By Tom Crowther
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor
At the halfway point of Pacific League play things are looking pretty good for Coach Edwin Real and the Burroughs girls’ volleyball team. The Indians moved to 11-3 overall and 7-0 in league with a four-game victory over their rivals from Burbank, Thursday night, 25-19, 25-27, 27-25, 25-14.
After narrowly missing a piece of the league title last season to the Arcadia Apaches, the Indians have made their goal for the season clear — regain the Pacific League title.
“It is the goal and it should be with the players we have,” Real said. “That said it hasn’t been easy since we had a lot of adjustments that were made by necessity with injuries and things since the spring time. Nothing is won yet, but we are playing well right now.”
Senior Megan Stephenson continues to do her part, leading the way with 25 kills against Burbank.
Burbank made things interesting taking a back-and-forth second game, 27-25. The two rivals were tied, 15-15, when Real called a time out. Moments later the Indians were up 21-17 and seemed poised to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Burbank rallied and tied things 23-23 and 25-25 before scoring points on a kill and an errant Burroughs serve to steal the match. The third game was equally close, but Burroughs prevailed.
“To be honest we missed a lot of serves and game some points away at times, ” Real said. “But once we started running our offense faster things started opening-up.
It was a team effort because Burbank is a good team and well coached by Sarah (Brown) and they knew what we were going to try to do with Megan and her power up front. We really had to get contributions from everyone to win and stay (unbeaten in league play).”