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Burroughs Girls Volleyball Starts Slow, Ends Fast Against CV

By Rick Assad

An early deficit may have been the perfect springboard for the visiting Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team on Tuesday.

After losing the opening game, the Indians roared back and took the next three for a 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-21 Pacific League decision over CrescentaValley.

“I think we made a lot of errors today,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “CV didn’t make errors. They made us have to play. They’re digging balls. They’re serving well. So if we’re not on point, you know, this is hard.”

With the match level at one game apiece, Burroughs forged ahead 10-6 in the third game behind a kill from junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo, who finished with 10 kills.

The Indians moved ahead 12-9 on a smash from sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote.

Grote’s dagger made it 17-11 and when senior outside hitter Marin Grote, who will play volleyball for the University of Washington, delivered a bullet that made it 19-11, the Falcons called time out.

Outside hitter Marin Grote had a match-best 21 kills in a Pacific League win over host Crescenta Valley. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We have a lot of upperclassmen which is an advantage, I think,” said Grote, who finished with a match-best 21 kills. “A lot of experienced players. And so it takes the team working together to get it rolling, as you saw in the third game.”

Burroughs led 21-12 on senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude’s kill and it became 23-12 on Patenaude’s service ace.

Patenaude had seven kills for the match.

Marin Grote’s smash gave the Indians a 24-14 edge and junior setter/opposite hitter Shea McGovern’s ace the set.

Crescenta Valley (1-6 and 0-2 in league) led 6-0 in the fourth set behind junior setter/outside hitter Madison Blohm’s service ace.

But the Indians came within 8-4 on Marin Grote’s kill.

“I always expect a good competitive match from CV,” Grote said. “I know they’re a good team. I’ve played with several of the girls. As a team, we expected a good hard match.”

Burroughs then outscored the Falcons 10-5 and led 14-13 on senior defensive specialist/libero Lizzy Jessen’s service winner.

The Falcons evened it at 16-16 on junior outside/opposite hitter Maya Lightfoot’s kill which caused Burroughs to ask for time out.

Crescenta Valley led 17-16 on senior outside/opposite hitter Marley Gang’s ace, but Marin Grote’s hit evened it at 17-17.

From this point, the Indians took control and pushed ahead 20-18 on Van Loo’s kill and 23-20 on Lydia Grote’s kill as the Falcons called time out.

Burroughs (6-1 and 2-0 in league) claimed two of the next three points including Patenaude’s tapper for the game and match.

The second game was even at 3-3 on Marin Grote’s kill, but the Indians darted in front 7-6 and 8-6 on consecutive service aces from McGovern.

Crescenta Valley tied it at 10-10 on junior opposite hitter/middle blocker Grace Holland’s kill.

Van Loo’s smash tied it at 11-11, but the Indians would pull ahead 15-13 on Lydia Grote’s tapper.

Marin Grote’s blast made it 18-15 and her service winner pushed the advantage to 21-19.

“This past match was way better than Glendale,” Grote said. “Glendale was the first league match and this did not go our way even though we won. It wasn’t a good match. This was more of a team-oriented match and was better played.”

Van Loo’s kill saw the Indians bolt ahead 22-20, while senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich’s stuff made it 23-20.

Van Loo added another kill that made it 24-20 and Marin Grote’s service ace saw the Indians even the match at a game apiece.

Crescenta Valley took a 3-0 lead in the first game on Gang’s kill and 7-1 when Marin Grote’s smash missed.

The Indians came within 8-5 on Marin Grote’s kill, but the Falcons extended their lead to 12-10 on Holland’s ace.

Crescenta Valley pulled in front 17-13 on Blohm’s service ace and 20-17 on Gang’s ace.

Burroughs tied it at 22-22 on Marin Grote’s kill and it was even at 23-23 when Marin Grote’s serve hit the net.

Holland’s service ace made it 24-23 and was followed by Van Loo’s spike that missed as the Falcons took the opening set.

Real wasn’t pleased losing the initial game, but said that it was self-inflicted. “I think, unfortunately, maybe some overconfidence,” he said. “Even in game four, I think we were down 6-0.”

Real went on: “One of our goals for today was to get off to a fast start and run the game fast because they had a three-ball system. So it went fast alright, for the other team.”

