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Burbank leads, then falls in five

September 22, 2004

GLENDALE -- Even with a two-game lead against Hoover, Burbank High

girls' volleyball Coach Wayne Teng wasn't about to get overconfident.

With a squad featuring primarily sophomores, Teng could see the

inexperience factor possibly coming to a head.

Unfortunately for Teng, Hoover rallied to post a 20-25, 20-25,

25-17, 25-20, 15-13 nonleague home victory Tuesday.

"They are sophomores, so I don't know how they think," Teng said.

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"We don't have a true setter or middle blocker, and it's comes down

to being inexperienced.

"You have to give credit to Hoover for coming back because of good

control in passing and hitting."

Burbank (3-1) appeared to be in control of equaling its win total

of a year ago, but Hoover (1-2) delayed those plans.

Natalie Benitez finished with a match-high 17 kills and six aces.

Teammate Lourdes Loyola added 13 kills to help turn the tide for the

Tornadoes, who opened the season with nonleague losses against

Burroughs and Verdugo Hills.

"We finally showed determination and grit," Hoover Coach Christian

Hong said. "That had been lacking a bit."

Burbank received 12 kills from Kristine Riley and 16 assists from

setter Natasha Von Sonn. Temmate Kriztian Luna had three aces.

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