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Burbank Girls Volleyball Earns Victory Over Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

 

Two fruitful sets were followed by two that weren’t which made a fifth game necessary on Tuesday night when Burbank High hosted Crescenta Valley in a Pacific League girls’ volleyball match.

The clincher was truly gratifying as the Bulldogs prevailed 25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 20-25, 15-11.

Paced by Katie Treadway’s 30 kills, the Bulldogs played arguably their match of the season according to Karl Rojo.

The Bulldogs needed five sets in order to beat the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This is probably one of the best volleyball matches that we’ve played up until this season,” coach Rojo said. “We had high intensity. We were pretty dynamic with our sets and our swings. Our service team was pretty consistent.”

The fifth set was claimed on a kill from Treadway, who may have played her best match ever.

“I was a little nervous because of the third and fourth sets,” said Treadway, a junior outside hitter who also contributed nine digs and two aces. “I just think we had to keep a good mentality and we all stuck together. It was good that we came back.”

Treadway then added: “I think we kept our energy up and our mentality was the same throughout,” she said. “They were setting me up really well.”

The Falcons pulled ahead 5-2 in the fifth game before the Bulldogs evened it at 6-6 and led 7-6 on a hitting error by senior opposite hitter Teny Noordermeer.

Kayla Pino about to serve for Burbank, which defeated Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank leveled it at 8-8 on a kill from sophomore middle blocker Bianca Hudson (six kills) and it was even at 9-9 on Treadway’s spike.

The Falcons came within 11-10 on a kill from senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Karsten, but the Bulldogs then outscored Crescenta Valley 4-1 with Treadway getting back-to-back winners that made it 12-11 and 13-11.

When Noordermeer’s smash hit the net it became 14-11 and Treadway’s spike gave the Bulldogs (12-14 and 7-4 in league) the set and match.

Burbank nabbed the first set, but it wasn’t easy. Tied at 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 13-13, 15-15 and 16-16, the Falcons (16-10 and 7-4 in league) eased ahead 20-17 when senior outside hitter Amaya Broyls’ shot drilled the net.

Burbank roared back and came within 21-19 on a kill from Hudson and evened it at 23-23 on consecutive service aces from junior setter Ashley Eskander.

Carmen Camacho-Platas setting up a teammate. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Eskander (53 assists, eight aces, 16 digs and three kills) added a third straight ace the Bulldogs raced ahead 24-23 and then captured the game on Treadway’s kill.

The second set was another tight one, as it saw the Bulldogs lead 9-3 on Eskander’s dagger and three straight service aces.

The Falcons, who came in with a five-match winning streak, evened it at 14-14 on an ace from freshman setter Sydney Postelwaite.

Crescenta Valley forged ahead 18-16 on a hitting error by senior opposite hitter Carmen Camacho-Platas (six kills).

Burbank outscored Crescenta Valley 5-1 with Broyls getting a kill. From there, the Bulldogs moved ahead 23-20 on an ace from senior defensive specialist Izzy Sanchez and Treadway’s kill captured the set.

Crescenta Valley pretty much had its way in the third game after bolting to a 12-5 lead on a kill from Noordermeer.

A tapper from Noordermeer made it 15-8 and the cushion was 19-10 on a kill from senior opposite hitter Grace Holland.

Karsten and sophomore middle blocker Emma Glaza combined on a block for the Falcons that made it 22-14 and Holland’s kill saw Crescenta Valley claim the set.

Burbank led the fourth game 5-2 on a kill from Treadway and 8-4 on a spike from Treadway.

The Falcons rallied and moved in front 13-10 on a kill from Karsten, but an ace from Burbank senior libero Kayla Pino (23 digs and three aces) tied it at 14-14.

Crescenta Valley darted ahead 21-19 on junior outside hitter Lizzy Kerman’s ace, pulled in front 24-20 on an service winner from Postelwaite and grabbed the set on Holland’s kill.

Senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Olivia Price added two kills and junior middle blocker/opposite hitter Leah Tawil had three kills with two digs for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Gets by Crescenta Valley in Pacific League Match

By Rick Assad

 

Juliana Van Loo and Lydia Grote are generally the top scorers for the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team.

On Tuesday afternoon, the pair were just that and combined for 47 kills to help pace the Indians to a 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 25-16 triumph over visiting Crescenta Valley in a Pacific League match.

In the first and fourth sets the Indians passed the ball extremely well and in the process located their key offensive threats, Van Loo, who had a match-best 26 kills and Grote, who tallied 21.

Catie Virtue finished with seven kills in a four-set win over Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the clincher, after it was tied 2-2, the Indians pulled ahead 8-4 on a kill from Grote, a junior outside hitter.

