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Jaja Santiago bags 1st international pro volleyball title

Beatrice Go
Jaja Santiago bags 1st international pro volleyball title

V CUP CHAMPION. Jaja Santiago and the Ageo Medics are crowned the 2021 V Cup champions.

Photo from Jaja Santiago's Instagram

Philippine volleyball star Jaja Santiago bags the Japan V Cup title with the Ageo Medics

Jaja Santiago made history as the first Filipino volleyball player to win a professional title overseas in the Japan V.League V Cup on Sunday, March 28, at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Playing for the Saitama Ageo Medics, Santiago propelled the team to defeat NEC Red Rockets in 4 sets, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17, for the gold.

Santiago chipped in 11 points off 9 attacks and 2 blocks in the victory that sealed the team’s seven-game sweep of the 2021 V Cup tournament.

The Filipina stalwart and her team were able to rebound from their previous 5th place finish where they fell short of the semifinals of Japan’s top tier volleyball tournament.

Last year, Santiago was able to lead the Ageo Medics to a V. League bronze medal, making her the first Filipino volleyball player to land a podium finish in an international pro league. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.