Burroughs defeats Burbank in 4 sets on senior night

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The John Burroughs Bears face off against the Burbank Bulldogs on Thursday, October 12, fresh off a sweeping loss to Arcadia, while the Bulldogs also came off a sweeping win over Hoover on Tuesday. The Bears entered the game in a must-win situation as they had to beat Burbank to clinch a spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs, which they did in four sets (25-20, 16-25, 25-19, 25-22). Prior to the game, four seniors from the Burroughs girls’ volleyball team were celebrated with their families, as Tara Rauenswinde (middle blocker), Amina Rock (defensive specialist), Sadie Lomet (middle blocker), and Tawine Ohrt (outside hitter) were honored in a pregame ceremony prior to the first serve.

It was a back-and-forth contest between the two crosstown rivals as Ohrt and Lomet got the scoring started in the first set by going on a 4-0 run. Ohrt recorded the game’s first kill, while Lomet recorded three straight aces in set 1. Burbank’s Astoria Torres had 2 kills in the opening set, while junior Briana Barona, scored an ace in that set. Burroughs came out victorious with a 25-20 win in the first game.

Set two was all Burbank, as junior Allison Foenander got the scoring going with an ace, and seniors Addison Ritner and Astroia Tores had kills to lead the Bulldogs’ 25-16 win. Burroughs bounced back with a 3rd set win as Lomet had 3 aces and 3 kills to help the Bears bring back the momentum heading into set 4. Burbank and Burroughs were neck and neck in set 4 until Ohrt recorded the game-winning kill to help the Bears clinch a spot in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Playoffs.

“Senior night was awesome,” said Burrough head coach Edwin Real, “it was nice for the players, parents, and fans, and it was amazing to see those kids put in the hard work for the past four years of their high school life,” Real also admitted that the game was very competitive, which is expected when Burroughs goes up against Burbank.

“The 8 seniors did so well, I know for them it felt like a win since they gave it their all,” said Burbank varsity head coach Morgan Bolger. Bolger went on to say that the 8 seniors will be missed and was proud of how they played despite a rough season for the Bulldogs.

The Burbank Bulldogs finished the 2023 season with a 4-24 overall record, and 3-11 in Pacific League play, while the John Burroughs Bears, finished the regular season with an overall record of 14-15, 8-6 in Pacific League play. The Bears will take on West Ranch in first-round CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs at West Ranch High School on Thursday, October 19th at 6 PM.

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