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Brawl at school volleyball game under investigation

NEW PORT RICHEY - Pasco deputies are investigating a melee that broke out Wednesday night during a girls' volleyball game at the River Ridge High School gymnasium. Instead of the usual serves and spikes, the event came to punches and blows, said Pasco sheriff's office spokesman Kevin Doll. Rival teams River Ridge and Ridgewood High were set to compete when between 40 and 60 people got involved in the fight, Doll said, requiring about 15 deputies to break it up. Nobody was seriously injured, he said, and no arrests have been made. The investigation is continuing, however.
Because deputies didn't witness what sparked the event, they are hoping to get their hands on video taken by a local television station covering the game. Investigators might have to secure a subpoena to get the video, Doll said. "There could be arrests made once we watch the video," he said. Coaches from both schools couldn't be reached for comment today. The sheriff's office isn't releasing any other details, Doll said. Meanwhile, school district officials are staying mostly mum while they investigate the fracas, too.
School district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said there was an altercation at the volleyball game that involved spectators. She wasn't sure if any of the players were involved. "We have cooperated with law enforcement and are working with them to make sure we don't have this kind of incident in the future," Romagnoli said.

Reporter Ronnie Blair contributed to this report. Reporter Lisa A. Davis can be reached at (727) 815-1083.

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