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Playing with resolve and determination, the Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division III quarterfinals after last Saturday’s sweep of Notre Dame Academy at Crescenta Valley High.

The scores were 25-18, 25-13, 25-20 behind the usual offensive stars of senior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo and junior outside hitter Lydia Grote with each getting 16 kills.

Senior opposite hitter/defensive specialist Jolene Soliman’s service winner clinched the set and match.

The Indians (26-8), who played at Village Christian in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, are playing their best volleyball of the season, having won 14 of 17 matches.

“Our team is very consistent and we all know that consistency is the way that we get to a play,’’ said Grote. “We can’t get to a play without a good serve. Get the ball in the court and we can handle the rest. We just have to start with a good serve and we work on that in practice.’’

Head Coach Edwin Real was pleased with how the match went against the Regal Gryphons (18-14). “They’re a good team, but we got on them quickly,’’ he said. “We were in a tournament with Notre Dame Academy. It was a different atmosphere. It was a Saturday tournament. I wasn’t worried about losing to them the first time. We’re a better team now.’’

Real said Saturday’s battle was better played than Thursday’s four-set victory over University in a first-round match.

“We didn’t play up to our potential in the first round,’’ he said. “When we get the ball to the setter, we did a pretty good job. Shea McGovern did a good job tonight of getting the ball to the hitters.’’

McGovern, a senior setter, was also happy with how the match progressed.

“I feel like I felt more pumped up for this game because it was the second round and we keep going,’’ said McGovern. “I think we’re really good and I think this team is going far. That’s our goal to win the CIF, for sure.’’

Burroughs sophomore outside hitter Catie Virtue chimed in with eight kills.

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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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