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Five Indians Earn All-CIF Honors

The spring sports season was a memorable one for Burroughs High. The boys’ volleyball team reached the CIF Southern Section Division 2 final. The softball team went to the Division 3 semifinals. The baseball team earned a share of the Pacific League crown and pole vaulter Sarah Prystupa reached the state meet in track and field.

Thus it comes as no surprise that Burroughs was well represented in postseason awards.

Three senior volleyball players, Ryan Van Loo, Andrew D’Almada and Cameron Capili earned All-CIF honors.

“It’s just an incredible achievement to get three guys on the All-CIF team and all three of them deserve it for their excellent play throughout all of the CIF playoffs,” Burroughs volleyball coach Joel Brinton said. “They continually led us each and every night.”

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D’Almada, who earned All-CIF honors for a second straight season, thanked his teammates for helping him.

“I wouldn’t have been able to get it without everyone on the team,” D’Almada said. “:This season has been an amazing experience. The hard work every single one of these guys put in from August up until May 28 during the state championship (was amazing).”

In softball, sophomore pitcher Presley Miraglia was selected to the All-CIF team.

Baseball player Kyle Nicol was selected to All-CIF second team, a list that wasn’t officially released by the CIF Southern Section.

“I think he deserves to be on the first team,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said. “He had a tremendous year. I’m happy for him and I’m proud of him.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Van Loo, a 6-foot-3 setter who is headed on a scholarship to Lewis University, was named to the All-CIF team for a second straight year.

Also the Pacific League Player of the Year, Van Loo had 1,125 assists, 108 kills and 21 serving aces.

D’Almada, a 6-5 outside hitter, also was named to the All-CIF team for a second straight season.

He had 492 kills, 142 digs and 42 ½ blocks for the season.

Cameron Capili, also an outside hitter, made the team. The 6-foot-1 senior had 353 kills, 239 digs and 47 aces.

The trio helped Burroughs put together a 31-6 record, losing in the CIF title match to Oak Park. The Indians redeemed themselves in the Southern California state playoffs by defeating Oak Park in a rematch.

Miraglia posted a 20-4 record in leading the Indians to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Grand Terrace High.

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She had 183 strikeouts in 158 1/3 innings and had a 1.50 earned run average.

“She’s a great player,” Burroughs coach Doug Nicol said. “I think she’s on pace to be one of the best athletes ever to come out of Burroughs. She’s one of the best pitchers in Southern California and we’re lucky to have her.”

Nicol, who signed with Cal State Northridge, posted a 7-2 record in 56 2/3 innings. He had 66 strikeouts and just 14 walks, posting a 1.48 ERA in leading the Indians to a share of the Pacific League crown.

His biggest game was arguably in the final of the Easton Tournament, when he pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out 14 Harvard-Westlake batters in helping his team to a 1-0 victory.



Burroughs Volleyball Wins CIF Southern California Regional Title

Five players already had their high school diplomas in hand. Still feeling a need to leave their mark, the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team came out motivated and focused and put together one of the greatest performances any team in school history has achieved.

Facing a team they had lost to just a week earlier, the Indians defeated Oak Park 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 to win the CIF Southern California Division 2 Regional championship at Edison High in Huntington Beach.

“This is the best feeling going out,” said Cameron Capili, one of the five graduating seniors. “It did hurt losing CIF, but winning (Southern California) is much more meaningful and it means more because we played the same team again.”

Andrew Dalmada, who had a match-high 19 kills, said losing the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship a week earlier, was something that the Indians struggled with at times.


“This entire week we’ve had it in the back of our minds,” Dalmada said. “With Chatsworth and Sanger we knew we had to focus on that, but we worked for the end goal. You want to win both, but it doesn’t always happen that way. Last Saturday was a great game. Coming back, this is so satisfying.”

The win was a huge accomplishment for coach Joel Brinton, who started the program 10 years and has gone on to win seven consecutive league championships.

“It’s a joy for the kids and the program,” Brinton said. “This has been a lot of hard work for 10 years. This has been a lot of hard work for myself. It has been a lot of hard work for these kids over the past three or four years.  They did a great job following the game plan and executing it.”

Burroughs (31-6) appeared to be more relaxed coming out compared to the CIF Southern Section championship.

“We didn’t do a lot of things we needed to last Saturday that we did today and the difference was shown,” Brinton said. “Our middles were way better, our blocking was way better. Our serving was way better. I think that experience of playing in a championship game. Last week they had never done it before so I think this time it was a little more low key because we’ve already been through this.”


Setter Ryan Van Loo, a four-year varsity player who has signed with Lewis University, had a match-high 47 assists.

