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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.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Starts Slow, Ends Fast Against CV

By Rick Assad

An early deficit may have been the perfect springboard for the visiting Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team on Tuesday.

After losing the opening game, the Indians roared back and took the next three for a 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-21 Pacific League decision over CrescentaValley.

“I think we made a lot of errors today,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “CV didn’t make errors. They made us have to play. They’re digging balls. They’re serving well. So if we’re not on point, you know, this is hard.”

With the match level at one game apiece, Burroughs forged ahead 10-6 in the third game behind a kill from junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo, who finished with 10 kills.

The Indians moved ahead 12-9 on a smash from sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote.

Grote’s dagger made it 17-11 and when senior outside hitter Marin Grote, who will play volleyball for the University of Washington, delivered a bullet that made it 19-11, the Falcons called time out.

Outside hitter Marin Grote had a match-best 21 kills in a Pacific League win over host Crescenta Valley. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We have a lot of upperclassmen which is an advantage, I think,” said Grote, who finished with a match-best 21 kills. “A lot of experienced players. And so it takes the team working together to get it rolling, as you saw in the third game.”

Burroughs led 21-12 on senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude’s kill and it became 23-12 on Patenaude’s service ace.

Patenaude had seven kills for the match.

Marin Grote’s smash gave the Indians a 24-14 edge and junior setter/opposite hitter Shea McGovern’s ace the set.

Crescenta Valley (1-6 and 0-2 in league) led 6-0 in the fourth set behind junior setter/outside hitter Madison Blohm’s service ace.

But the Indians came within 8-4 on Marin Grote’s kill.

“I always expect a good competitive match from CV,” Grote said. “I know they’re a good team. I’ve played with several of the girls. As a team, we expected a good hard match.”

Burroughs then outscored the Falcons 10-5 and led 14-13 on senior defensive specialist/libero Lizzy Jessen’s service winner.

The Falcons evened it at 16-16 on junior outside/opposite hitter Maya Lightfoot’s kill which caused Burroughs to ask for time out.

Crescenta Valley led 17-16 on senior outside/opposite hitter Marley Gang’s ace, but Marin Grote’s hit evened it at 17-17.

From this point, the Indians took control and pushed ahead 20-18 on Van Loo’s kill and 23-20 on Lydia Grote’s kill as the Falcons called time out.

Burroughs (6-1 and 2-0 in league) claimed two of the next three points including Patenaude’s tapper for the game and match.

The second game was even at 3-3 on Marin Grote’s kill, but the Indians darted in front 7-6 and 8-6 on consecutive service aces from McGovern.

Crescenta Valley tied it at 10-10 on junior opposite hitter/middle blocker Grace Holland’s kill.

Van Loo’s smash tied it at 11-11, but the Indians would pull ahead 15-13 on Lydia Grote’s tapper.

Marin Grote’s blast made it 18-15 and her service winner pushed the advantage to 21-19.

“This past match was way better than Glendale,” Grote said. “Glendale was the first league match and this did not go our way even though we won. It wasn’t a good match. This was more of a team-oriented match and was better played.”

Van Loo’s kill saw the Indians bolt ahead 22-20, while senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich’s stuff made it 23-20.

Van Loo added another kill that made it 24-20 and Marin Grote’s service ace saw the Indians even the match at a game apiece.

Crescenta Valley took a 3-0 lead in the first game on Gang’s kill and 7-1 when Marin Grote’s smash missed.

The Indians came within 8-5 on Marin Grote’s kill, but the Falcons extended their lead to 12-10 on Holland’s ace.

Crescenta Valley pulled in front 17-13 on Blohm’s service ace and 20-17 on Gang’s ace.

Burroughs tied it at 22-22 on Marin Grote’s kill and it was even at 23-23 when Marin Grote’s serve hit the net.

Holland’s service ace made it 24-23 and was followed by Van Loo’s spike that missed as the Falcons took the opening set.

Real wasn’t pleased losing the initial game, but said that it was self-inflicted. “I think, unfortunately, maybe some overconfidence,” he said. “Even in game four, I think we were down 6-0.”

Real went on: “One of our goals for today was to get off to a fast start and run the game fast because they had a three-ball system. So it went fast alright, for the other team.”

