Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Volleyball: Berkeley Prep toppled by Martin County at Tampa Bay Invitational

Berkeley Prep’s Mackenzie Dagostino, left, pounds the ball over the outstretched hands of Martin County’s Lauren Brinskelle during the championship match of the Tampa Bay Invitational. Dagostino, a setter, had 10 kills and 32 assists, but the Buccaneers lost to a Florida school for the first time this year in 20 such matches.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Berkeley Prep’s Mackenzie Dagostino, left, pounds the ball over the outstretched hands of Martin County’s Lauren Brinskelle during the championship match of the Tampa Bay Invitational. Dagostino, a setter, had 10 kills and 32 assists, but the Buccaneers lost to a Florida school for the first time this year in 20 such matches.

TAMPA — As Martin County celebrated its 18-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 win over Berkeley Prep in the championship match of the Tampa Bay Invitational on Saturday, teary-eyed Buccaneers outside hitter Jordan Burgess stood quietly nearby.

"Our goal was to win every match against teams from Florida," Burgess said. "It was really important to us."

Berkeley Prep (19-3), which is ranked No. 15 nationally by Prepvolleyball.com and had lost only to two out-of-state teams this fall, didn't play poorly Saturday. The Buccaneers just had no answer for 6-foot-5 middle blocker Elise Walch, who has committed to Wisconsin.

By match's end, Walch had 24 kills, many of which either sparked a Martin County rally or thwarted one by Berkeley Prep. Walch, who recorded her 1,000th career kill during the event, also had six blocks.

Her sister, 6-foot-1 Nicole, added 12 kills and four blocks.

"The Walch sisters were incredible," Tigers coach Marty Bielicki said.

Their teammates weren't bad, either. Martin County (21-1), which has lost only to Plant this season and is ranked 45th, received serve well, passed even better and was solid defensively for most of the match, particularly during the crucial points.

"Martin County outplayed us," veteran Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino said.

Burgess certainly did her part to give the Bucs a chance.

A sophomore who might already be the state's top performer, she led all players with 26 kills and dazzled the standing-room-only crowd at the University of Tampa Bob Martinez Center with several diving digs.

"She hit the ball really well against us," Bielicki said.

Bucs setter Mackenzie Dagostino added 10 kills and 32 assists to Berkeley's attack. Middle blocker Lindsay Young had eight kills.

"I feel like we left too many points out there," Randy Dagostino said. "Some of the girls played with a lot of heart. Others never got into that groove."

Ponte Vedra Beach Nease beat Tallahassee Leon for third place. Tampa Prep, the host school, was eighth, Brandon 13th, Newsome 15th and Durant 16th.

Volleyball: Berkeley Prep toppled by Martin County at Tampa Bay Invitational 10/10/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 10, 2009 10:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Good to be bad? Dirk Koetter's call for bold, brash Bucs

    Bucs

    Is being a badass team all about swagger and toughness? "Our whole thing is about competing," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter says. (Loren Elliott | Times)
  2. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)

    College

    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  3. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.
  4. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip

    Blogs

    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.