Burbank continues its winless start on day 1 of the Burbank High Varsity Volleyball Tournament


The Burbank Bulldogs’ early season woes continued with straight-set losses to Brentwood, Westridge, and Rio Mesa at the Burbank volleyball tournament this past weekend. The losses drop the Bulldogs to 0-6 on the young season, which is the most losses to begin a season in nearly twenty years. The other teams that are in this 2-day Burbank Volleyball tournament are Village Christian(Sun Valley), Canyon(Santa Clarita), Lighthouse(Santa Monica), Jordan(Los Angeles), Brentwood(Los Angeles), Rio Messa(Oxnard), and Westridge(Pasadena).

In the first game of day 1, Burbank’s struggles continued against Brentwood as they lost to them in a sweep(12-25, 15-25). Burbank’s Raquel Fox and Ally Molloy had kills in the 1st set while Ava Rosalind got an ace in that set too. Brentwood’s rising freshmen Tristyn Bailey and Ashlyn Sells both contributed with 9 and 3 kills respectively to help the Eagles get their first victory of the season on the heels of coming up short in a grueling 5-set defeat to Culver City in their season opener. “We served really well and got a lot of points in that sense we’re still a young team as we are still figuring out things to be better as a unit,” said Brentwood head coach Nicole Ryans after the Eagles’ first win of the season. She admitted that the team had first-game jitters but mentioned that they served well against Culver City in the 5-set loss to them. Burbank dropped to 0-4 on the season while Brentwood improved to 1-1 on the season.

In the next matchup, Burbank locked horns with Westridge, who were also looking for their first win of the season after dropping matches against LaSalle(Pasadena), Flintridge Sacred Heart, and Pasadena Poly to begin their season. Addison Ritter of Burbank had a kill in the first set while in set 2, Astoria Torres and Raquel Fox of Burbank contributed with blocks in the loss for the Bulldogs. Jade Illas and Emery Fishbach had a combined 6 kills in the win for the Tigers. “It feels good to win, we’ve been playing tougher teams prior to this but we feel ready to come out and play hard,” said Westridge head coach Jenni Orlandi after Westridge picked up their first victory of the 2023 season. She also stated that it’s expected that her 2 senior star players Jade Illas and Emery Fishbach are going to get tough swings and a lot of kills and stated that they are both smart and tough players. Orlandini also stated that she’s giving 2 of her freshman players more playing time in Kathrine Labao, and Lora Kotikan but, they should be players to be built around in the near future for Westridge.

The Bulldogs were still looking for answers heading into the final game of day 1 against Rio Mesa, but couldn’t come away with a win as they were defeated in straight sets. Coming into the matchup with Burbank, it had been an up-and-down start to the season for the 2-3 Rio Mesa Spartans. We had tough matches against Brentwood and Westridge we wanted to finish the night off on a good note, and going home with a win tonight helps,” said Rio Mesa head coach Jeff Holloway after the team’s win. He mentions that senior Jill Alan plays well all the time but calls her a go-to player on the team. Rio Mesa improves to 3-4 on the season.

Burbank will regroup and look to capture their first wins of the season heading into the final day of the Burbank Tournament before kicking off their league schedule on Tuesday, August 29th against Pasadena at home which will be a 3:45 PM start. The 2nd day of the tournament will include a challenge match to start off along with an 8-team single elimination playoff rounds to crown a champion of the tourney.

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