Monday, February 19, 2018
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Volleyball: CCC jumps on Berkeley, cruises to sweep

CLEARWATER — Tuesday's much-anticipated match between Berkeley Prep and Clearwater Central Catholic, teams with state tournament hopes, turned out to be a one-sided affair. The Marauders jumped on the Buccaneers early and never let up in a 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 win.

Berkeley Prep (17-6) was playing without one of its biggest frontline threats, Addison Harden, who sustained a concussion in the Buccaneers' last match. She will return for Thursday's match against Seacrest Country Day.

With CCC (18-3) at full strength, even a healthy Berkeley team would have struggled. The Marauders jumped out to an early first-game lead and never looked back.

In the second game, CCC held a slim 13-12 lead and won a marathon point to stay ahead. From there, the Marauders scored 11 of the final 18 points to take a two-game lead.

The third game was much of the same. With CCC's frontline frustrating the Buccaneers, the Marauders jumped out to a 22-10 lead. Berkeley Prep mounted a comeback before falling short.

"I know Addison is a big part of their team, but even with her I thought we had a chance," CCC coach Stephen Shepherd said. "They still have two great outside hitters in Sidney Brown and Logan Weldon, and they have Maddie Raquet on the right side. With players like that, anything can happen.

"What I thought we did was we kept them out of system all night. They were running around sending us free balls instead of us sending free balls to them and having them come back at us. That was huge."

Katie Moore led CCC with 12 kills. Shea Hamilton added 12 kills and Sara Brown had seven. Moore also had four blocks. Maria Jose Amundaray chipped in with 15 digs.

"We were working well in the middle and on the outside," Amundaray said. "We played well against their defense. You know it's going to be tough competition when you play against Berkeley."

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