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Burroughs Boys Volleyball Beats Burbank, Wins League Title Again

The biggest question many wondered Tuesday night was how the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team would bounce back from its first league loss since 2013, as the Indians fell on the road last week at Arcadia.

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Although they weren’t consistent throughout, the Indians did enough to earn a Pacific League title for a tenth straight season with a 25-12, 25-22, 25-13 win over visiting Burbank High.
“All teams face adversity in season. Teams aren’t judged by their wins but how they come back from their losses,” said Burroughs 6-foot-4 sophomore Kade McGovern, who had a match-high 16 kills. “I think we did a good job of that tonight.”

Burroughs (19-12 overall, 11-1 in league), came out strong in the first game.

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Burbank tied the Indians for just one point, as Luca Bily served an ace to make it 4-4.
But the Indians fought right back and won the first game with relative ease.

“Establishing the middle at the start was a huge thing for us. That’s what we talked about that we wanted to do,” Burroughs Coach Joel Brinton said. “That allowed Connor (Burroughs) and Kade to hit well the rest of the game. Our attacking was vastly improved from where it was against Arcadia.”

Burbank (15-11, 7-5) put forth a fine effort in the second game. The Bulldogs led 13-10 following a kill from Dylan Viyar. Burbank also led 16-13, before Burroughs fought back to get on level terms.
McGovern served up an ace to make it 17-17.

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Troy Outwater had a kill to give Burroughs a 21-20 lead and helped make it 22-20 with a block.
Jagger Green finished off the game with a kill.

“We’re trying to build that culture of a never gives up mentality, that fighting mentality,” Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “That’s what I want these kids to act like when they’re playing on the floor. We had it in the second and we kind of lost it with our unforced errors and hitting mistakes in the third. You have to give it to Burroughs. They did serve tough and hit pretty well.”

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Burbank took a 4-3 lead in the third game on an ace from Chase Marcy.
But McGovern had kills on the next two points to help push the Indians back in front for good.
“We talked about it as a group. That streak doesn’t matter. None of them were here for that,” Brinton said. “The streak that mattered was getting a league championship this year and keeping that streak. We learned a lot from it and I think we made some steps in the right direction today.”

Burroughs received nine kills from Connor Burroughs. Carter Cottrell had 27 assists, Sam Tipton had 12 digs and Green had seven kills.

Bily led the Bulldogs with five kills. Viyar added three kills for Burbank. Jason Kwon had eight assists.

Burroughs Boys Volleyball Runs Past Burbank

The bar that has been set for the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team is high enough that even a win over rival Burbank isn’t anywhere close to the top of the Indians’ goals.

Friday evening nine-time defending Pacific League champion Burroughs looked solid for much of the match against the host Bulldogs and came away with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-20 victory.

But coach Joel Brinton knows what it is capable of, even if the results are not reflective of it.

“I”m happy that we figured out a way to win without playing our best. That’s about it. You can put that in the paper,” said Brinton. “Our kids who have been amazing for the past week, struggled a little bit tonight. It was awesome to see as a team that the middles had their back and the middles did a good job.”
Burroughs (11-6 overall, 6-0 in the league) lost the first point of the match on a kill by Burbank’s Chase Marcy.

But it was mostly Burroughs the rest of the way.

The Indians then went on a 7-0 run led by a pair of kills from Troy Outwater.

“I thought it was a fun match to coach. We started off a little bit slow in the first set with our serving and our plays. Maybe the crowd ambiance got to our heads,” Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “We started to collect ourselves a little bit better in the second and third. I thought the receive was improving, the hits were slightly improving and the effort overall improved in the second and third. Our serving didn’t help. I’ve been drilling it in their heads that we’ve got to make our serves and to keep it tough and not make it easy.”

Burroughs closed out the first set on a pair of kills from junior Connor Burroughs, who had a match-high 13 kills.

Burbank led 7-3 to start the second game before Burroughs came back to tie things at 10.
The Indians took the lead for good at 11-10 on a block by Connor Burroughs.

Burroughs finished off the second game with a kill from sophomore Kade McGovern, who had nine for the match.

The Indians led from start to finish in the third and final game, even though the Bulldogs were never far behind.

Burroughs got 10 kills from Jagger Green and seven from Outwater. Steven Grandinetti had 25 assists.
Marcy led Burbank with eight kills. Jack Raytis had four kills. Brandon Villaflor had 14 digs.

 

Burbank Boys Volleyball Falls in Playoff Opener

Burbank High waited 110 years to host a CIF Southern Section boys’ volleyball playoff match.

The Bulldogs will have to wait at least one more year to win one.

Burbank fell in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs to visiting Warren High of Downey, losing 25-19, 31-33, 27-25, 25-19.

The two teams struggled, combining on 42 serving errors over four sets.

