Thursday, September 16, 2021

Independence has a big night in sweeping Geneva

Independence honored its seniors on Thursday by sweeping visiting Geneva, 25-15, 25-23, 25-13.

The victory secured a fifth straight Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division title and also marked the 100th win of head coach Megan Osysko’s five-year tenure.

“I am so proud of the team and the program for taking now five straight conference championships,” Osysko said. “A tradition is being established and they are making wonderful memories together for years to come.”

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Seniors Maura Collins and Mckena Wilson were recognized for their efforts during their time with the Blue Devils.

Collins, a four-year starter and University of Dayton commitment, led the Blue Devils with 16 kills and four service aces. Wilson recorded a dig and service reception.

“Maura has been such an asset to the program over the last four years and we are fortunate to have her hard work, dedication, and leadership,” Osysko said. “Mckena transferred in as a junior and has always been there for her teammates, leading by example and making everyone on the team feel welcome.”

The Blue Devils improved to 19-1 overall and 13-0 in league play.

With Collins on the roster, the Blue Devils are 82-13 over the past four seasons, but she’s not content and has her sights set on a deep run in the postseason.

“It’s crazy to think that it was four years ago that I was playing as the freshman; it feels like last year,” Collins said. “I’m beyond excited for the next four years of volleyball, but this team will always hold a special place in my heart. I wanted to be remembered in the volleyball program. Individually, I think I’ve done that. I want to make history. I want to lead this team all the way and this is the year to do it obviously.”

In five seasons at Independence, Osysko, a standout player for the Blue Devils, is 100-19 with two regional tournament appearances and five league titles.

“The amount of wins I have as a coach is a direct reflection of the hard work my athletes have put into the game,” Osysko said. “I am proud the girls have bought into a winning culture over the years, and am grateful for the opportunity to have an impact on their lives.”

Collins was pleased to be a part of most of Osysko’s victories.

“It’s awesome to be able to pull out her 100th win,” Collins said. “She definitely deserves it. She’s shaped this program and the athletes in it over her years here. I’m so lucky to have had her as my coach all four years.”

Independence, ranked fourth in the Ohio Volleyball Coaches’ Association Division III poll, travels to No. 13 Huron on Saturday.

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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