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Burroughs volleyball can't keep momentum going

Girls' volleyball: Indians win first game, but drop next three in a nonleague loss to Hart at home.

September 10, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge

BURBANK — After a successful run last year that saw Burroughs High reach the girls' volleyball CIF Southern Section Division II-A quarterfinals, it was time for the Indians to begin a new campaign Tuesday, starting with a nonleague match at home against Division I-A opponent Hart.

Burroughs fought out of an early hole to take the first game, but tailed off after that, dropping the next three and losing, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 26-24, to the visiting Indians.

"I was pleased with the outcome of the first game," said Burroughs Coach Edwin Real, whose team is ranked No. 10 in Division II-A. "We were clicking, things were happening, our ball control was good and then some time in the second game, they served a little better. Then, we had a hard time passing the ball, getting the ball to the setter and our ball control kind of went out the window kind of. If that happens, you know, you lose."

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After pulling together to win the first game, Burroughs dropped the next two and found itself on the brink of defeat in the fourth game before clawing back to tie the score. The Indians then pulled ahead on an ace by Katie Rutecki that dribbled over the tape atop the net and dropped on the Hart side of the court to give her team the advantage, 20-19.

Burroughs held the lead and had a chance to force a fifth game before Hart caught up at 24, then finished the task on a kill by Brianne Beeman — who led the visitors with eight kills — for a 26-24 win.

"I think we were nervous in the beginning because we knew they were good competition, but we really could have beaten them," Burroughs senior Caitlin Cottrell said.

Burroughs was led in the kill department by Cottrell from her middle blocker position, as she tallied 15. Fellow senior Rutecki added 11.

"We worked really hard. Our teamwork was decent. We just didn't play as hard as we could that game," Cottrell, a Division II-A first-team selection last season, said. "We usually have our energy up all the time, but today it was awful."

The opening game saw Burroughs fall behind, 6-0, fueled by three of Hart's Amy McKee's five aces in the match, before coming to life. An ace by Cottrell to the deep part of center court tied the game at 8, and the host Indians never trailed again. They led by as many as seven and took the opening game on a Danielle Ryan kill.

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