Burroughs Girls’ Volleyball Hammers Bonita

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By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


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A buzz saw in the form of the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team was on the loose Thursday night as the Indians laid waste to visiting Bonita in a CIF Southern Section II-A second-round playoff match by the count of 25-10, 25-13, 25-21, and advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal encounter which will be contested on the road at  Valencia or Serrano.

The Indians (23-7) raced to a 6-0 lead in the opening game when senior outside hitter Danielle Ryan (10 kills) collected four aces, which led the Bearcats (24-10) to call time out as the crowd became extremely loud.

The scoring spree began with a combined block from senior opposite hitter Jessica Rury and junior middle blocker Caleigh Paster. Sophomore outside hitter Marin Grote’s kill made it 4-0.

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Burroughs setter Lauren Zedlar (#17) releases perfect pass in sweep of Bonita. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We worked on a lot of ball control,” Rury said. “We played well as a team. I didn’t know what to expect [from Bonita] because we put the focus on our team and what we do.”

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Burroughs gathered even more steam as it outscored Bonita 9-2 to lead 15-2 as the Bearcats asked for another time out. During this run Grote (co-team high 10 kills) and Ryan each added two rockets.

The Indians’ lead expanded to 21-6 on points from Grote and Paster (five kills) and an ace from sophomore setter Lauren Zedlar.

“We came out fast. We came out strong,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We came out with a plan and we wanted to stay tough. We didn’t let go. We wanted to keep going and speed up the game a little bit.”

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JB outside hitter Julianna Cottrell hammers a kill in sweep of the Bearcats in a CIF second-round playoff match. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The middle stanza was close in the early stages as it was tied at 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3 before the Indians pulled ahead 10-3 which forced Bonita to ask for time as sophomore outside hitter Julianna Cottrell added two blocks, junior outside hitter Cesera Suarez tossed in two aces, Ryan’s two kills and junior opposite hitter Sophia Rizzotti’s smash.

Burroughs took charge and forged an 18-5 advantage with points coming from senior defensive specialist Katheryn Dominguez’s two kills, senior libero Samantha Sullivan’s three aces, Ryan’s kill and ace and Paster’s winner.

From this point the Indians went on a 5-2 blitz and surged ahead 23-7 with Paster contributing two kills, Ryan’s ace which forced a Bearcat time out at 20-6, Grote’s bomb and Rury’s slam.

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Outside hitter Marin Grote finished with a co-team high 10 kills. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Bonita made it somewhat interesting as it closed to within 23-10 when Rury’s shot sailed out of bounds, but the Indians put the icing on the cake and game with a kill from Rizzotti.

The Bearcats led 1-0 in the third stanza on a stuff from junior middle blocker Danielle Johnson, but the momentum shifted in favor of the Indians who led 5-1 on two kills from Grote and a combined stuff from Grote and Cottrell, along with two aces from Dominguez.

Bonita came within 5-4 when Cottrell’s shot went out of bounds, but the Indians then took command 14-6 on a combined jam from Ryan and Cottrell.

During this stretch Grote had a block, Suarez added an ace, Rizzotti and Cottrell combined on a block, Ryan chimed in with two kills and Ryan and Cottrell had a duo stuff.

“We played three ranked teams in the Top 10 in our division and we did pretty well,” Bonita coach Austin Meador said. “Stuff happens and it’s a loud gym. I don’t think it rattled us, but it was hard to communicate.”

Meader added: “We knew what we were walking into. We faltered in our game plan. We changed some of our matchups, but even that didn’t work as well as we hoped. We underperformed. They played to win and we played not to lose.”

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Bonita’s Kellie Pichotta (#12) goes for a kill while Julianna Cottrell (#14) and Marin Grote (#44) rise for a stuff. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians moved in front 19-13 on a kill from Rury, and Ryan’s rocket made it 20-13. At this point the Bearcats asked for a time out and then closed within 22-17 on senior middle hitter Jennifer Argelander’s kill as Burroughs asked for a break in the action.

The Bearcats came within 22-20 on two aces from freshman libero Natalie Hartman and a block from Argelander, however, the Indians settled down and scored the final three points when Hartman’s serve went out of bounds, followed by junior opposite hitter Isabella Velasquez’s serve also sailing out of bounds, and Ryan’s dagger for the game.