BURBANK — For one local team it was pure jubilation.
For another local team it was bitter disappointment.
When Belllarmine-Jefferson High met Providence Tuesday in a CIF Southern Section Division IV-A first-round playoff match, the cross-town rivalry was in full swing.
But it would be the swing of momentum that would determine the eventual winner.
Although the Guards jumped out to an early advantage by winning the first two games, the host Pioneers didn't roll over. Instead, Providence rallied, took a stranglehold on the match's momentum and finished off an impressive comeback in the form of a 21-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-10 victory.
The win puts the Pioneers (17-7) into a difficult second-round contest Thursday at a time to be determined. Providence will be taking on host Laguna Blanca, the division's top seed.
Providence, the runner-up in the Liberty League, earned that spot in the second round by executing a torrid comeback against Bell-Jeff (9-7), which placed third in the Santa Cruz League.