De Leon, Diller and Crencia Make All League!

June 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

BURBANK — It wasn’t exactly an overwhelmingly successful season for the area boys’ volleyball teams.

With Burbank High not fielding a team this year, that left Burroughs, Bellarmine-Jefferson and Providence to carry the torch for the local squads.

Although all the teams played well at times during the campaign, and all made the postseason, no squad was able to finish higher than third in their respective league.

While Bell-Jeff placed third in the Santa Fe League, Providence was the No. 3 team from the Liberty League and Burroughs was fourth in the Pacific League.

All, however, were able to land players on all-league lists.

Despite having to apply for an at-large berth into the postseason after placing fourth, the Indians were well represented in the all-league voting.

“I was pretty surprised that we did eventually get as many as we did,” said Indians Coach Joel Brinton, who had four players earn honors. “It was really nice to see the guys honored.”

Brinton — a Crescenta Valley High graduate — continued to push Burroughs (14-11) in the right direction in just the program’s third year of existence.

Fielding a team with just one returning senior, that player quit the program early on. Despite the inexperience, the Indians were a competitive squad in league play, going, 5-5.

Burroughs pushed league- champion Claremont to five games, did the same to Crescenta Valley and defeated Arcadia.

Brinton’s contributions this season didn’t go unnoticed by his peers, as he was voted the Pacific League’s Coach of the Year.

The award definitely caught Brinton by surprise.

“I didn’t expect the award at all,” said the coach, who has guided his team to CIF Southern Section playoff competition two of three seasons. “It’s something very special, and it means a lot to me.”

With a talented cast of mostly underclassmen, the Indians garnered their share of awards.

Leading the way was Burroughs’ lone first-team pick, sophomore outside hitter Lucas Yanez. The athlete broke school records in kills (231) and digs (211).

“Lucas just played great for us all season,” Brinton said.

Making the second team were George Gonzalez and Dimitri Navsrides. Gonzalez, a senior middle blocker, tallied 160 kills and 34 blocks and Navsrides, a junior middle blocker, had 196 kills and 43 blocks.

“The amazing thing about George is that he’s only been playing volleyball for six months,” Brinton said. “We found him in a P.E. class and asked him to come out for the team. For him to get on the second team is just remarkable.”

Sophomore setter Tyler Yanez had 520 assists (second all-time) and 117 digs to earn honorable-mention honors.

The Indians were defeated in the first round of the Division II playoffs by Arroyo Grande, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-18.

The Guards (5-10, 4-5 in league) finished third in league, as champion Salesian went on to play in the Division V championship contest.

Making all-league for the Guard was senior setter Randall DeLeon (304 assists and 32 aces).

“Randall was a four-year varsity player for us,” Bell-Jeff Coach Miguel Segura said. “He was a guy we had to switch to setter his sophomore year and he really stepped up and made the sacrifice.”

Also honored were junior outside Dietrich Diller (146 kills) and senior libero Kevin Crencia (101 digs).

The Guards lost in the first round of the Division V playoffs to Arrowhead Christian, 25-5, 25-12, 25-11.

Providence (12-9, 7-4) was able to land only two players on the All-Liberty League list: Junior outside hitter, Gabe Constantino (162 kills, 28 aces and 95 digs) and senior outside hitter Alex Hobbs (142 kills and 24 aces).

The Pioneers fell in the first round of the Division IV playoffs to Windward, 25-16, 25-19, 25-15.

by Jeff Tully

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Boys Volleyball Is On A Roll!

April 8, 2009 by · Comments Off on Boys Volleyball Is On A Roll! 

Panorama City – Friday night, the Bell- Jeff boys volleyball team went on the road to face crosstown rival the StGenevieve Valiants and came home with a win defeating St. Genevieve by a tally of 3-1. 

After dropping the first game 17-25, the guards bounced back with 3 straight wins, (25-16, 25-20, 25-18) for the overall victory.

Dietrich Diller led the team with 15 kills and 1 block, Randall De Leon added 34 assists and Ignacio Cabrera chipped in with 9 kills and 3 blocks.

With the win, Bell-Jeff upgrades its record to 4-4 on the year and 2nd place in the Santa Fe league.

Up next, the Guards host the Providence Pioneers (8-2) in a non-league bout on Wednesday, April 29.

Eric “Rico” Reed

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