Monday, February 6, 2023

Independence sweeps Geneva

Independence’s young volleyball team passed its first test with flying colors.

The Blue Devils swept visiting Geneva, 3-0, on Thursday to finish undefeated after the first round of conference play.

“For a young and restless team, we are doing our job to get better each day we step on the court,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “We are looking forward to some out of conference play this weekend and into the upcoming weeks.”

Independence cruised to 25-19, 25-14 and 25-21 wins over the Eagles to improve to 7-0 overall and 7-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division.

Junior Maura Collins led the Blue Devils with 11 kills, four aces and also contributed with 10 digs. Freshman Maddy Bilinovic posted a team high 25 digs. Freshman Katie Thompson added 10 digs.

“Maddy Bilinovic played outstanding defense,” Osysko said. “She was all over the court covering the hitters and stepping in wherever she was needed so the ball wouldn't hit the floor on our side. Katie Thompson also has been playing great defense for us and scoring points with her aggressive serving. They both do a nice job of complementing Maura in the back row."

Despite her youth, Bilinovic approaches each game with confidence.

“I know I'm young but my teammates and coaches count on me to help the team succeed,” she said. “It doesn't matter how old any of us are, when we step on the court nothing else matters except playing our hardest and giving all that we have.”

Sophomore Sarah Piteo led the team with 26 assists. 

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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