Monday, October 18

    Avila sets up her future

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    Independence senior setter Abby Avila has one less thing to worry about as she prepares for her final year with the Blue Devils.

    Abila earlier this week announced her commitment to continuing her education and playing career at the University of Charleston.

    “It is very exciting to know where I am going before senior year has started,” Avila said. “Now I can focus on high school volleyball.”

    Charleston head coach Tyler Kanelos was hired in April. He previously was an assistant coach at Marshall.

    “They started recruiting me not long after he became head coach,” Avila said. “I had known him prior when he was an assistant at Marshall. After that, everything else was a fit for me. I loved how close the campus was to downtown Charleston. I loved the feel and size of the campus too.”

    Avila camped at Charleston and had the opportunity to meet and mingle with many of the current Golden Eagles players.

    “They were all very welcoming to me,” she said.

    Through her first three seasons of high school volleyball, Avila has recorded 178 kills, 2,310 assists, 418 digs, and 139 aces in 268 sets played.

    With Avila on the roster, the Blue Devils are 74-13 with three straight state runner-up finishes. Avila was named third-team All-Ohio as a junior.

    She’s hoping to close out her high school career with a state title.

    “We do have a lot of unfinished business,” she said. “We are approaching this season very determined to finish the job. Our goal is to win a state championship, but we are going to take it one game at a time.”

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. 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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