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Burroughs Girls Volleyball Reaches CIF Quarterfinals After Sweep

By Rick Assad


Crisp passing and solid sets to capable hitters has made the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team so potent this season.

All were on display Saturday night when the Indians took on Notre Dame Academy in a CIF Southern Section Division III second-round playoff match at Crescenta Valley High’s gym.

The result was a sparkling 25-18, 25-13, 25-20 sweep and with it a trip to the quarterfinals on Wednesday at Village Christian.

Lydia Grote is high off the floor during a CIF second-round sweep of Notre Dame Academy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We didn’t play up to our potential in the first round,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said of a four-set win over University on Thursday. “When we get the ball to the setter, we did a pretty good job. Shea [McGovern] did a good job tonight of getting the ball to the hitters.”

The game-winning set began with Notre Dame Academy jumping out to a 3-0 lead on an ace from Katy Escun.

But the margin evaporated when Burroughs (26-8 and 13-1 in the Pacific League for a first-place tie with Arcadia) evened it at 5-5 on a service ace from freshman libero/defensive specialist Charlotte Hobson.

It became 10-6 on back-to-back kills from senior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo, who had 16 kills, 14-10 on McGovern’s quick-push and 16-11 on junior outside hitter Lydia Grote’s winner.

“I feel like I felt more pumped up for this game because it was the second round and we keep going,” said McGovern, a senior setter. “I think we’re really good and I think this team is going far. That’s our goal to win the CIF, for sure.”

Burroughs senior Shea McGovern is a master setter. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Notre Dame Academy bounced back and drew within 16-13 on a kill from Lucia Folsey.

“They’re a good team, but we got on them quickly,” Real said. “We were in a tournament [with Notre Dame Academy]. It was a different atmosphere. It was a Saturday tournament. I wasn’t worried about losing to them the first time. We’re a better team now.”

Consecutive spikes from Grote made it 18-13.

Grote’s smash put the Indians, who have won 14 of their last 17 matches, ahead 21-18 and when senior opposite hitter/defensive specialist Jolene Soliman sent in a service winner, the set and match was concluded.

After the Regal Gryphons took a 2-0 lead on Escun’s ace in the opening set, Van Loo’s kill shoved the Indians in front 8-6.

Catie Virtue pumped in eight kills in a sweep of the Regal Gryphons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Soliman’s ace made it 11-7 as Notre Dame Academy (18-14 and 6-2 in the Sunset League for second place) called for time out.

Grote’s kill made it 15-9, Grote’s laser pushed the advantage to 17-10 and Van Loo’s bullet made it 18-10.

“Our team is very consistent and we all know that consistency is the way that we get to a play,” said Grote, who dropped in 16 kills. “We can’t get to a play without a good serve. Get the ball in the court and we can handle the rest. We just have to start with a good serve and we work on that in practice.”

The Regal Gryphons outscored the Indians 5-2 and came within 20-15, which was capped on an ace from Jasmine Lucas.

Net play is always crucial and it was during Saturday’s sweep. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs muscled its way in front 22-16 on Van Loo’s kill and darted ahead 23-17 on a kill from sophomore designated specialist Lily Rogers.

The frame came to an end when Folsey hit a serve that spilled out of bounds.

In the second game the Indians led 4-1 on Grote’s tapper. A kill by Van Loo had the Indians ahead 8-4.

“I think if you look from the start of the season till now, I think we’ve had the most growth of any team that Burroughs volleyball has ever had,” Grote said. “Even these past two weeks, we’ve all been working so hard on what we call sell-out plays which is going for the ball you can’t get, but get a touch on.”

Burroughs led 15-6 when Grote added another kill, but the Regal Gryphons battled back and cut the deficit to 16-10 on a kill from Melissa George.

Sophomore outside hitter Catie Virtue’s tapper made it 18-10 and when Folsey’s attempt tickled the net, it was 20-12 as Notre Dame Academy asked for time.

A Virtue (eight kills) tapper put the Indians in front 23-13 and when Grote rifled a clean winner, Burroughs pulled ahead two sets to none.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball CIF Playoff Run Starts Off Well

By Rick Assad


For roughly three quarters of Thursday night’s CIF Southern Section Division III first-round playoff match, the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team pretty much dominated visiting University.

The four-setter was claimed by the Indians 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 27-25, but it could easily have spilled over to a fifth game.