“The loss in CIF lit a fire under us and we carried that throughout the week. It feels great to get another chance with them a win a (Southern California) championship,” Van Loo said.” I can’t put it into words. It feels so great to win a championship, especially against these guys. They are so good. We knew all week we needed to work harder and better to get to Saturday and we did. We completed our journey.”


Burroughs rallied to win the first game 25-23. A kill by Conner Ludlum made it 24-23 and a block by Bailey Carter sealed it.

Oak Park (36-4-2) came back and won the second game as Burroughs fell behind after leading 15-14 at one point.

The third game was also tight with Burroughs going down 23-22. But Dalmada, Van Loo and Carter all had kills to turn things around.

In the fourth and final game, Burroughs jumped out a 19-12 lead. Oak Park rallied to make it interested at 19-17 and 22-20, but the Indians matched every challenge in winning 25-21.


“Right now it’s a little bittersweet because we have a great group of guys,” Dalmada said.” This is one of the best groups of guys I’ve ever been associated with and the fact that it’s ending is sad. At least we end on a high note.”

Van Loo also reflected on his time at Burroughs.

“Out of my four years on varsity this moment is the greatest moment I’ll ever have of Burroughs volleyball,” he said. “I’m lucky to be on this team. I’m lucky to have this coaching staff and all these fans that came out. It’s just a great experience and I’m never going to forget it.”


Capili finished 14 kills and 12 digs. Conner Ludlum had nine kills. Skyler Bercini had 13 digs.




Burroughs Volleyball Graduates to Southern California Title Match

With graduation just two hours away, the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team took care of business quickly Thursday afternoon.

The five seniors were able to easily make it to the graduation ceremony on time after defeating visiting Sanger High 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 in the semifinals of the Division 2 CIF Southern California Regional Boys’ Volleyball Championships.

Burroughs moves on to the final Saturday against Oak Park, the team it lost to a week ago in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 final.

The match is slated for 3 p.m. at Edison High in Huntington Beach. The win Thursday makes this the most successful volleyball team in school history. In 2011 Burroughs lost in the semifinals of the Southern California Regional championships.

“You don’t get a second chance very often,” Andrew Dalmada said about playing Oak Park again. “The fact that we’ve got one is very exciting.”

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Junior libero Skyler Bercini, who finished with 13 digs, said the team was able to keep the graduation festivities away.

“When it came to game time we kind of just shut that out,” Bercini said. “I guess there was motivation, but it really came down to just focusing on volleyball first.”

Senior middle blocker Bailey Carter, who finished with eight kills, said his team realized it needed to bounce back after struggling to defeat Chatsworth in the first round on Tuesday.

“We didn’t know anything about the team coming in so we had the mentality that we’ve got to do what we do on our side and it doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the net as long as we take care of our business,” Carter said.

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Burroughs coach Joel Brinton was much happier with his team on Thursday.

“The guys were still a little bummed out Tuesday about what happened in CIF (Finals),” Brinton said of the first match with Oak Park. “They obviously got over it. We had a great practice yesterday (Wednesday). I like the way we’re rolling with some momentum now. We’re really excited about the chance.”

Brinton also noted his team was very focused on the match and not the graduation ceremony.

“I was proud of the guys. They understood what the plan was,” he said. “As soon as we’re done we’ll get down to the field and go through it. A couple of guys said I’m just getting my name read out loud, what’s the big deal.”

Dalmada led Burroughs with 18 kills. Cameron Capili had 10 kills and four blocks. Ryan Van Loo had 34 assists.  Sophomore Cole Kaitz had three blocks.


Burroughs Volleyball Overcomes Slow Start to Advance in State Playoffs

It is often said that the difference between good teams and great teams is that great teams can win when playing poorly.

The Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team came out very flat Tuesday night when the Indians took on visiting Chatsworth in the first round of the Division 2 CIF Boys’ Volleyball State Regional Championships.

The Indians rallied to win 21-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 15-12. They will host Sanger High of Fresno County on Thursday at a time still to be determined as Burroughs’ graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“Yep, absolutely the worst we’ve played all year.  In fact, probably the whole school year, including practices and everything else,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said of the first two games. “I don’t know if it was a hangover from CIF (Southern Section championship). Saturday meant a lot to the guys. They were still trying to shake off the cobwebs I guess.”

Chatsworth (33-13) was the Los Angeles City Section Division 2 champion. The Chancellors had two common opponents with Burroughs in Valencia and South Pasadena highs. Chatsworth lost to both of those teams and Burroughs swept them both.

Burroughs entered the match having lost the CIF Southern Section Division 2 title to Oak Park on Saturday at Cerritos College.