The Falcons (6-6 and 2-1 in league) evened it at 8-8.

Another scoring spree followed as Burroughs (4-1 and 3-0 in league) darted in front 14-8 on a spike from Van Loo, a senior opposite hitter.

“For the first three sets, obviously, we were really trying to push to get those leads in the beginning and then by that fourth set we were really determined to get the win,” said Van Loo, a first-team all-league pick.

Consecutive winners from Van Loo made it 16-11 and 17-11, a tapper from sophomore outside hitter Catie Virtue (seven kills) had the Indians ahead 19-13 and two kills from Grote made it 21-14 and 22-14.

Senior libero Caitlin Lim about to set up a teammate. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A service ace from senior setter Shea McGovern gave the Indians a 24-15 edge and Grote’s spike handed the Indians the set and match.

Burroughs came out in the opening frame and bulled its way ahead 6-2 on Van Loo’s dagger and 11-3 on another spike from Van Loo.

The Indians bolted in front 15-6 on a kill from junior middle blocker Camila Sanchez-Tellez and Grote’s winner pushed it to 19-10.

Van Loo then unloaded two kills as Burroughs extended its advantage to 21-12 and 22-13.

“We talked about being consistent in game three and game four,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We cut down on some errors. The first game we passed it very, very well. We just had our way. Early in the fourth it was a little suspect, but then we cleaned it up pretty quick.”

Burroughs junior middle blocker Joelle Burras hammers one. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs senior defensive specialist Jolene Soliman delivered two straight aces that made it 24-13 and Virtue’s tapper gave the Indians a one-game lead.

The Indians led 8-4 in the second frame on Van loo’s kill.

It became 10-7 on an ace from Burroughs senior libero Caitlin Kim.

Virtue’s kill supplied the Indians with a 14-9 edge, but the Falcons drew within 14-11 on an ace from junior outside hitter Lizzy Kerman, who had nine kills.

It was deadlocked at 16-16 before Crescenta Valley took an 18-16 lead when Grote’s shot hit the net.

The Indians passed the ball especially well in the first and fourth sets against the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians came within 20-18 on Grote’s blast, but the Falcons inched ahead 22-21 on Kerman’s tapper.

It was level at 22-22 on Van Loo’s kill and 24-24 on another Van Loo spike.

The Falcons claimed the final two points on tappers from Kerman and senior opposite hitter Teny Noordemeer.

The Falcons led the third set 5-2 on an ace from sophomore defensive specialist Jamie Santos.

“In game four their big hitters executed,” Crescenta Valley first-year coach Matt Simons said. “They took care of business. Great hitters make great plays. Those two carried them. I don’t think we lost that match. They won that match.”

Crescenta Valley then moved in front 10-6 on a service ace from senior defensive specialist Cathy Dong, however, the Indians came within 13-10 on a kill and two aces from Van Loo.

Junior outside hitter Lydia Grote chipped in with 21 kills for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Falcons marched in front 17-14 on a rocket from senior outside hitter Kaitlin Karsten (team-high 11 kills), but the Indians took over 21-18 on Van Loo’s kill.

“I’m proud of the way the girls played. We had several close matches in the preseason against good teams. In losses you can learn more than in wins because you’re open to learning,” Simons said.

Virtue’s spike evened it at 21-21 and it was tied at 23-23 on Van Loo’s kill.

A mishit by senior setter Madison Blohm made it 24-23 in favor of Burroughs and Kerman’s shot hit the net for the set.

Burbank Girls Volleyball Swept by Arcadia in Pacific League Match

By Rick Assad

Losing the first game by a mere two points likely set the stage for two more close setbacks as the Burbank High girls’ volleyball team was swept by visiting Arcadia 26-24, 25-19, 25-19 in a Pacific League match on Thursday afternoon.

“I felt like we got off to a good start,” Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “We were moving the ball around well, but at the end of the first set we just started committing a lot of unforced errors. Those unforced errors didn’t help us out at all.”

Burbank’s Bianca Hudson goes up for the kill. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The initial game was deadlocked at 20-20 before the Bulldogs waltzed ahead 21-20 on a kill from senior outside hitter Amaya Broyls, who had a match-best 16 kills and seven digs.

The Apaches stayed poised and calm despite the fact that they trailed.

“I was really excited for the first match, but at the same time too, I don’t like the first matches because it’s just the first part of the game and it’s them getting used to one another,” Arcadia coach Jennifer Estrada said.

Burbank (1-5 and 1-1 in league) then bulled ahead 22-21 on junior outside hitter Katie Treadway’s bullet.

Treadway (eight kills and 15 digs) then saw her serve tickle the net that evened it at 22-22.

