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Card dealt league's top honor

Water polo: Burbank utility Jordan Card named Pacific League most valuable player after scoring school-record 132 goals.

March 13, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

It's doesn't happen very often that a player on a team that finished fourth in league earns the league's top honor.

Although the Burbank High girls' water polo team didn't place among the top three in the Pacific League this past season, a Bulldogs player was voted the most valuable player.

Senior utility Jordan Card was named the Pacific League Player of the Year.

"I was surprised when I was told that I won it," said Card, a four-year standout. "I know there are other good players on other teams, but I think I've worked really hard for it and I'm just glad that the other coaches hopefully saw that in me."

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Card broke the Burbank single-season goal record with 132. In addition, she also had 68 steals, 22 assists and 15 blocks.

Under Coach Carlos Pelayo, Burbank went 19-8 and put a scare into league-champion Crescenta Valley, falling to the Falcons, 10-9, in the league tournament semifinals.

Pelayo, who earned Pacific League Coach of the Year honors, said Card was instrumental in helping the Bulldogs put together a winning season.

"She has never been one to worry about her stats," Pelayo said. "For her, it's always been about the team. She will do whatever is needed to help the team. If we need her to guard the other team's best player, she would do it, or if we needed her to score, she would do it. Heck, if we needed her to play goalie she would do it. The team has always been more important for her."

True to form, Card was quick to give her teammates credit.

"I've just been so blessed with what I've been given and the teammates that I've had," she said. "I've just been fortunate that I've been able to excel as a player."

One of those teammates was senior goalkeeper Sarah Tubert, who earned all-league first-team accolades. Tubert had 258 blocks to set a new Bulldogs single-season mark.

Crescenta Valley (27-4), which won its second straight league crown after going 8-0 and winning the league tournament, got three first-team selections in last year's co-MVP Kim Fraisse, Adrienne Ingalla and Christine Cho.

Fraisse, who set the Falcons' single-season scoring record with 129 goals in 2009-10, was once again a dominant force, although early season injuries and the overall depth of the team caused the senior utility's numbers to dip.

She finished with 71 goals, 25 assists and 45 steals.

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