Burbank downs Hart

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Four sets were needed in order for the Burbank High boys’ volleyball team to subdue visiting Hart in a nonleague match last Thursday.

The Bulldogs dispatched the Indians 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22 behind senior outside/opposite hitter Chase Marcy, who had a match-best 12 kills with five digs and two aces.

“I think our energy was very good in the first two sets,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Karl Rojo. “We were passing well. The hitters were expressing themselves really well. I think the setter was being dynamic with where he was going.’’

Senior setter Brandon Villaflor was sensational, finishing with 41 assists and four digs.

Marcy’s spike made it 7-4 in the fourth set and 9-4 on another kill by Marcy.

Marcy’s winner evened it at 13-13, Marcy’s ace pushed the lead to 14-13 and a dagger from Marcy made it 20-18.

Burbank senior opposite hitter Jack Raytis (eight kills and two blocks) served an ace to make it 9-4 in the opening frame.

A kill from Raytis made it 14-8, a smash by senior middle blocker Kalam Park (five kills) extended the lead to 16-10, and a kill from senior outside/opposite hitter Ryan Rickey (seven kills and 11 digs) pushed it to 19-16.

Marcy’s kill made it 23-19 and junior middle blocker Eric Galoustian’s service ace captured the game.

Marcy’s ace in the second game made it 3-1 and Marcy’s winner stretched it to 9-6.

A combined block by Rickey and Villaflor made it 22-18 and Marcy’s rocket secured the set.

The Indians (0-2) led 6-4 in the third frame on a kill from Jake Meyers, but Rickey’s spike saw the Bulldogs (1-1) slip ahead 9-7.

Alex Schmidt’s tapper sliced the lead to 15-12, when Raytis hit a winner it was 18-18, Schmidt’s kill made it 23-21 and Schmidt’s bullet gave Hart the third set.

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