Arcadia senior outside hitter Haley Kennedy’s kill made it 23-22 only to see it knotted at 24-24 when Apache senior outside hitter Ayala Plummer’s hit sail out of bounds.

Carmen Camacho-Platas (#19) and Leah Tawil try to block Haley Kennedy’s shot. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Apaches led 25-24 after Broyls drilled the net and the game was secured on a block from Plummer, who had 10 kills.

“My philosophy with them is when I call a time out, is for them to make a mistake if they do, but not make the same mistake twice,” Estrada said. “Move on to the next play. And then I’ll make the adjustment. They learn to move on to the next play instead of dwelling on that play that just happened.”

The early portion of the first set was tight including 4-4 on a kill from Broyls.

Kennedy’s kill gave the Apaches a 12-11 edge, but Burbank then evened it at 14-14 on Treadway’s strike.

The Apaches (5-0-1 and 2-0 in league) soared in front 18-16 on a dagger from sophomore outside hitter Alicia Tsao.

The middle game saw Arcadia push ahead 7-3 when senior opposite hitter Carmen Camacho-Platas walloped the ball out of bounds.

Katie Treadway about to set the ball against the Apaches. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

A kill from Plummer gave the Apaches a 13-10 edge and it became 19-14 on a winner from senior middle hitter Katie Blastek.

Arcadia then went on a 5-3 spurt that included Kennedy’s service ace that made it 24-17.

The Apaches then took a two games to none advantage when Broyls’ serve ventured past the stripe.

Arcadia’s cushion swelled to 11-5 in the clinching set on Plummer’s kill.

The Bulldogs drew within 14-12 on back-to-back service aces from junior opposite hitter Brandice Hibbard (two kills and two digs).

In short order, the Apaches jetted in front 20-17 and 21-17 on consecutive kills from Kennedy, who led the Apaches with 12.

When Treadway’s liner hit the net, it was 23-18 and the game was captured on Kennedy’s spike.

Burbank junior setter Ashley Eskander had 34 assists and four digs, junior middle blocker Leah Tawil finished with three kills and senior libero Kayla Pino had eight digs.

Burroughs, Burbank Girls Volleyball Ready

By Rick Assad

 

Burroughs High and Burbank share not only proximity, but an unrelenting and fierce rivalry that goes back decades.

The two girls’ volleyball programs also share the proverbial hope of making the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Both will be without key players lost to graduation like outside hitter Marin Grote, who is playing for the University of Washington and averaged 13 kills a match for the Indians, who went to the second round of the Division III playoffs.

The Bulldogs don’t have outside hitter Melissa Daniel, who will be attending Stanford University, middle blocker Erin Lashkari and opposite hitter Bene Snyder.

Burroughs will miss Marin Grote, but the Indians are stacked with talent. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Still there is more than enough talent for both teams to compete for the Pacific League banner, according to the respective coaches.

Coach Edwin Real saw the Indians finish 24-7 and 13-1 in league play for the league crown.

The Indians, who are 1-1 this season and will host Burbank on Sept. 18 and visit the Bulldogs on Oct. 31, have claimed two of the last three league championships.

“The team expectations are to contend for the league title,” Real said. “I’m confident that we will make the playoffs.”

Leading the charge will be senior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo, who was a first-team all-league pick after averaging nearly seven kills per match.

Junior outside hitter Lydia Grote, Marin’s younger sister, will also be counted upon as will senior opposite hitter Shea McGovern and sophomore outside hitter Catie Virtue.

Burbank’s Amaya Broyls is expected to be a leader. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Real likes the offense and the team’s closeness.

“We work together and have a lot of hitting options and we play good defense,” he said.

How does Real motivate his club? “We have to remind ourselves of our goals,” he pointed out. “Work to get better each day. Winning will take care of itself.”

Burbank Coach Karl Rojo is counting on senior outside hitter Amaya Broyls, junior setter Ashley Eskander and junior outside hitter Katie Treadway to set the pace for the Bulldogs, who went 17-7-1 and 10-4 for third place in league.

“Looking forward to the season,” said Rojo, whose team lost in the opening round of the Division IV playoffs. “We’ve got a great group of girls. They’ve all bought in this summer. They’re all working hard.”

Rojo added: “We graduated seven seniors,” he said. “Seven seniors again, so they kind of know the system we’ve put forth.”

Rojo said he feels the team, which is 0-4 this season, will be in contention for the league title. “We should be in the top three or the top four,” he said.

What does Rojo like about this group? “One of our main strengths could be our serving,” he said. “Our defensive transitioning is getting better as well. Our counter attacks are improving slightly.”

