BURBANK HIGH — Nobody had to tell Burbank High girls' tennis Coach Loi Phan and the Bulldogs what they were up against Thursday in a Pacific League showdown with Arcadia.
Not only are the Apaches the defending league champion, but they came into the match undefeated and ranked No. 7 in CIF Southern Section Division II and featured the reigning league singles champion.
Even though Phan considers this his strongest team in his seven years as coach, the Bulldogs just couldn't keep pace with Arcadia. The Apaches captured eight of nine sets in doubles to earn a 13-5 victory at Burbank.
"I told our players coming in that hopefully we can match up with Arcadia and maybe carry some of that momentum against our next opponent," Phan said. "I told them if we lose today it's fine, accept it. They are a good squad and they are one of the top teams in our entire division. I didn't care if the score was 18-0, but it was how competitive were we with the 18-0 score."