“Beforehand we made an agreement that no matter what, we were (okay with) missing graduation to win a state championship because this is our only redemption,” said Cameron Capili, who had 20 kills. “Not many teams get to do this. We’re fighting for everything we’ve got.”

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs (29-6) got a school record 34 kills from Andrew Dalmada and a school record in assists from setter Ryan Van Loo, who finished with 61.

“We want to go all the way until Saturday,” Van Loo said. “We want that rematch (with Oak Park) and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get that.”

After Burroughs lost the first two games, the Indians played their best volleyball of the match in the third game when they easily won 25-15.

Dalmada, Capili, Van Loo and fellow senior Bailey Carter spearheaded the comeback.

“We underestimated our opponents,” Capili said. “We found out real quick. We’ve been coached great enough and we’ve endured enough that we were able to come back.”

Burroughs struggled at times in the fourth game as Chatsworth had things tied at 19. But Burroughs ended the game on a 6-0 run. Dalmada had two kills, Capili had a kill and an ace and sophomore Cole Kaitz had a block in the run.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians also had to fight back in the fifth and final game, trailing 9-7. Dalmada helped bring his team back with three consecutive kills. Following a Chatsworth error, Capili served one of his four aces to seal the victory.

Carter finished with 9 kills and three blocks.




Burroughs Volleyball Falls Just Short of CIF Title

Momentum was the key and at times the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team had it and at times it didn’t.

In the end, the momentum shifted away from the Indians as they fell 25-20, 18-25, 25-16, 24-26, 15-8 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship against Oak Park High at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“In the fifth game, whoever comes out stronger and has the momentum is really in control of the game,” said Burroughs senior Andrew Dalmada, who finished with a match-high 27 kills.

Top-seeded Oak Park (31-4) jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth and final game before Burroughs called a timeout. The Eagles went on and was in control from there.

“It has been our goal for four years of varsity. I’m really proud that we finally made it,” Burroughs setter Ryan Van Loo said.  “We just didn’t finish. We had the momentum going into the fifth set, but I’d like to have that one back.”

Third-seeded Burroughs (29-6) stayed tough with Oak Park for much of the first game. A kill by Dalmada tied things at 16, but Oak Park came back strong by the trio of Alex Parks, Grigory Manyak and Sean Fitzpatrick.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

A different Burroughs team showed up in game two. The Indians jumped out to a 10-5 lead before Oak Park called a timeout. But that didn’t fix the Eagles problems as Burroughs continued to roll.

Oak Park got as close as 22-18, before Burroughs closed the game out thanks to two Oak Park mistakes.

“When you look at the stats they were pretty consistent and we were up and down and that turned out to be the difference,’ Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said.

The momentum shifted back to Oak Park in the third game.

Burroughs fell behind 10-6 and called a timeout. The Indians cut things to within two points on four occasions before Oak Park opened things up and could not be caught.

The fourth game saw a close battle. Burroughs went up 18-14 before Oak Park stormed back to tie things at 21.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

A kill by Cameron Capili, one 19 he had in the match, gave Burroughs a 22-21 lead.

Oak Park came back to tie things at 24, before kills by Dalmada and Bailey Carter pushed the match to a fifth and deciding game.

Burroughs will now move on to the CIF Regional Tournament.

“These guys don’t want to go out on this note,” Brinton said. “It will be nice to come back out there and put their stamp out.”

Van Loo finished with 55 assists, four kills and 10 digs. Junior Conner Ludlum had eight kills. Carter finished with six kills.

Capili had 11 digs and Skyler Bercini had 10.

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(Photo by © Ross A Benson)



Burroughs Volleyball to Play for CIF Title

Playing in big matches is something that has become the norm for the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team.

A four-time CIF semifinalist over the past six years, the Indians showed Wednesday night how they were prepared as they defeated host South Pasadena  25-22, 25-23, 25-11 in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

Burroughs, the No.3 seed, will play top-seeded Oak Park of Agoura Saturday in the CIF championship at Cerritos College.

“This proves how much we’ve improved in the last year,” Burroughs setter Ryan Van Loo said. “We kind of didn’t show up against Valencia (in last year’s semifinals). We knew we had to come here and it give it our all and we did.”


Burroughs last appeared in a final in 2011, when it lost to the Division 3 title match to Cerritos Valley Christian.

“I’m really proud of the guys for battling and doing what they were asked to do,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “We finished the job like they were supposed.”

Burroughs was actually down 13-9 in the first game before calling a timeout. Led by senior outside hitter Greg Luck, South Pasadena went up by as much as 15-10 before the Indians mounted a comeback and tied things up at 17 on a kill by Cameron Capili.

