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Bagunas-led Oita snaps skid as Santiago; Ageo starts win streak

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Bagunas-led Oita snaps skid as Santiago; Ageo starts win streak

SKID SNAPPED. Oita Miyoshi win again after a seven-game losing streak.

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Bryan Bagunas and Oita Miyoshi survive the JTEKT Stings, while Jaja Santiago and the Ageo Medics topple the Denso Airybees in women's action

Oita Miyoshi snapped a seven-game long run of futility in the Japan V. League as it grinded out a rousing five-set comeback, 25-23, 11-25, 12-25, 25-22, 15-13, against the JTEKT Stings on Saturday, November 20.

After mustering just 1 point against FC Tokyo and fellow Filipino star spiker Marck Espejo, Bryan Bagunas came off fresh from a two-week break, and dropped 23 points off 19 attacks, 3 blocks, and 1 ace.

Fellow import Emerson Rodriguez likewise tallied 23 markers, while Kento Miyaura led the JTEKT losing effort also with 23 points.

Oita remained in ninth place with a 2-7 record, while JTEKT dropped to sixth at 5-4 in the 10-team division.

Jaja Santiago also emerged victorious on the women’s side after the Saitama Ageo Medics dropped the Denso Airybees in four sets, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17, 25-22.

The reigning Premier Volleyball League (PVL) champion and MVP continued her double-digit scoring streak with a team-high 17 points off 14 attacks and 3 blocks.

Teammate Yuka Sato likewise chipped in 17 markers in the balanced attack as five Medics scored at least 12 points.

Roslandy Acosta, meanwhile, led all scorers with 23 points in the loss.

Saitama rose to a 5-4 record at seventh place, while Denso dropped to 6-3 at fifth in the 12-team fold.

Both Bagunas and Santiago immediately return to action on Sunday, November 21, in rematches with their respective opponents. –