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Burroughs' historic run falls short

Volleyball: Indians boys' team plays well early but just can't stay with Valley Christian in four-game loss in CIF finals.

May 22, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

As a result, the Crusaders powered back to take control, 25-24. After a Valley Christian hitting error, the Indians again had game-point, 26-25, after another hitting error.

It was at that point that it looked as if the Indians had caught a break. Pollema fell to the floor clutching his left ankle, obviously in pain. The senior had to be helped off the court and the Crusaders went on as Pollema's injured ankle was being attended to.

Burroughs won the second game on a block from Rutecki on an attempt by Albers to even the match.

Pollema wasn't out for long, however, and he returned strong in the third game.

"It definitely gave them a boost when he was able to come back," Brinton said of Pollema.

The Crusaders led wire to wire in the third game. Burroughs could only cut the lead to three, 18-15, the entire stanza.

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Burroughs began the fourth game with a 4-1 lead after two kills and a block from Lucas Yanez. But Valley Christian took the momentum back at 6-5 and maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

"We were one of only 10 teams in the Southern Section to still be playing [Saturday]," Brinton said. "This team has a lot to be proud of."

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