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Akari beefs up, signs Santiago-Manabat, Victoria

Akari’s frontline has become bigger as the team signed middle blockers Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Cams Victoria.

The team made the announcement over the day.

Santiago-Manabat, 29, is a two-time V-League Most Valuable Player and a two-time best middle blocker in the Philippine Superliga.

The older sister of Jaja was also instrumental in Chery Tiggo’s championship run in the 2021 PVL Open Conference.

With the signing, the 6-foot-2 Santiago-Manabat ended her six-year stay with the Chery Tiggo franchise.

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“Leadership, intensity, and top-notch skills. All of these we can expect from the newest member of the Akari fam! Let’s welcome Dindin Santiago-Manabat into the fold,” read the team’s statement.

Victoria, meanwhile, is a 6-foot-1 middle blocker who is a product of University of Santo Tomas.

She opted not to play out her final year with the Golden Tigresses.IMG_0527_V-League-Womens-San-Sebastian-vs-UST_Camille-Victoria-scaled Akari beefs up, signs Santiago-Manabat, Victoria News PVL Volleyball  - philippine sports news

“We believe Cams is a great addition to the team,” said Akari Sports director Russell Balbacal. “She has a lot of potential and I believe our coaching staff is well-equipped to bring out the best in her.”

Akari also signed Bang Pineda and Eli Soyud.

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