The Santiago sisters are taking their deadly brew of height, skills, and athleticism to the Land of the Rising Sun — Japan.
While Jaja Santiago formally suits up for Ageo Medics, her elder sister Dindin Santiago-Manabat joins the Toray Arrows when the 25th edition of Japanese V.Premier League erupts October 28.
A trailblazer. A game changer. Jaja Santiago is signed on by Japanese Volleyball Club Team AGEO MEDICS. 🏐🙌🏻 We are looking forward to much more great things from you, Ja!! Your #GameChangersPH fam is behind you all the way!! pic.twitter.com/ghU5yXqsgU
— The Game Changers (@gamechangersph) September 18, 2018
— Julius Manicad (@JCManicad) September 20, 2018
V.Premier League is a topnotch volleyball league for men and women in Japan founded in 1994. The competitions are being organized by the Japan Volleyball League Organization.
With the towering Santiago sisters on board, Ageo Medics and Toray Arrows are looking to boost their respective campaigns.
Ageo Medics, a team owned by Ageo Medical Group, placed seventh last season while the four-time V.Premier League champion Toray Arows of Toray Industries finished sixth.
Jaja will join the likes of Ayaka Matsumoto, Yutaka Sato, Araki Yuki, Misaki Inoue, and Akane Yamagishi in Ageo Medics.
Dindin, on the other hand, will team up with Japan national team member Ai Kurogo, Nanami Inouie, Moe Hidaka, skipper Mori Horikawa in reclaiming the lost glory of Toray Arrows.
Toray Arrows are dead serious to give super teams like Toyota Auto Body Queenseis, JT Marvelous, and defending champion Hisamitsu Springs a run for their money.
In fact, they trained in South Korea as part of their preparation for this prestigious tourney. They also played a friendly match with reigning V-League titlist Gyeongbuk Gimcheon Hi-pass.
Practice, Friendly match in Korea
(Photo from my Korean friend)
and… Welcome to Japanese league! Dindin Manabat🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/rwaVUMsyEr
— Emiko Oosato (@border0519) September 19, 2018