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.

Burroughs Girls Basketball Shuts Down Burbank

By Nareg Atteukenian

The Burroughs High girls’ basketball lost to rival Burbank on their home floor earlier this season.

Thursday night in the regular season finale, the Indians returned the favor, defeating the host Bulldogs 37-22.

“It was more of our defense and Burbank struggled in their first half shooting,” said Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan of the first half effort, which saw her team lead 23-11 at halftime.

Burroughs (18-11 overall, 8-4 in league) outplayed the Bulldogs and kept their guards from getting into a rhythm.

“The conversation at halftime was to make the passes we needed to make, take the shots we needed to take,” Burbank coach John Wells on the changes at the half. “We had some open looks tonight, (but) they didn’t fall.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (14-15, 5-7) attempted to rally in the second half of the game but it was too little, too late.

“They came to shut down Ani and Osanna… and myself as a coach,” said Burbank’s coach John Wells about the game. “We needed to make some adjustments and I didn’t make them, and I let this team down tonight.”

Jocelyn Rieken led the Indians in scoring with 14 points. Kamryn Cardenaz had 11 points. Marin Grote had four points and Ariana Farias had three points. A’sia Morales and Caitlyn Pentland each had two points and Angelica Davtyan had one point.

From the Bulldogs, Osanna Tirityan led the way with seven points. Emma Kerr added six points. Sarah Sarquiz, Stephanie Grigorian, and Ani Sarkisyan each had three points.

Burroughs Girls Basketball Gets Revenge on Glendale

By Nareg Atteukenian

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Burroughs High girls’ basketball team had something to prove Friday night when the Indians hosted Glendale High.

After seeing the Nitros snap their the 45-game Pacific League game win streak earlier in the season , the Indians came out looking to make a statement.

This time Burroughs got off to a fast start and cruised to an easy 52-30 victory.

“Offensively we had more confidence,” said Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan in comparison to the previous game against Glendale. “Our defensive plan wasn’t that much different.”

Burroughs (16-10 overall, 7-3 in league) played an extraordinary first half, coming away with a 26-12 lead at the end of it.

Having not played much of the first half in the previous game against Glendale, Burroughs guard Kamryn Cardenaz made a significant difference for the Indians.

“I wanted to come out early, and the rest of my teammates were all on the same page,” said Burroughs guard Kamryn Cardenaz.

Cardenaz hit three three-pointers in the first half, and gave the Indians the added confidence they were missing in the previous game.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs went into the second half with a 12-point lead.  The Indians showed they weren’t done, by going on an 18-7 run in the third quarter to help pad their lead and cruise to victory in the fourth quarter.

The Indians had their foot on the gas on the entire game and never seemed to ease off of it.

Cardenaz led the Indians in scoring with 20 points, A’sia Morales had eight points. Marin Grote had seven points and Ariana Farias added five points. Jocelyn Rieken had four points and Breana Bauer had three points. Angelia Davtyan had two points, and Jillian Kukawski had one point.

Burroughs, Burbank Girls Basketball Reach For Sky

By Rick Assad

 

It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ basketball teams finish in the top half of the Pacific League and make a long run in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The Indians, who were 24-6 a season ago, have advanced to the semifinals the last two years and have gone undefeated in league action at 14-0 for three straight campaigns under Coach Vicky Oganyan.

The Bulldogs qualified for the postseason last year, but lost in the opening round to Garden Grove.

Burroughs commences its league schedule on Jan. 3 against Pasadena while Burbank travels to Crescenta Valley.

On Jan. 20 the Indians host the Bulldogs and on Feb. 9 Burroughs visits rival Burbank.

For first-year Burbank Coach John Wells, he has high expectations provided the team continues to improve which he expects them to do.

The projected starters for Oganyan include 5-foot-8 senior guard Kamryn Cardenaz, 5-8 senior forward Haley Wilson, 5-9 senior forward Jocelyn Rieken, 6-4 junior center Marin Grote and 5-3 sophomore guard Ariana Farias.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Cardenaz and Wilson will be the primary scorers, but both will be expected to rebound and play defense, which are staples of Oganyan’s team.

