When the chips were down in the fifth set, Burbank High senior Melissa Daniel came through with flying colors. Daniel’s play helped the Bulldogs knock off visiting Crescenta Valley, 25-22, 27-25, 20-25, 22-25, 15-7 in a Pacific League girls’ volleyball match last Thursday.
In the deciding set, Daniel delivered six of her match-best 20 kills and added a combined stuff as the Bulldogs took control 6-0.
Burbank moved in front 12-6 on Daniel’s spike and captured the match on senior libero Katie Marcy’s service ace.
“Yeah, that’s so important, getting off strong because CV is a strong team too,’’ said Daniel, an outside hitter who added 22 digs. “But we need to establish that lead to make sure that we could take this game.’’
Daniel is a team leader who also plays on the softball team. Was it planned that she get the ball so much in the fifth set?
“It just happened to turn out that way,’’ she said. “I definitely didn’t play my best the first couple of sets. But I definitely came out with stronger energy and the whole team had a lot more energy in that fifth set because we want to win.’’
It was tied nine times in the first set before the Bulldogs jumped ahead 20-16 on a kill from sophomore outside hitter Katie Treadway (six aces and three kills).
In the second set, Burbank (4-0 and 3-0 in league) marched ahead 13-6 on a kill from sophomore setter Ashley Eskander (25 assists).
The Bulldogs led 23-22 when senior opposite hitter Suzy Torosyan (six kills and 13 digs) had a spike. Burbank then outscored the Falcons 4-3 for the set.
The third game was even at 11-11 on Daniel’s dagger, but CV dashed ahead 18-17 when Treadway’s shot hit the net.
At this point, the Falcons (1-7 and 0-3 in league) played better and grabbed the third frame after outscoring the Bulldogs 7-3.
The fourth game was level 10 times before Crescenta Valley junior outside hitter Teny Noordermeer (five kills) had a kill that made it 17-15.
The Falcons forged a 21-16 lead after junior outside hitter Maya Lightfoot (team-best 13 kills) unloaded an ace.