Andrew Dalmada, who had a team-high 16 kills, broke a tie at 22 with one of his kills to push Burroughs ahead. The Indians clinched the first game as South Pasadena hit the ball out.

The second game was also close and intense. With both teams tied at 23, South Pasadena served the ball out of bounds. Burroughs then clinched the game with a block from Van Loo.

Burroughs took command early in the third and final game and never looked back.

Capili had 12 kills for Burroughs and Conner Ludlum had 10 kills. Van Loo had 37 assists and three blocks. Skyler Bercini had nine digs.

Brinton said he knows beating Oak Park will not be easy, but remains confident. Burroughs defeated Oak Park last season.

“They’ve got great athletes all over the place,” Brinton said. “We’ll sit down with our coaches and come up with some sort of plan. We know we can do it.”

If Burroughs wins against Oak Park it would be just the second team CIF title in school history. The 2014 boys’ cross country team became the first team in school history to win a CIF title when it won the Division 1 crown.




Burroughs Volleyball Cruises Into CIF Semifinals

The Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team hasn’t earned the third seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs by accident.

The Indians have played well in major tournaments, which are often indicators of what a team is capable of.

Saturday the Indians played the way they have in tournaments, easily bouncing visiting Valencia 25-21, 25-16, 25-19 in the quarterfinals.

Last season the former Foothill League rival knocked the Indians out of the playoffs in the semifinals.

“We played like that when we went up to Santa Barbara. I think the guys understood the urgency of the situation,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “Today we started to get dialed in. This is a good time to start doing that.”

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

With the win Burroughs will play at South Pasadena, which upset second-seeded Laguna Beach, on Wednesday.

“Everyting was clicking today,” Burroughs setter Ryan Van Loo said. “I think we had a big surge of energy. The passing was on the hitting was on. The passes made my life easy.”

Burroughs (29-5) was locked in a tight battle with Valencia and didn’t take its first lead in the match until 15-14 of the first game following a block from junior Jarrett Malone.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Valencia came back to tie things at 18 before the Indians took over. Burroughs took advantage of a Valencia error followed by kills from Bailey Carter and Van Loo to go up 21-18. Cameron Capili, who finished with 12 kills, provided the kill to clinch the first game.

Burroughs was much more confident in the second game and cruised to victory. Andrew Dalmada, who had a team-high 14 kills, put down the clincher.

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Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Valencia went up 10-9 in the third, before Burroughs fought back to take a 15-10 lead. Valencia had a few errors in the run and Van Loo had a kill and a block. Valencia fought back to make it as close as 17-15. But Burroughs put together another run. Dalmada, Connor Ludlum, Bailey Carter and Van Loo had kills in the run to push the advantage to 23-16.

Dalmada and Capili each had seven digs. Van Loo had eight kills, three blocks and 31 assists. Carter had four kills.

Burroughs Volleyball Passes First Playoff Test

At times the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team looked ready for the start of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

There were also times when the Indians didn’t look ready when they hosted Roosevelt High of Eastvale in a Division 2 match Tuesday.

Burroughs won 25-12, 25-18, 25-16, but was not clicking on all cylinders throughout the match.

“We’re used to going to these big tournaments and stepping up our level of play,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “It’s hard for 17 and 18-year-olds to remember that. I think this served as a good reminder.”

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)


Burroughs (24-5), the No. 3 seed, moves on to the second round Thursday at Long Beach Poly.

The Indians defeated the Jackrabbits 25-15, 25-18, 25-13 in March, also at Long Beach Poly.

Burroughs looked itself in the first game Tuesday, easily winning 25-12.

But that fire did not continue in the second and third games.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs had six serving errors in the second game and had four more in the third.

“There was no need for 10 service errors,” Brinton said. “That’s something you can fix and learn from it.”

Burroughs allowed Roosevelt to keep it close at 11-10 before a kill from junior Conner Ludlum, one of 10 he had for the match.

“I think Roosevelt deserves credit. They stepped up from game one,” Brinton said. “It wasn’t the best technical volleyball, but they were working hard. They were working harder than we were.”

The visiting Mustangs (16-7) fought back on the next point with a kill from Seth Davis.

But Bailey Carter and Ludlum had back-to-back kills as the Indians began to break away.

Burroughs trailed 9-7 in the third game, before a pair of back-to-back kills from Carter made it 17-13.

Andrew Dalmada, who finished with eight kills, had three kills late in the match.

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(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Dalmada said his team will be more focused when faced with going against tougher opponents. He noted that Burroughs played well in a tournament loss to national power Manhattan Beach Mira Costa earlier in the season.