The fourth set was a classic and knotted at 25-25, and it eventually boiled down to the final two points.

“We had trouble getting the ball to the setter. Once we got the ball to the setter, our hitters are pretty hard to stop,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said.

Lydia Grote serves in a four-set CIF playoff win over University. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Junior outside hitter Lydia Grote collected both points to secure the win and a second-round match against Notre Dame Academy on Saturday.

The Indians played Notre Dame Academy and lost in five sets in August.

It will be played at 6 p.m. and the Indians will be the host, but it will be played at Crescenta Valley High because their gym is being used for homecoming.

“We’ve got one day to practice,” Real said of the turnaround. “We’ve played them before in a tournament [Molten Classic] and we’re going to look at that tape.”

The Indians surged ahead 6-1 in the fourth game and led 10-5 on a kill from senior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo.

Grote’s spike made it 15-10, but consecutive aces from Trojans sophomore outside hitter Kiana Zarghalami cut the lead to 15-14 and Grote’s hitting error evened it at 15-15.

“In the first set I thought we were all there,” said Grote, who had a match-best 25 kills. “We were all ready. In the second set we kind of let that drop. Took it for granted. In the third set we pulled it back together again.”

Shea McGovern is about to deliver a set in a CIF match against the Trojans. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Grote’s spike tied it at 16-16 and an ace from senior setter Shea McGovern made it 17-16.

Van Loo’s tapper put the Indians in front 18-16 and Grote’s softie pushed it to 19-16.

“We’re definitely happy that we won, but I know and we know that we can play a lot better,” said Van Loo, who added 11 kills. “Going into Saturday we’re going to have to step up our game.”

Van Loo expected the first-rounder to be tough.

“I knew that it would go a fourth or a fifth because they’re a good team,” she said.

Van Loo’s kill shoved Burroughs (25-8 and 13-1 and a tie for first in league) ahead 22-21, but a kill from Trojans junior outside hitter Lily Krongold evened it at 22-22.

It was tied 3-3 in the opening set on Grote’s winner, but the Indians then moved ahead 7-4 on a spike from senior middle blocker Maggie Harris.

“I think we were able to hold it together,” Grote said of the match. “We came together and played together and played like a team. We have to play as one unit.”

Junior middle blocker Camila Sanchez-Tellez returns one across the net against University. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

It became 8-8 on Van Loo’s dagger and 15-10 on a tapper from sophomore outside hitter Catie Virtue.

Grote’s kill made it 17-12 and 20-14 on an ace from senior libero Caitlin Lim.

A service ace from Virtue made it 23-17 and a bullet from Grote gave the Indians the set.

Grote’s kill leveled it at 3-3 in the third frame and Van Loo’s spike evened it at 5-5.

Grote’s dagger made it 9-6 and an ace from sophomore defensive specialist Lily Rogers supplied the Indians with a 13-10 cushion.

Back-to-back aces from McGovern extended the lead to 18-11 and Grote’s kill handed the Indians a 19-14 lead.

A kill from Burroughs sophomore defensive specialist Reese Coblentz made it 20-14 and the Indians sealed it when senior opposite hitter/defensive specialist Jolene Soliman served up an ace.

The Indians jumped to a 3-1 lead in the second set when Van Loo and Harris combined on a block.

An ace from Soliman pushed Burroughs’ lead to 10-5 and an ace from Rogers made it 13-7. A kill from Van Loo made it 15-11 and later 17-17 on a tapper from Van Loo.

University (15-16 and 6-4 for third place in the Pacific Coast League), which is located in Irvine, captured eight of the next 13 points as junior opposite hitter Serena Choi’s kill won the set.

“The experience as far as Burroughs goes, they’ve made the playoffs,” University coach Garry Currier said. “These girls have never been to the playoffs. It’s been nine years and this would have been 10 years. It [the match] could have gone either way.

Burbank Football Pulls Off Another Playoff Stunner

Duplicating last season’s effort wasn’t something many thought possible for the Burbank High football team.

Drew Pendleton gets in on a sack of South Hills quarterback Khalil Ali. (Photo Courtesy Doug Brown)

Now the Bulldogs are just one away from making a trip back to the CIF Southern Section championship game.

Friday night Burbank stunned top-seeded South Hills of West Covina 42-30 at Covina District Field in Division 7 quarterfinal matchup.

“We were supposed to be a 5-5 team maybe. To tie the school record for wins, to win a league title and go to the semis now, that’s awesome,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said. “That’s dedication, hard work and perseverance. I’m so proud of them.”

