The Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team had something to prove
Tuesday night when it hosted Burbank High in a Foothill League match.
After losing to the Bulldogs earlier in the season, the Indians
knew they could not suffer another letdown at home against their
Burroughs turned the tables on Burbank and defeated the Bulldogs,
25-18, 26-24, 22-25, 25-23.
The crowd was unusually quiet in the opening game of the match.
“It took time for people to get into it,” said Burroughs Coach
Edwin Real, who earned his first league victory as the Indians’ coach
after spending 12 years as an assistant to longtime Burroughs Coach
“We were anxious to get a victory. We had to step it up because
[Burbank] had us the first time and my girls stepped it up. We just
played a lot better than we did the first time. This time we just
served more consistently, which gave us a chance to win the match.”
Burroughs (5-10, 1-6 in league) came out and won the first two
games, as a host of players helped the Indians get the early lead.
“At different times, a different kid would step up,” said Real,
whose team lost to Burbank in four games when they played earlier in
the season.” That’s what a team game is like.”
Burroughs got eight kills from Alisha Smirch, seven from Ashley
Beckwith, six from Michelle Galvez and five from Ashley Hillebrandt.
Although Burbank (2-5 in league) lost the match, the Bulldogs got
a fine performance from senior Mackenzie Cogswell, who had a
match-high 13 kills.
“They came out strong and it took us three games to actually get
fired up,” said Burbank’s Megan Kavanaugh, who had three kills.
Cogswell, who was all over the court, said she noticed flaws in
her team’s game.
“I didn’t think we covered the ball on tips as well as could have,
and our passing was kind of off,” Cogswell said.
Real said he was glad Cogswell wasn’t in his team’s face
throughout the match.
“She had us for a while,” Real said. “Luckily, she couldn’t play
that role all six rotations.”