Burroughs volleyball dominates rivalry with Burbank

Boys' volleyball: Indians still rule cross-town clash, sweeping Bulldogs in league contest.

April 17, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge | By Nathan Cambridge
  • Burroughs' Daniel Jacobs, center, and his other teammates rejoice after making another point during a game against Burbank at John Burroughs High School in Burbank on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Burroughs' Daniel Jacobs, center, and his other… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

BURBANK — It is a cross-town rivalry any time Burroughs High goes up against Burbank in any sport. But in boys' volleyball the rivalry is a purely geographical based one as the Indians are a divisional powerhouse and the Bulldog program is in just its second year after being revived as a varsity program.

As the two squads squared off Wednesday in Pacific league play on the Indians' home floor, the metaphorical gulf between the two programs was on display as the hosts quickly and easily handled the visiting Bulldogs, sweeping them, 25-15, 25-13, 25-11.

PHOTOS: Burbank vs. Burroughs boys' volleyball

"We try not to treat it as a cross-town rivalry or anything," Burroughs Daniel Jacobs said. "We try not to let emotions get in the way of our playing [because], of course, a lot of emotion comes with it."

Burroughs (14-4, 7-1 in league) controlled every aspect of the contest on the way to its second sweep of the Bulldogs this season. This means Burbank (5-9, 5-4) is yet to take a game from the Indians, currently ranked No. 9 in CIF Southern Section Division II, since reviving the program.


"[Burbank] is making a ton of strides in the right direction. We have been there," said Burroughs Coach Joel Brinton, whose program is now in its seventh year since being started up again. "and we know that when we were there, the focus couldn't be on the scoreboard. The focus had to be on what we are doing right, how are we improving and how can we get better. They are still in that transition phase."

Against the Bulldogs, the service game of Burroughs was in full effect leading to 14 aces while stifling the Burbank attack.

"We served really well," Brinton said. "We've been taking time and really working with our jump servers, so mainly [Daniel] Marbach] and [Daniel] Jacobs."

Burroughs was led in aces by senior outside hitter Jacobs, who had a match-high six to go along with his match-high 12 kills, along with three blocks. Marbach followed with five aces. Jonathan Fuentes tallied the other three aces.

"It is just what we have been working on in practice. We've been working on a lot of serving and receive passing," Jacobs said. "It just showed today. It was really good to see."

Center Shayne Beamer was strong for Burroughs, especially in the first game when it became obvious that Burbank had no answer for the Indians superior size, skill and organization. The senior finished with 10 kills and a match-high five blocks.

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