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Burroughs volleyball's Jacobs shares Pacific League MVP honor

Boys' volleyball: Nine players from Burroughs and Burbank recognized with All-Pacific League accolades.

May 28, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

Burroughs High boys' volleyball player Daniel Jacobs and Stephen Zetterberg of rival Claremont have been dominant players the last two seasons in the Pacific League.

Fittingly, the two have led their respective teams to two consecutive league championships, as the Indians and Wolfpack have shared the crown in each of the last two seasons.

Jacobs and Zetterberg have also become synonymous with success the last two seasons when it comes to the top award in the Pacific League. For the second consecutive season, Jacobs and Zetterberg have been named the co-league players of the year

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"I don't mind sharing it with him because he's such a good player," said Jacobs, a senior outside hitter. "I think it's just an honor to be up there with him for the award, now for the second year in a row."

Jacobs tops an impressive all-league list that includes nine local recipients — six from Burroughs and three from Burbank.

Making the first team for the Indians was senior setter BJ Lagmay, senior middle Shayne Beamer and senior outside Daniel Marbach. The lone first-team honoree for Burbank was senior outside John You.

Named to the second team for Burbank was middle blocker Elijah Cowart. Burroughs received second-team selections in outside hitter Jonathan Fuentes and libero Danny Casillas. Honorable mention went to middle Nick Van Loo of Burroughs and outside hitter Josh Wright of Burbank.

Jacobs was a valuable weapon for the Indians this past season. Not only was he a force from the outside, but his powerful serve kept opponents off-balance and his improved defensive skills proved to be an asset.

"I was really working on being more of a defensive player this season," Jacobs said. "I was trying to get more digs and more blocks and really trying to be more active on the defensive end."

Jacobs ended the season with a wealth of impressive accomplishments. He led the team with 219 kills and 36 aces, to go along with 110 digs and 15 blocks.

The senior also seemed to elevate his game for the most important matches of the season. In the first contest against Claremont, Jacobs had 26 kills, which was second-best in program history. Unfortunately, the Indians lost a close match in five games. However, in the rematch, Jacobs tallied 24 kills (No. 3 all-time) to lift Burroughs to a four-game win that secured it a share of the championship.

He ends his career at Burroughs as the program's all-time kill leader with 729.

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