V.League: Saitama de Santiago survives, Oita de Bagunas continues to slip

Jaja Santiago and Saitama Ageo Medics in the Japan V.League. PHOTOSAITAMA

MANILA, Philippines—Jaja Santiago and his club Saitama were successful while Bryan Bagunas and Oita Miyoshi weren’t so lucky in their respective matches at the Japan V.League on Saturday.

Saitama and Santiago outlasted Toray in five sets, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 16-25, 15-11, at Saitama Prefectural Budokan in Ageo City.

Lorenne Teixeira led the Ageo Medics with 27 points while Uchiseto Mami added 16 points.

Santiago also finished in double digits with 12 points for sixth-placed Saitama, who improved to 12-8.

Jana Kulan had 25 points to lead the Arrows while Ishikawa Mayu added 16 points as they remained in second place with a 15-5 record.

Oita and Bagunas suffered their eighth consecutive defeat, suffering a three-set sweep at the hands of JTEKT, 25-15, 25-20, 25-18, at Showa Denko Martial Arts Sports Center.

The Weisse Adlers remained ninth in the men’s division with a 5-20 record while the Stings held onto sixth place at 14-11.

Felipe Fonteles and Miyaura Kenta led JTEKT with 21 points each.

Bagunas finished with 16 points for the Weisse Adler while Emerson Rodriguez threw 11 points.

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