Burbank will now play at Don Lugo of Chino in a semifinal rematch from last season, which Burbank won 44-14.

South Hills (10-2) came out strong and actually led Burbank 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.

But things changed when RJ Stearns threw an interception that was returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Kaydon Spens. Stearns also suffered an ankle injury and did not return.

Darnell Williams carries the ball for Burbank. (Photo Courtesy Doug Brown)

South Hills appeared to not be shaken by the loss of its starting quarterback as it answered with an 87-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Khalil Ali to Nicholas Lariviere. That put the Huskies ahead 17-10.

But Matthew Porras rallied Burbank (10-2). His touchdown with 6:27 left in the first half tied things at 17.

Burbank took the lead on a safety that came as a result of a fumbled ball on a punt attempt.

On the ensuing drive, Porras found fellow junior Duncan Smith wide open for a 50-yard touchdown.

Andrew Rovira later kicked a 43-yard field goal to make it 29-17. Rovira was successful on all four of his field goal attempts. He also connected from 41, 31 and 25 yards.

Late in the game he was injured when a South Hills player ran into him on a punt attempt, which resulted in a penalty against the Huskies.

Drew Pendleton on one of his 10 catches. (Photo Courtesy Doug Brown)

Burbank began the second half with a pair of Rovira field goals to make it 35-17.

Following a South Hills touchdown, Porras scored from one yard out with 5:28 to play to make it 42-23.

The Bulldogs got huge performances from seniors Drew Pendleton and Darnell Williams.

Pendleton had 10 receptions for 169 yards and Williams had 137 yards rushing in 20 carries.

“I think both years we came in with a chip on our shoulder because they were ranked higher and everyone thought they were going to win,” Pendleton said about defeating South Hills and Northview of Covina last season, also at Covina District Field.

Burroughs Boys Water Polo Reaches CIF Second Round

By Rick Assad


A first step was taken by the Burroughs High boys’ water polo team in the hope of capturing the CIF Southern Section Division V title.

The Indians’ 22-8 opening-round victory over visiting Whittier on Tuesday was established early with a first quarter barrage and continued in the second quarter as the Cardinals fell behind 15-1 at the half.

Burroughs has a second-round road date with Citrus Valley, which knocked off Hemet, 9-5, on Thursday with a 5 p.m. start.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians knocked off the Cardinals 22-8 in a CIF first-round match. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Leading the charge for the Indians (21-6) were junior utility David Arakelyan with a match-best eight goals followed by senior utility Aram Nordanyan with seven.

Whittier (15-13) was paced by David Sarkissian with four goals as he scored two in the third and fourth quarters.

“I expected this,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said of the lopsided contest. “I look forward to the second round. I think we have a clear path to get to the semifinals.”

Arakelyan dropped in the first four goals in the opening period. His bullet with 6:46 left made it 1-0, and his strike sixteen seconds later put the Indians ahead 2-0.

“We kind of expected to do a really good job,” Arakelyan said. “We’re ranked No. 3. We’ve worked hard this season. It should be a little tougher in the second round.”

Burroughs jumped ahead 3-0 with 5:18 on the clock and 4-0 with 4:11 showing with tallies from Arakelyan.

Nordanyan’s shot with 3:41 left made it 5-0 and his goal with four seconds on the clock made it 8-0.

Junior utility J.J. Ambartsumyan scored with 3:07 remaining to make it 6-0 and rifled one in with 45 seconds left for a 7-0 edge.

The Indians outscored the Cardinals 7-1 in the second quarter with Nordanyan scoring back-to-back goals with 5:46 left to make it 9-1 and with 5:19 on the clock to make it 10-1.

A tally from junior utility Marko Vucetic and 4:42 on the clock put the Indians ahead 11-1 while Arakelyan’s laser 15 seconds later made it 12-1.

Vucetic’s goal with 4:02 left made it 13-1 and senior defender Jerry Solano’s goal with 3:14 left pushed the lead to 14-1. Arakelyan’s smash with 59 seconds left capped the opening-half output.

The No. 3 seeded Indians took it easy in the third and fourth quarters with the reserves in the pool and far less long passes.

“I took out my starters in the second half,” Cook said. “There were no fast breaks.”

Nordanyan’s goal with 6:44 remaining in the third quarter made it 16-1 and his dagger with 5:31 showing pushed the advantage to 17-1.