Burbank, Burroughs Girls Volleyball Shoot For Moon

By Rick Assad

The prize is the same for the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ volleyball teams and that’s capturing the Pacific League title and then advancing deep into the postseason.

In recent years, the edge in these departments have usually gone to the Indians while the Bulldogs have had some success.

A season ago, Burroughs placed second in league to Arcadia with a 12-2 record and pushed its way to the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals, but lost to Foothill.

“We expect the Pacific League to be more competitive than in years past,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We have seen improvements in Glendale and Pasadena and we are always expecting Arcadia to be toward the top.”

Burbank Coach Karl Rojo addresses the team at a recent practice. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With regard to Burbank, Real said he expects the matches to be close.

“The rival game with Burbank is always competitive as well,” he said. “Our goal is to win the league title, though.”

The Indians play at Burbank on Sept. 28 and then host the Bulldogs on Oct. 24.

Leading the charge for the Indians will be senior outside hitter Marin Grote, who at 6-feet-4, also plays center for the basketball team.

Grote, a powerful hitter and a defensive stalwart, is expected to attend and play volleyball for the University of Washington.

Other key individuals include senior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell and junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo.

Burroughs senior outside hitter Marin Grote is one key to success for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Also on the squad are senior setter Lauren Zedlar, senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich, senior defensive specialist/libero Sabrina Sullivan, senior defensive specialist Lizzy Jessen and senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude.

The others include junior opposite hitter Jolene Solimon, junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern, junior defensive specialist Caitlin Lim, junior middle blocker Maggie Harris, sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote and freshman outside hitter Catie Virtue.

“Our goal for the season is to play consistent, match by match in order to win the Pacific League and also have a memorable playoff run,” Real said. “We are hoping that our talent and team chemistry helps us advance beyond the quarterfinals, a feat no other girls volleyball team at Burroughs has done.”

Likewise, Burbank Coach Karl Rojo, who begins his third season, also expects good things from the Bulldogs, who finished above .500 overall.

But Rojo will have to replace two offensive and defensive forces, Hailey Heath and Rachel Wiley, who graduated.

Still there is enough talent on the roster to compete and that includes senior outside hitter Melissa Daniel, senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Erin Lashkari and senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Bene Snyder.

Daniel, Lashkari and Snyder are all on the softball team and extremely versatile athletes.

“The chemistry is nice,” Rojo said. “Not too much drama. We’re hoping for a better season than last season.”

Rojo then added: “We lost some key players,” he noted. “We were able to fill in those spots. They’re working hard and ready to play.”

In last year’s match, host Burbank and Burroughs shake hands afterward. Both are gunning for Pacific League banner. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Daniel, Lashkari and Snyder are capable of pushing the Bulldogs beyond a 7-7 league record and fourth place, which is where they placed last season.

There is going to be help in the form of senior outside/opposite hitter Suzy Torosyan, sophomore outside hitter Katie Treadway and sophomore setter Ashley Eskander.

Other key players are senior opposite hitter/middle blocker Arpi Garibyan and junior opposite/outside hitter Amaya Broyls.

One thing the Bulldogs will have to avoid are instances when they didn’t play well down the stretch of matches.

“We need to keep this core group mentally sharp,” Rojo said. “We can fix those issues in practice. We need to put the ball away early.”

The rest of Rojo’s squad includes senior libero/defensive specialist Katie Marcy, senior outside/opposite hitter Elizabeth Kvryan, junior outside/opposite hitter Carmen Camacho-Platas, junior middle blocker/opposite hitter Olivia Price, junior libero/defensive specialist Hannah Cericos, sophomore libero Morgan Bolger and sophomore setter Kassie Gonzales.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Can’t Get Past Foothill, Lose In Quarters

By Rick Assad


After dropping the initial set, it became fairly clear that if the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team was to advance past the CIF Southern Section Division III quarterfinals, Marin Grote would need a Herculean effort.

The 6-foot-5 inch junior outside hitter delivered one, but it still wasn’t good enough to push the Indians past visiting Foothill on Saturday as the Knights prevailed, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16.

Grote finished with a career-best 29 kills after a 27-kill effort against Los Osos in a second-round match.

The next best was nine kills from senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster, who played well throughout the season and this playoff run.

