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Setting an Indians standard

Senior Tyler Yanez was crucial in leading Burroughs from a new program into a CIF contender

July 20, 2011|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Tyler Yanez from Burroughs High is the All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year.
Tyler Yanez from Burroughs High is the All-Area Boys'… (Tim Berger, Staff…)

When Tyler Yanez arrived at Burroughs High four years ago as a freshman, the Indians boys' volleyball program was in its infancy.

With the team's inaugural season taking place just the year before, Burroughs struggled to get its footing in its first year of existence. It was relegated to an also-ran in the Pacific League and the Indians failed to make the playoffs.

Along with twin brother Lucas, Tyler Yanez began to help lift the program as a sophomore when he joined the varsity squad along with his brother.

"When we were freshmen, I think the varsity team came in something like fourth place in league," Tyler Yanez said. "And for our sophomore year, we really didn't do that much better."

With Tyler leading the team from his setter position, the Indians continued a meteoric climb as a program in 2010 when the squad surprisingly tied for the league championship.

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That was followed by a historic 2011 season. Yanez set the tone for a squad that won its first undisputed Pacific League title, worked its way to the CIF Southern Section Division III championship match and notched an upset win in the state playoffs.

"Everything just kept getting better and better each year, and we were winning more and more," Tyler said. "Looking back at my freshman and sophomore years, I couldn't have even imagined that we would make it to the CIF championship in this short of a time."

Burroughs Coach Joel Brinton said he has been impressed with Yanez' progression since he came into the program four years ago with little previous volleyball experience.

"He has just consistently gotten better each year and he has really grown, both mentally and physically, as a player over the years," Brinton said. "And what he was able to accomplish this season was amazing. He set some records that are going to be there for a while."

Breaking individual records and leading the Indians to a historic season were only two of the aspects that made Yanez a standout player, earning him co-Pacific League Player of the Year honors and All-CIF accolades along with Lucas.

It is because of those accomplishments that Tyler Yanez, for a second straight year, was a unanimous choice as the 2011 All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year by the sports writers and editors of the Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and La Cañada Valley Sun.

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