The Burbank High girls' volleyball team was hoping to ride the momentum of an opening-round win in the CIF Southern Section playoffs two days earlier when it took part in a second-round contest Thursday.
But the Bulldogs faced a big task in the form of No. 2 seed Whittier Christian, which was hosting the Division II-A match.
The Heralds proved too much for Burbank to handle, as the Bulldogs went down in defeat, 25-10, 25-10, 25-19, ending their season.
"That team hit harder and they played faster than any team we played against this season," Burbank Coach Sarah Brown said. "They were also a very disciplined team and they were where they should have been on the court most of the time. They also didn't make very many mistakes."
The Bulldogs were led by Reilly Brennan, who had seven kills.
"I was pleased with the way that we played," Brown said. "We just went up against a team that was better than we were."
Burbank (12-6) finished third in the Pacific League, while Whittier Christian (23-2) captured the Olympic League championship.
The Heralds had a bye for the first round and now move on to the quarterfinal round Saturday.
The Bulldogs opened the postseason Tuesday with a 25-21, 25-22, 15-15, 25-22 victory against Xavier Prep.
Xavier Prep finished as runner-up in the Desert Valley League and suffered just its fourth loss of the season against the Bulldogs.