The swing set was the third and it was a heart-breaker for those following the Indians (22-10).

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Marin Grote, seen serving in a CIF opening-round match, had 29 kills in a four-set loss to Foothill in the quarterfinals. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We made a lot of mistakes,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “In the third game, we were in command, but then we made four errors in a row. You can’t do that against a good team. That was the difference.”

Foothill raced to a 4-1 lead in the third game with a kill from senior outside hitter Natalie Gray.

The Indians roared back, tying it at 7-7 on Grote’s dagger. But the Knights eased ahead 13-10 on a winner from sophomore outside hitter Marissa Mazurie.

Burroughs came within 17-15 on Grote’s winner, however, the Knights bolted ahead 20-18 on a kill from sophomore middle hitter Grace Cannon.

The Indians zoomed in front 22-21 on a duo block from Grote and sophomore middle blocker Juliana Van Loo.

Real said a lack of consistency was the problem. “You’ve got to be consistent and we weren’t tonight. If you’re consistent, you have a chance.”

The Knights would grab the next three points for the set including a stuff from sophomore setter Eliza Cannon that made it 24-22, and the clincher from senior middle hitter Imani Moreen.

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Senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster (#33), in an opening-round match, finished with nine kills in a quarterfinal loss. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs took the second game and pulled in front 4-1 on an ace from Paster.

It was level at 7-7 on a winner from junior opposite hitter Emily Botzbach and 9-9 on a combined stuff from senior opposite hitter Sophia Rizzotti and Paster.

The Indians would forge a 17-12 advantage on Van Loo’s winner, and would pull ahead 19-14 on Grote’s spike.

Burroughs took command 22-18 on another Grote smash and Grote would end the set and tie the match with a kill.

“Marin played really well and she tried to lead us to the win,” Real said. “She’s tremendous and a great player. We have her one more year.”

Real spoke about what the team accomplished. “They should be very proud of what they did this year. We were not expected to do as well as we did and get as far as we did.”

The opening set was close in the early stages, tied at 3-3 on a winner from Eliza Cannon before Foothill went on an 9-4 spurt that made it 12-7 on Grace Cannon’s kill.

With Gray’s winner, the Knights led 14-8 as Real called time out. But Foothill went on a 4-2 spurt and moved ahead 18-10 on Moreen’s winner.

The Knights took a 21-13 lead on a stuff from Grace Cannon. The lead swelled to 23-15 on an ace from senior outside hitter Remi Lehnertz, before Gray’s bomb gave the visitors the set.

Foothill came out in the fourth game and led 3-1 on Eliza Cannon’s kill and 10-3 on a stuff from Garce Cannon and Mazurie.

The Knights seized control 16-8 on a winner from Mazurie and 20-10 on Moreen’s spike.

Mazurie’s kill made it 24-14 and when Grote’s swing sailed into the net, the Knights took the set and match.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Reaches Quarterfinals Second Straight Season

By Rick Assad


Taking to the road is usually a tough act, especially during the CIF Southern Section playoffs where the competition is keen.

The Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team was extended to five sets against host Los Osos on Thursday night in a Division III second-round match, but still prevailed, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11 and now have a date at home on Saturday versus Foothill in a quarterfinal match with a 7 p.m. starting time.

This is the second consecutive season in which the Indians have reached the quarterfinals.

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Marin Grote, shown in a CIF opening-round match versus Dos Pueblos, had 27 kills against Los Osos in a win on Thursday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Despite the record, the Grizzlies (16-16) proved to be a rugged and determined foe, which should serve Burroughs well for its next match.

Leading the way were the usual suspects and they included junior outside hitter Marin Grote, who had a match-best 27 kills, while senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster tacked on 12 and sophomore outside hitter Juliana Van Loo added 10 kills.

Grote, who contributed 18 spikes in an opening-round victory over Dos Pueblos and Paster were able to play above and beyond in the deciding set.

In the fifth, Grote tallied six kills while Paster was extremely efficient as they spearheaded the action.

“It was very competitive early on, but we came on late in the first set and that carried over into the second and third,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “They took the fourth, but then we closed it out in the fifth game.”

After dropping the first set by five points, Burroughs (22-9) stormed back and was able to get into a groove in the second and continued that momentum in the third set.

