Berkeley Prep places fourth at Archbishop Mitty Tournament



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Sun. September 20, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

Against some of the nation's toughest high school volleyball competition, Berkeley Prep finished fourth in the Archbishop Mitty Tournament this weekend in San Jose, Calif.

The Buccaneers finished the tournament 2-2, reaching the semifinals, but lost to No. 4-ranked Goleta (Calif.) Dos Pueblos in four games, 25-23, 25-15, 24-26, 25-19. Berkeley then dropped a five-set match to Santa Barbara (Calif.), 25-20, 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12.

The tournament featured five of the top 15 ranked teams in the nation, Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino said.

"That's the reason we went," Dagostino said. "We knew we were going to face some of the top competition in the country. I'm really glad we went."

In the semifinal match, Jordan Burgess led Berkeley with 14 kills, while Lindsay Young added 7 kills and 3 blocks.

Archbishop Mitty, ranked the No. 1 team in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, ESPNRise and MaxPreps, won the tournament, defeating Dos Pueblos in four games. Berkeley (7-2) entered the weekend ranked ninth in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.

"Archbishop Mitty is the real deal as the No. 1 team," Dagostino said. "The team we lost to (Dos Pueblos) has a pair of 6-foot-2 twins who are going to Stanford who can jump our of the gym. I really think we played them as well as we could."

(Photo: Berkeley sophomore Jordan Burgess, seen here earlier this season against Venice, led the Bucs with 14 kills in their semifinal loss to the fourth-ranked team in the nation/Times Photo)

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