Other contributors include senior defensive specialist Izzy Sanchez, senior libero Kayla Pino, senior opposite hitter Carmen Camacho-Platas, senior middle blocker Ava Kuiper and junior setter Kassie Gonzalez.

The rest of the squad will be comprised of senior opposite hitter Olivia Price, senior libero Hannah Cericos, junior libero Morgan Bolger, junior middle blocker Leah Tawil and junior opposite hitter Brandice Hibbard.

Burbank Girls Volleyball Drops Four-Setter To Chaminade

By Rick Assad

 

Being mentally prepared and focused are aspects sometimes overlooked in sports when it comes to winning and losing.

On Tuesday afternoon, the host Burbank High girls’ volleyball team seemed to lose its train of thought in the third set which set in motion a 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17, win by Chaminade in a nonleague match.

“I thought the effort was great,” Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “Maybe just a lack of focus at the end of sets. Maybe we lost a little effort and focus. Our service errors didn’t help.”

Rojo said that everything should be okay, given that it was the team’s first match and then added: “I think we’re fine. Just the mental effort,” he noted.

In that third game, the Bulldogs led 3-2, but fell behind 10-7 when junior libero Gillian Yee unloaded a service ace.

The Bulldogs passed the ball especially well in the first two sets against visiting Chaminade. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

A kill from Burbank senior outside hitter Amaya Broyls cut the gap to 14-10.

The Bulldogs moved within 16-12 on a winner from junior setter Ashley Eskander (56 assists with nine digs and two service aces).

When Burbank senior middle blocker Olivia Price and Broyls combined on a block it became 16-13 and a kill from Broyls made it 16-14.

“We were really getting good serve receive passes and that really helped Ashley get good sets for our hitters,” said Broyls, who had 13 kills with 15 digs of the first two sets versus the final two sets.

Broyls went on: “We lost some focus,” she pointed out. “We try to move on from our mistakes. We try to stay calm and stay focused.”

Burbank drew within 18-16 on a kill from junior outside hitter Katie Treadway (team-high 14 kills with 16 digs and one ace), but the Eagles (1-1) went on a 7-4 spurt including a spike from senior outside hitter Bryce Van der Valk for the set.

The action was fast and furious. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“We noticed that they were missing a lot of serves,” Van der Valk said. “It is hard to stay focused when you’re ahead.”

The second set was knotted at 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5 before Burbank (0-1) took command 14-10 on a winner from senior opposite hitter Carmen Camacho-Platas.

It became 19-17 in favor of Burbank on a kill from Broyls, 23-21 on an ace from Camacho-Platas and 25-22 on a service winner from Broyls.

Burbank’s Amaya Broyls is about to pass the ball versus the Eagles. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The opening set saw the Bulldogs march in front 9-5 on a spike from Broyls, who is the catcher on the softball team.

Again the scoring went back and forth with the Bulldogs eventually pulling ahead 17-14 on a kill from Broyls.

It was even at 18-18 before the Eagles surged ahead 21-18 on a winner from freshman outside hitter Paulina Darby.

Chaminade finally secured the game on an ace from Van der Valk.

“About halfway through the third set I think we were a little bit more disciplined,” Chaminade coach Cory Chandler said of the latter portion of the match. “What I sensed was that we played our game.”

The fourth set was controlled by Chaminade which led 9-4 on junior middle blocker Alexi Whitfield’s kill.

A winner from freshman outside hitter Isabella Martinez made it 12-6 and Van der Valk’s dagger pushed it to 17-10.

Ashley Eskander (#18) and Olivia Price try to block Bryce Van der Valk’s spike. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Chaminade, which dropped a five-setter to Calabasas on Monday, pushed ahead 19-11 on a service ace from Van der Valk before Burbank came within 24-16 on a kill from Treadway.

“I really think we started to work better as a team,” Chaminade senior setter Sofie Sullivan said of the last two sets. “You have to get a feel for the team [Burbank].”

“I think the hardest thing to do is keep your spirts up,” Chaminade senior libero Adriana Ferraro said. “Every point counts. Every point matters. I think our seniors are the leaders on the court.”

 

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Falls In CIF Second Round To Westridge

By Rick Assad

Try as they might, the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team came up just short in its CIF Southern Section Division III second-round playoff match against visiting Westridge on Thursday night.

It took five sets in order for the Tigers to tame the Indians 25-17, 21-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-9.

Senior outside hitter Marin Grote played her final game for the Indians, a loss in the CIF second round to visiting Westridge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We felt pretty good, but we knew that the other team would fight and we got stuck in a couple of rotations and ball control was suspect all night,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said.

