BAYSHORE GARDENS — Twenty-seven years in the making, and Bayshore's return to region volleyball lasted less than an hour.
Not that anyone in Bruins colors was complaining.
Bayshore rolled past Tampa Middleton 3-0 during Tuesday's Class 5A-Region 3 quarterfinals, winning by scores of 25-8, 25-16, 25-5.
It was the first region appearance since 1987 for Bayshore (12-11), which heads to Tampa Robinson next Tuesday for a semifinal.
In order to prepare his team for its first playoff match in nearly 30 years, Bruins coach Ralph McElhiney brought in some of the school's other coaches to offer words of inspiration.
He also looked to his own players, JoJo Muldoon and Marina Clark, who helped the softball team make the regional finals last spring.
"We sat down and I said, 'You know, I need someone that's been in regionals before,'" McElhiney said. "I said, 'I'm looking at them.'
"We took players from inside and drew our inspiration from players that have been there, done that."
Bayshore had little trouble with the Tigers, trailing just once -- 1-0 in Game 3. And Sierra Booth took hold of that game for the Bruins by staying at the service line for 16 straight points.
She finished the match with six aces and 20 service points.
Joy Norman had seven kills, Muldoon had four kills and Kat Bradshaw, the lone senior on the roster, had a pair of kills for the Bruins.
Setting up the hitters was Kristen Fleury, who had 21 assists to go with three kills and five aces.
"I'm not surprised with what they've done," McElhiney said. "Happy? Pleased? All of those words."
There is a banner hanging in Bayshore's gym celebrating the Bruins' last trip to regions.
A new one will be up next year, though McElhiney doesn't plan on ordering it until this run ends.
"We haven't written the banner yet. The song isn't written yet," he said. "We're just waiting to see where we go, and it's going to be exciting."