Arakelyan’s tally with 4:33 left made it 18-1 before Sarkissian scored 30 seconds later to slice the lead to 18-2 and with 2:19 remaining to make it 18-3.

The teams divided the next four goals with Arakelyan’s perfectly-timed back-handed attempt with 1:53 left making it 19-3. Ambartsumyan’s tally with one second on the clock made it 20-5.

Sophomore driver Simon Kharazyan’s goal with 4:46 left in the fourth quarter gave the Indians a 20-6 cushion and Nordanyan’s strike with 29 seconds left making it 22-7.

Junior goalie David Jimenez played the first and third quarters and had eight saves, while sophomore Andre Abramyan toiled in the second and fourth and collected five saves.

Burbank Girls Tennis Lose In CIF Second Round, 10-8

By Rick Assad


On an unusually warm November afternoon, the Burbank High girls’ tennis season came to an end against visiting Riverside Poly 10-8 in the CIF Southern Section Division II second round on Friday.

But it didn’t come without a fight as the Bulldogs never quit and showed a great deal of determination.

Six of the eight points were collected in singles play with No. 1 Nicole Merrit and No. 2 Kristina Kirakosyan each sweeping their opponents.

“I’m so proud of every single player on this team,” said Merrit, a senior who plans on continuing her tennis career in college. “They gave everything they had in practice and in the matches. I’m going to miss this and all the girls.”

(Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

Burbank No. 1 singles Nicole Merrit swept her sets against Riverside Poly in CIF second-round action. Photo by © Brandon Buckley)

Merrit went on: “I’m just thankful for this year and the four years I was here. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Merrit took out No. 1 senior Lily Mitchell 6-2, No. 2 senior Dyala Harb 6-3 and No. 3 senior Dani Baum 7-5.

Merrit was asked if the weather and bright sun were problems. “No, we’re used to this,” she said. “I’m fine. This doesn’t bother us.”

Kirakosyan, a freshman, prevailed in impressive fashion 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3 over those same opponents.

But Burbank’s No. 3 singles player, junior Alice Avedikian fell by the scores of 2-6, 5-7, 3-6.

Riverside Poly (21-1) is used to winning having advanced to the CIF championship round the last three campaigns before eventually losing.

In 2015 and 2014, the Bears fell in Division IV play while in 2013, Riverside Poly lost in Division V action.

The Bulldogs (14-3), who placed second in the Pacific League and took out Ayala in the opening round, garnered two points in doubles play.

The No. 1 Burbank tandem of sophomore Johana Faraj and freshman Elza Vardanyan won 6-1 over No. 2 junior Jasmine Dhalla and senior Laney Baum and 6-3 versus No. 3 freshman Tanner Rowland and senior Maddy Loeb.

The Burbank No. 1 duo lost 5-7 to No. 1 junior Maxelle Bernie and junior Torrey Mateljan.

Burbank’s No. 2 tandem of junior Krystal Hirahira and junior Emilie Siraki were defeated by Bernie/Mateljan 6-2, Dhalla/Baum 6-1 and Rowland and junior Kyley Demshki 6-3.

The Bulldogs’ No. 3 doubles tandem of senior Britni Friedman and freshman Bella Stevens lost 6-0 to Bernie/Mateljan and 6-0 to Dhalla/Baum.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Takes Out Dos Pueblos

By Rick Assad


Burroughs High’s dynamic trio of junior outside hitter Marin Grote, junior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell and sophomore middle blocker Juliana Van Loo, accounted for 36 kills for the girls’ volleyball team which swept visiting Dos Pueblos, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 in a CIF Southern Section Division III opening-round playoff match on Tuesday.

The Indians now have a second-round encounter with Los Osos on the road Thursday.

“Our crowd can really make a difference,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We served swell, but had problems passing the ball early in the first game. We did a lot better in the second game.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Julianna Cottrell delivered eight kills in sweep of Dos Pueblos. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Real also pointed out that Dos Pueblos didn’t serve his team tough, which made it easier to return the ball and attack on offense.

Burroughs (21-9) took command 4-0 on an ace from senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster in the clinching set and pulled ahead 11-3 on an ace from Grote, who delivered a match-best 18 kills.

The Indians went on a 6-2 explosion to lead 17-5 and that included a winner from Cottrell, who ended the evening with eight kills.