The fifth and decider was tied at 2-2 on senior outside hitter Marin Grote’s kill and 3-3 on Westridge freshman opposite/hitter Kathleen Chen’s net serve.

The Tigers seized control and led 11-7 on a winner from senior opposite/outside hitter Makana Meyer.

Westridge went on a 4-2 spurt and captured the set and match when senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich’s shot missed the target.

“We had trouble passing the ball and getting the ball to our hitters,” Real said. “They were able to get the ball to their hitters.”

After dropping the opening game, the Indians (24-7) rallied and took the second set.

The pace was furious as it took five sets in order for the Tigers to prevail over the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It was tied at 1-1 and 2-2, before Westridge (24-6) went on a 9-5 spurt and led 11-7 on a kill from senior outside hitter Allison Martinez.

Burroughs drew within 12-9 on Grote’s dagger, but Chen’s tapper made it 15-9 as the Indians called time out.

“It was a tough loss,” said Grote, who will sign a letter of intent to play volleyball with the University of Washington on Nov. 8. “Overall I’m very pleased with how the season went. I’m so happy to be a part of this team. There was a lot of growth as a team and as individual players progressing.”

Burroughs went on a 5-0 blitz that was capped off by Grote’s stuff that evened it at 15-15.

The Indians burst ahead 17-16 on a winner from junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo.

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude gave her best effort and is being double teamed. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Van Loo’s tapper made it 18-16 while sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote’s kill pushed the advantage to 19-16.

Van Loo’s blast leveled it at 21-21 and was followed by a block from Lydia Grote that made it 23-21.

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude’s kill gave the Indians a 24-21 advantage and Patenaude’s jam evened the match at one game apiece.

Burroughs seized control of the third set after leading 8-4 on Marin Grote’s spike and 14-10 on Patenaude’s service ace.

It became 20-11 on a kill from junior middle blocker Maggie Harris and 23-12 on another smash from Harris.

The Indians then took two of the last five points including junior outside hitter Lauren Baydaline’s serve that hit the net as they led two games to one.

Close early and late, the fourth game saw the Indians lead 8-6 on Lydia Grote’s kill and 13-11 on Marin Grote’s wallop.

Ricki Patenaude and Marin Grote work in tandem defensively. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lydia Grote’s winner made it 17-14, but the Tigers roared back and led 22-20 on senior middle blocker Eryn Boken’s ace.

The Tigers claimed three of the next four points including sophomore libero Krystal Raymundo’s kill that evened the match at two games each.

The initial set went to Westridge which led 7-3 on Martinez’s ace and caused the Indians to ask for time.

Martinez’s kill made it 12-10 and Raymundo’s service ace pushed the advantage to 15-10.

When Martinez tacked on a spike it became 16-10 as Burroughs requested yet another time out.

The Tigers led 18-13 on Martinez’s kill and then 20-14 on Boken’s service winner.

Westridge darted ahead 24-16 on Meyer’s dagger and took the set on Martinez’s spike.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Pass Initial CIF Playoff Test

By Rick Assad

No postseason match is ever easy, but the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team had a relatively smooth ride over visiting Norco on Tuesday night.

The Indians took out the Cougars 25-18, 25-15, 25-14 in a CIF Southern Section Division III opening-round encounter.

Marin Grote was the driving force with nine kills in a CIF opening-round win over Norco. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, which claimed the Pacific League, has a second-round home game versus Westridge on Thursday.

The Indians were led by senior outside hitter Marin Grote with nine kills.

Junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo and senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude each produced five kills.

“I felt good about how we started and how we progressed throughout the match,” said Burroughs coach Edwin Real, whose team reached the quarterfinals in 2016. “One of the goals in this game was to get off to a fast start.”

The clinching game was tied at 2-2 and 3-3, but the Indians then rattled off six straight points including a service ace by Grote that made it 9-3.

Jewel Musich is ready to set up a point for the Indians in a CIF win over the Cougars. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs then seized control at 10-5 on a winner from Van Loo and darted in front 16-9 on a tapper from senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich.

Van Loo’s kill made it 18-11 and senior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell’s tapper put the Indians ahead 20-12.

Burroughs then outscored the Cougars (11-12) 5-2 that included a stuff by Van Loo for the set and match.

“They were pretty relaxed,” Real said of his squad. “They weren’t nervous at all, which is a good thing. It’s a more relaxed atmosphere. The crowd wasn’t huge. It’s like another Pacific League game for us.”

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude had five kills for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians were dominant in the second set as they took control 4-1 on Grote’s winner and 6-3 on another kill from Grote.

When junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern had a service ace, the advantage swelled to 7-3 and it became 11-5 on Van Loo’s spike.

