Burbank Girls Volleyball Upset in Playoffs; Burroughs Stays Alive

Burbank finished 15-2 on the season including a league title (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Jamie Gonzalez prepares for a kill against Valley Christian (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Two shockers in one night. That’s high school playoffs for you. In this case, girls volleyball was at the forefront.

Jamie Gonzalez, #22, and Stephanie Eskander, #18, go for a block against the Crusaders (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (15-2) suffered a stunning and disappointing loss in its first round CIF Division II-A playoff match at home, losing to Cerritos Valley Christian 25-13, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21.

After winning a share of the Pacific League title last week for the first time since 1975, the Bulldogs were looking to advance deep into the playoffs this year. Unfortunately, it wasn’t their night as the Crusaders won handily.

Denise Daniel led the Bulldogs with 11 kills while Katie Hooper had nine kills. Tyler Brooks  had 13 assists for BHS.

Meanwhile, Burroughs (11-6) traveled on the road to Cypress in a first-round CIF Division II-A game. The Indians played a tremendous match en route to a thrilling 12-25, 24-26, 25-15, 25-20, 15-13 comeback victory.

Burbank’s Katie Hooper looks to spike the ball past two VC defenders (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With the win, JBHS will host a second round match at home against Oxnard on Thursday at 7 p.m.