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Burroughs Girls Volleyball Can’t Keep Stride With Arcadia

By Rick Assad

At least recently, when it comes to the Pacific League girls’ volleyball race, most of the time Burroughs High and Arcadia are near the top of the standings.

On Tuesday afternoon, these two behemoths met and after four sets, the visiting Apaches prevailed, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14.

Marin Grote goes up for a point, but is met by Arcadia’s Katie Blastek (#12) and Hannah Ruiz in a Pacific League match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians played well in the second frame and were tied 17-17 in the third set on senior outside hitter Marin Grote’s tapper.

It was also level at 18-18 on outside hitter Lydia Grote’s kill.

“I think the first and second games we were definitely really, really excited, and we were all playing really well as a team, I think,” said Grote, a sophomore. “In the third game, we kind of stopped communicating to each a little bit more. We weren’t playing the best that we could have been.”

Grote added: “I think we did that really well [communicate] in the second game and then in the fourth game there was no talking on the court. We stopped playing as a team. We started playing one individual player on the court.”

Shea McGovern prepares to serve for the Indians in a clash with the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia (5-2 and 3-1 in league) gathered itself and outscored Burroughs 7-1 with the clincher Lydia Grote’s shot hitting the net.

Grote felt there was a lesson to be learned. “I definitely think we are better than what we played tonight,” she said. “I think we did lose communication in the third and fourth sets and if we had kept it together, I think we’d have stayed more excited and more up and we’re making less errors.”

Grote continued: “I think that next time we play them we’re definitely going to be better at communicating. We’re going to get every ball.”

The Apaches pulled in front 5-0 in the third game on a kill from senior opposite hitter Hannah Ruiz (12 kills).

Digging deep, the Indians rallied and evened it at 9-9 on freshman outside hitter Catie Virtue’s service ace.

Arcadia took the final two sets and the match behind strong play from Hannah Kennedy, who had a match-high 23 kills. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia then bolted in front 15-10 on a smash from senior outside hitter Hannah Kennedy (match-best 23 kills).

The Apaches zoomed into a 21-18 lead on Kennedy’s tapper which caused the Indians (7-2 and 3-1 in league) to seek a time out.

“I prepare the girls as if we’re going to game five,” Arcadia coach Jennifer Estrada said. “So that’s how they’re playing. That’s how I train them. They’re going to game five and that’s it. Because if I prepare them that we’re going to win it in three, then their mindset is that not to take it to five.”

Marin Grote gave it her all, but it wasn’t enough against the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Estrada went on: “Whereas if we’re going against such a great school, we already know, hey, they’re going to challenge you guys. I mean we play against a lot of schools in our league and they haven’t challenged us. A game like this is awesome because these girls can actually go point by point.”

The second game was even at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 and 6-6 on a kill from Kennedy.

Burroughs then jumped out to an 11-9 advantage on Marin Grote’s smash as the Apaches asked for time.

Arcadia tied it at 13-13 on a bullet from senior outside hitter Ashley McDonald (five kills) and led 18-15 on a service ace from junior libero Haley Kennedy (16 digs).

The Indians evened it at 21-21 on Marin Grote’s spike which forced the Apaches to call a time out.

Lydia Grote shows off her skills in a Pacific League match against Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It became 23-22 on Marin Grote’s kill and her rifle shot clinched the set and evened the match at one game apiece.

“Coming out of the second game we had a lot of momentum going into the third and then we flopped,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We gave them six points in a row, so we’re down 6-0. We had to crawl back to tie it up at 18, then they got seven in a row.”

What does Real need to do in order so that an opponent doesn’t go on prolonged runs?

“We need to be better in practice at not letting that happen,” he noted. “Because we practice that. And we’re not very good at that.”

Net play was furious in a Pacific League match between Arcadia and Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

The initial set was deadlocked at 3-3 on a kill from McDonald, but the Apaches went on an 8-2 spurt that included an ace from Ruiz as Arcadia took control 11-5.

When Haley Kennedy delivered a service ace it became 16-8,.

Arcadia junior middle blocker Ayala Plummer’s rocket made it 20-12 which prompted the Indians to call for time.