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Burbank (19-11) lost the first set and found itself in trouble a number of times in the second set, before fighting back to win 33-31.

“Sets like those give your team a lot of momentum. We didn’t carry that into the third set as well as we wanted to,” Burbank outside hitter Jonathan Ragheb said. “We played well and then shot ourselves in the foot with those missed serves.”

Ragheb, who hopes to walk on the team at Harvard University, and teammate Rory Rickey, who hopes to walk on at UC San Diego, each finished with 14 kills.

“Most of us came in thinking let’s just play like it is another game. Obviously, everyone was a little excited that we were making history,” said Ragheb, who is Burbank’s valedictorian. “Everyone came in with confidence and a good mindset.”

Coach Karl Rojo acknowledged the match didn’t go as planned but was proud of his players.

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“We accomplished a lot this season.  We had a winning record and were second in the league.  We played good volleyball from the beginning to the end,” Rojo said. “I think we didn’t serve as aggressive as we should have.  They were going in with a soft serve. I told them to serve aggressively from the start.  We just didn’t do a good job of executing that defense against that particular attacker. We picked it up here and there, but they kept attacking that spot.”

Rojo said he liked the position his team was in after the second set.

“I felt pretty good, but not relaxed or complacent. We had to keep applying the pressure,” Rojo said. “I expected the communication to be a little better and a little bit more disciplined in our defense because there were things that we have gone over multiple times in practice.”

The Bulldogs led 23-22 in the third set, only to see the lead evaporate as Warren won 27-25.

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Burbank also got seven kills from Luca Bily and four from Ryan Rickey.

Warren (18-5) was led by Anthony Popoca and George Jimenez. Both had 14 kills each.

 

Burroughs Boys Volleyball Muscles Past Burbank

It was going to be a Good Friday for either the Burbank or Burroughs high boys’ volleyball team.

But both sides had to wait until the evening to find out who would come away victorious when the two sides met at Burroughs with first place in the Pacific League on the line.

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The eight-time defending league champion Indians made a statement early and virtually never looked back, winning 25-5, 25-11, 25-18.

“I thought we had all of the elements that a good team has and we discovered their weaknesses early on and exposed them,” Burroughs outside hitter Diego Rosal said. “We knew there was going to be a big crowd, but we didn’t let it get to us. We just treated it like any other game and executed well.”

Burroughs (9-5 overall, 5-0 in the league) clearly saw Burbank (10-4, 4-1) in perhaps its weakest performance of the season.

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“As much as we got lucky, I’m not surprised to see our performance like this because we had a great week of practice,” Burroughs Coach Joel Brinton said. “It’s nice to see when you work hard in practice and see the results on game day.”

Burbank coach Karl Rojo was frustrated to see his team lose as easily as it did to Burroughs.

“Everything was just off today. The serving was off, the hitting was off, the communication and the setter middle communication was off,” Rojo said. “We just couldn’t find our rhythm and when we did build some momentum we killed it by serving into the net or something else.”

After Burroughs breezed through the first two games, Burbank fought back in the third and looked more like the team people are accustomed to seeing.

“That third set was more of what we expected. For them to pick it up and bounce back, I don’t think any of us were surprised. That’s what expected the whole time,” Brinton said of Burbank.

Burbank took a 14-13 lead in the third game after a kill by Rory Rickey. He led Burbank with four kills.

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But Burroughs came back moments later led by Cole Kaitz, who had a team-high 17 kills.

Burroughs went on a 5-0 run after the two teams were tied at 16, making it 21-16.

Burbank was unable to answer back.

Burroughs received 10 kills from Rosal. Jose Solano had 27 assists, Sam Tipton had 16 digs and Michael Rumfola had three aces and 13 digs, all for Burroughs.

Burbank received three kills from Jonathan Ragheb.

Burroughs, Burbank Looking Strong Again in Boys Volleyball

Both Burroughs and Burbank highs have enjoyed success in recent years in boys’ volleyball. Change doesn’t appear to be on the cards this season as both teams are looking to keep those traditions going.

Burroughs

The eight-time defending Pacific League champions went 17-14 overall last year and 10-0 in the league. The Indians lost in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs to national power Huntington Beach.

Two starters and seven players overall are back from last season’s team as the Indians have just six seniors on an 18-player roster.

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Outside hitter Diego Rosal (6-5) and opposite hitter Cole Kaitz (6-5) are both back.

Senior Jose Solano (5-11) takes over at setter. Backing him up are junior Steven Grandenetti (6-2) and freshman Carter Cotrell (5-11).

Junior Sam Tipton (5-9) takes over the libero spot from the graduated Skyler Bercini. He is backed up junior Luke Kvarda (6-0) and senior Marcus Sta. Maria (5-6).

