TAMPA — The derisive chant lasted only a few seconds and was limited to about a dozen boisterous Tampa Prep fans in the corner of the bleachers.
“Overrated! Overrated! Overrated!”
Those catcalls were for Berkeley Prep, which dropped its second game to the Terrapins after racing out to a dominant win in the opening game Tuesday night.
The Buccaneers didn’t give the home crowd much to cheer over the next two games.
Sidney Brown had 19 kills and 11 digs and Addison Harden chipped in with 11 kills, leading Berkeley Prep to a 25-10, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16 win over its crosstown rival.
The Buccaneers have won three straight matches after losing their first three, two in the preseason, under new coach John Coup. Berkeley Prep, three-time defending Class 4A champion, has seemingly resumed its winning ways under Coup, a longtime assistant who ascended to the top job following the spring retirement of program architect Randy Dagostino.
Indeed, not much has changed: Dagostino still sits on the bench in the first assistant’s chair and the Buccaneers are still overwhelming local opponents.
Berkeley Prep (3-1) opened up a 19-6 lead on Tampa Prep in the first game and closed with four of the last five points to assume early control.
But the Terrapins (5-5) fought back. Katie Krueger, a 6-foot-2 senior outside hitter, had four kills and Tampa Prep scored the final four points in the second game to tie the match.
“We got a little complacent,” said Brown, a junior outside hitter. “But that’s a rivalry game. We just said, ‘We’re not losing that third set,’ and that’s when we flipped the switch.”
Brown helped break a 21-21 tie in the third game with two straight kills and Maddie Raquet scored the last point to clinch the victory.
If the Terrapins’ fans seemed excited about their second-game victory, it’s because Berkeley Prep has dominated this rivalry — much as the Bucs have every other local series — the past few years. The Buccaneers have won at least 10 straight over the Terrapins, including shutouts in four of the past six.