Los Osos then captured a tight fourth set, but then had trouble in the fifth and deciding game.

When Real was asked if he ever felt that the Indians wouldn’t win, he said that he was fairly sure they would prevail.

“It was nerve wracking, but the team was focused and I was confident that we were going to win.”


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.”

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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.

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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.

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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 Girls Volleyball Shoves Aside Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad


For the second time this season, the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team took out Crescenta Valley in three games.

So there was nothing too unusual in the 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 Pacific League road victory by the Indians on Tuesday despite each team having the same record in league play.

The Indians were able to wear down the Falcons from the outset in the battle for second place. Meanwhile, powerful Arcadia sits atop the league standings.

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Outside hitter Marin Grote, shown here against Burbank, had a match-best 21 kills versus Crescenta Valley. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I know we won in three, but I thought we played somewhat tentative, especially in the first game,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “It [being tentative] changed about half way through the second game. We have to play well because they’re good.”

Spearheading the offense was junior outside hitter Marin Grote’s match-best 21 kills.

Senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster and junior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell both delivered five winners.

The first set was even at 5-5 and 10-10 on Grote’s block before the Indians pulled ahead 14-10 on Paster’s service ace.

Burroughs was able to secure 12 points when Paster was at the service line which tilted the match in the Indians favor.

Burroughs (17-5 and 10-2 in league) shoved ahead 20-13 on sophomore Juliana Van Loo’s stuff at the net, and led 24-17 on Paster’s smash. Cottrell’s dagger claimed the initial set.

Van Loo’s kill evened the second game at 3-3, but the Falcons moved in front 12-8 on a kill from junior Patty Kerman.

The Falcons (12-9 and 9-3 in league) evened the middle set at 15-15 on Kerman’s winner, however the Indians took over and led 18-16 on Van Loo’s block.

It was level at 19-19, but Burroughs rallied and went on a 6-4 blitz that included kills from Grote to make it 24-22 and Grote’s slam to secure the set.

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Middle blocker Caleigh Paster (#33), pictured in a match against the Bulldogs, delivered five kills versus the Falcons. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians seized control 5-1 on a tapper from Grote in the final set which forced a time out from the Falcons.

From this point, it was clear that a sweep seemed likely and it was as Burroughs pulled ahead 8-4 on Grote’s dagger.

The lead ballooned to 14-7 when Paster collected a kill and 17-11 on Grote’s bomb.

Junior setter Lauren Zedlar’s winner pushed the advantage to 20-12 and Van Loo’s smash made it 21-12.  Junior defensive specialist Lizzy Jessen’s ace gave the Indians a 10-point advantage.

In short order, the Indians claimed the set and match on Cottrell’s kill and Paster’s bullet ice the victory.

“We were a lot more relaxed and not too hyper,” Cottrell said. “We’re much better when we play that way so we can focus on what we have to do.”

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Lose To Arcadia In Four

By Rick Assad


A tie atop the Pacific League standings awaited the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team if it could beat Arcadia, which had taken out the Indians in four games early last month.

But it was not to be as the visiting Apaches prevailed, 28-26, 21-25, 25-15, 25-18 on Tuesday despite the inspired play from junior outside hitter Marin Grote, who finished with a team-best 14 kills.

“There was more intensity the first time we played Arcadia,” Grote said. “It was more back-and-forth. Today we were prepared to play, but we didn’t play as well as we could have.”

Arcadia was spearheaded by senior outside hitter Rachel Reedy with 14 kills and junior outside hitter Hannah Kennedy with 12.

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Senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster (#33), shown here in a match against Burbank, played well against Arcadia. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The critical set was the opener because it was truly up for grabs.

The Indians (14-4 and 6-2 in league) powered ahead 3-0 on Kennedy’s hit out of bounds and 12-8 on Grote’s winner.

Burroughs maintained a 17-13 advantage on junior opposite hitter Ricki Patenaude’s smash.

The Apaches (14-1 and 8-0 in league) evened it at 17-17 on a kill from Kennedy.

Grote’s block trimmed Arcadia’s lead to 22-20, and consecutive kills from Grote tied it at 23-23.

Grote said everyone has to pitch in if the team is to be successful. “Volleyball is a team game,” she said. “Everyone counts.”

