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Volleyball: Tampa Bay top 25

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The area is full of state title contenders, some of which are nationally ranked. Check out where they stand in the area in the latest rankings.

1. Berkeley Prep (21-2)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay HEAT

The Buccaneers, winners of 14 straight, are ranked second overall in the state and fifth nationally by MaxPreps. They wrap up their regular season with a match against the Tampa Bay HEAT on Tuesday. 

2. Steinbrenner (19-2)

Up next: Wednesday at Alonso

The Warriors, ranked sixth overall in the state and second in Class 7A by MaxPreps, have already played in three tournaments that made up the bulk of their regular season schedule. There are only three matches left, including one this week. 

3. Plant (16-4)

Up next: Wednesday vs. Sickles

The Panthers, ranked third overall in the state and first in 7A by MaxPreps, are back on track with five straight wins heading into the week. They have a light week with a home match against Sickles on Wednesday. 

4. Calvary Christian (17-4)

Up next: Tuesday at Bishop McLaughlin; Thursday vs. Clearwater Central Catholic

The Warriors are now third in 3A after winning seven of their past eight matches, including a victory over Tampa Bay HEAT last week. Calvary Christian has some tough tests this week against Bishop McLaughlin on Tuesday and Clearwater Central Catholic on Friday.  

5. Bishop McLaughlin (16-6)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Calvary Christian; Thursday at carrollwood Day

The Hurricanes went 5-2 to take silver at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix this past weekend. That was their last tournament of the regular season. 

6. Tampa Prep (17-5)

Up next: Tuesday at Academy of the Holy Names

The Terrapins won both of their matches last week, beating Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 3-1 and Brooks DeBartolo 3-0. Their lone match this week is against Academy of the Holy Names on Tuesday. 

7. Mitchell (16-0)

Up next: Tuesday at River Ridge; Thursday vs. Hudson

The Mustangs, who won the Fivay Invitational two weeks ago, are the only undefeated team left in the area. They have a shot at staying that way with only one match left against a team with a winning record. 

8. Land O’ Lakes (20-3)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Tampa Catholic; Thursday vs. Pasco

The Gators took second at the Shorecrest Invitational despite missing several seniors due to Homecoming. They close out the regular season with home matches against Tampa Catholic on Tuesday and Pasco on Thursday. 

9. Clearwater Central Catholic (14-8)

Up next: Tuesday at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney; Thursday at Calvary Christian

The Marauders went 2-3 to finish eighth at the Battle of Beach in Venice this past weekend. They will try to bounce back with matches against Sarasota Cardinal Mooney on Tuesday and Calvary Christian on Thursday.

10. East Lake (15-6)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Seminole; Thursday vs. Largo

The Eagles gained some momentum with a pair of big wins last week, beating Palm Harbor University (3-1) and Osceola (3-1) to extend their win streak to three. 

11. St. Petersburg (15-7)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Boca Ciega

The Green Devils went 5-0, including a victory over Land O’ Lakes in the final, to take the title at the Shorecrest Invitational. St. Petersburg’s lone match this week is Tuesday against Boca Ciega. 

12. Weeki Wachee (13-4)

Up next: Thursday at Citrus

The Hornets bounced back from a loss to Bishop McLaughlin to sweep Crystal River and Lecanto to close out the week. 

13. Academy of the Holy Names (14-7)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Tampa Prep; Thursday vs. Tampa Bay HEAT

The Jaguars have overcome injuries to split their matches last week, sweeping Tampa Catholic and losing 2-1 to Clearwater Central Catholic. 

14. Keswick Christian (20-3) 

Up next: Monday vs. Admiral Farragut; Thursday vs. St. Petersburg Catholic

The Crusaders swept Bayshore Christian and Admiral Farragut to extend their win streak to five. They have a god shot at winning their last two matches of the regular season. 

15. Tarpon Springs (15-2)

Up next: Tuesday at Osceola;Wednesday vs. Lakewood

The Spongers swept Northeast last week to extend their win streak to 15, currently the longest in the area. 

16. Riverview (12-4)

Up next: Monday vs. Robinson; Wednesday vs. Durant

After starting the season 1-4, the Sharks have 11straight, including sweeps over Armwood, Brandon and Robinson this past week. 

17. Newsome (14-7)

Up next: Thursday vs. Lennard

The Wolves went 2-1 last week, beating Hillsborough (3-1) and East Bay (3-0) and losing to Berkeley Prep (3-0). 

18. Wharton (12-7)

Up next: Tuesday at King

The Wildcats were impressive this past week, beating Plant City (3-1), Middleton (3-0) and Sickles (3-2) to get back on track. 

19. Sickles (12-9)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Blake; Wednesday at Plant 

The Gryphons went 2-1 last week, sweeping Bloomingdale and Robinson and losing to Wharton in a thrilling five-set match. 

20. Bloomingdale (10-5)

Up next: Thursday at Sumner

The Bulls biggest win of the season came on Monday when they beat Strawberry Crest in five sets to maintain their momentum. 

21. Strawberry Crest (11-4)

Up next: Thursday at Leto

After sweeping East Bay and Tampa Bay Tech last week, the Chargers had their five-match win streak snapped with a loss to Bloomingdale on Monday. 

