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Prep volleyball: Miscues gum up G.V.

Grizzlies can’t get going against highly ranked Burroughs

Posted: March 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley’s Colton Korne (2) sets teammate Dalton Frost against Burroughs on Tuesday at Golden Valley High.

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Even the experienced teams need a grace period sometimes.

Golden Valley boys volleyball might have to chalk this one up to a cautionary tale early in the season.

The senior-laden team had trouble communicating and made several unforced errors on its way to a 3-0 loss to Burroughs of Burbank on Tuesday at Golden Valley High.

The Grizzlies dropped the games by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-22.

Despite the Indians coming in as the No. 3 team in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division III rankings, a Golden Valley team returning six of seven starters from last year expected a better showing.

“We had high expectations for this match. ... I guess we found out we can’t rely on our experience,” said Golden Valley head coach Jeff Cody.

The Grizzlies (5-4) stayed fairly close in all three games, but any chances at rallies were stifled by service errors, defensive miscues or simple misplayed attacks.

In the first game, Burroughs middle blocker Ike Nwachie and setter Tyler Yanez worked together to dominate the front row of Golden Valley, quickly establishing themselves at the net.

“Our focus was to try to establish our middles early in the match, and in that first game, they made almost all the plays,” said Burroughs head coach Joel Brinton.

Nwachie and Yanez each had six kills to lead the Indians (9-2), and Yanez also had 25 assists.

For the Grizzlies, it was the outside hitters who did the damage, namely Alec Schlossman, who had a game-high nine kills.
Dalton Frost had with eight kills, but hit at a higher percentage of .583.

After the first game though, Golden Valley’s defense couldn’t catch up with the crafty Indians attack, which came from all angles and from several different players.

“Sometimes we let emotions get the best of us,” said Golden Valley senior Andrew Raulinaitis. “One little thing goes wrong and it just sets off a whole chain of bad plays.”

In the end, there were too many bad plays to overcome.

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