Whenever rivals Burroughs High and Burbank meet in an athletic event, it’s like brother versus brother.
There is no team the Indians want to beat more than the Bulldogs, and vice versa.
Last Thursday night they faced each other in a girls’ volleyball match and across four sets visiting Burroughs earned a 25-16, 25-21, 21-25, 25-13 Pacific League triumph in the regular-season finale and a portion of the title along with Arcadia.
Burroughs (23-7 and 13-1 in league) and Burbank (14-15 and 9-5 in league) will continue its season in CIF Southern Section playoff matches this week.
“We had trouble with the service. Just couldn’t get the ball to the hitters,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Edwin Real. “Shea McGovern really started to get a little bit better. I told her to focus on her setting and not so much on her blocking. Just worry about your setting.’’
McGovern is a senior setter and the field general/point guard for the team.
Leading the charge for the Indians were senior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo with 16 kills and junior outside hitter Lydia Grote, who added 14.
“After Arcadia we knew we had two more games to go,’’ said Van Loo. “We’re just going to push for the win. That showed in the first, second and fourth set.’’
Grote was also pleased with the victory. “I tried to make myself really calm,’’ she said. “I try not to get too over-excited. You don’t engage in the crowd. You don’t engage in the other team’s stuff. You just have to focus on your team, your side of the court.’’
Grote, whose older sister is a freshman volleyball player at the University of Washington, said the team has a goal.
“Our motto this year has been road to rings, because we want that CIF ring,’’ she noted. “I think this is the best team that Burroughs volleyball has ever had. If we play Burroughs volleyball, I think we can do it.’’
Junior outside hitter Katie Treadway compiled a match-best 17 kills for the Bulldogs.
Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at email@example.com.