Grote, who was tabbed all-league second-team, will be counted upon to score, but her primarily responsibility is to play defense, rebound and block shots. She is committed to the University of Washington for volleyball.

“My expectations are to have my team improve each game and to put in the preparation during practice so we will be good when league starts,” Oganyan said.

Oganyan, who played at Glendale High, knows that she and her team have an extremely high standard, but it’s not only about going undefeated in league.

“We don’t worry about that,” she said. “We’re concerned about getting better each game and if we’re getting better, that’s all we’re concerned about.”

The rest of the team consists of 5-6 senior guard Breana Bauer, 5-10 senior center Caitlyn Pentland, 5-7 senior forward Angelia Davtyan, 5-7 sophomore guard Jill Kukawski and 5-2 sophomore guard Ayumi DeHerrera.

Others include 5-6 sophomore guard Camryn Lotka, 5-8 sophomore forward Nicole Rumfola, 5-5 sophomore guard Emily Gutierrez, 5-5 freshman guard Sophie Hawkins and 5-5 freshman guard A’sia Morales.

The Bulldogs finished 18-11 and 8-6 in league action and the roster consists of eight seniors, three sophomores and one freshman.

“League will be very competitive this year,” Wells said. “There are a handful of teams that can all beat one another and we should be right in that mix.”

Sophomore shooting guard Osanna Tirityan is 5-8 and she paced the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Tirityan, who was named all-league first-team, will be asked to do as much and perhaps even more.

“Osanna took the league by storm as a freshman and now they know her and she’s going to improve this year,” Wells said.

Senior point guard Ani Sarkisyan is 5-6, the floor leader and one of the captains along with 5-8 senior forward Sarah Sarquiz, who has been bothered by a knee injury at the end of her sophomore season.

Both have been on the varsity for three seasons and expectations will be greater this season for both.

Senior center Emma Kerr is 6-1 and a capable scorer, but is especially adept at blocking shots and rebounding.

Kerr led the team in blocks a season ago. “Emma is a force in the middle,” Wells said.

The rest of the team includes 5-10 senior forward Sabrina Zakarian, 5-5 senior guard Stephanie Grigorian, 5-6 senior guard Emily Pennings and 5-5 senior small forward Kaitlynn Hanno.

The remainder of the squad includes 5-11 senior forward Ashley Machuca, 5-10 sophomore forward Robyn Kassens, 5-9 sophomore forward Sofia Aslanyan and 5-5 freshman guard Brianna Castro.

Burroughs Girls’ Volleyball Outlasts Burbank

Everyone hopes to play their best at the end of the season and the Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ volleyball teams certainly gave a good indication that they did just that Tuesday night, in the regular season finale for both teams.

In the end, Burroughs won 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22 over the host Bulldogs. It certainly wasn’t an easily won match.

“We had to work for it,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We got some key digs in those last five points. They (Burbank) hit the ball pretty hard. Everyone chipped in at the end.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Real said his team, which received 21 kills from 6-foot-5 junior Marin Grote, liked what he saw.

“I think we’re better than we were the first time,” Real said in regards to playing Burbank. “Our team is getting better. We played in a tournament this past weekend and we lost four or five matches.  Before we came in I told the girls we lost a bunch of matches, but we’re much better. We played some good teams and the games were all competitive.”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo was optimistic.

“I had a pretty good feeling going into this match,” Rojo said. “We played real well against CV, even though we lost. We told them to use that momentum to get into the full swing today and they did for the most part. They played with heart.  It was minor mistakes that killed us.  We couldn’t hang in there at the end.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (20-9 overall, 12-2 in league) won the first game without too much difficulty. Burbank kept it close at 10-8 following a kill by Melissa Daniel. But Grote had back-to-back kills to make it 12-8. Burroughs closed out the first game on a kill by Julianna Cottrell.

Burbank (16-10-3, 7-7 in league), got some help from Elizabeth Kuryan, who served up two aces to break a tie at 22. Daniel then closed it out with a kill.

Grote helped Burroughs distance itself from Burbank in the third game. Julianna Van Loo also came up big late in the fourth game for Burroughs.

