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TAMPA — Berkeley Prep continued to blaze a trail toward its third consecutive state championship, beating Fort Myers Bishop Verot in a Class 4A region final Saturday.
The Bucs swept the Vikings 25-10, 25-18, 25-17, with senior Mackenzie Dagostino leading the way. Her presence was felt all around the floor as she finished with 10 service points, 36 assists and 14 digs to go with five kills.
“She was everywhere today,” coach Randy Dagostino said. “The combination of her and Jordan (Burgess) was unstoppable. When we are playing like that, setting the ball quickly and everything is clicking we’re tough to defend against.”
The Bucs addressed the coach’s concern that they are relying on the senior duo of Burgess and Dagostino too much, as six players finished with multiple kills. While Burgess led the way as usual with 18 kills, the Buccaneer role players delighted the coach most.
“When we get contributions like that from everyone on the floor I don’t think anybody can beat us,” Dagostino said. “Our players in the back were very solid and everybody was chipping in around the net. Bishop Verot is a very good team but I thought we made them look ordinary with the way we played today.”
The first game was never a contest as Berkeley took a quick lead and pulled away behind seven kills from Burgess. The second game was more hotly contested but the Vikings fell short as Dagostino heated up.
In Game 3, Bishop Verot was hanging with the Bucs at 19-16 when Berkeley pulled away with Burgess on the serve. The match was finished off by a left handed Dagostino kill.
2A: Bayshore Christian swept
ORLANDO — Rebecca Carr made a match-clinching kill in the third game and sealed Pine Castle Christian’s 25-21, 25-19, 26-24 Class 2A region final victory over Bayshore Christian (21-9).
PCC (23-2) was led by Ashley Kuck’s 33 digs, Chelsea Seip’s 20 assists and Abigail Worsfold’s 12 kills and seven blocks.
Linda Schefstad, who will retire at the end of the season after 16 years as coach, takes the Eagles to state for the third time.
“I’ve had a lot of teams that could have gone to state, but this one is special,” Schefstad said. “They’ve all played together since elementary school. This team is more from my heart.”
3A: Terps fall in three
ORLANDO — First Academy advanced to its fourth consecutive state tournament, defeating Tampa Prep 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 in a Class 3A region final Saturday.
Senior Erika Thomas led the Royals (24-5) with 14 kills and five blocks. Elyssa Mapple and Genevieve Parker combined on a block to secure the victory in the opening game.
The Royals, which won the past three 2A state titles, led 24-18 in Game 3 before a 5-0 rally by the Terrapins (16-12) closed the deficit to one. Thomas produced the winning kill.
Information from the Orlando Sentinel was used in this report.