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FORT MYERS — If last year is any indication, Berkeley Prep’s 25-9, 25-16, 25-14 win over Fort Myers Bishop Verot in the Class 3A region final Saturday is a great sign for the Buccaneers.
Berkeley Prep (28-2) defeated the Vikings in the same round last year, then went on to win the state championship.
The Bucs lost the first point of Saturday’s match, then never trailed again, advancing to Wednesday’s state semifinals at the Lakeland Center.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino said. “I thought we served really well. I think that sort of took them out of their offense. I’m sure they’re much better serve-receivers than that we just served very, very well.”
Berkeley Prep jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first game, 10-1 lead in the second and led 7-2 early in the third.
Bishop Verot coach Wynn DePasquale said the Vikings were unable to recover from the Bucs’ fast starts.
“It’s tough to get yourself out of a hole like that,” DePasquale said. “We just got beat by a better team. They are solid all the way around. We really didn’t play too poorly. They’re just a little bigger and faster than we are.”
Junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess finished with 14 kills, including some that electrified Berkeley Prep’s good-sized road crowd.
Senior Amber Mirabello also had 11 kills for the Bucs.
“It’s our goal every year,” Dagostino said of getting to Lakeland. “On the back of our warmup shirt is the number 14. That’s what we're going for is our 14th state championship. That is our goal from Day 1.”