“Having that experience is really nice to have. We know if we play our game we can hang with them,” Dalmada said of top teams. “With the high-level teams the high energy will come with it. There were so many runs (tonight) that I felt made up for the service errors. Still it was more than what we would like.”

Cameron Capili, who had 10 kills and six aces said he expects a tough match Thursday.

“We beat them the first time. I expect them to come out with a lot of fire and passion,” Capili said. “Knowing my team, I’m confident and feel we can take it.

Setter Ryan Van Loo had 34 assists.





Burroughs Volleyball Survives Scare From Burbank


Burroughs High had already won the Pacific League boys’ volleyball title outright and appeared to be in total command against host Burbank High Thursday evening.

Just when it looked like the Indians were going to make quick work of the Bulldogs, Burbank fought back and forced Burroughs to five games.

In the end the Indians, ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division II poll, prevailed 25-19, 25-17, 24-26, 24-26, 15-10.

“The goal is to reach the peak and there is still work to be done,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “We need to address our consistency.”

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Burbank coach Patrick McMenamin was happy with his team, but knows the Bulldogs, who are 16-8 overall and 8-3 in league, also have to improve.

“To be down 0-2 to a team like Burroughs and come back is very encouraging for my boys and our program,” McMenamin said. “We’re coming along. We’re getting better every year. Tonight was an indication of that.”

Burroughs (21-3, 11-0) finished things off in the final game with a kill from Andrew Dalmada, who had 14 kills in the match.
Dalmada came out of the match at times as he said he is nursing tendinitis in his left and tweaked a nerve is his left shoulder.

“I’m going to fight through it,” he said. “I think with the adrenaline running, I just try not to think about it.”

After Burroughs breezed through the first two games, Burbank came back in the third and took the lead at 25-24 following an ace from Patrick Lance that came partially because of a miscommunication by Burroughs defensively.

Burroughs hit the ball into the net on the following play to give Burbank the game.

A kill from Lance in the fourth game gave Burbank a 25-24 lead. Burbank forced a fifth game thanks to a Burroughs defensive error.

Lance had 20 kills to lead Burbank. Andrew Hank had seven kills. Jonathan Tapan had 42 assists.

For Burroughs , Cameron Capili had 19 kills. Bailey Carter had six blocks and Ryan Van Loo had 46 assists.

Burroughs Volleyball Outlasts Crescenta Valley

The Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team doesn’t face tight competition in the Pacific League very often.

Friday night the Indians ran into an opponent that was ready for battle.

Playing at Crescenta Valley, the Indians, who are ranked No. 3 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 poll, were definitely pushed.

In the end, the six-time defending Pacific League champions prevailed winning 29-27, 27-25, 22-25, 25-18.

“We try to treat every match the same and respecting our opponents every single time, but I do think that having a competitive edge from CV was kind of like a wake-up call for the playoffs for when they come around,” said Andrew Dalmada who led Burroughs with 18 kills.

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Burroughs (14-1 overall, 7-0 in league) had to fight for every point in the first three sets.

The Indians appeared to be on the verge of winning the first set when leading 23-20 following a kill by Cameron Capili.

But the host Falcons (10-9, 4-2) fought back and actually held the lead at 26-25 and 27-26. Burroughs finished off the first set with a block from Bailey Carter, followed by a kill from Connor Ludlum.

The second set was also intense. CV led 15-10, before Carter brought his team back with three kills and a block in short run that saw Burroughs tie the score at 16.

But Crescenta Valley did not go away. The Falcons held a 24-23 lead, before a kill by Dalmada kept the Indians alive.

After both sides were tied at 25, Burroughs finished things off with kills from Carter and Capili. Capili finished with 12 kills. Carter had seven kills and six blocks.

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Even being down two sets would not derail the Falcons. They led 22-20, before Burroughs’ Skyler Bercini served back-to-back aces. Bercini also had 22 digs.

But a kill from CV’s Brett Dunkin and a block from Paul Kim extended the match into a fourth set.

“There were times when it was a down game for us and we weren’t playing Burroughs volleyball,” Dalmada said. “But I definitely think at the end of game two and end of game four we definitely played our game.”

Dalmada proved to a difference maker in the fourth set, when he had six kills, many of which were at crucial points that dictated the momentum.

Setter Ryan Van Loo, who finished with 40 assists, appeared to have sealed the match for his team with Burroughs up 24-17. But he was called for a lift violation and shown a red card for what the referee deemed unsportsmanlike conduct. In volleyball a player is ejected following two red cards.

Van Loo, who had momentarily began to celebrate the victory, was able to gather himself back together as he had a block on the match-clinching point.

Both sides will play again May 3 at Burroughs.