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Santiago, Ageo avert upset as Bagunas, Espejo suffer sweeps

JR Isaga
Santiago, Ageo avert upset as Bagunas, Espejo suffer sweeps

WINNING WAYS. Jaja Santiago and Ageo look to complete a weekend sweep.

Japan V. League

Jaja Santiago helps the Saitama Ageo Medics march back to a winning record in the Japan V. League

Jaja Santiago and the Saitama Ageo Medics got back to their winning ways in the Japan V. League off a four-set win, 25-19, 25-21, 18-25, 25-16, against the winless Toyota Auto Body Queenseis on Saturday, November 27.

The reigning Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Finals MVP gave way to hotter hands in this game as she finished with 9 points off 8 attacks and 1 ace.

Mami Uchiseto and Lorenne Teixeira led the way for Saitama with 17 markers apiece, while Yuka Sato added 13 points, all off attacks.

With the Medics now back to a winning record at 6-5 in sixth place, they move on to their Sunday, November 28 rematch at 1 pm, Manila time, against a Queenseis side eager to snap an 11-game losing streak.

The men’s side, meanwhile, failed to experience the same winning energy as both Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas suffered sweep losses at the hands of their respective opponents.

Espejo’s celebration after nabbing an All-Star citation turned to be short-lived as his FC Tokyo team got rocked by the Toray Arrows in a 25-20, 25-21, 25-18 sweep.

Jonas Kvalen and Yuma Nagatomo were the only players who breached double-digit scoring in the quick loss with 11 points apiece, while Espejo fell one point shy at 9 markers off 7 attacks, 1 block, and 1 ace.

Oita Miyoshi likewise failed to nab a set on Saturday, albeit in a more heartbreaking fashion as the JT Thunders Hiroshima scrapped hard for their latter two frames in the 25-19, 28-26, 30-28 win.

Bagunas fared no better than his fellow star spiker over at Tokyo as he finished with 9 points off 8 attacks and 1 block. Kenta Koga and Kota Yamada led the sorry loss with 17 and 14 markers, respectively.

FC Tokyo now holds a 3-8 record at eighth place in the 10-team field, followed by Oita at ninth with a 2-9 slate.

Both Espejo and Bagunas now hope for better outings in their respective Sunday rematches against the same opponents. Oita and Hiroshima will be up first at 12 pm, while Tokyo and Toray are slated for a 2 pm match. –