Shorecrest and Keswick Christian moved into the semifinals of the Class 2A, District 10 tournament Tuesday and both will face out-of-county opponents Thursday at Northside Christian School.
The Chargers, tournament favorites with a 23-8 record, will take on Bradenton Christian, while Keswick will go against Sarasota Christian and the upset winner over Fort Myers Canterbury, the No. 2-seeded and No. 10-ranked team in the state.
Heather Bradley, with seven kills, and Jennifer Mageras, with 12 assists, led Shorecrest to a 15-7, 15-7 win over Indian Rocks Christian School, while Keswick defeated Northside 15-7, 10-15, 15-9.
Powerful Bucs knock out Barons
TAMPA _ Thanks to a couple of crisp serves by Kathleen Klesius, St. Petersburg Catholic actually grabbed a 1-0 lead in both games of Tuesday night's Class 3A, District 6 quarterfinal match against the No. 11-ranked high school volleyball team in the country, Tampa's Berkeley Prep.
Those short-lived advantages were no doubt the highlight of the night for the Barons, as Berkeley came back and coasted to a 15-1, 15-7 victory. Berkeley (27-5), ranked No. 2 in the state poll, advanced to a possible district semifinal showdown with top-ranked Tampa Prep (29-3) at 6:30 Thursday, while the Barons ended their season at 7-13. Tampa Prep, ranked No. 13 nationally, faces Frostproof in a district quarterfinal at 6 tonight.
Mary Leffers, a 6-foot-4 middle blocker for Berkeley, displayed her serving prowess Tuesday, with four service winners.
"She had a flat floater that barely got over the net every time, but we had trouble with it," Barons coach Keith Aeschbach said. "We had prepared for harder, deeper serves, and it caught our players off guard and took us out of our planned offense."
In Tuesday's other quarterfinal, tournament host Academy of the Holy Names pummelled Lake Placid (5-6) 15-3, 15-3. The Jaguars (18-12) will play top-seeded Cardinal Mooney (24-7) of Sarasota in a semifinal Thursday.
_ DAVID BRACKMAN