Independence had little trouble collecting its first win of the 2015 season.
The Blue Devils swept visiting Beachwood on Thursday, 25-19, 25-12, 25-19, to even their record at 1-1 on the season.
“It was our first home match of the season so all the girls were excited about that,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “Beachwood has proven themselves to be an improving program so we weren’t going to take them lightly. We came in and did the things I’ve been stressing the past few years that I’ve been there, our ball control, speeding up the ball when we can and taking care of our side of the court. The girls did that.”
Seniors Hallie Zumack, Emily Magas and Mallory Trombetta rose to the occasion and turned in strong performances.
Zumack recorded 31 assists and 8 kills.
“It’s her time to kind of distribute the ball and take the reins of the team because it’s now or never for her as far as the mark she wants to leave on the program,” Osysko said. “She’s already done a phenomenal job with the team so I’m excited to see what they can do.”
Magas posted 11 kills and Trombetta dug 16 balls off the floor.
“The two of them are in the same situation as Hallie is in,” Osysko said. “All three of them were named captains this year and I think all three of them bring different aspects to the table. We have a young group as well so I think with the three of them together helping to prepare and take their experience that they have the past three years and instill that into the young girls. I think that’s a good opportunity for the three of them.”
Sophomore Maura Collins had 11 digs and 9 kills.
“We’re looking for her to pick up where she left off last season for the team and take her experience she had as a freshman and help grow these young ones that are on the team with us,” Osysko said.
Lexi Prokopius added for service aces for the Blue Devils, who travel to Perry on Tuesday and host Wickliffe on Thursday.