ST. PETERSBURG — Berkeley Prep has been on top of its district for so long that coach Randy Dagostino can't remember how many district championships the Buccaneers have won in a row.
For the record, it's 15 straight.
Berkeley Prep's latest title comes courtesy of a 25-14, 25-21, 25-15 victory Thursday over Clearwater Central Catholic in the 3A-10 final.
"I had a colleague ask me this morning the last time we didn't win the district championship. We lost in the district tournament in 1994, but you'll have to do the math," Dagostino said with a laugh.
In six matches against district competition, Berkeley Prep (24-3) has yet to lose a game. Against CCC, the Buccaneers took advantage of shaky passing from the Marauders to pound their opponent into submission.
Ahead 13-8 in Game 1, Berkeley won six of the next seven points. The Bucs jumped out to a 21-9 lead in Game 2, but CCC (11-13) rallied after Berkeley pulled most of its starters. The Marauders got as close as 23-21, but Jordan Burgess reentered the match and got a kill, and Lindsay Young finished off the game with a block.
Berkeley opened a 15-5 lead in Game 3 and held that 10-point advantage throughout.
"We haven't won a state championship since 2003. We've been there several times, but have not won it since then," Dagostino said. "We're chomping at the bit to win it again. It is our No. 1 goal. They are reminded of that constantly, but not just from me but from each other."
MacKenzie Dagostino led Berkeley with 11 kills. Burgess added eight. Natasha Rowland had 21 digs for the Buccaneers.
Mary Michael Toups had 10 kills to pace the Marauders.