The Apaches moved ahead 23-13 when junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern’s hit sailed out of bounds and the set was iced on McDonald’s kill.

“The only good thing about it is that we’re still in the hunt,” Real said. “We have to beat everybody else from now on.”

The Indians have time to work on some things before facing Arcadia on Oct. 12, with a 3:30 p.m. start time.

Burbank, Burroughs Girls Volleyball Shoot For Moon

By Rick Assad

The prize is the same for the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ volleyball teams and that’s capturing the Pacific League title and then advancing deep into the postseason.

In recent years, the edge in these departments have usually gone to the Indians while the Bulldogs have had some success.

A season ago, Burroughs placed second in league to Arcadia with a 12-2 record and pushed its way to the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals, but lost to Foothill.

“We expect the Pacific League to be more competitive than in years past,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We have seen improvements in Glendale and Pasadena and we are always expecting Arcadia to be toward the top.”

Burbank Coach Karl Rojo addresses the team at a recent practice. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With regard to Burbank, Real said he expects the matches to be close.

“The rival game with Burbank is always competitive as well,” he said. “Our goal is to win the league title, though.”

The Indians play at Burbank on Sept. 28 and then host the Bulldogs on Oct. 24.

Leading the charge for the Indians will be senior outside hitter Marin Grote, who at 6-feet-4, also plays center for the basketball team.

Grote, a powerful hitter and a defensive stalwart, is expected to attend and play volleyball for the University of Washington.

Other key individuals include senior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell and junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo.

Burroughs senior outside hitter Marin Grote is one key to success for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Also on the squad are senior setter Lauren Zedlar, senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich, senior defensive specialist/libero Sabrina Sullivan, senior defensive specialist Lizzy Jessen and senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude.

The others include junior opposite hitter Jolene Solimon, junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern, junior defensive specialist Caitlin Lim, junior middle blocker Maggie Harris, sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote and freshman outside hitter Catie Virtue.

“Our goal for the season is to play consistent, match by match in order to win the Pacific League and also have a memorable playoff run,” Real said. “We are hoping that our talent and team chemistry helps us advance beyond the quarterfinals, a feat no other girls volleyball team at Burroughs has done.”

Likewise, Burbank Coach Karl Rojo, who begins his third season, also expects good things from the Bulldogs, who finished above .500 overall.

But Rojo will have to replace two offensive and defensive forces, Hailey Heath and Rachel Wiley, who graduated.

Still there is enough talent on the roster to compete and that includes senior outside hitter Melissa Daniel, senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Erin Lashkari and senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Bene Snyder.

Daniel, Lashkari and Snyder are all on the softball team and extremely versatile athletes.

“The chemistry is nice,” Rojo said. “Not too much drama. We’re hoping for a better season than last season.”

Rojo then added: “We lost some key players,” he noted. “We were able to fill in those spots. They’re working hard and ready to play.”

In last year’s match, host Burbank and Burroughs shake hands afterward. Both are gunning for Pacific League banner. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Daniel, Lashkari and Snyder are capable of pushing the Bulldogs beyond a 7-7 league record and fourth place, which is where they placed last season.

There is going to be help in the form of senior outside/opposite hitter Suzy Torosyan, sophomore outside hitter Katie Treadway and sophomore setter Ashley Eskander.

Other key players are senior opposite hitter/middle blocker Arpi Garibyan and junior opposite/outside hitter Amaya Broyls.

One thing the Bulldogs will have to avoid are instances when they didn’t play well down the stretch of matches.

“We need to keep this core group mentally sharp,” Rojo said. “We can fix those issues in practice. We need to put the ball away early.”

The rest of Rojo’s squad includes senior libero/defensive specialist Katie Marcy, senior outside/opposite hitter Elizabeth Kvryan, junior outside/opposite hitter Carmen Camacho-Platas, junior middle blocker/opposite hitter Olivia Price, junior libero/defensive specialist Hannah Cericos, sophomore libero Morgan Bolger and sophomore setter Kassie Gonzales.