Burroughs’ girls’ volleyball ready to roll

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When it comes to girls’ volleyball, the Burroughs High team has been fairly successful recently.

Spanning the last three seasons, the Indians, who are coming off a 24-7 campaign, have won the Pacific League banner twice.

There’s a good chance it could be three of the last four despite outside hitter Marin Grote, who averaged 13 kills a match and is playing for the University of Washington, having graduated.

“The team expectations are to contend for the league title,’’ said Head Coach Edwin Real, whose team went 13-1 in league. “I’m confident we will make the playoffs.’’

A season ago, the Indians advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs.

There is talent and it includes senior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo, who was a first-team all-league pick after averaging nearly seven kills a match.

Junior outside hitter Lydia Grote, Marin’s sister, senior opposite hitter Shea McGovern and sophomore outside hitter Catie Virtue are also key members.

Burroughs has played two matches, losing to Woodrow Wilson in five sets and a three-set victory over West.

The Indians began league play this past Tuesday in a match against Hoover and will host Burbank on Tuesday, September 18 and will visit the Bulldogs on Wednesday, October 31.

Real believes this could be a special team and the ceiling is limitless. “We work together and we have a lot of hitting options and we play good defense,’’ he pointed out.

Real said that the league battle should come down to Burroughs, perennial powers Arcadia and Crescenta Valley along with Burbank.

Even talented squads sometimes lose focus. How will Real keep the team in line?

“We have to remind ourselves of our goals,’’ he said. “Work to get better each day. Winning will take care of itself.’’

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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