Monday, February 6, 2023

Independence knocks off Perry

The reshuffling of the Chagrin Valley Conference saw Independence move up to the Chagrin Division, where the Blue Devils are off to a 2-0 start after defeating host Perry on Tuesday, 3-1.

Independence won the first two sets, 25-16 and 25-13, before falling in the third, 23-25. They regrouped and closed out the match with a 25-15 win in the fourth set.

“It was nice to play a bigger school,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “Perry was very competitive. There were tons of points back and forth. (Setter) Hallie (Zumack) had 99 attempts, so points were going back and forth. They were hard earned points. It was good to see the girls competing for points and coming out on top.”

The Blue Devils, who improved to 2-1 overall, were especially successful on the service line.

Maura Collins led the team with 14 service points while Mallory Trombetta had nine, Katie May had eight and Emily Magas and Zumack both finished with seven.

“It was really nice because there were a couple girls who got on some good serving runs,” Osysko said. “We were serving aggressively, which was good because we were keeping them out of system.”

Independence’s hitters also had a good night with Magas recording a team-high 13 kills and Collins hammering it home 10 times. Lexi Prokopious contributed with eight kills.

“They had a great game on the outside and Lexi in the middle did well too,” Osysko said. “It was good for her to step up as a young freshman to see what she can do.”

Independence returns home on Thursday when they’ll host conference rival Wickliffe on youth night.

“Each game the chemistry is getting better and communication is getting better,” Osysko said. “Those are things we want to keep working toward every single game so by the end of the season things just click.”

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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