22. Shorecrest (15-7)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Canterbury

The Chargers rebounded from a loss to Land O’ Lakes in the opening match of their own tournament to win four straight and finish in third place. . 

23. Carrollwood Day (12-9)

Up next: Wednesday vs. Patel; Thursday vs. Bishop McLaughlin

The tough schedule is starting to pay off for the Patriots, who have won three straight, including victories over Tampa Catholic and Anclote last week. 

24. Freedom (7-2)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Chamberlain; Thursday vs. Gaither

After starting the season 5-0, the Patriots have gone 2-2 in their last four matches, including a split last week.   

25. Palm Harbor (11-5)

Up next: Wednesday vs. St. Petersburg Catholic; Friday-Saturday at Bishop Moore Invitational

The Hurricanes are staying busy with a match against St. Petersburg Catholic on Wednesday, followed by a trip to Orlando for the Bishop Moore Invitational this weekend. 

On the bubble: Fivay (8-15), Tampa Catholic (12-9), Gaither (6-1), Cambridge Christian (11-9)

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Seffner Christian (2-3) at St. Petersburg Catholic (3-3), 7

After starting 2-0, the visiting Crusaders have lost three straight. The host Barons, meanwhile, have rebounded from a 1-2 start to win two of their last three games. 

Putnam’s prediction: St. Petersburg Catholic 30-28

Gibbs (3-3) at Tarpon Springs (3-3), 7

An important Class 5A, District 10 game for both teams not only to stay in the mix for a title but also to get above .500 for the season. 

Putnam’s prediction: Gibbs 34-21 

Clearwater (5-1) at Anclote (1-5), 7:30

The Tornadoes have won five straight and are the clear favorite to the Class 5A, District 10 title. The host Sharks are on a two-game losing streak. 

Putnam’s prediction: Clearwater 42-7

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Sunlake (12-5) at Wesley Chapel (13-4), 6

The Seahawks, who have won four straight, try to maintain their streak against the Wildcats in a rematch from last week that Sunlake took in five sets. 

Palm Harbor University (14-8) at Mitchell (18-0), 6:30

The Mustangs have a shot at going undefeated in the regular season. To do that, Mitchell has get the Hurricanes, who have turned things around. 

St. Petersburg (15-8) at East Lake (16-7), 7

The Pinellas County Athletic Conference final is between teams with impressive streaks. The Green Devils have won seven straight while the host Eagles have won five in a row. East Lake has owned the series this season, sweeping its rival in the previous three meetings. 

Newsome (16-7) at Bloomingdale (11-5), 7:30

Both teams have won three straight heading into their regular season finale. 

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Solid Rock Christian at Grace Christian, 4:30

Zephyrhills Christian at Hernando Christian, 5

Hillsborough Baptist at Foundation Christian, 5

Tampa Prep at Ocala Trinity Catholic, 5:30

Oldsmar Christian at Elfers Christian, 5:30

Brandon Academy at Universal Academy, 6

Sunlake at Wesley Chapel, 6

Tampa Bay HEAT at Shorecrest, 6

Weeki Wachee at Hernando, 6:30

Wiregrass Ranch at Anclote, 6:30

Carrollwood Day at Calvary Christian, 6:30

Citrus at Nature Coast, 6:30

Palm Harbor University at Mitchell, 6:30

St. Petersburg Catholic at Sarasota Christian, 7

Zephyrhills at Gulf, 7

Gulf Coast HEAT at Tampa SLAM, 7

Seven Rivers Christian at Cambridge Christian, 7

Alonso at Freedom, 7

Crystal River at Springstead, 7

St. Petersburg at East Lake, 7

Central at Lecanto, 7:30

Sumner at Brandon, 7:30

Cypress Creek at Pasco, 7:30

Tampa Bay Tech at Gaither, 7:30

River Ridge at Hudson, 7:30

Riverview at East Bay, 7:30

Newsome at Bloomingdale, 7:30

Spoto at Durant, 7:30

Middleton at Leto, 7:30

Plant at Robinson, 7:30

Jefferson at Armwood, 7:30

Indian Rocks Christian at Countryside, 7:30

Swimming

Plant at Berkeley Prep, 5

Tampa Prep at Berkeley Prep, 5:30

Lennard, Riverview at East Bay (Apollo Beach), 6

Blake, Leto at Hillsborough (Copeland), 6

Spoto, Tampa Bay Tech at Plant City (Plant CityYMCA), 6

Freedom at Academy of the Holy Names, 6:30

Steinbrenner, Wharton at Robinson (Bobby Hicks), 6:30

Gaither at Middleton (Cyrus Green), 6:30

Spoto, Sumner at Jefferson (Interbay), 6:30

Brandon, Tampa Bay HEAT at Bloomingdale (High five), 7

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East Bay at Riverview (boys), 2

Hillsborough at Leto (boys), 2:30

Freedom at Jesuit (boys), 2:30

Alonso at Chamberlain (boys), 3

Sickles at Jefferson (boys/girls), 3

Steinbrenner at Gaither (boys), 3

Newsome at Plant City (boys), 3

Sumner at King (boys/girls), 3:30

Plant at Robinson (boys), 3:30

Berkeley Prep at Tampa Prep, 4

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The top of the rankings stays the same heading into the final week of the regular season. But there was plenty of movement in the rest of the top 15.