Burbank jumped out to a lead in the fourth game thanks to solid play from Hailey Heath and Daniel. A kill by Daniel made it 20-17 in favor of the Bulldogs.

But Burroughs rallied. Caleigh Paster had a big block at the net and Cesera Suarez served a pair of aces.

Daniel fought back to with a pair of kills of her own to keep Burbank close. But Burroughs had too much in the end.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I think the match was intense,” said Daniel. “Both teams played really well. We had our heart in it. It just came down to the small errors and unfortunately it was at the end of the sets and we couldn’t close out the sets. “

Both teams will learn their fate on Friday when the CIF Southern Section releases pairings for the playoffs.

 

 

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Shoves Aside Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

 

For the second time this season, the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team took out Crescenta Valley in three games.

So there was nothing too unusual in the 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 Pacific League road victory by the Indians on Tuesday despite each team having the same record in league play.

The Indians were able to wear down the Falcons from the outset in the battle for second place. Meanwhile, powerful Arcadia sits atop the league standings.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Outside hitter Marin Grote, shown here against Burbank, had a match-best 21 kills versus Crescenta Valley. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I know we won in three, but I thought we played somewhat tentative, especially in the first game,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “It [being tentative] changed about half way through the second game. We have to play well because they’re good.”

Spearheading the offense was junior outside hitter Marin Grote’s match-best 21 kills.

Senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster and junior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell both delivered five winners.

The first set was even at 5-5 and 10-10 on Grote’s block before the Indians pulled ahead 14-10 on Paster’s service ace.

Burroughs was able to secure 12 points when Paster was at the service line which tilted the match in the Indians favor.

Burroughs (17-5 and 10-2 in league) shoved ahead 20-13 on sophomore Juliana Van Loo’s stuff at the net, and led 24-17 on Paster’s smash. Cottrell’s dagger claimed the initial set.

Van Loo’s kill evened the second game at 3-3, but the Falcons moved in front 12-8 on a kill from junior Patty Kerman.

The Falcons (12-9 and 9-3 in league) evened the middle set at 15-15 on Kerman’s winner, however the Indians took over and led 18-16 on Van Loo’s block.

It was level at 19-19, but Burroughs rallied and went on a 6-4 blitz that included kills from Grote to make it 24-22 and Grote’s slam to secure the set.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Middle blocker Caleigh Paster (#33), pictured in a match against the Bulldogs, delivered five kills versus the Falcons. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians seized control 5-1 on a tapper from Grote in the final set which forced a time out from the Falcons.

From this point, it was clear that a sweep seemed likely and it was as Burroughs pulled ahead 8-4 on Grote’s dagger.

The lead ballooned to 14-7 when Paster collected a kill and 17-11 on Grote’s bomb.

Junior setter Lauren Zedlar’s winner pushed the advantage to 20-12 and Van Loo’s smash made it 21-12.  Junior defensive specialist Lizzy Jessen’s ace gave the Indians a 10-point advantage.

In short order, the Indians claimed the set and match on Cottrell’s kill and Paster’s bullet ice the victory.

“We were a lot more relaxed and not too hyper,” Cottrell said. “We’re much better when we play that way so we can focus on what we have to do.”

Burroughs, Burbank Girls’ Volleyball Looking Strong

It isn’t every year that a team has an experienced group returning. But that is the case for the Burroughs and Burbank High girls’ volleyball teams. Both figure to contend for the Pacific League title.

Burroughs

Veteran coach Edwin Real returns for his 13th season as head coach after many seasons of being an assistant to legendary coach Linda Murphy.

The Indians return five starters from a team that went 23-8 overall and 14-0 in league. It was the Indians’ third league title under Real.

“Our team goal for this season is to defend the Pacific League Championship,” Real said. “Everyone in the league continues to get stronger and makes for a need to play at a higher level each time you have a league match.  This season we will open with Arcadia, which we feel will be another contender for the league championship.  Our sights are set on that first league challenge.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The team is led by 6-foot-5 junior outside hitter Marin Grote, who was a Pacific League co-Player of the Year last year with teammate Danielle Ryan, who has graduated.

“Marin is not only tall, but is also athletic.  When our team has good ball control, she can dominate the court.  Since she brings a lot of attention with her size and play, our other hitters will be effective on the offensive end as well.”

