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Burroughs Girls Tennis Much Improved, But Lose To Glendale, 12-6

By Rick Assad

Often times a tennis match or even a scrimmage can be very useful because it allows an individual to know just what to expect the next time they’re on the court.

Entering Tuesday’s Pacific League girls’ tennis match, Burroughs High hadn’t played in a match or scrimmage, while Glendale notched two nonleague victories.

The Indians’ No. 1 doubles player, senior Suzy Kim, is about to serve in a match against Glendale. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This clearly helped the visiting Nitros settle down and play with confidence and at a high level as they grabbed six points in singles and doubles action and came away with a 12-6 victory.

“If we would have had some practices, I think they would have been a little more into it,” said longtime Burroughs coach Roy Bernhardt of his team. “They were nervous. I’ve got ninth graders and they were nervous.”

Bernhardt said he was satisfied with two of his three doubles teams.

“I was very pleased with my No. 1 doubles and my No. 3 doubles was okay,” he noted. “But my No. 2 doubles, what happened there?”

Bernhardt added: “We were supposed to play Saugus and I think Hart and Alhambra and it just didn’t come off,” he pointed out.

Junior Celine Khachiki, the No. 1 singles player for the Nitros, went 6-1, 6-0, 6-0.

The Indians are a young team, but are steadily improving. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I was definitely expecting closer set scores,” Khachiki said of the improved Burroughs squad. “We’ve played well these other past two years so we want to continue our reputation. I don’t think there’s a limit to how well we can play so hopefully we continue to improve.”

Khachiki continued. “I think we’re playing a lot more competitive each match and we’re learning from each match,” she said.

Tom Gossard is Glendale’s coach and said in his opinion, Khachiki is the team’s Most Valuable Player the last two years.

“It gives me a lot of confidence, but it’s also a lot of pressure to uphold,” she said of Gossard’s assertion. “I just try to play my game each time and not worry about what’s going on off the court.”

Khachiki’s opponents were No. 1 sophomore Isabella Harris-Bermudez, No. 2 sophomore Valerie Lentine (substitute) and No. 3 freshman Elane Shane.

Alice Weber is a senior and a leader for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Three played at No. 2 for Glendale, which captured the only girls’ title in the school’s long history, a CIF Southern Section Division IV championship in 2017, and they included junior Annette Petrosyan, senior Sara Rahimi and junior Suzanna Poghosyan.

Only Rahimi managed to pull out a win, 6-1, over Harris-Bermudez, while sophomore Lauren Pieri prevailed 6-1 over Petrosyan and Shane won 6-1 against Poghosyan.

At No. 3 for Glendale was sophomore Ani Harutyunyan, who defeated Harris-Bermudez 6-3 and Shane 6-1, while Pieri was victorious 6-3.

Glendale’s No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Nicole Avakian and junior Karen “Momo” Guzman won two points after beating No. 2 sophomore Vanessa Muga and junior Keili Brahms 6-2 and No. 3 Isabella Munguia and Kaitlyn Glaim 6-2.

The Indians No. 1 team of senior Alice Weber and senior Suzy Kim prevailed 7-6 (7-3) over Avakian/Guzman.

At No. 2 for Glendale, senior Karen Enriquez and junior Eleen Garemanian garnered two points by beating Muga/Brahms 6-0 and Munguia/Glaim 6-4, while Weber/Kim knocked off Avakian/Guzman 6-2.

Glendale’s No. 3 squad of senior Janet Louie and senior Anna Sarookhanian nabbed two points as they held off Muga/Brahms 6-4 and Munguia/Glaim 6-4, while Weber/Kim won 6-0.

Burbank Boys Tennis Defeats Improved Burroughs 12-6

By Rick Assad

 

When it comes to boys’ tennis, the Burbank High team still holds the edge over Burroughs after Tuesday’s 12-6 Pacific League victory, but it’s clear that the talent gap isn’t as wide.

