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Glendale volleyball can't keep up momentum against Burbank

Volleyball: Nitros win first game, but Bulldogs battle back to win Pacific League contest in four.

October 29, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The last time Burbank High played Glendale in girls' volleyball a month ago, the Bulldogs rolled to a relatively easy three-game sweep in Pacific League play.

But the Nitros have continued to improve since that first meeting, earning a quality league win against Crescenta Valley and playing tough against league-leading Arcadia.

Glendale showed that improvement Tuesday, playing well and winning the first game against visiting Burbank. Unfortunately for the Nitros, they couldn't maintain their early momentum and the Bulldogs came back to earn a 24-26, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 victory.

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"They have improved since the last time we played them, said Burbank Coach Sarah Brown of Glendale. "They have some good results against some of the better teams in the league. But we knew that coming in and we knew we had to play hard against them."

Burbank (13-6, 9-3 in league), currently in third in league behind first-place Arcadia and second-place Burroughs, seemed to have trouble with the Nitros' height advantage in the first game. The Bulldogs hitters had problems getting the ball past the Glendale defenders, allowing the Nitros to dictate the tempo in the opener.

Glendale received a huge effort in the first game by Serena Snear, who tallied seven of her match-high 18 kills in the opener.

Although the Nitros played inspired volleyball to open the match, it was Burbank which was able to come back to take a 17-12 lead in the first. But the Nitros kept chopping away at the lead and went ahead, 22-21, on a kill by Snear. After a Glendale lift tied the score at 22, the Nitros went ahead again, 23-22, on a Bulldogs hitting error. However, the lead changed again when Burbank received consecutive kills from Ashlyn Edwards (10 kills, 12 digs) and Allison Tiegs (14 kills, four blocks), to go up, 24-23.

Facing game-point, the Nitros turned around their fortunes. A kill by Kirsten Cabarong (17 kills) and a block by Karah Hui put Glendale in control, 25-24. The Nitros ended the game on a kill by Cabarong.

"I really liked the way we played in the first game," Glendale co-Coach Ta'ase Mose said. "I thought we were going to be able to keep that going into the second set.

"But Burbank really came on with their serve after that and we had problems with our serve-receive. Basically, we lost those last three sets because of our serve-receive."

After losing the opening game, Brown made some adjustments and the Bulldogs began to play better.

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