Saitama’s three-match streak was snapped in rematch against Hitachi

Saitama players celebrate during a Japan V.League game. Photo by Saitama Ageo Medics

MANILA, Philippines — Saitama and Jaja Santiago saw their three-game winning streak snapped as they failed in their comeback bid against Hitachi, 25-23, 27-25, 20-25, 19-25, 15-7, in 2021- 22 Japan V.League season on Sunday at Adastria Mito Arena in Ibaraki.

The Ageo Medics slipped to an 8-6 record for the sixth seed while the Rivale improved to 6-8 in 8th place.

Lorenne Teixeira led Saitama with 25 points while Yuka Sato and Mami Uchiseto had 19 and 15 points respectively.

Santiago had a quiet afternoon with six points for the Ageo Medics.

Ruriko Uesaka collected 20 points for Hitachi while Miwako Nagauchi added 19 points.

Bryan Bagunas and Marck Espejo also didn’t fare any better in their matches as their teams fell in the men’s division.

FC Tokyo and Espejo suffered their third defeat in four games against Sakai, 25-23, 25-15, 24-26, 25-19, at the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground Gymnasium in Tokyo.

The Blazers remained tied for first place in the standings with the Toray Arrows at 11-3 while FC Tokyo are eighth with a 4-10 card.

Jonas Kvalen and Yuma Nagatomo had 16 and 15 points respectively to lead Tokyo while Espejo had four points.

Oita Miyoshi and Bagunas suffered their fifth straight loss to Suntory 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-14 at Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium.

The Weisse Adler remained seeded ninth in the standings at 2-12 while the Sunbirds improved to 10-4 in third place.

Emerson Rodriguez led Oita Miyoshi with 20 points while Bagunas added 14 points.

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