There are so many great high school sports programs in the Tampa area boasting nationally ranked sports teams. This past weekend two great volleyball programs of Berkley Prep and East Lake High School competed in the state championship games.
Berkley is ranked sixth in the nation and first in the state. The Lady Buccaneers held a 30-2 record this season and after four hard-fought matches they defeated Orlando’s Bishop Moore at the Class 4A State Championship game. Seniors Jordan Burgess, Mackenzie Dagostino and Katie O’Drobinak, (featured on the right) are part of Berkley’s “Dynasty,” after helping their team earn their third straight title on last Saturday.
East Lake High School also had an outstanding season. The Eagles are ranked third in the state and forty-sixth in the nation. The Lady Eagles took home the school’s first state championship on Saturday at the Class 5A State Championship game after defeating defending state champions Stuart Martin County in three games. Their victory, combined with titles won by Plant and Berkeley Prep, mark the sixth time since 1990 the Tampa Bay area has won three state volleyball titles in one season.
Dave and his Our Team Sports crew have followed both of these teams throughout their seasons. With their hard-earned victories this past weekend they were invited to the studio yesterday to tell viewers what happened from their perspective. After watching these girls work and their spirit, one thing was made very clear…these girls are not just team mates, their family. Their hard work has enabled them to gain national recognition and bids from some of the best schools in the country, yet they were all so humble!
Check out their interviews with Dave, catch up on all the latest in high school sports, and get a preview of this weekends match-ups tomorrow at 5 on Sun Sports!