Jaja Santiago, Ageo Medics stun NEC Red Rockets to end skid

Jaja Santiago

Slaying a dragon.

The Saitama Ageo Medics pulled off a three-set stunner against heavyweight NEC Red Rockets, 27-25, 25-17, 25-19, in the 2018-2019 Japanese V.Premiere League, Saturday at the Hasuda City General Citizens Gymnasium.

The Medics arrested a two-game losing skid at the expense of Red Rockets to improve to a win-loss 4-4 card.

Katarina Barun single-handedly led the assault with game-high 38 markers off 35 kills, two blocks and an ace for the Saitama-based squad.

Jaja Santiago dropped three kills on a 37.5 percent success rate, three blocks, and three aces for nine points for the Medics, who will face Hitachi Rivale tomorrow as their final assignment this month.

After a tight first set, the Saitama-based squad went full throttle in the next two frames, asserting their mastery on the Red Rockets to silence the hard-hitting Sarina Koga.

Mitsuaki Yanagida tallied 14 hits all from attacks on a losing effort while Koga was limited to a meager 7-point output as the Red Rockets absorbed its fifth loss for a 5-5 slate.

The Medics registered more attacks, 58 to 42, off a higher success rate in spikes, 36 percent compared to 24.5 percent.

The Koga-led squad had a hard time controlling the offense of the Medics despite keeping the blocking and serving departments close with 8-9 output in blocks and 2-6 ouput in aces.
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