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The Indians battled the Apaches, shown here in a match versus the Bulldogs, but lost in four sets. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians darted ahead 26-25 on another winner from Grote, but the Apaches seized control with three straight blocks, including senior setter Cammie Dopke’s clincher.

“That was very much the key game,” said longtime Arcadia coach Charles Freberg, who has taken two teams to the CIF Southern Section semifinals. “They had to be smart about it [the match]. They all began to do something that they’re good at.”

Freberg went on: “But what happens sometimes is that everyone wants to hit the ball hard and when you do that, you don’t always win the point. Everything has to be just right.”

The Indians righted the ship in the second game as they pulled ahead 6-2 on a service winner from freshman setter Ali Perez.

Arcadia tied it at 9-9 on a kill from Reedy, but Burroughs junior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell’s kill evened it at 10-10.

“Our energy level is high when we’re winning, but sometimes it isn’t when we’re losing,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “The first time we played them we were more consistent.”

Real added: “Arcadia is capable of making mistakes like in the second game. Tonight we made more errors than they did.”

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Burroughs Coach Edwin Real, shown at a practice, said his team made too many mistakes against Arcadia. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

It became 12-11 on Grote’s blast and the lead was extended to 17-12 on another Grote bullet.

The Indians darted ahead 22-18 on senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster’s dagger.

Grote’s kill made it 24-21 and Paster’s slam evened it a one game apiece.

Arcadia waltzed ahead 3-0 on an ace from Kennedy in the third game and 13-5 on a slam from Dopke.

The Indians shaved the lead to 15-8 on Grote’s tapper before the Apaches moved in front 18-12 on a winner from junior middle blocker Abby Martin.

Arcadia then went on a 7-3 explosion and sealed the game with a block from Kennedy.

The Apaches sensed the momentum and match was in their favor in the fourth set as they moved ahead 10-4 on sophomore middle blocker Ayala Plummer’s kill.

Arcadia’s lead became 15-9 on an ace from senior libero Malia Carr. Grote’s kill cut the lead to 16-12 and 16-13 on a service ace.

A 9-5 blitz sealed the deal as Kennedy’s kill put the finishing touches on the match.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Needs Four Games To Subdue Burbank

By Rick Assad


An early one-game deficit wasn’t an obstacle for the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team Thursday night at home against city rival Burbank.

Rebounding from that initial set, the Indians captured the next three and the Pacific League match, 22-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-16.

The second game was crucial for the Indians because the final result could have swung in Burbank’s favor.

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Sabrina Sullivan goes for a point while Hailey Heath (#16) and Nicole Winters (#27) try for a block. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We always want to play under control,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We don’t want to panic when we lose a game. Burbank came out with high energy in the first game like we knew they would.”

Real added: “We know teams are going to play us hard, but we can’t let that bother us. We just have to go back at it.”

The game was tied 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3 before the Bulldogs moved ahead 6-3 on a tapper from junior outside hitter Melissa Daniel.

Burbank (10-5-1 and 4-3 in league) extended its advantage to 10-5 on a service ace from senior libero Carly Palmisano.

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There was emotion on the floor as Bene Snyder (#44) lets out a yell while Colette Reynolds (#21) and Carly Palmisano (#11) approve. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Slowly the Indians chipped away and caught the Bulldogs at 11-11 on a combined block from junior outside hitter Marin Grote and senior middle blocker Caleigh Paster.

Burroughs seized control 13-11 with a winner from Paster, who finished with seven kills.

It was deadlocked at 13-13 on a kill from Burbank junior opposite hitter Suzy Torosyan.

The Indians (12-3 and 5-1 in league) won the next seven points and led 20-13 on Grote’s stuff and pulled ahead 23-16 on Grote’s ace.

“I didn’t play very well in the first game,” admitted Grote, who had a match-best 10 kills. “I don’t think it was nerves. I wanted to get it out of my system. It seems like we always start off a little slow.”

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Marin Grote finished with a match-best 10 kills for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Grote went on: “We want to play it one point at a time and not worry about the score. We never want to panic even if we’re behind.”

The Bulldogs took three of the next five points, but still lost the game and the match was even.

“We had too many service errors and when the other side is so strong, it’s going to be hard to win,” Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “We just had a tough time taking control even though we won the first game.”

