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Espejo, Tokyo repeat over Bagunas, Oita as Santiago, Ageo fall in V. League

Delfin Dioquino
Espejo, Tokyo repeat over Bagunas, Oita as Santiago, Ageo fall in V. League

WIN STREAK. Marck Espejo and FC Tokyo begin to pick up steam after enduring a 0-6 start to the season.

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Marck Espejo and FC Tokyo follow up their sweep over Bryan Bagunas and Oita Miyoshi with another swift win in the Japan V. League

Marck Espejo and FC Tokyo reasserted their mastery over Bryan Bagunas and Oita Miyoshi for their second straight victory in the Japan V. League on Saturday, November 6.

Espejo fired 11 points off 8 attacks and 2 blocks as Tokyo followed up its sweep of Oita on Friday with another swift win, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23, at the Showa Denko Martial Arts Sports Center.

Norwegian import Jonas Kvalen topscored for Tokyo anew with 18 points, punishing Oita with 16 attacks.

The crushing defeat marked another quiet outing for Bagunas, who got limited to just 1 point.

Enduring six straight losses to start the season, Tokyo begins to pick up steam as it improved to 2-6 and climbed to seventh place, overtaking JT Thunders by virtue of earning more points.

On the other hand, Oita absorbed their seventh straight defeat and remained at ninth place with a 1-7 card, in peril of getting relegated and losing its Division 1 spot.

Meanwhile, Jaja Santiago and the Saitama Ageo Medics were sent crashing back to earth following a straight-sets loss to Hisamitsu Springs in the women’s league.

Coming off a sweep win over the PFU Blue Cats a week ago, Ageo found itself back on the losing track as Hisamitsu cruised to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 triumph at the Panasonic Arena.

Santiago chalked up 7 points in the loss, which was the Medics’ third over the last four games.

Ageo dropped to 3-4 for seventh place, while Hisamitsu hiked its record to 6-1 for second place, just behind the 7-0 JT Marvelous.

The Medics seek redemption against Hisamitsu when they meet again on Sunday, November 7, as Tokyo tries to make it three wins in a row against JT Thunders on Friday, November 12.

Oita will have a two-week break before it tries to snap its skid against JTEKT Stings on November 20. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.