BURBANK — Making the jump to CIF Southern Section Division I and playing against tougher competition might have had something to do with the Burroughs High boys' tennis team's struggles during its first-round home match Wednesday.
But according to some of the Indians players, along with facing a talented team in Huntington Beach Marina, they were simply not prepared for their postseason contest in the Southland's toughest division.
Even though it lost its No. 1 singles player earlier in the season because of an injury, singles has been Burroughs' strength throughout the year, helping lift the squad to an undefeated record in the regular season.
However, the Indians were only able to win four of nine singles sets against Marina, as the Visiting Vikings were able to walk away with a 10-8 victory.
It was a tough loss for Burroughs (13-1), which captured the Pacific League championship. Marina (13-8) placed fourth in the competitive Sunset League and qualified for the playoffs with an at-large berth. The Vikings won their wild-card match Tuesday against Simi Valley, 10-8.