Jaja Santiago’s 23 points not enough to lift Saitama

Jaja Santiago of the Saitama Ageo Medics in the Japan V.League. Photo by Saitama Ageo Medics

MANILA, Philippines — Jaja Santiago’s big game was in vain as Saitama failed to complete his comeback in a loss to Denso, 24-26, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, 11-15 , in their second consecutive meeting in the 2021-22 Japan V.League season on Sunday at KitaGas Arena Gym 46 in Sapporo.

The Ageo Medics, who made two comers in the game with a two-game winning streak, won against the Airybees on Saturday, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17, 25-22, but were unable to continue their momentum in this last stages of the match.

Denso quickly took an 8-3 lead in the fifth set before the Ageo Medics came within two, 11-9.

The Airybees, however, calmed the storm and held their own in the closing stages.

Santiago finished with a game-high 23 points to lead Saitama, who fell to a 5-5 record for a sixth-place tie with the PFU Bluecats, while Mami Uchiseto and Zhu Li Yamaguchi had 15 and 11 points respectively.

Yuki Hyodo led Denso with 20 points while Roslandy Acosta added 19.

The Ageo Medics take on Toyota next Saturday at Kawagoe Sports Park General Gymnasium.

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