FORT MYERS — Nothing seemed to faze Berkeley Prep in Saturday's Class 3A, Region 3 final.
Not the senior-laden Bishop Verot's 27-0 record. Not a raucous student section. Not even a sloppy second game that saw the Bucs squander an early advantage. Berkeley weathered every storm, defeating the Vikings 25-22, 15-25, 25-8, 25-19 to advance to the state semifinals for the 20th time in the program's history.
"Although this team is young I think it's one of the best we've had at Berkeley in 15 years," said Bucs coach Randy Dagostino, who led 19 of those final four teams, including 12 state champions.
The Bucs, who have just two seniors, followed their shaky second game with a dominant 25-8 victory in the third to grab a commanding 2-1 lead. Bucs sophomore MacKenzie Dagostino had 29 assists, eight kills and 12 service points. Sophomore Jordan Burgess had a team-high 17 kills and 10 service points.
Dan Deluca, Special to the Times