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Burroughs has shot at making history

Boys' volleyball: Indians advance to title match and will try to capture school's first team championship in any sport.

May 21, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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BURROUGHS HIGH — There is a vast difference in playoff experience between the boys' volleyball programs at Burroughs and Cerritos Valley Christian highs.

The Crusaders are consistent postseason participants, and the program won a CIF Southern Section championship in 2007.

In contrast, the Indians have only fielded a program for five years. Prior to this season, the furthest Burroughs had ventured in the playoffs was the second round after winning its first-ever postseason match last season in the opening round.

But the Indians have made a meteoric jump this season, a jump of historic proportions. Burroughs is not only on the cusp of winning the program's first CIF championship, but it has a chance to notch the first team title in the 63-year history of the ¿school.

No. 1-seeded Burroughs will get that chance against No. 2 Valley Christian. The teams will meet at 2 p.m. today at Cypress College with the Division III championship on the line.

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Coach Joel Brinton said despite not having a wealth of playoff experience, he doesn't expect his Burroughs (33-3) squad to be scared in today's match.

"I don't think our guys are going to be intimidated at all," Brinton said. "We've played a lot of volleyball matches this season and they've been through a great deal. They have been working towards this goal since, really, the start of the school year. So, I don't think intimidation will be a factor at all."

The two teams have a history this season, as the Indians have defeated the Crusaders already. Burroughs earned a 25-21, 25-17 victory in the semifinals of the Valley Christian Tournament.

Brinton said despite the previous win against the Crusaders, it doesn't mean that much, taking into consideration Valley Christian was missing some key players for the match.

"They are definitely a different team than when we first saw them," he said. "We are well aware when we played them earlier this year that two of their best players were out. So we expect to see something different than we saw from them the first time around."

Coached by Rob Samuelson, the Crusaders (28-4) have captured Olympic League championships for seven straight seasons. The team is led by senior outside hitters Chris Albers and Kyle Pollema, senior setter Kyle Davis, senior libero/outside hitter Mike Klein and senior libero/opposite Jared Prins.

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