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Bagunas, Oita suffer revenge sweep as Santiago, Saitama fall short in 5-setter

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Bagunas, Oita suffer revenge sweep as Santiago, Saitama fall short in 5-setter

EVEN RECORD. Jaja Santiago and the Saitama Ageo Medics drop to 5-5 in the women's division.

Philippine National Volleyball Federation

Bryan Bagunas' Oita Miyoshi and Jaja Santiago's Saitama Ageo Medics fall to their respective opponents in the Japan V. League

The JTEKT Stings exacted revenge on Oita Miyoshi with an emphatic straight-sets sweep, 25-18, 28-26, 25-18, in the Japan V. League on Sunday, November 21.

Coming off a heroic five-set win the previous day to snap a seven-game losing streak, Filipino star spiker Bryan Bagunas did his best to carry the team with 12 points, all off attacks, while fellow reinforcement Emerson Rodriguez led the loss with 16 markers.

Only five players scored for the Stings, but it was clearly enough to get the job done, as Felipe Fonteles led the way with 16 points off 12 attacks, 2 blocks, and 2 aces.

Oita, who slid two spots down to ninth place in the 10-team division, now looks to improve its 2-8 record with a win against eighth-placer JT Thunders Hiroshima on Saturday, November 27.

Over in the women’s division, Jaja Santiago and the Saitama Ageo Medics took the long route to a loss as they suffered a five-set heartbreak, 26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 18-25, 15-11, at the hands of the Denso Airybees.

The 6-foot-5 star blocker paced the losing effort as Ageo went down to a 5-5 record with 23 points off 18 attacks, 4 blocks, and 1 ace, while teammate Uchiseto Mami added 15 markers off 13 attacks, 1 block, and 1 ace.

Four players breached double-digit scoring from the winners’ side, led by Hyodo Yuki’s 20 points, one day after they lost in four sets to the Medics.

Saitama now aims to avoid a big upset loss next Saturday, as they face the winless Toyota Auto Body Queenseis. – Rappler.com