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GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Henry paces Burroughs in three- game win over CV.

October 02, 2009|By Jeff Tully

LA CRESCENTA — It was hard to tell which was the better girls’ volleyball team last season between Crescenta Valley High and Burroughs.

In their two Pacific League matches, the Indians swept the Falcons in the first contest, only to have Crescenta Valley come back to earn a sweep in the finale.

It was only fitting that the teams tied for second place in the Pacific League in 2008.

When the Falcons and the Indians squared off in their first head-to-head match this season on Thursday, the sweeping trend continued.


Burroughs avoided comeback attempts by the Falcons to earn a 26-24, 25-22, 27-25 win at Crescenta Valley.

“I’m hoping it will be another sweep, by us, the next time we play them,” Burroughs Coach Edwin Real said.

The Falcons (6-2, 1-1 in league) played well at times against the Indians (4-5, 2-0). However, the hosts weren’t able to hold on to late leads in all three games.

Crescenta Valley Coach Jennifer Ryan said her team was definitely thrown off by missing two key players, who were ill with the flu.

“Any time you are missing a player, it throws you off,” she said. “Whether it’s a starter or someone who comes off the bench, it is always tough when you’re missing someone.”

Burroughs received a solid effort from sophomore outside hitter Kathy Henry, who is playing her first season on varsity. Henry paced the Indians offense, coming up with big kills at crucial times.

Henry led all players with 22 kills.

“Kathy has really matured our last two [matches],” said Real, whose squad earned a sweep of Glendale on Tuesday in its league opener. “She listens very well and she asks questions. She has been playing very well.”

Crescenta Valley received 11 kills from junior Leah Gagliardi and 10 from senior Julia Adams.

Burroughs led for most of the early going in the first game, until the Falcons battled back. Crescenta Valley led, 24-22, but opened the door for the Indians. Some Falcons errors and a kill by Henry allowed Burroughs to go up, 1-0, in games.

Crescenta Valley again came back after an early deficit in Game Two. After leading, 22-21, Burroughs turned up the intensity to take back the lead and win the game.

In the third game, the Falcons led for almost the entire stanza. And when they took a 24-22 lead, it looked as if the match would be pushed to a fourth game. But again, the Indians battled back — behind Henry — to finish off Crescenta Valley.

“We just didn’t play our best today,” Ryan said. “This wasn’t one of our better [matches].”

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