Philippines’ Jaja Santiago is 1st Filipino import to win Japan V Cup


Jaja Santiago Japan V Cup
Jaja Santiago from Cavite won her first championship with Saitama Ageo Medics. Photo courtesy of Ageo Medics Twitter

The Philippines’ Jaja Santiago has just become the first Filipino import to win a foreign volleyball league after her team Saitama Ageo Medics won the Japan Volleyball Cup.

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The Ageo Medics won the final game, against the NEC Red Rockets in four sets, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17, on March 28, 2021, at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Jaja Santiago contributed 11 points in the winning game.

The new champions clinched the gold medal after sweeping all its games in Division 1 of the Japan V Cup and defeating JT Marvelous in the semifinals match.

The Japan V Cup championship trophy adds to Santiago’s previous achievement in 2020 as the first-ever Filipino import to win a bronze medal at the Japanese Volleyball Premiere League.

The Filipino spiker from Cavite played for the Philippine National Women’s Volleyball Team and the National University before joining the Japan Volleyball League in 2018.

Filipino spikers have shown their skills in international tourneys, among them, Marck Espejo, the first Filipino to play in Japan’s top volleyball league after joining Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler team in 2018.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the Philippines’ Jaja Santiago for making history as the 1st Filipino import to win Japan V Cup.

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