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Burbank High boys' volleyball team closes out Glendale in Pacific League match

Volleyball: Bulldogs get 10 kills from You to record 25-22, 16-25, 25-9, 26-24 road victory.

April 03, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Since Pacific League play began in March, the Burbank High and Glendale boys’ volleyball teams find themselves with something in common — difficulty closing out games.

That pattern changed slightly when the two squads met Wednesday afternoon at Glendale.

Burbank received 11 kills from John You and 21 assists from Jason Gomez to register a 25-22, 16-25, 25-9, 26-24 victory.

A point away from forcing a deciding fifth game, Glendale (6-6, 1-4 in league) saw Burbank (7-7, 4-1) use a late 3-0 rally to take the first of two head-to-head meetings. The teams will face off again April 25 at Burbank.

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“We’ve struggled with our ability to finish off games,” Burbank Coach Patrick McMenamin said. “It was nice to close this out in four because you don’t know what can happen [in a fifth game].

“We were struggling at times executing our offense. It was mostly the inability to put the ball down. Glendale also played stingy defense.”

The Bulldogs and Nitros provided some suspense throughout the match. Fortunately for Burbank, it had answers to solve an improved Glendale squad.

Burbank got eight kills from Derian Blandon and 11 assists from Ryan Garcia to stave off Glendale.

“You could see how much Glendale has improved,” said You, who finished with four kills in the fourth game. “This was definitely a tough test for us.

“In the fourth game, we had to show we could fight back and we did.”

Glendale took a 23-21 lead on a kill by Josh Collado. Burbank got consecutive kills from Joseph Servin to tie it at 23 before a serving error gave the Nitros a 24-23 advantage. Burbank tied it again at 24 and took a 25-24 lead before an ace by Blandon completed the victory.

The loss left Glendale Coach Ta’ase Mose frustrated.

“We keep coming so close, but we just can’t finish it off,” said Mose, who got a team-high 11 kills and three aces from Collado. “It’s something that’s been hard for us all season.

“We were up the whole way in the fourth game and then we made some key errors. Our passing wasn’t good enough. It’s those key mental errors that we keep on making.”

Glendale held a 16-10 lead before Burbank knotted it at 17 with a 7-1 run.

McMenamin said clutch serving by the Bulldogs paved the way for their late comeback.

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