BURROUGHS HIGH — The Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team had been waiting, and planning, for Thursday’s match for weeks.
After falling in a close match to league-leading Arcadia in five games Oct. 5, the Indians have been anticipating the rematch.
The clash was set: the Apaches, undefeated in Pacific League play, against host Indians, who had just one league loss. With two league contests remaining, Burroughs was hoping for a win and hopefully a share of the league title.
However, Arcadia had just too much firepower, as the visitors slammed their way to a 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 23-23 victory at Burroughs High.
“Arcadia is very good, and they have some very good players,” Burroughs Coach Edwin Real said. “But I don’t think we played very well. We just didn’t pass the ball very well.”
The win gives Arcadia (21-2, 12-0 in league) the inside track to win its second-straight league championship. Burroughs (12-6, 10-2) is in second place by itself.
“This is the one that we wanted,” Real said. “We have been planning for this and we felt like we were ready.”
The Indians had problems stopping Arcadia’s potent outside hitting attack. Taylor DeGraaf led the way with 19 kills. Teammate Brittney Lee added 12.
Burroughs was paced by Kathy Henry, who tallied 19 kills. Meghan Stephenson added 17 kills, Keana Figueroa had 21 assists and Victoria Santos had 22 digs.
After dropping the first two games, the Indians battled back to take the lead in the third game, 11-10, on an Arcadia hitting error.
The Indians increased the lead to 18-14, before the Apaches began to come back, tying the score at 21. But Burroughs met the challenge, took advantage of two Arcadia errors and received an ace from Angelique Rojas and a kill from Henry to close out the game.