Grote, who has committed to the University of Washington, has talent around her.

Senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster (6-0) is one of five returning starters. Also back is junior outside Julianna Cottrell (5-11), senior opposite Sophia Rizzotti (5-9) and junior setter Lauren Zedlar (5-7).

Also returning to varsity is senior libero Cesera Suarez (5-8) and junior setter Mia Staub (5-7).

Burroughs has seven new varsity players.

One of them is 6-0 sophomore outside hitter Juliana Van Loo. Sophomore setter Shea McGovern (5-10) and freshman setter Ali Perez (5-5) have shown promise. Junior Lizzy Jessen (5-6) is a defensive specialist. Junior Sabrina Sullivan (5-6) is a libero. Junior Ricky Patenaude (5-9) is an opposite and senior Hailey Wantland (5-9) is an outside hitter.

Real said his team has goals that go beyond success in league play.

“We also have an expectation to make, and do well in the playoffs.  We have challenged ourselves to be the team that makes it past the quarterfinals, a goal that hasn’t been accomplished by a girls volleyball team at Burroughs,” Real said.

Burbank

The Bulldogs went 15-14 overall and 8-6 in Pacific League play last season.

Eleven players return from that team, including three players that earned all-league honors.

Junior Melissa Daniel, who was a first-team all-league setter last season is back. Coach Karl Rojo said she may see time in a number of roles.

Also returning is senior second-team all-league libero Carly Palmisano (5-5).

Senior Hailey Heath (5-9) earned honorable mention all-league honors a year ago.

Burbank also has back senior middle blocker Nicole Winters (5-9), who is in her third year on varsity.

Senior outside hitter Colette Reynolds (5-8) is back as is senior opposite Rachel Wiley (5-8).

Senior setter Hannah Porter (5-5), senior libero Allison Leonen (5-4), junior libero Allie Benson (5-6) and junior middle blockers Bene Snyder (5-9) and Erin Lashkari (5-7) also return.

Up from the lower levels are junior middle blocker Arpi Garibyan (5-9), junior opposite Suzy Torosyan (5-5) and junior opposite Elizabeth Kvryan (5-5).

Freshman Ashley Eskander (5-5) is a setter and her presence could allow Daniel to fill other roles for Burbank.

“We’re trying to get a good unit,” Rojo said. “We’re not focused on wins or losses. We want to improve as we progress into the season.”

Rojo said he expects all matched will be tough.

“It’s going to be a really tight league this year,” he said. “You don’t know until we start.”

 

 

 

 

Burbank, Burroughs Settle for Tie in Summer Girls’ Volleyball

There were plenty of mistakes and plenty of surprises on both sides when Burbank and Burroughs collided Monday in Burbank High Summer League play.

Burroughs won the first game 25-23 and Burbank came back to even things with a 25-21 win in the second and final game.

“The kids are working hard,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We’re trying to make improvements and trying different combinations. That’s what summer is for. We’ve moving some kids around. Some kids come back from their club and play different positions. It’s nice to see what is going to work best for the fall.”

Burroughs played the match without 6-foot-4 junior middle blocker Marin Grote, who has already committed to the University of Washington. Grote was the Pacific League co-Player of the Year last season.

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Burbank was also missing a key player.  Junior setter Melissa Daniel, a first-team all-league pick last season, was focusing on an academic commitment.

Real was glad to see how his team performed without its star player.

“This is perfect for us. This makes our team stronger,” he said. “ I think we let our emotions try to take over.  This is what summer is for. You make mistakes, you make corrections in practice and you get better.”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo was also impressed with what he saw.

“It was a good battle on both sides. That was one of the most exciting games we’ve watched so far this summer,” Rojo said. “There’s still a lot of things we need to improve on. But there was a good effort on both sides. It’s an early crosstown rival match. That is always exciting to see. Preseason matches are hard to tell. They don’t determine the whole season.”

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Burroughs actually trailed 18-10 in the first game. Burbank led 23-21 before the Indians stormed back to win 25-23.

The second game was close most of the way. Both teams were tied at 20, before Burbank closed things thanks to a serving ace and a few Burroughs mistakes.