The third game saw the Indians skip out to a 7-2 lead on junior opposite hitter Ricki Patenaude’s slam.

Burroughs bolted in front 10-4 on senior libero Cesera Suarez’s ace. It became 15-8 on Grote’s tapper and 18-10 on Grote’s kill.

The advantage swelled to 21-12 on Patenaude’s smash and the Indians closed out the sesssion with a 4-3 run that was capped off with a blast from Paster for the game.

The final frame was even at 1-1, 3-3 and 5-5 before Burroughs assumed a 9-6 lead on Suarez’s ace.

It swelled to 13-8 on junior setter Lauren Zedlar’s service winner and 16-9 on Paster’s rocket.

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After the four-game match the players shake hands. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs maintained a comfortable cushion and pulled ahead 20-13 on sophomore setter/opposite hitter Shea McCovern’s dagger.

From this point, the Indians took five of the next eight points for the game and match including Zedlar’s ace.

The initial stanza was even at 2-2 and 3-3 before the Bulldogs forged a 7-3 advantage on senior outside hitter Hailey Heath’s back-to-back service aces.

“The effort was there, but we made too many mistakes,” Heath said. “But we can’t worry about those things. We played hard and the effort was there, but there were points that we should have won, but didn’t.”

Heath continued: “For me, I can’t concern myself with mistakes, even though you’re going to make them. I’d rather concentrate on a real good dig or a real good hit than worry about a service mistake.”

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Action at the net is always fierce. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank moved in front 10-7 on Daniel’s kill and it became 12-9 on Torosyan’s ace.

Burbank senior opposite hitter Rachel Wiley was productive.

“I think that we need to be a little more mentally tough,” she said. “We can’t dwell on the mistakes. We played a great first game, but we couldn’t keep it up.”

A kill from senior middle blocker Nicole Winters provided the Bulldogs with a 13-11 cushion, but the Indians evened it at 14-14 and eventually 18-18 on a service winner from Zedlar.

It became 21-21 on a combined stuff from Grote and sophomore middle blocker Juliana Van Loo, who chimed in with eight kills.

Burbank took four of the next five points including the game winner on senior setter Hannah Porter’s ace.

These two will meet once again on Oct. 25 at Burbank with a 6 p.m. start.

Burbank Girls Volleyball Can’t Keep Up With Arcadia

By Rick Assad


In the three-game sweep suffered by the Burbank High girls’ volleyball team at the hands of visiting Arcadia on Tuesday, the Bulldogs dug significant holes in each game.

As a result, the Apaches came away with a 25-9, 25-16, 25-16 Pacific League victory.

“The first set we didn’t really show up,” Burbank coach Karl Rojo said. “In the second set we made some changes, but we couldn’t keep up. In the third set we looked better but we couldn’t produced our own points.”

After losing the first two games, Burbank (9-3-1 and 3-1 in league) settled down in the third and led 4-1 on junior outside hitter Melissa Daniel’s kill.

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Senior outside hitter Hailey Heath goes up for a winner against Arcadia. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Apaches evened it at 4-4 on a winner from senior outside hitter Rachel Reedy, who had a match-best 10 kills.

In short order, Arcadia (6-0 and 4-0 in league) jumped ahead 12-5 on Reedy’s service ace.

Arcadia’s lead swelled to 15-8 on a tapper from senior setter Cammie Dopke.

Burbank came within 16-11 on freshman setter Ashley Eskander’s ace, but the Apaches seized control and pulled ahead 19-11.

From this point, Arcadia outscored the Bulldogs 6-5 and captured the match on Dopke’s block.

The initial game saw the Apaches race off to a 7-3 advantage on a winner from junior outside hitter Haley Kennedy.

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Burbank senior middle blocker Nicole Winters shows off her leaping ability. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Reedy’s stuff made it 10-5, but Daniel’s smash drew the stubborn Bulldogs to within 13-8.

But Arcadia’s lead expanded to 16-8 on Reedy’s rocket.

“I’m always looking for consistency,” Arcadia coach Charles Freberg said. “We were consistent today. That’s a key for us to be successful.”

Freberg addressed the offense. “We have three hitters that we can go to,” he said. “That’s the minimum you need.”

