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No Turkish stint for Mau



Kalei Mau is not going anywhere – not yet.

Mau on Wednesday clarified that she has yet to formally reach a deal with a Turkish club, making her available to see action for anybody who is interested to tap her services.

No less than the leadership of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) circulated the news that Mau will be competing in Turkey.

In a radio interview over the weekend, the federation said the Filipino-American spiker will campaign in Europe following an impressive stint for the national squad in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima last week.

She, however, remains committed to the national team program and would see action in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in China in May and, probably, the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou in March.

But Mau branded the statement as “fake news.”

“One thing I’ll never understand is the spreading of fake news. I haven’t even mentioned ‘Turkey’ at all,” Mau said in a post on social media.

“I don’t want to be getting a call from my mom, hearing her say: Baby, oh my God. Why you didn’t tell us? I am very transparent with my Mama. I don’t make decisions without them going over the pros and cons.”

Seeing action overseas is nothing new for the power-hitting spiker from Hawaii.

In fact, after a stellar collegiate career for University of Arizona, she played for French club Volleyball Nantes before campaigning for Puerto Rican team Indias de Mayaguez.

Then, she joined Cocolife and United Volleyball Club before competing for F2 Logistics in the Philippine Superliga, where she won the Most Valuable Player honors in the All-Filipino Conference in 2019.

When the pandemic broke out, she returned to Puerto Rico in which she donned the colors of Changas de Naranjito before joining the Nationals in the AVC tourney.

Now, she’s back in the country and ready to compete until the end of the year.

But the Turkish stint is far from true.

“There’s many others I’m hearing that could possibly be closing other offers from team that I’m taking to. Like ‘oh, give up she already committed somewhere.’ No, I didn’t. I’m available,” she said.

“I’ll let you know my rate and if you’re not in a bubble season, I’m interested.”