Volleyball makes historic run to NorCal semifinals


The girls’ varsity volleyball team went the furthest that any Burlingame volleyball team has ever gone: the NorCal semifinals.

That semifinals game ended the team’s season with a loss against James Logan High School. The Panthers had over 20 wins and only five losses this entire season. Competing in the Central Coast Section Division I, the team had two wins and only one loss.

“I love playing volleyball because it’s just a great experience overall,” sophomore Polina Zamalin said. “I enjoy playing on a team because I get to practice my skills and have a great time.”

Since Burlingame won their league, they automatically qualified for the open division of CCS, the most competitive division. However, since the team lost the first round, they moved down to Division I where they won two games against Oak Ridge and Lick-Wilmerding High School before losing to James Logan, concluding their season.

“The energy just was not right on the court in the game against James Logan,” senior Julia Haupt said. “The energy was feeling very negative and in the end we lost.”

The team was unable to defeat the team that night and they lost 3-0 in the semifinals game.

“James Logan was different than the other teams we had played before, so we needed to change our mindset to adapt to our competition,” junior Caroline Smith said. “But we were not able to make the necessary adjustments to our playing that night in order to defeat the team.”

Even though the team did not go to finals like last year, the team ended very strong and strides to be better in its following years.

“Overall,” Haupt said, “I was very pleased with how well the team played this year and I think they will be even better next year because there is a lot of young talent.”

“The team is very strong and the players are all important to the success of the team,” Zamalin said.

The team has concluded its season being undefeated in the league.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .