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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.

 

 

 

South Torrance Boys Volleyball Too Tough for Burroughs

The South Torrance and Burroughs High volleyball programs have one thing in common and that is that both dominate their respective leagues and have to look elsewhere to find quality competition.

So the two sides have made it a tradition in recent years to face one another.

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Friday evening Burroughs found out how tough the No. 5 rated team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll is, as the visiting Spartans earned a 25-20, 25-21, 25-18 victory.

“I don’t think it’s a shame losing to a team that is ranked top 10 in Division 1,” Burroughs Coach Joel Brinton said. “I think we’re trying to do the right thing by trying to play these guys and challenge ourselves.”

South Torrance (10-0), which won the prestigious Redondo Tournament last weekend, was led by opposite hitter Luke Krzmarzick, who set the tone early on.

“We knew they would be a hard team coming in,” said Krzmarzick, who has signed with Concordia University in Irvine. “This was a really good game coming out here and playing them.”

Burroughs (5-4) had things tied at 16 in the first game before the Spartans pulled away thanks to some fine play from freshman Michael Faloona.

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Cole Kaitz, who led Burroughs with 10 kills, tried to help the Indians recover with one of his kills that made it 24-20.

Burroughs fell behind again in the second game, thanks to superb play from Krzmarzick.

Diego Rosal, who finished with 6 kills, helped mount a rally. However, it was not enough for the Indians to make a comeback.

The Indians struggled once again in the third game, before a kill from Krzmarzick, finished things off.

Connor Burroughs had six kills for the Indians.  Setter Jose Solano had 2o assists.  Sam Tipton had 10 digs for Burroughs, and Kaitz added eight.

The Indians will host St. John Bosco Tuesday at 6 p.m.