Saturday, October 1, 2022

Blue Devils beat the heat in sweep at West Geauga

CHESTERLAND—After Tuesday’s 3-0 sweep at West Geauga, Independence head coach Megan Osysko might consider cranking up the heat every time her team takes the court.

The Blue Devils overcame the heat inside the West Geauga gymnasium to win 25-4, 25-15, 25-13.

“The JV game went to three (sets) so we just wanted to get out of here,” said Independence senior Emily Magas. “It was really hot so we had to really work hard and put all our effort toward winning. We came out really strong. That was exciting. We kind of let up but we still pushed through and brought home a win.”

Magas led the Blue Devils with 12 kills in 24 attempts and also contributed with two of Independence’s service aces.

“Everyone contributed,” said Independence head coach Megan Osysko. “Emily Magas had a great game. She started off that first match with great ball control and ended up putting 12 down.”

Hallie Zumack pitched in with seven kills, nine service points and 31 assists. Marua Collins posted a team-high 11 service points, with three aces, and also had 11 kills and 12 digs. Mallory Trombetta recorded eight servcie points and a team-high 14 digs.

In all, the blue Devils recorded 44 kills in three sets.

“We were able to do all that and get so many kills tonight because of our ball control,” Osysko said. “When Hallie is able to get that ball right at the top of the tape she can really have great attempts no matter what.”

Independence improved to 4-1 overall heading into Thursday’s home game against Chagrin Fallls.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Osysko said. “It’s just another step toward what we’re working for.”

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Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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