Saturday, January 28, 2023

Independence sweeps Wickliffe

A new rotation led to another win and a season-high 40 kills for the Independence volleyball team.

The Blue Devils swept visiting Wickliffe on Tuesday, 3-0.

“We tried a new lineup tonight and Katie May stepped into a 5-1 setting role,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “The team adapted well and played a good match in our home opener.”

Independence won 25-8, 25-14, 25-13.

Sophomore Kalli Screptock led Independence with 11 kills while senior Maura Collins put 10 balls on the floor.

Seven different Blue Devils recorded at least one kill in the match.

“Our hitters collectively played a great match and found the floor many times,” Osysko said.

May, a junior, recorded 31 of Independence’s 38 assists.

“It was nice to run a 5-1 again and our passing tonight made it very comfortable,” May said. “It helped me spread the ball around and quarterback the team to victory.”

Sophomore Maddy Bilinovic recorded team-highs with six service aces and 14 digs and junior Lexi Prokopius led the squad with three blocks.

Independence improved to 3-0 with a big test looming on Wednesday when the Blue Devils step outside of conference play in a home match with Kenston.

“I feel as a team we were pretty confident but understand we still need to earn each match,” May said. “We have been working very hard in practice to focus on the details and together as a team I think it is starting to show.”

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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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