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BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL: Burroughs upsets Claremont and ties for first-ever league crown.

May 08, 2010|By Jeff Tully

BURBANK — When the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team was swept by host Claremont last month in the teams’ first Pacific League meeting, many didn’t give the Indians any chance of pulling off an upset in the rematch.

There was good reason for that deduction, as Claremont is the five-time defending league champion, was undefeated in league and is ranked No. 5 in CIF Southern Section Division II.

However, there was a small contingent that thought Burroughs had a chance against the Wolfpack, that being the Indian players and coaches.


Behind a solid attack, Burroughs stepped up Thursday and defeated Claremont at home, 25-20, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19.

Burroughs (22-6, 9-1 in league) — in only its fourth year of existence as a program — shares the league championship with the Wolfpack (25-6, 9-1).

It is the school’s first boys’ volleyball league title.

The win avenged a 25-11, 25-21, 25-16 loss April 23.

“Our players just came in confident,” said Burroughs Coach Joel Brinton, who has headed the program since it was established in 2007. “We knew we had second, and that would have been a great accomplishment for us. But these guys kept pushing and they really believed they could achieve their goal of a league championship.”

The Indians’ program has continued to improve under Brinton. From a 3-13 start in 2007, to a 10-12 mark in 2008 and an 11-8 record last season, Burroughs has qualified for the playoffs in three of the four seasons.

“Our team has just two seniors this season, and only one has played since he was a freshman,” Brinton. “But we are getting young players into the program and they have been coming up through the ranks to help us.”

Against Claremont, Lucas Yanez had 14 kills and 15 digs, Ike Nwachie had eight kills, Kevin Trejo had 10 digs and Tyler Yanez had 35 assists.

“We are excited about the playoffs, and we’re looking forward to a home game for once,” said Brinton, whose teams have never won a playoff match.

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