Burroughs took control 22-12 on Grote’s kill and divided the next six points to capture the set and match on Cottrell’s tapper.

The first two sets were tense and filled with drama as they could have gone to either school.

The initial game was even at 3-3 on junior outside hitter Camilla Tamburini’s service ace, but Burroughs danced in front 9-6 on Grote’s dart. It became 11-6 on an ace from freshman setter Ali Perez.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Marin Grote really gets off the ground with this spike. Grote had a match-high 18 kills. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Chargers (16-15) closed within 13-10 on a kill from Tamburini, however, the Indians moved ahead 18-13 on Cottrell’s smash.

After Cottrell’s winner made it 22-15, Dos Pueblos called its only time out of the match.

It helped somewhat as the Chargers drew within 23-20 on Tamburini’s rocket.

“I’m not a fan of calling time out,” Dos Pueblos coach Dillan Bennett said. “We practice what we’re going to do in games and we should know how to get out of jams.”

The Indians seized control of the game by winning the final two points on a kill from Grote and Van Loo (10 kills), who delivered a tapper for the set.

The second game was another tight one as it was level at 3-3 on Van Loo’s dagger and 8-8 when senior opposite hitter Sophia Rizzotti’s shot went out of bounds.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster is a floor leader. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It was even at 11-11 on Rizzotti’s kill before the Indians dashed in front 13-11 on Grote’s bomb.

The Chargers were stubborn and talented as they tied it at 15-15 on a winner from freshman middle blocker Danielle LaGrange.

From this point, the Indians slowly eased in front 20-17 on Cottrell’s spike and 24-19 on Grote’s kill.

“It’s been four years since we’ve made the playoffs,” Bennett said. “I think that lack of playoff experience hurt us and helped them. We didn’t pass the ball exceptionally well tonight and that really hurt us.”

Burroughs took a two-games-to-none lead in the match when sophomore middle blocker Ally Mintzer’s attempt sailed out of bounds.


Burroughs Softball Reaches Semifinals With 4-0 Win Over Norwalk

By Rick Assad


The Burroughs High softball team has a date with top-seeded and nationally ranked Grand Terrace in the CIF Southern Section Division III semifinals at Olive Park on Tuesday with a 3:15 p.m. first pitch.

That’s because on Thursday, the No. 4 seeded Indians (24-4) needed nine innings in order to subdue host Norwalk 4-0 in a quarterfinal match. Burroughs was blanked until that point when it scored four runs.

“We won the game because of our defense,” Burroughs coach Doug Nicol said. “Our defense held us in the game. It was highlight after highlight. I don’t want to sound over dramatic, but that was the greatest effort by a team that I’ve ever seen. It was unbelievable.”

The Indians’ next game is going to be against a team that hasn’t allowed a run during three playoff games and is ranked No. 2 in the nation by the website maxpreps.com.

The ninth inning began with Kaitlin Okimoto hitting a ball to deep center field for a home run that made it 1-0.

Presley Miraglia was safe on a swinging bunt and Nikki Ricciardella entered as a pinch runner. Brianna Johnson singled and both runners scored on Amanda Flores’ triple to center field. Flores crossed the plate on Destiny Velazquez’s base hit.

In the opening round, the Titans, who are 26-1 and have a 24-game winning streak which is currently the longest, defeated Peninsula 10-0, then knocked off San Clemente 7-0 in the second round and Don Lugo 8-0 in the quarters.

Norwalk outhit the Indians, 11-7, but was unable to score any runs off pitching ace Miraglia, who went nine frames, striking out eight with one walk.

Aside from the victory over Norwalk, Burroughs, which has won 15 straight games, the second longest, has beaten Irvine 4-2 in the second round and drilled Tesoro 8-0 in the first round.

Burroughs Softball Reaches Quarterfinals With 4-2 Win Over Irvine

By Rick Assad


Like an eagle soaring, the Burroughs High softball team is flying past opponents, including Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat of host Irvine (15-14) in a CIF Southern Section Division III second-round playoff game.

On Thursday, the Indians (23-4) will face host Norwalk, which beat Palos Verdes 2-1 in an opening-round contest and edged Alemany 2-1 in a second-round match.

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Presley Miraglia was supported by 10 hits and allowed two runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over seven innings. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We were pretty much in charge the whole game,” Burroughs coach Doug Nicol said. “They scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and had four of their seven hits when Presley [Miraglia] left some balls up.”

