TAMPA — Largely because of his team's youth, Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino was not about to take anything for granted entering the Class 3A region quarterfinal, even though the Buccaneers were 24-2, nationally ranked and, in the eyes of some, the team to beat.
"With a young team anything can happen," Dagostino said.
During Wednesday night's 25-10, 25-7, 25-13 win at home over Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, it was evident the legendary coach had nothing to worry about.
In a clinic on all-court execution, the Buccaneers needed less than an hour to finish off a squad that was 18-8.
"I think that was a pretty good match," Dagostino said. "We were pretty efficient."
Offensively, Berkeley Prep might not have been flawless, but it was close.
Passes were crisp and the vast majority of its spike attempts were converted into kills.
Jordan Burgess, Mackenzie Dagostino and Lindsay Young combined for 25 kills, many of which came from picture-perfect sets from Christina Theofilos (26 assists).
On defense, Dagostino's three blocks led a solid effort at the net.
The Bucs asserted themselves early and never relented. Less than two minutes into the match, Berkeley Prep led 8-0, and it cruised from there.
"This was a good one," Randy Dagostino said. "It was a good, positive start."