It was a moment six years in the making.
At match point of Saturday’s boys volleyball state championship match against defending champion Lyman in Fort Lauderdale, Berkeley Prep senior outside hitter Kyle Dagostino tossed a high, spinning jump serve, leaped off his feet, and powered the ball toward the net.
It touched the net, slowly rolled over, and hit an open spot on the floor. Final score: 15-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23.
Berkeley Prep, the first Hillsborough County school to start a boys volleyball team, made history as its first state champ — doing so against a Lyman squad that entered the match 59-0 and without a loss in two years.
“It was a collective belief that you can accomplish anything if you refuse to buy into the idea you shouldn’t be here,” Berkeley Prep’s Randy Dagostino said after coaching his final match. “It was a collective belief that we could and we will.”
Kyle Dagostino led the Buccaneers (22-7) with 23 kills, 15 service points, five aces and eight digs. Austin Iglehart had 17 digs and Hugo Rapp had 41 assists.
Berkeley Prep beat Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas earlier to advance to the final.
Randy Dagostino has now retired from coaching two sports at Berkeley following state title seasons led by his children.