TAMPA — One word (win) and one punctuation mark (a period) occupy the space on the back of Berkeley Prep's team shirts this season.
To the Bucs, they have equal value.
"That's our goal," Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino said. "Anything short of that will not be a success."
After Tuesday night's 25-11, 25-7, 25-17 win over Lakeland McKeel Academy in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, the Bucs moved one step closer to meeting their objective.
"This team is really prepared," senior outside hitter Chelsea Parker said. "I think we're ready for this."
It certainly looks that way.
Against the overmatched Wildcats (12-13), Berkeley Prep controlled things from the start and never let up, blistering its opponent with powerful spikes to all corners of the court. By the third game, the Bucs' starters were on the bench, leaving the reserves to finish the match.
Backup hitter Katie O'Drovinak led Berkeley Prep (25-3) with seven kills. She was followed by starting hitters Jordan Burgess and MacKenzie Dagostino, who had six kills each. Setter Ginny Willis added 21 assists.
The win was the 80th for Berkeley Prep all time in the playoffs (in 90 matches).
"I'm happy we played as many people as we were able to play," Randy Dagostino said. "Some young people got a lot of swings at the ball."
The coach did have one complaint.
"I wish we hadn't missed so many serves," Dagostino said.
Back to the drawing board.