Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Independence cruises to win in battle of Blue Devils

Top-seeded Independence quickly dispatched No. 5 Wickliffe in a Division III district semifinal at Elyria High School on Wednesday, 3-0.

The defending district champions won the match 25-10, 25-8, 25-15.

“The team has one goal and we are hungry for it,” Independence senior Lexi Prokopius said. “We all know that we have to give 110-percent to advance to the next game.”

Independence excelled in all facets of the game.

“We did a good job being aggressive with our serving and hitting,” Prokopius said. “Our defense was amazing, like always.”

The Blue Devils advanced to Saturday’s district championship game against second-seeded Oberlin.

Independence is shooting for its second straight district championship and fourth in the past six seasons.

“We approach Saturday like every game we do,” Prokopius said. “Play hard, don’t let up and each player gives a 110-percent.”

Saturday’s match begins at 2:30 p.m.

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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