Just a season ago, the Bulldogs placed third in league behind perennial power Arcadia and second-place Crescenta Valley, made the CIF Southern Section playoffs and won a wild-card match.

The Indians were seventh in the league and didn’t qualify for the postseason, but have improved immensely.

The Bulldogs prevailed over the visiting Indians 12-6 on Tuesday. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“It was a good match,” Burroughs coach Roy Bernhardt said. “First of all, we’ve got a new guy, freshman Samuel [Bernardy] and we have a couple of guys from the JV who were MVP’s last year. I would say we have a very good chance at our place to maybe beat them.”

The Bulldogs are 4-2 in all matches and 3-2 in league play, while the Indians are 3-5 overall and 3-3 in league action.

The Bulldogs’ doubles teams collected eight of the dozen points and were paced by the No. 1 tandem of senior Luciano Dapuetto and junior Ethan Lee, who buzzed through 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 over No. 1 senior Luc Thorn and senior Kiet Hoang, No. 2 junior Mark Do and sophomore Sebastian Muga and No. 3 junior Daniel Cho and junior Rafael Munguia.

“Me and my partner Ethan, we swept today, so we were pretty strong,” Dapuetto said. “I think our doubles came out pretty strong during the match and that’s why we were able to get the win today.”

Dapuetto said he thinks that visiting Burroughs has improved. “I heard that they had new singles players and that we have good singles players, but we had good strong doubles,” he pointed out.

Burroughs is much improved since last season despite falling to Burbank. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Dapuetto said he and his partner get along very well.

“Ethan and I have good chemistry, so I think whichever team comes our way, we’re able to adapt and able to come through and win our points,” he said.

Burbank’s No. 2 duo, senior Harout Abganyan and sophomore Sid Dindiluri went through the same tandems 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

The Bulldogs’ No. 3 team of sophomore Parker Katz and sophomore Dominic Sumera went 7-5 over Thorn/Hoang, 6-3 over Muga/Do, but fell to Cho/Munguia 7-5.

In singles action, Burbank senior James Lee easily blitzed through No. 1 senior Kendric Marcy 6-0, No. 2 Bernardy 6-2 and No. 3 junior Cameron Flowers 6-0.

The Bulldogs’ No. 2 singles player, senior Nathan Soria, lost to Marcy 6-1, and Bernardy 6-3, but emerged victorious over Flowers 6-3.

At No. 3, freshman Alex Galstyan was swept, losing to Marcy 6-0, Bernardy 6-3 and Flowers 6-2.

Locals Given All-Pacific League Honors, Stephenson Earns First Team All-CIF

Megan Stephenson Named First Team All-CIF To Cap Big Fall for Burroughs teams.

Megan Stephenson, the Pacific League’s Most Valuable Player for girls’ volleyball, has been named to the All-CIF First Team, BurbankNBeyond has learned. Stephenson was the force in the middle for an Indians’ team that went 14-0 in league and who dropped just two games during the entire league campaign.

Teammates Catolina Emerson and Victoria Santos were first team selections as well, while Laura Howard andAngie Rojas were second team selections for Burroughs.

Burbank High was represented by Stephanie Eskander (first team), Stephanie Fin (second team), and Tyler Brooks(second team). Burbank’s Reily Brennan and the Indians’ Tessa Dudley were honorable mention selections. In addition, Burroughs coach Edwin Real was honored as the Pacific League coach of the year by his colleagues.

In Boys’ Water Polo, Zack Card was a first team selection for Burbank High, while Daniel Mairena was a second team selection for Burroughs High. Honorable mention went to Sam Akopian (Burbank) and Casey Ueno(Burroughs).

In tennis, Kathy Henry of Burroughs and Burbank’s Elizabeth Sanchez were first team singles players while the tandem of Ashley Basco and Meredy Gharabegi were named a second team doubles team from Burbank High.

Congratulations to all the fall athletes who represented Burroughs and Burbank as All-Pacific League selections.

-Tom Crowther, BNB Staff