Burroughs High girls' volleyball outlasts Crescenta Valley aces in five games

Volleyball: Indians stay in hunt for Pacific League title with dramatic five-game win on Falcons' home court.

September 24, 2013|By Andrew Shortall,
(Roger Wilson Staff…)

LA CRESCENTA — It was only fitting the Pacific League girls' volleyball match between Crescenta Valley High and Burroughs was decided on an ace. Ironically, the team that was most formidable in its serving didn't wind up with the decider.

After being peppered by 20 Falcons aces, the Indians had the most memorable one from Darby Adams — her fourth of the match — which ended the contest in Burroughs' favor on Crescenta Valley's home court Tuesday, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13.

"It's an amazing feeling just getting an ace, let alone match point, it was incredible," Adams said. "It definitely was a great feeling, it was giving it right back."

While a tough loss for the Falcons, who are now 2-2, 1-1 in league, Crescenta Valley Coach Jen Ku Lee was happy with how his group took a perennial league power to five games.

"I can't complain because my team played well and we were short-handed," said Lee, whose team played without Emmie Walker and Micaela Guarino, as both are battling knee injuries. Walker is day to day, but Guarino is out indefinitely. "We played well, we came with a passion to win and we were this close."


Two points is exactly how close CV was, as a four-point spurt late in game five gave them a 13-10 lead. All those points came off serves from Emily Bristow (two aces), as Burroughs had trouble receiving serves from a number of Falcons, including Rosa Kwak (nine aces), Jane Moon (four aces), Cami Wong (two aces) and Nannette Grigorian (two aces, seven kills).

Burroughs Coach Edwin Real called a timeout with his squad two points away from defeat.

"We've always talked about winning the championship and I told them if we lose this match, the championship is out the window," said Real, whose Indians are constantly a top-two to three team in the Pacific and most recently won league titles in 2011 and 2007. "I told them, 'We either play to win this match or we just play for second or third.'"

Katie Rutecki (six kills, three aces) helped rally Burroughs with two kills that sandwiched a kill from Caitlin Cottrell (17 kills, three ace) to tie the game at 13 and prompt a CV timeout. While the Falcons had battled back in earlier games, they had no answer as another Rutecki kill and Adams ace ended the contest.

"It was a really intense game, we've been training really hard so it was hard to see it go to five games," Adam said, "but we pulled it out."

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