TAMPA — Though his team played several matches during a two-day national tournament in Chicago last weekend, Berkeley Prep coach John Coup wasn’t concerned about his players being sluggish during Wednesday night’s district match against Academy of the Holy Names.
Instead, Coup was hoping for consistency and proof that their long weekend of facing tough competition would pay off.
In Holy Names’ home gym, the Buccaneers withstood several long rallies to sweep the Jaguars, winning 25-14, 25-20 and 25-18.
The win gives Berkeley (17-5, 3-0) the top seed in Class 4A-District 10 with the district tournament two weeks away.
“We’ve been working on getting opportunities and stop making errors,” Coup said. “Tonight, we didn’t make errors in those long rallies.”
Senior outside hitter and Stanford commitment Sidney Brown led the Bucs with nine kills, while senior middle blocker Addison Harden had eight. Setter Maddie Alberdi finished with five aces and controlled the offense with 38 assists, and sophomore Madison Jenkins had a team-high four blocks.
Junior outside hitter Courtney Vogler led Holy Names (10-9, 1-2) with 18 kills and three blocks.
Holy Names took its first solid lead of the match in the third set and owned a 16-14 edge until Berkeley capitalized on unforced errors and found gaps in the Jaguars’ defense.
“This was a game of mental preparation,” Coup said.