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Burroughs volleyball proves too much for upstart Burbank

Volleyball: Bulldogs just can't get offense going in three-game Pacific League loss to defending-champion Indians.

April 02, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

BURBANK — Since it resurrected its boys' varsity volleyball program two seasons ago, Burbank High has had a tough time against cross-town rival Burroughs.

In two years, the Indians dominated the city competition, earning sweeps in all four matches en route to back-to-back Pacific League championships.

PHOTOS: Burroughs boys' volleyball bests rival Burbank

For this season's first meeting between the squads, at least on paper, it looked as if Burroughs might have its hands full with the upstart Bulldogs. Burbank, off to its best start ever, came into Wednesday's matchup undefeated in league with only one loss to its record.

However, although the Bulldogs might have a talented group, they just don't seem to be at Burroughs' level just yet, as the Indians rolled to a 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 victory at home.

The win keeps Burroughs (9-3, 3-0 in league), ranked No. 8 in CIF Southern Section Division II, tied for first place in the Pacific League with Crescenta Valley (13-0, 3-0). The Indians and Falcons will clash for the first time this season April 11 at Burroughs.

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"This game was bigger than it usually has been the last few years," Burroughs Coach Joel Brinton said about the match with Burbank. "But our guys didn't blow it up and make it more than just another match, and that's kind of how we wanted to approach it. The guys came out focused and I'm really happy about that."

From the early going, it appeared the Bulldogs (10-2, 3-1) were overmatched against the hard-charging Indians. Along with committing some untimely errors, Burbank just couldn't get its offense rolling and had a hard time setting up its players on the outside.

"We under performed today," Burbank Coach Patrick McMenamin said. "Burroughs was able to execute throughout the match and we were just not able to execute. We wanted to play our system, but Burroughs just did a good job at taking us out of our system.

"But give Burroughs credit; the way they played today they proved they are the team to beat in the league."

The Indians received a match-high 10 kills from Nick Van Loo, who also had four aces. Teammates Dalton Burroughs and Tristin Martin added nine kills each and Ryan Van Loo contributed 35 assists.

"We just wanted to approach this as just another game and come out like we usually do," Nick Van Loo said. "We didn't want to be concerned about [Burbank], we just wanted to focus on what we do.

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