Bell -Jeff values tournament experience!

September 17, 2014 by  

claarrisa-cabrarra+volleyballBURBANK — Game experience appeared to be a valuable commodity for both the Burbank High and Bellarmine-Jefferson girls’ volleyball teams at Saturday’s day-long Burbank High Tournament.

The Bulldogs entered on a mission to defend their home court and tournament crown earned a year ago, while the Guards were hoping to find a semblance of consistency for a unit that’s been together for less than a month.

Unfortunately for Burbank, despite a strong morning session, the Bulldogs ceded their title by falling in the semifinals to eventual champion Quartz Hill, 25-14, in the gold division bracket.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t win, but this was a very good opportunity to see some big and talented teams that we don’t often get to see,” Burbank Coach Kyle Roach said. “We’re building toward the [Pacific] League season and the playoffs and if you want to get better then you have to play better competition.”

The Bulldogs (5-1) started strong in taking a 6-4 advantage versus the Rebels (8-0) behind single kills from seniors Lauren Brenn and Denise Daniel.

Yet, Quartz Hill quickly turned momentum via an 11-2 run fueled by a pair of kills from Ifeoma Ufondu in rolling to an 15-8 advantage.

While the Bulldogs pulled within 16-12 on a kill from Daniel, the Rebels closed their victory behind a 9-2 run.

“I guess we’re OK with how we played, but we really wanted to win that title again,” Burbank’s Allison Tiegs said. “It’s important to learn from these games and get better.”

Tiegs finished with two kills versus Quartz Hill after tallying four kills and one block in Burbank’s 25-14 victory over St. Monica in the tournament quarterfinals.

In that contest, the Bulldogs raced out to an 11-5 lead and were never really threatened as Burbank led, 22-11, before settling for the nine-point win.

Daniel led Burbank overall in both elimination bracket games, tallying eight kills.

“We want to play better and learn from this,” Daniel said. “You just don’t see the size that we saw today and we’ll learn how to play better against it.”

Burbank earned a berth in the gold division, the tournament’s highest grouping, after winning its pool in posting victories over Alemany (25-17, 25-19), St. Genevieve (25-9, 25-13) and Mark Keppel (25-12, 25-5).

As for Bell-Jeff, Saturday was painful, but educational.

The Guards (0-4) finished winless and were eliminated in the semifinals of the bronze division after a 25-21 defeat to nearby Holy Family.

“We’ve only been together as a team for three weeks,” Guards Coach Edwin Salazar said. “So, we need to get as much experience and game time together as possible. You want to win, yes, but you also want to get better.”

While Salazar’s squad was eliminated in the first bracket elimination action, his team showed some fight late.

The Gaels led, 24-14, before the Guards ran off a 7-0 run that included kills from Vanessa Smith and Jamie Hurley to close within 24-21.

Bell-Jeff’s comeback fell short, though, on a double-hit violation that secured Holy Family a victory.

Prior to the bronze semifinal defeat, Bell-Jeff lost to Culver City (25-7, 25-5), Paraclete (25-10, 25-4) and Chaminade (25-3, 25-11).

By Andrew J. Campa,


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