Tampa AOW Amanda Phegley-Berkeley Prep

By Mike Cairns, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 4:07 PM EDT

Volleyball season is here and the Buccaneers of Berkeley Prep are hard at work preparing for a run at the schools 16th State Championship.

In the middle of it all is six-foot four senior Amanda Phegley who is coming off a monster junior year for the Bucs and will be a key piece in this years run.

Phegley transferred to Berkeley Prep last season from Gainesville and recorded 200 kills and 100 blocks for a team that went all the way to the state regional semi finals.

"She's got a gift says her head coach Mackenzie Dagostino who takes over for her father, legendary volleyball coach Randy Dagostino. "She's a a tall,long girl but she's also very quick twitched and having that in her skill pocket really puts her a step above these other girls you see starting late".

Amanda grew up playing basketball and riding horses and didn't pick up the sport of volleyball until she was 13 years old. If you watched her play last season, you would have never believed she started that late.

"I really like the team aspect says Amanda, and I like the energy that we bring to the court and I just really like the game, I love it".

Amanda picked up the sport quickly and her hard work has paid off, after she graduates next May she will continue her volleyball career for volleyball powerhouse Penn State.

"I love Penn State because their volleyball program is really well known and they have won like seven national championships, so I just wanted to go to a good program where I could win".

The Bucs finished 20-8 last season and return ten seniors including Phegley and the expectations are high for a long run into November.