Durant sweeps rival Riverview

Published August 31, 2005

RIVERVIEW - Durant followed its three-set loss to Sarasota Riverview last week with a three-set win over Riverview on Tuesday night.

The Cougars defeated the Sharks 25-7, 25-18, 25-19. The district rivals are both 2-1.

Durant started out strong, dominating the Sharks in everything but the service game. Much of the scoring by Riverview in the first two sets came off the Cougars' service errors.

The Sharks improved as action continued, keeping the points close in the second and third games. Riverview had a five-point lead over Durant early in the final game, but the Cougars pulled together to take the lead and close out the match.

"We have to stay intense throughout the entire match, instead of in spurts," Durant coach Jay Gordon said. "We also need to do a lot of work on serving. In the third game we worked on our set and kill combinations from the middle. Outside we are great. I was proud of the way our girls came back from being down in the third game."

Michell Triguillo, Angelina Woods and Marina Fernandez played strong defensive matches for Riverview. Sophomore setter Alexa Donini led the Cougars and had a match-high 21 assists. She also recorded nine service points.

Senior outside hitters Sam Sarff and Brittany Wilson led the Durant attack from the trenches with the most kills. Sarff made 10 and Wilson added nine. Another sophomore, outside hitter Staphanie Eukovich, led in service points with 11.

First-year Riverview coach Amanda Ryan was pleased with the way the Sharks continued to close the gap in each game.

COUNTRYSIDE 3, GAITHER 0: Host Countryside won 25-16, 25-15 and 25-21, improving to 2-1. The win also moved the Cougars to 2-0 in the district. Countryside's Madison Truluck finished with 21 kills and added six blocks.

TAMPA PREP 3, KESWICK CHR. 0: The host Terrapins prevailed 25-11, 25-18 and 25-21. Nicole Klepacki paced the Crusaders with nine kills and Amanda Turner recorded six blocks.

- BRANDON WRIGHT, Times staff writer