TAMPA — Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino isn't sure if it was the close call in their last match or just the overall desire to get back to the state volleyball semifinals, but his Buccaneers appear to be a team in a hurry.
Berkeley Prep used its combination of strong hitting and athleticism Saturday to sweep Melbourne Central Catholic 25-6, 25-14, 25-21 in the Class 3A region final and move on to state final four in Lakeland against Miami Florida Christian at 4 p.m. Friday. For the Buccaneers (27-2), the win sends them to their 18th state semifinal. Berkeley Prep has won 12 state titles, but none since 2003.
"This feels great, but it would feel even greater if we finish the job," Dagostino said. "This is a special group. They have great chemistry and a lot of contributors. We have different talent spread around."
That versatility was on display against MCC (19-11).
The Buccaneers smashed MCC 25-6 in the opening game as hitter Chelsea Parker had four kills. Middle hitter Lindsay Young then had five kills in Game 2. MCC tried to combat the Bucs' big hitters with dink shots over the front line and even led 16-15. But the Bucs went on a 10-5 run to finish things.
Parker, Young and freshman hitter Jordan Burgess each had 10 kills in the match.