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Burbank Girls Tennis Earns Triumph Over Rival Burroughs

By Rick Assad

After the Burbank High girls’ tennis team stood and went toe-to-toe with longtime crosstown rival Burroughs for two hours and forty minutes on a warm and sticky Tuesday afternoon, the host Bulldogs finally emerged with a hard-fought 11-7 Pacific League triumph.

Burbank, which has six wins and two losses overall this season and is 3-2 in league play, employed a balanced attack in order to score points as its singles players garnered six points and its doubles duos grabbed five.

Host Burbank and Burroughs gather for the players’ introductions. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Leading the charge as usual for the Bulldogs was senior Kristina Kirakosyan, who swept at No. 1 singles, faring 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

Kirakosyan knocked off Burroughs No. 1 sophomore Isabella Harris-Bermudez, No. 2 freshman Elane Shane, who was substituting for sophomore Lauren Pieri and No. 3 freshman Kaitlyn Glaim.

Though the match itself wasn’t that lopsided, Kirakosyan wasn’t hard-pressed while earning her three points.

“Yeah, I had a pretty easy time,” admitted Kirakosyan after her work was concluded. “I don’t know if I expected more [from Burroughs], but they played better last year, in my opinion.”

Kristina Kirakosyan swept at No. 1 singles for the Bulldogs in a match against the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

At No. 2 for the Bulldogs, Siya Joshi also swept her opponents as the junior went 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.

Meanwhile, Harris-Bermudez picked up a set winning 6-1 as she defeated Burbank No. 3 singles, senior Natalie Khachikian.

Pieri did as well at 6-3 when she knocked off sophomore Lilyan Hawrylo, who was subbing for Khachikian.

Glaim also was victorious at 6-4 against Khachikian.

Though the Indians are without a win this season in four overall matches, which happen to be in league, they are improved over the last few seasons and are headed in the right direction.

Burroughs’ No. 1 singles Isabella Harris-Bermudez is about to hammer one. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs fared much better in doubles action as the No. 1 tandem of senior Alice Weber and senior Suzy Kim claimed two sets at 6-2, 6-2.

They defeated the No. 2 Burbank duo of sophomore Emily Hasunuma and freshman Ellen Petrosyan and the No. 3 tandem of sophomore Jenna Jabourian and sophomore Lena Jabourian.

“As for the singles thing, usually schools stack their singles so they put the better players there,” explained Weber. “For us today, we just tried to keep it consistent and play our usual game. Make sure that we don’t make a lot of unforced errors.”

Weber then added: “This is our first year playing together, but we’ve known each other since the seventh grade,” she said.

Weber said it’s difficult to tell for sure if the team is improved because there are so many variables.

“I don’t know if we’re better,” she said, “but we have different players and we’re doing different lineups.”

Burbank’s No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Elli Sumera and freshman Nairi Zeytounzian held off Weber/Kim at 7-5.

Burroughs’ No. 2 doubles team of sophomore Vanessa Muga and junior Keili Brahms also picked up two sets at 6-4 and 6-3.

Burbank, Burroughs Girls Tennis Looking to Stay Competitive

For quite some time, the Pacific League title in girls’ tennis runs through Arcadia.

Thus, Burbank and Burroughs haven’t enjoyed as much as success as they did back when they competed in the Foothill League more than a decade ago.

But the Bulldogs and Indians have still remained competitive and this season figures to be no different.

Burbank

The Bulldogs have five returning varsity players and have begun the season 2-0 with wins over Immaculate Heart and Flintridge Sacred Heart.

Kristina Kirakosyan is finally a senior. She has been a four-year varsity player and Burbank’s No. 1 singles player for three of those years.

Junior Siya Joshi returns and will fill one of the other singles slots.

Freshman Ellen Petrosyan figures to give the Bulldogs another solid singles player.

Elli Sumera

In doubles, sophomore Elli Sumera and freshman Nairi Zeytounzian have played together as the No. 1 team and enjoyed success.

The pair won two of three sets in the win over Flintridge Sacred Heart and narrowly missed earning a sweep.

Burbank appears to have found an Emily connection for another doubles team as sophomores Emily Angel and Emily Hasunuma won a pair of sets against the visiting Tologs on Thursday.

The Bulldogs definitely have some camaraderie with the third doubles team as sophomores Lena and Jenna Jabourian are twin sisters.

Sophomore Lilyan Hawrylo and senior Natalie Khachikian are two other varsity returners who could play in various roles for the team.

Burbank opens the league season Sept. 10 at Arcadia.

“They’re our first (league) match of the season. We’re hoping to start strong,” Sumera said.

Burroughs

The Indians are young and will rely on the senior leadership of Alice Weber and Suzy Kim, who are expected to play together as the No. 1 doubles team.

Sophomore Isabella Harris-Bermudez is expected to be the No. 1 singles player. Junior Lauren Pieri is expected to be right behind her as the No. 2 singles player.

Senior Ayana Coha will hold down one half of the No. 2 doubles team. Sophomore Isabella Munguia is currently nursing an injury, but is expected to return soon to partner with Coha.

Sophomore Valerie Lentine could see time in either singles or doubles as could freshmen Elane Shane and Kaitlyn Glaim.

Vanessa Muga and Elizabeth Fraser are two others who could see time on varsity.

Rick Assad contributed to this article.