First published in the April 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
The Burroughs High School varsity boys’ volleyball team tallied its eighth straight sweep by defeating host Crescenta Valley, 25-15, 25-21, 25-21, on Wednesday, becoming the last unbeaten team in the Pacific League.
“This group is doing a really good job just focusing on the next day,” JBHS head coach Joel Brinton said. “I know for everybody else in league it’s, ‘Hey, we got Burroughs. Circle them on the calendar.’ But for us, it’s kind of just like, who’s next?”
Seniors Justin Burras and Chris Johnson each notched eight kills, while Senior Christian Solano produced 25 assists and one kill. Senior Vinny Harris produced seven kills, senior Khalib “Pucky” Lawrence had three kills, and junior Mark Hopkins posted one kill.
“Chris Johnson and Justin Burras, our two outside [hitters], they are getting so many swings and so many sets that we are really relying on them to put the ball away,” Brinton said.
The visiting Bears previously collected their 18th straight victory dating back to late February by sweeping Arcadia, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19, in a league match last Friday. Burras registered 16 kills, Johnson posted 11 kills and 14 digs, Harris finished with eight kills, and Solano notched 40 assists. Senior Jeremy Lapeze produced 12 digs.
Burroughs (23-3 overall record, 6-0 in league), ranked No. 17 in this week’s CIF-SS Division I/II poll, is scheduled to host Glendale High in a league contest on Tuesday April 12, at 3:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs were swept at Glendale High, 14-25, 22-25, 12-25, in a Pacific League matchup on Wednesday. Taiyo Nakao led with four kills and five digs. Austin Kim, Alex Gevdzhyan and Noah Lintag each finished with three kills, Ryan Viyar posted 15 assists, six digs and one kill, Akash Kodavati had two kills and Ian Villaflor tallied 10 digs
Burbank previously claimed a 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16 league victory at Pasadena High last Friday. Kim collected 11 kills and seven digs, Gevdzhyan recorded eight kills, Kodavati registered six kills, and Nakao produced four kills and 12 digs. Viyar had four kills, Lintag tallied two kills and 18 digs, Villaflor and Justin Marmeto added 14 and six digs, respectively.
The Bulldogs (2-8 overall, 2-4 in league) are scheduled to host Arcadia in a league matchup on Tuesday, April 12, at 6 p.m.