Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Rams Show Promise with Win over Sarasota

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Rams Show Promise with Win over Sarasota

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VOLLEYBALL: Riverview shakes off recent losses to post big victory


Carly Scarbrough has made a promise, and because of it, Riverview High's girls volleyball season is showing great promise.

The Rams -- coming off an 0-5 weekend against state-championship caliber opposition -- brought a 1-7 record into Monday night's match against cross-town rival Sarasota High. But their 25-10, 26-24, 25- 15 victory showed just how good they can be when sophomore setter Ashley Allmer is delivering and the powerful trio of Scarbrough, senior Mallory Waggoner and freshman Kenzie Walker can swing away at the net.

"We shouldn't have lost all those matches, especially Lakewood Ranch and Venice," Allmer said. "But our schedule is definitely making us a better team."

Scarbrough, a 6-foot-2 junior, injured her left ankle during the second of the Rams' four matches at the LHP/Winter Park High School Tournament, hosted by the Orlando Volleyball Club, over the weekend. She had rolled her right ankle during preseason practice.

"I don't like wearing anything on my ankles, but tonight, I'm wearing a brace and I got both ankles taped," Scarbrough said. "I made a promise to my sister (American University sophomore and Riverview graduate Bree) that I'd wear an ankle brace from now on. She wouldn't let me off the phone until I did."

The Rams' weekend opponents -- which included Tarpon Springs East Lake, Orlando First Academy, Winter Park and Melbourne Holy Trinity - - have combined to win six state championships during the past four seasons.

But against the Sailors (8-5), Allmer was perfect -- recording 27 assists without an error -- and Walker had a team-high 13 kills in 19 chances without an error. Waggoner added eight kills, while Scarbrough had seven kills and five blocks.

"This was the real Riverview, minus Carly at 100 percent," said coach Steve Haugh. "We purposely didn't set her much tonight. We were trying to rest her for Thursday night (against district foe Palm Harbor University). …

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