Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Independence one win away from league title

After a 3-0 sweep of West Geauga on Tuesday the Independence volleyball team is just one win away from earning a share of the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division title.

The Blue Devils, who won the last two Valley Division titles before moving up to the big school division this season, beat the Wolverines, 25-17, 25-16, 25-10, to improve to 13-4 overall and 11-0 in league play.

“We’re trying to get in our playoff mode and get our lineup together so I made a couple switches, so we’re trying to get through that,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “The girls are adjusting well to the things we’re changing. We’re just working toward our goal.”

That goal includes winning the league title.

The Blue Devils can do that with a win at Chagrin Falls on Thursday and can win it outright with a Perry loss or a win at Orange on Oct. 13.

Sophomore Maura Collins led the Blue Devils with nine kills and 15 digs and also contributed with two service aces and two blocks. Senior Hallie Zumack posted a team-high 23 assists and was second with eight kills and tied for the lead with five aces and also recorded 10 digs.

Senior Mallory Trombetta pitched in with five aces and 14 digs. Freshman Lexi Prokopious record five kills and a team-high three blocks. Freshman Katie May had five kills and two blocks for the Blue Devils while senior Ashley Thompson and junior Lindsey Budzowski both had two aces.

“The things we’ve been asking them to do, serving aggressively and taking care of the ball, they’re all doing that,” Osysko said. “It’s just a matter of keeping up the good reps and quality reps.”

Prior to the game, the Blue Devils recognized their parents.

“It was Parents Day, so we thanked them for everything they do for our program, the support and the whole nine yards,” Osysko said.

Independence is at Chagrin Falls on Thursday then travels to Huron for a game against the Tigers, who are ranked No. 2 in Division III.

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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