Riverside volleyball team succeeds with experience, cohesion

Riverside volleyball team succeeds with experience, cohesion

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Riverside volleyball team succeeds with experience, cohesion

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Fresh off a tournament championship, Riverside’s volleyball team returned to Region II-AAAA play against another member of the state’s Top 10 Tuesday night. The Warriors (17-2-2, 5-0), ranked sixth in Class AAAA, swept past No. 10 Gaffney in three games in Gaffney.

On Saturday, Riverside won the 16-team tournament at Eastside, defeating Region II rival Boiling Springs in the Gold Division semifinals and then host Eastside, the top-ranked team in Class AAA, in the final.

“They played really well, especially in those last two matches,” said April Raymond, in her fifth season as the Warriors’ coach.

Senior Bella Santoro, who made the all-tournament team and is the Warriors’ top hitter, and junior setter Erin Rose-Innes have been on the varsity for three years and also play on the same club team.

“They really have a good connection with their offense,” Raymond said.

Senior libero Breezy Shull is another starter who has been on the varsity for three years.

The group as a whole has cohesion on its side.

“They’re just a really great group of girls,” said Raymond. “They like each other. You don’t have to force anything. They really get along great. I think our chemistry is really strong.”

The schedule ahead has Wade Hampton at home Thursday and then at Dorman on Tuesday. Dorman, ranked No. 2 in the state, is the other unbeaten team in the region.

* Christ Church and St. Joseph’s are still unbeaten and No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the Class A football rankings heading into Week 5 of the high school season.

Both 4-0 teams will be at home Friday, the top-ranked Cavaliers against Calhoun Falls Charter and the Knights against McCormick.

For the complete rankings, go to GreenvilleOnline.com.

* The following schools were among those to receive 2012-2013 Region Sportsmanship Awards from the South Carolina High School League, as selected by region opponents: Easley, Wade Hampton, Greenville, Chapman, Powdersville, Whitmire and Brashier Middle College.

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