Junior Jagger Green (6-4) figures to be a key at middle blocker. Seniors Diego Borja (6-7) and Drew Gorsuch (6-0) as well as junior Jack Weerts (6-0), sophomore Conner Burroughs (6-1) could also see time at middle blocker.

Backing up Rosal are freshman Kade McGovern (6-3), as well as juniors Michael Rumfola (6-1), Caleb Reyes (5-11), and senior Azael Estrada (6-2).

Sophomore Sammy Solis (5-11) will back up Kaitz.

“(We’re) hoping for another successful year as we push ourselves thru our nonleague schedule to prepare ourselves for the league,” Coach Joel Brinton said. “We are still in Division 1 for CIF Playoffs and we understand the battle that lies ahead, but we have a great group of guys that are ready to work every day and do a great job of taking everything a day at a time.”

Burbank

The Bulldogs went 22-14 last year to finish third in the league. They lost in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs to Long Beach Wilson.

Karl Rojo, who has been the coach of the girls’ team, is now coaching the boys’ team as well.

Senior outside hitter Jonathan Ragheb (6-0) is a key returner and team captain.

 

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Senior Rory Rickey (6-2) also returns and will play middle blocker.  He is backed up by junior Dawson Koerper and senior Jonathan Valmonte.

Senior Edward Curren (5-8) is a team captain and the starting libero. Junior Ryan Mehta (5-5) is his backup.

Senior Brian Valmonte (5-10) is the setter and is backed up by junior Brian Villaflor.

Junior Luca Bily (5-11) is a returner who will hold down the opposite hitter position. Senior Paul Won and junior Dylan Vivar offer depth at the position.

Helping out in the outside hitter positions will be freshman Jonathan Coleman, junior Ryan Rickey (5-8), sophomore Kourosh Dolatshahi.

 

 

 

Burbank Boys Volleyball Can’t Finish Off CV

The opportunities were certainly available for the Burbank High boys’ volleyball team Friday night when the Bulldogs visited Crescenta Valley High.
The Bulldogs held leads well into each of the first three games. But the Falcons met most of those challenges and went on to win 25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 25-14 over the Bulldogs in a Pacific League match.
“I think we came out with good momentum. I think we came out fired up and ready to play, but sometimes we get into our own heads and let that affect the way we play,” Burbank coach Gaby Gallardo said. “CV is a good team and we have to be able to finish. We had the same problem with Burroughs, being ahead and we let the mistakes affect us mentally and we end up losing the match.”

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Burbank (16-10, 4-3 in league) led 10-5 at one point early in the first game and was tied at 18 with CV before Ben Allen took over for the Falcons.
Allen had three of his team-high 15 kills late in the first game.
Burbank was up 14-12 in the second game, before the Falcons closed with a 13-8 run.
The Bulldogs fought back in the third game, led by Adrian Rivera. Rivera, who had a match-high 19 kills, kept his team in the match by recording seven of those kills.
A kill by Rivera made it 24-22. After CV came back to tie the score at 24, Burbank got a key kill from Jonathan Ragheb to make it 25-24. The Bulldogs were able to close out the game thanks to a CV error.
CV (17-3-2, 6-1 in league) was not shaken by Burbank’s ability to avoid a sweep.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 6-1 advantage in the fourth game and were never threatened.
Ragheb finished with nine kills and Rory Rickey had eight along with a pair of blocks. Freshman Vincent Vang served three aces. Setter Jonthan Tapan had 42 assists.

 

Burroughs Boys Volleyball Muscles Way Past Burbank

Being prepared for pressure situations is something the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team is used to.
Senior Conner Ludlum experienced many tough situations a year ago when the Indians won the CIF Southern California Division 2 Regional title.
Ludlum took that experience to help lift his team Friday as the Indians defeated host Burbank High 25-23, 25-15, 27-25 in a Pacific League contest.

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“This game was really a focus on our ability to go re-set throughout the match,” Ludlum said. “I know there were a couple of times we were down eight or nine points. We found a way to come together as a team, to re-set and take one point at a time.”
Ludlum, who finished with a match-high 15 kills, helped Burroughs rally back from significant deficits in both the first and third games.
“It helps out a ton,” Ludlum said of last season’s playoff experience. “I’m one of the five seniors on the team. Knowing that I’ve been there and I know what to experience that helps me to lead the younger guys. Props to a lot of the younger guys. I think a lot of them stepped up. I know a lot of people on the bench came in and they had really crucial serves. It was a big team effort.”

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Burroughs (9-6, 5-0) trailed 15-8 at one point in the first game before climbing back to tie things at 19 on a kill by Ludlum.
“Sometimes I think we get carried away trying to do too much,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “We’re trying to get them to understand it’s a point, whether it is a tip or off a block. It doesn’t have to be a crush.”
Burbank (15-9, 3-2) gave Burroughs all it could handle, led by Adrian Rivera, who finished with 11 kills.
“We were definitely prepared,” Burbank coach Gaby Gallardo said. “We came out with good intensity and were fired up. Sometimes when we make a few mistakes we let the momentum go down. We just need to go back and work harder. I’m happy with how we fought. I’m happy with how they gave everything. That’s all I ever want from them.”

