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Burroughs volleyball downs Glendale to move into first

Volleyball: Indians survive scare from Nitros to move into first-place tie with Arcadia.

October 15, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge
(Tim Berger Staff…)

GLENDALE — Burroughs High came into its Pacific League girls' volleyball matchup against host Glendale nipping at Arcadia's heels for a share of the top spot on the leader board and facing a Nitros program that had never so much as won a game against the Indians the since they joined the league.

PHOTOS: Glendale vs. Burroughs girls' volleyball

By the time it was over, the Indians had overcome a somewhat lethargic effort to escape with a 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22 victory that, coupled with Burbank's defeat of Arcadia taking place at the same time, ties Burroughs with the Apaches atop the Pacific League.

"The energy level was poor," Burroughs Coach Edwin Real said. "[Glendale's] energy level was great. ...If our energy is high we play well."

Not to be overlooked for Glendale, which continued its much-improved campaign, in Tuesday afternoon's defeat was the Nitros' triumph in game three. The three-point victory marks the first time that Glendale has taken a game from the Indians since Burroughs joined the Pacific League in 2006. Going into the game the Indians were a perfect 45-0, covering seven consecutive sweeps, including a 3-0 win at home over Glendale in mid-September.

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"Even if we made a mistake we pulled each other up," Glendale senior Kirsten Cabarong said. "I'm glad that we did that because we pulled through to four sets."

Burroughs (10-5, 7-1) grabbed the lead for good late in game one as both squads struggled to get going. After being tied at 13, the Indians got going and led by as many as six before claiming the opening game on a kill through two blockers by Indians senior Katie Rutecki, who finished with eight kills for the match, giving the visitors a 25-20 win.

Game two was also tight, as the teams remained in close contact throughout the early part of the game. Rutecki broke a 16-16 deadlock with a kill on a soft touch over the net and Burroughs did not trail again, as the Indians outscored their hosts, 8-2, the rest of the way. Three of those points came off of kills by middle blocker Caitlin Cottrell, who led all players with 24 kills.

"Glendale played great defense," Real, who has coached the Indians since 2003, said. "They were fighting. We were fighting too. They were fighting a little harder and that makes a difference in points. A couple of those games we barely skated out of. We are happy we won."

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