Independence wins eighth straight sectional title

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Top-seeded Independence made quick work of No. 8 Brooklyn in a Division III sectional championship game at Elyria High School on Thursday.

The Blue Devils defeated the Hurricanes 25-6, 25-7, 25-5 to win their eighth straight sectional title.

“Starting off with a win tonight was very important for us as a team,” senior captain Katie May said. “Everyone had the opportunity to settle into playing in the postseason atmosphere. Our ball control was spot on tonight, along with the ability of our hitters to find the floor. For Abby (Avila) and I, this makes our night pretty easy. It was a great team win.”

Independence got off to a fast start in the first set and never looked back.

“We played our game,” May said. “We stayed aggressive at the service line and at the net. We also knew they had a few players that we had to watch out for but we ultimately shut down their offense by keeping them out of system.”

Independence advanced to Wednesday’s district semifinals against No. 5 Wickliffe, who defeated No. 4 Beachwood in five sets on Thursday.

“As a team, we just need to keep that mentality of one match at a time no matter who the opponent is,” May said. “We need to stay on top of our game throughout this postseason and be prepared to play each night. Wickliffe put up a good fight against Beachwood and we will be ready to compete next Wednesday.”

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