Arcadia proceeded to outscore the Bulldogs 9-1 with Dopke’s block making it 24-9 and junior outside hitter Ashley McDonald closing it out with a kill.

The same pattern followed in the middle game as Arcadia leaped out to a 3-1 cushion on a winner from Reedy.

It became 11-5 on Kennedy’s kill, but senior outside hitter Hailey Heath’s blast trimmed the advantage to 11-7. Heath’s kill then shaved the gap to 13-8.

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Senior setter Hannah Porter assists a teammate versus the Apaches. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“Arcadia’s always good and I think that may have intimidated us,” Heath said. “We didn’t come out hard and ready. We just have to worry about the point at hand and not worry about the score.”

Heath added: “It was like a roller coaster. Up and down. But I think the next time we face them we’re going to be better.”

Arcadia went on a 3-0 spurt with Reedy getting a kill to make it 16-8. In time the lead would swell to 22-11 on McDonald’s service ace.

The Bulldogs closed within 23-14 on Heath’s winner, but the Apaches divided the next two points for the game.

Burroughs Volleyball Standout Ryan Leads By Example

By Rick Assad


It’s rare to play four years in any varsity sport. It’s even more unusual to be a four-year starter.

Well this was the case for Burroughs High volleyball player Danielle Ryan, who was named Pacific League Player of the Year, CIF Southern Section first team and All-Area first team this past season.

Ryan was an outside hitter her senior, junior and freshman campaigns and a middle hitter as a sophomore.

Ryan’s final season was unforgettable as the Indians advanced to the Division II-A quarterfinals against Serrano, went 20-10 and 14-0 in league play.

“I would say that the team and myself accomplished all of our goals for the season,” said the soft-spoken Ryan, a two-year captain. “We wanted to take the season one match at a time and that would eventually lead to the Pacific League championship, which we took, undefeated.”

Ryan, who had 120 kills in a dozen league encounters, knows what to do on the floor.

“I loved being one of the leaders,” said Ryan, who will play volleyball at San Francisco State and major in communications. “I think there was some added pressure that came along with it, but I never really felt it.”

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Burroughs outside hitter Danielle Ryan (#8), shown in a match against Burbank, was a leader on and off the court. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Ryan went on: “I was a pitcher [at Burroughs] in softball and I think that truly taught me how to properly handle pressure and keep my composure in some stressful situations.”

Because Ryan was a four-year starter, the 6-foot leaper was always in the middle of the action.

“Being a part of such a close group of girls and making lasting friendships definitely stands out to me when I look back on playing high school volleyball,” she said. “Also, playing for my school in front of a crowd that always had such great school spirit was awesome.”

Part of Ryan’s responsibility was to keep the squad together. “My role on the floor, along with being a captain, was to lead by example and keep the team, and myself, focused on the match,” she noted.

No doubt there are highs and lows, but a few contests stood apart.

“The one match that I will always remember was my freshman year and we were playing Cypress High School in a CIF first-round playoff match,” said Ryan, named all-league second team as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore.

“It was an away game and it was a pretty far drive,” she said. “I remember most of the team fell asleep on the bus and woke up just before we walked into the Cypress gym. We lost the first two games and came back and won the next three games to move into the second round of the CIF playoffs. It was such an intense and crazy match.”

Ryan, whose favorite athlete is three-time Olympic Gold medalist in beach volleyball and Stanford graduate, Kerri Walsh Jennings, said one more stood out.

“Another match I will always remember was the Arcadia match at Arcadia my senior year. It was a pretty emotional match that went to five games,” she pointed out. “They were such good competition and we were battling for a full clinch of the league title.”

But few surpassed the intensity of facing one’s arch enemy. “Playing our city rival Burbank High School was one of my favorite parts of every season,” Ryan recalled. “It was crazy how many people showed up to the games. The support we had was unreal. I loved playing in front of the huge crowds because they just added so much energy.”

And life lessons were learned along the way. “High school volleyball taught me how to work well with others and what it takes to be a leader,” Ryan said.

Was high school what Ryan thought it would be? “Looking back I wouldn’t do anything different in high school,” she said. “I had great experiences and was lucky to be a part of some amazing teams that really added to the great memories I will always have from high school.”

Ryan always went full bore. “My teammates would say that I was always positive on and off the court,” she said, “and that they could always come to me for anything.”