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Crescenta Valley High girls' volleyball wins in dramatic comeback against Burbank

Volleyball: Falcons lose first two games, but turn around and win next three to pull out Pacific League victory against host Bulldogs.

September 26, 2013

BURBANK — There was plenty of reason for the Crescenta Valley High girls’ volleyball team to be dejected and frustrated after dropping the first two games of its Pacific League match Thursday against Burbank.

In a dramatic first game that saw the teams combine for 60 points, the Falcons were on the brink of winning the stanza four times, but couldn’t take advantage of any of the game-point opportunities.

In the second game, Crescenta Valley enjoyed a six-point lead late only to see the Bulldogs surge ahead to win the stanza and put the Falcons on the brink of elimination heading into the third.

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Despite being down, Crescenta Valley didn’t roll over. In fact, the Falcons ramped up their game.

What followed was a dramatic and improbable comeback by Crescenta Valley, which rallied to win the next three games and eventually walked away with a 29-31, 24-26, 25-19, 25-21, 15-9 win that left the host Bulldogs dejected and frustrated.

“We were kind of bummed with the way we lost that first game, with all the effort that we put in to it,” Crescenta Valley’s Cassidy Iannello said. “We work hard in practice to try and be able to come back in games like this. It’s just nice to see that all the hard work that we put in can pay off.”

It made for consecutive five-game league matches for the Falcons (2-2, 2-1 in league), who fell to Burroughs at home Tuesday, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13.

But unlike Tuesday when CV Coach Jen Ku Lee said his team fluctuated in the crucial fifth game, his players were more relaxed against the co-defending-league-champion Bulldogs (2-3, 1-2).

“In that fifth game against Burroughs the other day, we were really up and down with our intensity,” Lee said. “But I told them this time just to be more steady and try not to get too excited. I thought they did a lot better job at that and I think that really helped us in that fifth game.”

The fifth game was relatively anticlimactic compared to the early games of the contest. The Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a Burbank net violation. Crescenta Valley was able to maintain an advantage until Burbank tied the score at 6 on a kill by Nicole Maihot. But the Falcons embarked on a 6-0 run to take control of the stanza.

Crescenta Valley secured the victory on a Burbank hitting error that went wide.

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