HESPERIA – Rim of the World took another step forward in playing without Cassie Engelgau. California’s defending CIF State Division III girls volleyball champions merely looked to seniors Sonja Newcombe and Cassie Ellis as Rim dominated Hesperia 25-12, 25-11, 25-13 Monday night. Newcombe, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, rang up 15 kills and the 6-1 Ellis added 11 kills in front of about 200 onlookers in Hesperia’s gym. It was the Mojave River League opener for both teams. Engelgau, a 5-10 senior outside hitter already committed to NCAA Division I Appalachian State (according to Scots coach Jill Pattison), wore her uniform Monday, but she is sidelined with a knee injury and was limited to a pair of crutches and a seat on Rim’s bench. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “We’re trying to put some things together,” Pattison said. “Today, I’m happy. The chemistry on the court was good.” Rim (11-2 overall, 1-0 MRL) owned a clear height advantage, especially on the front line, in earning its fourth three-set sweep of 2005. The Scots, whose only defeats came against Mira Costa and Los Alamitos in the Las Vegas Tournament, lost the match’s first two points, yet never let Hesperia (4-1, 0-1) seize any momentum. The Scots outscored the Scorpions 10-2 to finish out the first game, with Newcombe serving on the final three points. Rim blasted out to a 10-2 lead in Game 2, which the Scots finished on a softly-placed kill by Shannon Moody, plus a kill by Ellis. Game 3 featured an 8-1 run by Rim that snapped a 6-6 tie. Newcombe served on 17 winning points and 5-6 junior setter Carlee Ardis chipped in a pair of key aces for the Scots. “They’re a dominating team, a very good team,” Hesperia coach Omar Lopez said. “I told my girls we have a lot to work on. It was a good eye-opener for us. They’re strong without (Engelgau); she’d make them even stronger.” Senior 5-7 setter Penina Suddeth led Hesperia with 13 kills and 11 digs, while teammate Alyssa Auck, a 5-4 senior setter, dished out 17 assists to go with six digs. Mojave River League[EP Monday’s Results[EP Rim of the World 3 at Hesperia 0[EP [EP Rim of the World d. Hesperia 25-12, 25-11, 25-13[EP Rim leaders Kills: Sonja Newcombe 15, Cassie Ellis 11. Blocks: Cassie Ellis 8.[EP Hesperia leaders Kills: Penina Suddeth 13. Digs: Penina Suddeth 11, Alyssa Auck 6, Brittany Westplat 4. Assists: Alyssa Auck 17.[EP Rim (11-2 overall, 1-0 Mojave River League) plays its next scheduled match 6 p.m. Saturday at Scripps Ranch in San Diego County. Hesperia (4-1 overall, 0-1 MRL) meets Apple Valley at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Victor Valley College. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!