Collegiate Athletic Association and strut her stuff in Puerto Rico and France before landing in the Philippines to play as a local star for United Volleyball Club (UVC) in the Philippine Superliga (PSL).
When UVC disbanded, Mau moved to F2 Logistics and emerged as one of the league’s best players in which she won the Most Valuable Player award in the All-Filipino Conference before the league took a break last year.
She flew back to the United States and landed a contract with Las Changas de Naranjito at the Liga de Voleibol Superior Femenino in Puerto Rico where she played as an import.
She led her club to the semifinals, but bowed to Sanjuaneras de la Capital in a grueling five-set battle, 25-12, 25-17, 22-25, 21-25, 13-15, last 8 August.
Now that her tour of duty is over, she will fly straight to Thailand to power Choco Mucho in the Asian Club without any idea of what the future holds after that.
“I feel that it has a lot to do with uncertainty and my next step. Like I’m working really hard when I am preparing for something specific and I am getting ready for this tournament in Thailand but after that, it’s like ‘what’s next,’” Mau said.
“Granted, I don’t have an agent so I don’t have somebody to sit down and talk to and listen like ‘this is what is best for your career and your next step.’ So the decision will be solely based on my current situation, where I’m at presently. I’ve been talking with my mom, my dad and my boyfriend but really, it’s up to me and my happiness.”
Mau will power Choco Mucho together with fellow veterans in Iris Tolenada, MJ Phillips, Tin Tiamzon, Kat Tolentino, Mylene Paat, Kianna Dy, Ria Meneses, Majoy Baron, Dell Palomata, Deanna Wong and Dawn Macandili.
National team head coach Odjie Mamon will call the shots for Choco Mucho, which is in Pool A with host Nakhon Ratchasima of Thailand and Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan.
Mau added that if she decides to join another team in the future, she has to make sure that it is the right choice and she will not lose her love for the game.
“I don’t want to lock myself into a contract and then we are not playing in front of fans, the competition level is not what I expected and the training is too much, my body hurts and I lose my love for the game. I don’t want that,” Mau said.
“All I can do is to stay positive, optimistic and just be thankful I’m alive to feel emotions.”