Lakewood lost to Bayshore when the teams met during the regular season.
But when it counted, in Wednesday’s 4A-10 semifinal match, the third-seeded Spartans went on the road and scored a relatively easy 25-11, 25-17, 25-22 upset over the second-seeded Bruins.
Lakewood coach Sean O’Flannery said the Spartans kept Bayshore from running its offense with well-placed serves.
“At the end of the year, we really focused on passing and being more aggressive on our serves,” O’Flannery said. “We didn’t get a lot of aces as a team, but I teach them that if you can’t get an ace, at least make them mess up on the first pass. … That made it easier on our defense.”
After winning Game 1 handily, Lakewood (12-8) pulled away late in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead. The Spartans were ahead 24-19 in Game 3 and endured a Bruins rally before clinching a spot in the final.
Berkley Whaley had 22 kills, two blocks and served three aces. Lindsay Dodge added nine kills and two blocks.