The Cougars drew within 13-10, but sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote’s kill made it 14-11 and Marin Grote’s smash put the Indians in front 15-10.

A winner from Musich saw the Indians seize a 17-12 edge and a kill from junior middle blocker Maggie Harris pushed the Indians (24-6) in front 20-15. When Harris contributed a spike, the margin was 23-15.

The Indians were never headed against Norco in a CIF match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Marin Grote is the best player on the team, but the Indians have other weapons, according to Real.

“We try to work the others in practice. That way they’re all ready,” he said. “You’ve gotta run your routes because Marin’s not going to get them all.”

Cottrell’s kill shoved the Indians in front 24-15 and a stuff from Harris ended the set.

The Indians opened up a 9-3 cushion in the first set, extended it to 14-5 on Patenaude’s winner, and Norco came within 16-11.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Sweeps Past Host Burbank

By Rick Assad

City bragging rights, Burbank High hoping to keep sole possession of first place in the Pacific League and Burroughs wanting to make it a three-way tie for the top spot along with Arcadia were all on the line Thursday night when these longtime rivals met in a girls’ volleyball match.

The visiting Indians came out strong, something Coach Edwin Real wanted, and partially because of this early charge only three games were needed, 25-11, 25-12, 25-23, in order to deal the Bulldogs a defeat.

Burbank senior outside hitter Melissa Daniel (#1) had nine kills in a three-set loss to rival Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We were pretty focused, pretty determined,” Real said of the first two sets. “We have some goals and we needed to attain those goals and we start off passing well and once we get passing we have the setters. We have the hitters. We have people that can put the ball away. It’s just getting the ball to the hitters.”

Senior outside hitter Marin Grote finished with a match-high 15 kills and junior outside hitter Juliana Van Loo added six.

Burbank and Burroughs will meet once again on Oct. 24 at the Indians’ gym with a 6 p.m. start.

Burbank trailed throughout the third game, but came within 20-19 when senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude’s shot found the net.

Marin Grote rises and is about to add one of her match-high 15 kills in a Pacific League match against host Burbank. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Another point for the Bulldogs would have evened it, but Van Loo’s kill made it 21-19.

Burbank didn’t give up as it drew within 22-20 on a kill from senior outside hitter Melissa Daniel.

“We weren’t keeping it simple in terms of what plays we were running in terms of passing,” said Daniel, who had nine kills. “We were shanking balls left and right. We were thinking too much when we were playing instead of just playing.”

When senior opposite hitter Erin Lashkari served up an ace, the Bulldogs (12-2 and 6-1 in league) climbed within 22-21 and leveled it at 22-22 on a sizzler from Daniel.

When senior opposite hitter Suzy Torosyan added a spike, Burbank pulled into the lead, 23-22, as the Indians asked for time out.

But Grote’s bullet evened it at 23-23 and senior libero Sabrina Sullivan’s service ace made it 24-23.

The match clincher came when Burbank used four touches in order to get the ball across the net according to the referee, with Grote standing in front and ready to pounce.

Senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude gets the ball over the net for Burroughs while Arpi Garibyan jumps to defend. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians (14-2 and 6-1 in league) dashed ahead 3-1 in the third stanza on Grote’s spike and Grote’s smash made it 6-4 and her ace made it 7-4.

“In practice we’ve really been drilling strong starts,” said Grote, “so I think we had that under our belts as well as our team came in focused. We came here to win and that was our job and we did it.”

Van Loo’s tapper put Burroughs, which has now defeated Burbank five consecutive matches, in front 9-6, but Daniel’s spike saw the Bulldogs get within 10-8.

“We just did not play well tonight,” Daniel said. “We made too many errors and it just came down to that. We missed a lot of serves. We were not strong in service games.”

Burbank made too many errors in its Pacific League match versus visiting Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Grote added a kill, the Indians took over at 13-10 and Grote’s spike made it 14-11.

Burroughs opened the initial stanza by claiming 11 of the first 14 points that included a tapper from junior middle blocker Maggie Harris which prompted Burbank Coach Karl Rojo to ask for time.

“Our sense of urgency wasn’t really there the first set, second set,” Rojo said. “We didn’t live up to our serving standards. Too many in the net. Giving away too many points. We didn’t start with that sense of urgency. Couldn’t get our momentum right.”

Rojo went on: “You can kind of call it some sort of complacency the last couple of weeks,” he said. “That’s also a battle that we’re trying to overcome in practice, too. That complacency, when we play teams that aren’t as tough as we want them to be.”

The Indians seized control 15-6 on a kill from Patenaude and 16-7 on Grote’s bomb.

When junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern (four aces) unloaded three straight aces the lead swelled to 20-8 and it became 21-8 and 23-8 on a pair of Grote kills.

It was more of the same in the second game as the Indians captured the first five points before Daniel’s kill broke the spell to make it 5-1.

Burroughs took over 12-5 and 15-7 on kills from sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote.

The Bulldogs rallied and shaved the lead to 17-10 on Lashkari’s kill, however, Marin Grote had back-to-back bullets that made it 20-10 as Burbank needed a respite.

Marin Grote’s tapper put the Indians ahead 21-11 and Van Loo’s spike forged a 22-12 advantage.

Senior libero Lizzy Jessen’s service ace gave Burroughs a 23-12 lead and the Indians then took the next two points.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Can’t Keep Stride With Arcadia

By Rick Assad

At least recently, when it comes to the Pacific League girls’ volleyball race, most of the time Burroughs High and Arcadia are near the top of the standings.

On Tuesday afternoon, these two behemoths met and after four sets, the visiting Apaches prevailed, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14.

Marin Grote goes up for a point, but is met by Arcadia’s Katie Blastek (#12) and Hannah Ruiz in a Pacific League match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians played well in the second frame and were tied 17-17 in the third set on senior outside hitter Marin Grote’s tapper.

It was also level at 18-18 on outside hitter Lydia Grote’s kill.

“I think the first and second games we were definitely really, really excited, and we were all playing really well as a team, I think,” said Grote, a sophomore. “In the third game, we kind of stopped communicating to each a little bit more. We weren’t playing the best that we could have been.”

Grote added: “I think we did that really well [communicate] in the second game and then in the fourth game there was no talking on the court. We stopped playing as a team. We started playing one individual player on the court.”

Shea McGovern prepares to serve for the Indians in a clash with the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia (5-2 and 3-1 in league) gathered itself and outscored Burroughs 7-1 with the clincher Lydia Grote’s shot hitting the net.

Grote felt there was a lesson to be learned. “I definitely think we are better than what we played tonight,” she said. “I think we did lose communication in the third and fourth sets and if we had kept it together, I think we’d have stayed more excited and more up and we’re making less errors.”

Grote continued: “I think that next time we play them we’re definitely going to be better at communicating. We’re going to get every ball.”

The Apaches pulled in front 5-0 in the third game on a kill from senior opposite hitter Hannah Ruiz (12 kills).

Digging deep, the Indians rallied and evened it at 9-9 on freshman outside hitter Catie Virtue’s service ace.

Arcadia took the final two sets and the match behind strong play from Hannah Kennedy, who had a match-high 23 kills. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia then bolted in front 15-10 on a smash from senior outside hitter Hannah Kennedy (match-best 23 kills).

The Apaches zoomed into a 21-18 lead on Kennedy’s tapper which caused the Indians (7-2 and 3-1 in league) to seek a time out.

“I prepare the girls as if we’re going to game five,” Arcadia coach Jennifer Estrada said. “So that’s how they’re playing. That’s how I train them. They’re going to game five and that’s it. Because if I prepare them that we’re going to win it in three, then their mindset is that not to take it to five.”

Marin Grote gave it her all, but it wasn’t enough against the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Estrada went on: “Whereas if we’re going against such a great school, we already know, hey, they’re going to challenge you guys. I mean we play against a lot of schools in our league and they haven’t challenged us. A game like this is awesome because these girls can actually go point by point.”

The second game was even at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 and 6-6 on a kill from Kennedy.

Burroughs then jumped out to an 11-9 advantage on Marin Grote’s smash as the Apaches asked for time.

Arcadia tied it at 13-13 on a bullet from senior outside hitter Ashley McDonald (five kills) and led 18-15 on a service ace from junior libero Haley Kennedy (16 digs).

The Indians evened it at 21-21 on Marin Grote’s spike which forced the Apaches to call a time out.

Lydia Grote shows off her skills in a Pacific League match against Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It became 23-22 on Marin Grote’s kill and her rifle shot clinched the set and evened the match at one game apiece.

“Coming out of the second game we had a lot of momentum going into the third and then we flopped,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We gave them six points in a row, so we’re down 6-0. We had to crawl back to tie it up at 18, then they got seven in a row.”

What does Real need to do in order so that an opponent doesn’t go on prolonged runs?

“We need to be better in practice at not letting that happen,” he noted. “Because we practice that. And we’re not very good at that.”

Net play was furious in a Pacific League match between Arcadia and Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

The initial set was deadlocked at 3-3 on a kill from McDonald, but the Apaches went on an 8-2 spurt that included an ace from Ruiz as Arcadia took control 11-5.

When Haley Kennedy delivered a service ace it became 16-8,.