Nicol went on: “There were runners on second and third with one out, but she got out of the inning by getting a pop up to Kaitlin [Okimoto] and getting a strikeout.”

For two innings, neither team scored, but that was broken when the Indians tallied three runs in the third.

Okimoto, who plays shortstop, hit a double and Miraglia sacrificed her to third base. Brianna Johnson, who contributed three hits, singled to make it 1-0.

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Shortstop Kaitlin Okimoto, shown in a recent game against Burbank, had three hits in a 4-2 win over Irvine in a CIF second-round game. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs extended its advantage to 2-0 when Isabel Frias reached on a fielder’s choice as Johnson crossed the plate, and it became 3-0 after Amanda Flores was safe on a fielder’s choice that drove in a run.

The Indians, who also received two hits from Hannah Talavera, tacked on a solo run in the seventh inning when Okimoto, who had three hits, barely missed a home run and settled for a triple and later scored on a wild pitch.

“I was really happy that we came away with the win because it wasn’t one of our best hitting games,” said Nicol of his club that managed 10 hits. “We hit 13 ground-ball outs and we left 14 runners on base.”

Miraglia was on the money and put together another impressive outing as she went seven innings while allowing seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Burroughs Softball Blanks Tesoro, 8-0, In CIF Opening Round

By Rick Assad


Whenever Burroughs High’s Presley Miraglia steps into the circle, she’s calm, cool and confident.

In Thursday afternoon’s CIF Southern Section Division III opening-round softball playoff match against Tesoro at Olive Park, the right-handed pitcher was all three as she tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout as the Indians blanked the Titans, 8-0.

The Indians (22-4 and 14-0 in the Pacific League) now face Irvine, which knocked off St. Paul, 5-3, in a second-round game on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.

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Burroughs pitcher Presley Miraglia allowed no runs with two hits versus Tesoro in a CIF Southern Section opening-round game. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The only well-hit ball that Miraglia allowed came in the seventh inning off the bat of Kiana Cisneros to left field.

Miraglia then struck out Lauren Steffo, but Danielle Fettis was safe on an error as Cisneros scooted to second base.

Brittney Hill then lined to left fielder Isabel Frias for the second out and Taylor Lavin fanned for the final out.

The other hit was delivered by Cisneros with one out in the fourth inning and was of the infield variety.

Miraglia then fanned Steffo and got Fettis to fly out to Jessie Amaya in right field, who was playing for Alise Archuleta, who has an injured ankle.

“She really gave up one clean, solid hit,” Burroughs coach Doug Nicol said of his star hurler who looks forward to playing travel ball this summer. “She missed a lot of bats today. She’s really grown as a pitcher. It’s nice to see that.”

In the first inning, Miraglia struck out Rylee Argue and Hallie Goldman, but Goldman was safe on a throwing error. Miraglia then induced Cisneros and Steffo to both fly to Frias.

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Second baseman Lauren Lopez singled twice and scored twice during an 8-0 win over the Titans. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The second inning began with Fettis and Hill each whiffing and Lavin grounding out to second baseman Lauren Lopez.

Miraglia got Shelby Pruyne, Caitlyn Sung and Argue to ground out in the third inning.

Miraglia had a 1-2-3 fifth inning as Hill popped to Kaitlin Okimoto, the shortstop, Lavin fanned and Pruyne flied to Frias.

Miraglia worked a perfect sixth inning when Sung grounded out to Lopez. Pinch hitter Sam Hogancamp grounded to first baseman Amanda Flores and pinch hitter Maddie Heredia flied to Amaya.

“I was just focused on my pitching,” said Miraglia, who struck out eight with no walks.

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Kaitlin Okimoto (#32) steals second base and later scored. Okimoto singled and added a three-run homer in the sixth. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When asked what pitches were working, Miraglia was quick with an answer. “My curve, drop and rise,” she said.

Miraglia was assisted by a 13-hit uprising that featured a three-run homer to left center field by Okimoto in the sixth inning.

“I liked our at-bats,” Nicol said of his high-ranked team. “I like line drives and ground balls. I don’t like fly balls.”

Okimoto also singled to left field in the first inning, stole second base and scored on Brianna Johnson’s single to right field.

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Burroughs’ outfield play was flawless in a CIF Southern Section first-round victory. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I felt pretty confident because we had a good practice yesterday,” Okimoto said. “This was a good win, but we always try to look forward.”

