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Jaja Santiago, Saitama near Japan V Cup title

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 05:31 PM March 28, 2021
Jaja Santiago for Saitama

FILE – Jaja Santiago for Saitama. AGEO MEDICS PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines— Saitama and Jaja Santiago are on the cusp of glory as they need just one more win to claim the Japanese V Cup title against NEC.

The Ageo Medics are carrying a 13-game winning streak with five of those victories in the V Cup itself.

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A respectable club, Saitama finished fifth in the Japan V.League Division 1 with Santiago as its ASEAN import.

Santiago helped the Ageo Medics with 11 points in their five-set semifinal win over reigning V.League champion JT Marvelous, 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 18-25, 15-13, on Saturday.

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The 6-foot-5 Philippine international tallied seven blocks and four kills in the semifinal match.

A victory makes Santiago the first Filipina to win a volleyball title outside of the Philippines.

Several Filipino players have already played overseas including Santiago’s older sister Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Alyssa Valdez, Bryan Bagunas, and Marck Espejo.

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