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Area squads set for CIF success

Volleyball: Six local girls' teams learn playoff fates on Saturday with unveiling of CIF Southern Section brackets.

November 06, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • Shanelle Agito and the Holy Family girls' volleyball team open the CIF playoffs on Tuesday.
Shanelle Agito and the Holy Family girls' volleyball… (Tim Berger, Los…)

In the end, each divisional bracket will come down to just two teams, but as of the release of the CIF Southern Section girls' volleyball playoff matchups on Saturday morning, each full bracket represents a maze of possibilities and plenty of strategizing and speculating for coaches as they try to map out their respective teams' paths to a CIF title.

That's the case for six area teams that qualified, including Burroughs, Burbank and Crescenta Valley in Division 2-A, Providence in Division 4-AA and Bellarmine-Jefferson and Holy Family in Division 4-A, and will begin their quest with first-round matches at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Burroughs (22-5) won the Pacific League and was ranked fourth in the division until the final week of the season, when it suddenly slipped to sixth. As a result, the Indians did not receive the first-round bye that was awarded to the top four seeds in Saturday's unveiling. Burroughs will instead host Paramount (9-9), an at-large team from the San Gabriel Valley League, in the first round.

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"My first thought was, 'Good, we've got an at-large team. Hopefully, we should get past the first round,'" Indians Coach Edwin Real said. "But then when I kind of investigated how the byes went and how things went out, I was a little bit disappointed.

"Then I thought about it. That was disappointing, but what are you going to do? Whatever you get, you just go for it."

A win over the Pirates would put Burroughs in a second-round matchup with either Oxnard, the Pacific View League runner-up, or Valley Christian, the third-place team from the Olympic League, on Thursday.

"Looking ahead to Valley Christian or Oxnard, they've both been good programs in the past," Real said, "so we'll just have to wait and see."

Burbank (11-5), which placed third in the Pacific League, will open on the road against Xavier Prep (13-3), the second-place team from the Desert Valley League, and will face the No. 2 seed Whittier Christian, the Olympic League champion, should it advance to the second round.

Crescenta Valley (8-8) placed fourth in the Pacific League and will travel to meet Adolfo Camarillo (20-6), the Pacific View League champion.

"I watched clips online and they're pretty tall," Falcons Coach Jen Ku Lee said of Camarillo. "Their defense is pretty good. It's going to be a tough matchup for us. Right now, I think it's just best that we focus on ourselves and what we can do better.

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