TAMPA — For the first time, Hillsborough County will be represented at the boys volleyball state tournament.
On Tuesday, Berkeley Prep, the first team to form in the county and the first on the west coast of Florida, defeated Orlando Bishop Moore, 3-1, in a state play-in game. The Buccaneers (19-7) will play in the quarterfinals Friday at Pine Crest High in Fort Lauderdale.
Bishop Moore won the first set, 25-23, but Berkeley, behind senior Kyle Dagostino, who signed with Stanford, won the next three, 25-21, 25-23, 25-18.
Dagostino finished with 25 kills while Nick McLaughlin, who scored the match-winning point, added 10 kills along with eight blocks. Setter Hugh Rapp controlled the offense with 45 assists and libero Autin Iglehart had 21 digs.
“We beat them once in the a tournament but they’ve always gotten the better of us in these one-and-done games,” said Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino, who will retire after this season. “I thought our guys showed a lot of character.”
Zac Cooper had four of his six kills in the fourth set.
Berkeley Prep won its first district title last week. A single classification sport, only the district champion may advance to the state play-in match.
“For me this in incredible because we’ve never done it before,” said Kyle Dagostino, who made it to match point on a service ace. “I knew this season was a different season for us. We had have a much better, all around team and I would have been surprised if we didn’t play like we did tonight.”