A second run was tacked on in the opening frame when Frias singled in pinch runner Nikki Ricciardella, who came in after Miraglia was hit with a pitch.

The Indians struck for four runs on four hits in the sixth inning that made it 8-0.

In the frame, Hannah Talavera (two singles) walked and Lopez had an infield single and both scored on Okimoto’s blast.

Johnson was safe on an infield hit and she crossed the plate on Flores’ hit to right field.

The Indians took a 3-0 lead in the second inning when Lopez singled to center field with one out, moved to second base on a fielder’s choice and came around on an error.

It became 4-0 with a solo run in the fifth inning when Johnson singled to center with one out, stole second base, advanced to third base on Frias’ grounder and came home on a single through the middle by Flores.

Brianna Devellano was safe on an infield hit in the fourth inning and advanced to second and third base, but was left stranded.

Makayla Norwood gave up seven hits with three strikeouts and two hit batters for the Titans (9-15) in three and one-third innings, while Megan Richardson went two and two-third innings and yielded six hits with two walks.

Burroughs Girls’ Volleyball Finish Season With Loss To Serrano

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


A season with enormous potential and promise fell short of its intended goal as the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball squad lost to host Serrano in a CIF Southern Section II-A quarterfinal match on Saturday.

It took five games to decide as the Indians came out strong in the first two, but couldn’t maintain the momentum as the Diamondbacks prevailed, 19-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-9.

The Indians were paced by senior outside hitter Danielle Ryan’s 19 kills and sophomore outside hitter Marin Grote’s 17 kills.

“In the third game they [Serrano] stepped up and put pressure on us,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “They changed their offense. Their main players are seniors and they’re going to college. They’re gamers.”

Real added: “Our plan was to get off to a good start like we did in the last match [against Bonita]. We knew they had a good team and there was a big crowd. We were on the visitors side and it was cold. We keyed the right people in the first two games. But in the fourth game our confidence fell, and we got nervous and when the wheels fell off the wagon, we didn’t stick together.”

The fifth game was fairly one-sided as the Diamondbacks moved ahead 7-2. “We had a rough game five,” Real admitted.

Burroughs Coach Edwin Real speaks to his players at a recent practice (photo by Dick Dornan).

JB girls’ volleyball Coach Edwin Real was proud of his team’s effort in CIF quarterfinal five-game loss to Serrano on the road. (Photo by Dick Dornan).

Grote was pleased with the overall effort. “I believe that the match had its ups and downs. The first two sets were great. We played as a team, executed our plays, and most importantly, had fun with our teammates,” she said. “However once we started the third match we continued our streak of letting off the gas. We let them come back. Overall I believe the third set was the worst. Then in the third set we started to play harder. We competed the first two points and then fell behind. Once we hit the fifth set I think the shock of our season became a reality and we took a step back. Once the shock wore off we put up a good fight even though the opposing team was in the last few points of the match.”

The Indians, ranked No. 7, had previous playoff sweeps over Bonita in the second round and Pacifica Oxnard in the opening round, and finished 23-8 and went 14-0 in the Pacific League.

Grote was proud of the effort. “I thought that as a team we gave one heck of a fight,” he said. “We played hard and we left it all on the court. Aside from a few adjustments we all should have made, we played our hearts out.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

JB senior outside hitter Danielle Ryan led with 19 kills in CIF quarterfinal setback to the Diamondbacks. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Grote said there was one swing of momentum against Serrano (24-1), the No. 2 seeded team.

“I think the biggest turning point in our favor was in the fifth game when we started to fight back,” she pointed out. “The other team looked scared that we might come back and win it.”

Looking back Grote felt the team gave everything it had. “Personally I think the entire team played rather well tonight,” she said. “We just had a few moments that caused us to get down. But we got over the bumps and fought back. Overall I think this was one of our hardest matches we played all season and we played together. That’s all any one could ask for.”

Senior opposite hitter Jessica Rury gave it her all. “Our team played with everything we had,” she said. “We knew that nothing could hit the floor, every ball had to come up, and every ball had to be put away. We left our hearts out on the floor and played the best game of the season.”

Rury went on: “I just tried to sell out for my teammates as much as possible and do my job playing offense and defense. After we won the first two games we were so excited and pumped up. But after losing the third game we let it get in our heads and we didn’t turn the page fast enough. Our determination was there and our fight was there, but we just couldn’t pull through with the win tonight.”