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3A volleyball: Berkeley plays it smart in sweep vs. CCC

TAMPA — Clearwater Central Catholic coach Andrew Wilson entered Berkeley Prep's gymnasium Tuesday knowing the odds against his team were as long and daunting as the Buccaneers' front-row hitters. Quite simply, he'd need a night of near perfection from his team.

Instead, he witnessed another night at the office for the hosts.

Berkeley (26-3) got 10 kills each from junior Amber Mirabello and sophomore Jordan Burgess, not to mention a near-flawless effort at the service line, en route to a 3-0 romp (25-13, 25-12, 25-12) in the Class 3A region semifinals.

"I thought we were pretty right on," said Buccaneers coach Randy Dagostino, whose club also swept CCC in the District 10 finals.

"Our serving was pretty tight, I thought we touched an awful lot of balls blocking, we blocked a lot of balls, we attacked well and smart."

Berkeley, seeking its first state title since 2003, committed only six service errors. It trailed only once, surrendering the first point of the third game, before reeling off 13 consecutive points.

Burgess added eight digs, while senior Chelsea Parker and junior Natasha Rowland tallied nine each. Sophomore MacKenzie Dagostino had 28 assists.

CCC (13-14), by contrast, suffered from less efficient serving and hitting, and at times appeared outmatched at the net. Senior outside hitter Mary Michael Toups had 12 kills in her prep finale, while classmate Vanessa Annoni added 17 assists.

"We didn't really give ourselves a shot," Wilson said.

Berkeley Prep d>> CC Catholic

25-13, 25-12, 25-12

3A volleyball: Berkeley plays it smart in sweep vs. CCC 11/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:05pm]
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