“A lot of emotions in this match playing South,” Indian senior Daniel Jacobs said, “beating them in semifinals my sophomore year, losing to them in semifinals my junior year. For all the seniors, and all the juniors too who played last year, this is a really emotional game and it is really awesome to come out on top this time.”
The Burroughs attack was spearheaded by Jacobs, who finished with a game-high 19 kills. Joining Jacobs as offensive leaders were Jonathan Fuentes and Daniel Marbach, who both notched seven kills. On defense, the Indians (11-4) were led by Danny Casillas’ 14 digs. Marbach finished with eight digs. Three Indians finished with two blocks, including setter BJ Lagmay, who also had 30 assists.
South (9-6) moved up to Division II this season along with Burroughs, which are currently ranked No. 8. The Spartans were led in kills by Daniel Hart with 12.
“I knew it was going to be a match like this: very tight, back and forth,” McElwee said. “[Burroughs] played with a lot of emotion and it really just comes down to can you execute? I think it came down to crucial points and our passing fell apart and they started serving really tough.”
Burroughs and South Torrance were tied going into the third game, with each squad winning with some ease in games one and two, respectively. South Torrance jumped out to an early 6-1 advantage in the third, but the game tightened and was tied late at 20-20.
“We’ve had a little problem with executing lately,” Jacobs said. “In that third game and that 20-20 situation we wanted to do what we’ve been having trouble with and make sure we executed.”