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Sakai checks Bagunas as Oita Miyoshi splits V.League Week 1

Oita Miyoshi split its opening week assignments after a straight-set defeat against Sakai, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18, in the 2021-22 Japan V.League Division 1 men’s tournament at the Nippon Steel Sakai Gymnasium, Sunday afternoon.

After a 22-point eruption yesterday, Bryan Bagunas saw himself held to just 10 points founded on seven attacks, two service aces, and a block.

Local outside hitter Naoya Takano led the Blazers with 17 points on 13 attacks, two blocks, and two aces. Meanwhile, import Sharone Vernon-Evans had 12 points.

Yuki Higuchi also breached twin digits for Sakai with 11 points.

The Blazers dominated the blocking department, 10-3, with 40-year-old Yoshihiko Matsumoto responsible for four and Vernon-Evans for three.

Kota Yamada also had 10 points in the losing cause as Venezuelan Emerson Rodriguez tallied nine, all from attacks.

Both squads now sport a 1-1 win-loss record.

Oita Miyoshi will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 23, against Wolfdogs Nagoya, 12:00 PM at the Toyoda Gosei Memorial Gymnasium Entrio.

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