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Burroughs, Providence volleyball host CIF first-round matches

Volleyball: Indians, Pioneers and Bulldogs set for CIF postseason.

May 04, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Jonathan Fuentes and the Burroughs High boys' volleyball team looks to survive and advance this postseason.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Jonathan Fuentes and the Burroughs High… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

When the CIF Southern Section boys’ volleyball playoffs get going Tuesday, the city of Burbank will be well represented.

Burbank, Burroughs and Providence all earned berths to the postseason when the CIF Southern Section playoff pairings were released Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs and Indians will participate in Division II, while the Pioneers are in Division V.

No area team has enjoyed more postseason success the last two seasons than has Burroughs, which advanced to the Division III finals in 2011 and the semifinals in 2012.

Yet, that history didn’t help at draw time.

Burroughs (20-8) begins its new challenge in Division II on Tuesday at 7 p.m. hosting Moore League third-place finisher Long Beach Millikan (11-9).

“It is what it is. It all makes sense through the logic of this season, who we played and who we beat and we didn’t beat. I know that’s what they looked at,” Indians Coach Joel Brinton said. “There’s some teams that I thought had better draws than us and I know we’re better than. I know the process of it. It is what it is. We are excited about having the first game at home.”

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The good news for the Indians is that they enter the postseason with some momentum after defeating host Claremont, 3-1, on Tuesday to clinch a share of the Pacific League title.

A win would send Burroughs to the second round Thursday versus either PAC 7 League champion Arroyo Grande (17-2) or Channel League third-place Goleta Dos Pueblos (12-4).

One squad hoping to follow the lead of Burroughs is crosstown rival Burbank.

Only three seasons earlier, the Indians had never ventured past the second round. As for Burbank, the program didn’t even exist three years ago.

Yet, in the second year under coach Patrick McMenamin, the Bulldogs are postseason bound, as Burbank (11-17), the Pacific League third seed, will travel to Pioneer League champion El Segundo (15-3) in the first round Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“We’re very excited to participate in the Division II playoffs,” McMenamin said. “I told the team to check the CIF website and we’re well aware of El Segundo. I don’t have much info on El Segundo, but we can’t wait to play.”

Senior John You will likely lead the Bulldogs on offense as the right side hitter has connected on double-digit kill totals the last five straight league matches. Setter Jason Gomez is also averaging more than 20 assists per match.

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