Since starting the season 0-2, Lakewood has quietly worked its way back into the conversation of the county's best teams.
With a trip to the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game on the line, the Spartans continued their torrid play, defeating St. Petersburg 25-21, 25-21, 25-15 Tuesday.
"We couldn't pass in the first couple of games," Lakewood coach Sean O'Flannery said. "What good are some of the best hitters in the county like the Whaley girls if you can't get good sets to them."
Against the Green Devils, Lakewood (18-4) had all its components clicking. The Spartans' Evan Ligon fed hitters Berkley and Taylor Whaley with pinpoint sets, and the Whaley duo was more than happy to slam them home with authority. Taylor finished with a team-high 19 kills and Berkley added nine.
St. Petersburg's Marissa Hamilton, playing her final home game on senior night, had 17 kills for the Green Devils.
"She was tearing us up in the first and second games," O'Flannery said.
With the victory, Lakewood advances to the PCAC championship game this week where it will face Countryside, a 25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 25-11 winner over East Lake.
Countryside remains undefeated at 23-0. The Eagles (15-7), behind 13 kills from Brianna McComeskey and 27 digs from Andria Tagarelli, are the first county team to take a game off the Cougars this season.
SP Catholic def. Keswick Christian
The Barons capped off their first winning season since 2000 with a sweep of Keswick Christian on the road, 25-11, 25-17, 25-15.
Melissa Smith filled up the stat sheet with six kills, seven aces, two digs and a block for the Barons (14-11). Her sister Molly had nine kills, four aces and three digs.