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Burroughs finished off the first game with a kill from Ludlum followed by a block by Billy Singleton.
The Indians had little trouble in the second game by building a big lead early and never looking back.
Burbank jumped out a big lead in the third game, going up 10-3 at one point. Burroughs also suffered the loss of Jarrett Malone, who went out with a hand injury.
Burroughs came close, but did not actually catch the Bulldogs until the teams were tied at 24.
An ace by Ludlum helped put the Indians up 26-25 with just one point needed to clinch the match.
Levi Benitez had 28 assists and five aces for Burroughs. Cole Kaitz had nine kills and Jarrett had eight. Skyler Bercini and Everett Kanoho each had 10 digs.
Burbank’s Jonathan Tapan had 20 assists. Rory Rickey had five kills for the Bulldogs.

 

Burroughs, Burbank Boys Volleyball Look to Continue Winning Ways

By Nareg Atteukenian

Success in volleyball isn’t something new to Burroughs and Burbank highs.

Last season Burroughs accomplished the greatest feat in program history when it advanced to the CIF Southern Section championship match.

Although the Indians fell short against Oak Park, Burroughs got revenge by beating the same team to win the CIF Southern California Regional title.

But much of that 31-6 Burroughs team has graduated as stars Ryan Van Loo, Andrew D’Almada and  Cameron Capili graduated.

Burbank has a new coach in Gaby Gallardo, who previously coached  league rival Hoover High. She replaces Patrick McMenamin, who is now a full-time athletic director.

The Bulldogs finished second league a year ago, going 20-13. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to Lakewood.

Burroughs

The Indians graduated five seniors last year, but also have some returning talent. With starters Conner Ludlum and Skyler Bercini returning to the scene and coach Joel Britton at the helm, Burroughs seems to be in shape to make a run at an eighth straight Pacific League title.

“I feel like the pressure shouldn’t be on the guys, the pressure should on the coaching staff. It’s our job to teach them,” Britton said.

But Burroughs also has a returning group, and one that will help push the team further.

“They kind of naturally have that leadership, the returning starters from last year,” said coach Britton about the starters returning to varsity. “We had sophomores on the court that found ways to contribute and play and now they’re juniors and they’re major contributors and they’re going to do a great job.”

Juniors Jose Solano and Levi Benitez, both of which are 5-foot-10, will try to fill the void left by Van Loo, who is now playing for Lewis University, at setter.

Bercini (5-8) will be backed up at libero by senior Everett Kanoho (5-9), who could also see time as a setter, and sophomore Sam Tipton (5-8) .

At middle blocker, Burroughs has a number of candidates led by juniors Diego Rosal (6-4), Billy Singleton (6-4) and senior Andrew Abrahamian (6-2).

Playing in the opposite role will be junior Cole Kaitz (6-5), junior Drew Gorsuch (6-0), and sophomore Sammy Solis (5-10).

Along with Ludlum, senior Jarrett Malone (6-4), senior Anton Prather (6-1), and sophomore Michael Rumfola (6-1) could see time.  Defensive specialist Khalil Johnson (5-11), who is a junior, could also see time as an outside hitter.

Burbank

With a new head coach and three seniors, Burbank will look to dethrone the Indians as Pacific League Champions.

“We’ve been doing a lot of hard work, and they’ve made adjustments to what I expect from them,” said Gallardo said.

Gallardo said her group has put in the effort and is hoping it will lead to success.

“Working hard is going to help us in playing against Burroughs,” Gallardo said. “They’re always a dominating team, they’re always a good program. All I can have them do is give me the best, and we train as hard as we can so that when we do play them it will be a good game.”

With several returning seniors, the Burbank team seems to have some role models to help the younger players on the team.

Senior setter Jonathan Tapan (5-7) returns as the starter. Junior Brian Valmonte (5-10) will serve as his backup.

Juniors Jonathan Ragheb (6-0) and  Eugene Uvarov (5-11) have been impressive early on in their roles as outside hitters.

Senior Adrian Rivera (6-1) and junior Jonthan Valmonte will hold down the opposite role.

Junior Edward Curren (5-8) and senior Pierre Simonian (5-8) will see time at libero.
Junior Rory Rickey (6-2) and sophomore Luca Bily (5-11) will compete for playing time at middle blocker.
Gallardo added that the seniors on the team expect the younger players to step up their level of play.
“You’re playing on varsity and you need to play at a varsity level,” Gallardo said of her young team.