1. Berkeley Prep (22-2)

Up next: Idle

Last spot: No. 1

Why they stayed put: The Buccaneers, ranked fifth in the nation, closed out the regular season on a 15-match win streak, including sweeps over Newsome and Tampa Bay HEAT last week. Berkeley Prep can now focus on the ultra-competitive Class 3A, District 5 tournament, which starts on Oct. 18. 

2. Steinbrenner (21-2)

Up next: Monday at Blake; Tuesday vs. Plant

Last spot: No. 2

Why they stayed put: The Warriors, ranked No. 3 in Class 7A, have won 10 straight matches, including a sweep over Alonso in their only match last week. Steinbrenner closes out the regular season with an anticipated matchup against Plant that could serve as a preview of the Class 7A, District 7 final. 

3. Plant (18-4)

Up next: Tuesday at Steinbrenner; Wednesday vs. Clearwater Central Catholic; Thursday at Robinson

Last spot: No. 3

Why they stayed put: The Panthers, the state’s top team in 7A according to MaxPreps, have won seven straight, all via sweeps. The match against Steinbrenner is not the only tough one this week. Plant also faces Clearwater Central Catholic on Wednesday. 

4. Tampa Prep (18-5)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay HEAT; Thursday at Ocala Trinity Catholic

Last spot: No. 4

Why they stayed put: The Terrapins are on a three-match win streak after sweeping Academy of the Holy Names last week. Two of Tampa Prep’s five losses this season have come against Berkeley Prep and Plant, both ranked ahead of the Terrapins. 

5. Riverview (13-3)

Up next: Monday at Leto; Thursday at East Bay

Last spot: No. 6

Why they moved up: After starting the season 1-3, the Sharks have won 12 straight matches, including sweeps over Robinson and Durant last week. Riverview will try to keep that streak going with matches against Leto on Monday and East Bay on Thursday to close out the regular season. 

6. Academy of the Holy Names (15-8)

Up next: Tuesday at Osceola

Last spot: No. 5 

Why they moved down: The Jaguars split their two matches last week, sweeping Tampa Bay HEAT and getting swept by Tampa Prep. Academy of the Holy Names travels to Osceola on Tuesday for its regular season finale. 

7. Newsome (15-7)

Up next: Tuesday at Tampa Bay Tech; Thursday at Bloomingdale

Last spot: No. 7

Why they stayed put: The Wolves won their only match last week, sweeping Lennard. Newsome finishes the regular season with matches against Tampa Bay Tech on Tuesday and Bloomingdale on Thursday. 

8. Wharton (13-7)

Up next: Tuesday at Strawberry Crest

Why they stayed put: The Wildcats swept King to extend their win streak to five. Wharton will maintain that streak when it travels to play Strawberry Crest in Tuesday’s regular season finale. 

9. Bloomingdale (11-5)

Up next: Thursday vs. Newsome

Last spot: No. 10

Why they moved up: The Bulls had a solid week, beating Strawberry Crest in five sets and sweeping Sumner to extend their win streak to three. Another challenge comes Thursday when Bloomingdale hosts Newsome in the regular season finale. 

10. Sickles (13-10)

Up next: Monday at Wiregrass Ranch; Tuesday at Gaither

Last spot: No. 9

Why they moved down: The Gryphons split their two matches last week, sweeping Blake and getting swept by Plant. That tough schedule will help Sickles stay competitive in the Class 7A, District 7 tournament that starts Oct. 18. 

11. Plant City (8-4)

Up next: Monday at Lennard

Last spot: No. 15

Why they moved up: The Raiders have won four of their last five matches, including a sweep over East Bay in their only match last week. Plant City finishes the regular season with a match against Lennard on Monday. 

12. Strawberry Crest (12-5)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Wharton

Why they moved down: The Chargers split their two matches last week, losing in five sets to Bloomingdale and sweeping Leto. Strawberry Crest hosts Wharton on Tuesday in the regular season finale. 

13. Freedom (8-2)

Up next: Tuesday at Hillsborough; Thursday vs. Alonso

Last spot: No. 13

Why they stayed put: Though the schedule has been light, the Patriots have played well. They beat Gaither in five sets in their only match last week. Freedom’s two losses came against Wharton and Strawberry Crest. 

14. Carrollwood Day (13-10)

Up next: Tuesday at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney; Thursday at Calvary Christian

Last spot: No. 12

Why they moved down: The Patriots split their two matches last week, sweeping Patel and getting swept by Bishop McLaughlin. All of Carrollwood Day’s losses this season have come against quality opponents. 

15. Tampa Catholic (12-10)

Up next: Tuesday at Shorecrest

Last spot: No. 14

Why they moved down: The Crusaders will try to snap out of their four-match losing streak when they travel to play Shorecrest in the regular season finale. 

On the bubble: Gaither (6-3) , Sumner (8-8), Cambridge Christian (12-10)

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