Burroughs Keeps Its Eye on the Prize in Win Against Burbank

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Burroughs' Katie Rutecki goes high for the kill (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Caitlin Cottrell had 13 kills and Katie Rutecki added 12 kills and nine assists for Burroughs as the Indians overcame an opening game setback to defeat Burbank on the road 17-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-19.

Burroughs' Katie Rutecki goes high for the kill (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burroughs’ Katie Rutecki goes high for the kill (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs remains in contention for a possible league title while Burbank took a step back in defending its league championship from a year ago.

“We just played together and really pulled through,” Cottrell said. “We are right there with Arcadia. We will be ready to beat them next time.”

Arcadia defeated Burroughs on October 1 in a five-set thriller during the first round of league action. The winner of this contest would keep its hopes alive for a league championship while the loser would suffer a significant blow.

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Burbank (8-6, 4-3) came out strong from the outset jumping to an early 18-8 lead en route to the 25-17 first-set win.

“We knew that it was going to be a battle. Burbank played great defense,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We made a lot of errors the first game. Lot of service errors and lot of hitting errors. Once we got things more consistent, then we saw things turning and became more confident.”

Burroughs is only a game behind Arcadia in the league standings (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burroughs is only a game behind Arcadia in the league standings (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (9-5, 6-1) showed poise and resiliency to take command in the second set. Tied at 12, the Indians went on a 7-1 run and then traded points with the Bulldogs the rest of the way until Rutecki sent a kill down the left line to end the second set.

Cottrell and Rutecki were a tough one-two punch that made the key plays throughout the contest.

“We got our energy level up,” said Cottrell, who dominated the middle with an assortment of blocks defensively and kills on the offensive side. “We knew what they were hitting and when they were going to hit it.”

In the pivotal third set, Burbank had a 9-7 lead when Burroughs responded with an 8-0 run highlighted by a spectacular dig from Mayeli Orozco that led to a combined block from Rutecki and Danielle Ryan.

Burbank's Allison Tiegs prepares for the kill (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank’s Allison Tiegs prepares for the kill (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 15-13 but the Indians scored the next seven points for a commanding 22-13 advantage. Cottrell pounded three kills and a block during the stretch which ignited Burroughs to take the third set, 25-15. Burbank scored its last two points courtesy of two JBHS serving errors.

“We had trouble with our ball control. We couldn’t get the ball to her,” Real said. “Once we started controlling the ball better, our passes got to her better and she became more offensive. She gained more confidence and got better.”

Tied at 8-8 in the fourth set, Burroughs again went on another game-changing run that swung all momentum its way. The Indians 9-0 run gave them what seemed to be an insurmountable lead only for Burbank to comeback on an 8-0 streak to dwindle the Indians’ lead to 18-17.

Allison Tiegs’ kill, one of 12 in the match for her, along with a Burroughs’ net violation and hitting error helped the Bulldogs roar back in hopes of forcing a deciding fifth game.

Cottrell, Rutecki, Alexis Hamilton and Kelsey Strong had other ideas as they each contributed a kill to put the set and match away for Burroughs.

Hamilton had nine kills and Lizzy Gunn had nine assists for the Indians. Burbank’s Lily Winn had 19 digs, Ashlyn Edwards added 17 digs and Sara Treadway dished out 28 assists.

The cross-town rivals meet again on November 5 at Burroughs.

 

 

 

 

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