BURROUGHS HIGH — The girls' tennis rivalry between Burbank High and Burroughs seems to have lost some of its luster.
While the cross-town clashes between the two area teams used to bring with them an array of bad blood, intense competition and a desire to beat their arch rival, this season's first match between the Bulldogs and Indians was much more subdued.
Behind a dominant singles trio that won eight of nine sets, Burbank was able to notch a 12-6 Pacific League victory at Burroughs.
Many on both sides think because neither area team is among the elite squads in the league this season, therefore having little chance to win a championship, which has led to a less intense rivalry.
"We just looked at this as just another league match," said Burbank No. 2 singles player Ashley Basco, who swept her three sets, 6-0, 6-2, 6-0. "Both of us aren't really up there in league this season, so that makes it a little different."