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    Santiago sisters make contrasting Japan league debuts as Espejo scores 13 in loss

    Nov 3, 2018
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    SISTERS Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat had contrasting outings in their respective debuts in the Japan Women’s V. Premier League opener on Saturday.

    Jaja shone bright with 12 points in all four sets she started to lead Ageo Medic past Kurobe, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-16, opening their campaign on a high note.

    The 6-foot-5 National University standout played efficient with 10-of-16 in attacking including two kill blocks before the Medics battle PFU Blue Cats on Sunday.

    Her sister Dindin, however, had a tough debut at the bench witnessing her team Toray Arrows fall to Hisamitsu Springs, 17-25, 14-25, 22-25.

    Santiago-Manabat will have to wait a week before her getting a chance to play as they battle Okayama Seagulls next Saturday.

    Marck Espejo, meanwhile, dropped 13 points but Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler suffered their third loss to league-leaders Toyota Gosei Trefuerza, 20-25, 22-25, 22-25.

    Espejo and Oita Miyoshi will continue to hunt for their first win against JTEKT on Sunday.

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