Arcadia junior middle blocker Ayala Plummer’s rocket made it 20-12 which prompted the Indians to call for time.

The Apaches moved ahead 23-13 when junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern’s hit sailed out of bounds and the set was iced on McDonald’s kill.

“The only good thing about it is that we’re still in the hunt,” Real said. “We have to beat everybody else from now on.”

The Indians have time to work on some things before facing Arcadia on Oct. 12, with a 3:30 p.m. start time.

Burbank Girls Volleyball Extended Five Sets, Beats Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

It seemed that whenever the Burbank High girls’ volleyball team needed a point or a key play, Melissa Daniel was ready to deliver.

In the fifth and deciding game in Thursday’s Pacific League match, Daniel had six kills and a combined stuff as the host Bulldogs took down Crescenta Valley, 25-22, 27-25, 20-25, 22-25, 15-7.

Melissa Daniel led the way for Burbank with 20 kills and 22 digs against Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Daniel scored the first two points on kills before sophomore outside hitter Katie Treadway (six aces and three kills) tossed in an ace that made it 3-0.

Daniel’s spike pushed the lead to 4-0, while senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Erin Lashkari’s stuff extended it to 5-0.

“Yeah, that’s so important, getting off strong because CV is a strong team, too,” said Daniel, a senior outside hitter who contributed a match-best 20 kills and 22 digs. “But we need to establish that lead to make sure that we could take this game.”

Lashkari and Daniel then teamed up on a jam as the advantage swelled to 6-0.

Burbank’s defense was stellar, especially in the fifth set versus the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Falcons (1-7 and 0-3 in league) scored a point on a net violation, but Daniel added a kill and senior opposite/outside hitter Arpi Garibyan (three kills) tossed in a stuff that made it 8-1 as Crescenta Valley asked for time.

“We’re definitely coming on stronger this year,” Daniel said. “We want to make a better showing than last year which wasn’t our best effort. This team this year is super close and it’s helping with our connection and I think we’re working great together.”

Daniel’s spike made it 10-1 and her smash supplied the Bulldogs with a 12-6 lead.

Crescenta Valley’s Teny Noordermeer rises up, but is met by Erin Lashkari in a Pacific League match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

Eventually Burbank (4-0 and 3-0 in league) would take the match after winning three of the next four points including Treadway’s dagger that made it 14-7 and senior defensive specialist/libero Katie Marcy’s service ace for the clincher.

When asked if it was intentional that she had the ball set in the fifth set, Daniel said that it wasn’t.

“It just happened to turn out that way,” she said. “I definitely didn’t play my best the first couple of sets. But I definitely came out with more stronger energy and the whole team had a lot more energy in that fifth set because we want to win.”

Burbank Coach Karl Rojo also felt confident in the fifth set. “With that experience she’s (Daniel) going to put that ball away for us,” he said. “We just had to feed the hot hand. We practice these games where you gotta feed the hot hand and the hot hand’s gotta figure it out. She contributed a lot today.”

Ashley Eskander, who had 25 assists, serves in a match against the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The opening game was tied 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 5-5, 6-6, 9-9, 10-10 and 11-11, but the Bulldogs took over 16-14 on an ace from senior opposite hitter Suzy Torosyan (six kills and 13 digs) and 20-16 on Treadway’s bullet.

When Lashkari had a tap-stuff, Burbank led 21-19, but the Falcons tied it at 21-21 on an ace from senior outside/opposite hitter Marley Gang.

A kill from Daniel gave the Bulldogs a 22-21 edge, and the Bulldogs would take three of the next four points for the set.

Burbank led 4-1 in the second game on Garibyan’s stuff and 12-5 on Torosyan’s winner.

A kill from Daniel gave the Bulldogs a 16-10 edge and it would be even at 20-20 on a stuff from Treadway.

Crescenta Valley tied it at 24-24 on junior opposite hitter/middle blocker Grace Holland’s kill, only to see Lashkari’s spike make it 25-24 and Daniel’s kill push it to 26-25.

Burbank moved in front 3-0 in the third set on Treadway’s ace, and it would be tied 14-14 on Treadway’s tapper.

The Bulldogs darted in front 17-14 on Marcy’s ace as Crescenta Valley asked for time and then outscored Burbank 11-3 for the set.

It was tied eight times in the early going in the fourth set before the Bulldogs led 12-10 on an ace from sophomore setter Ashley Eskander (25 assists).

The Falcons forged a  20-16 advantage on Gang’s blast as the Bulldogs needed a time out.

Burbank came within 23-20 on Treadway’s service ace as the Falcons asked for time, but when Lashkari’s serve sailed out of bounds, the fifth set became necessary.