LA CRESCENTA — A deciding fifth game appeared all but certain for the second time this season between the Crescenta Valley High and Burbank boys' volleyball teams.
Raymond Barsemian made sure that situation would not occur again, though, by turning in a splendid stretch of serving.
Barsemian collected three of his five aces in the fourth game to spark host Crescenta Valley to a 13-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-22 Pacific League win against Burbank on Tuesday in a key Pacific League match.
Crescenta Valley improved to 17-3, 7-3 in league. Burbank, which posted a five-game win against Crescenta Valley at home April 16, dipped to 15-4, 8-3.
With Barsemian at the line to serve and Burbank holding a 21-17 lead in the fourth game, the Falcons went on a 6-0 run to grab a 23-21 lead.
“We wanted to just stay away from playing another fifth game against them,” Barsemian said. “At the beginning of the season, my serving was OK. … I've been working on it a lot since and I've been able to get things together. I felt like I needed to serve hard in the fourth game and then the aces started to come.”