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    Blue Devils clinch third straight CVC title


    A bump up to the big school division in the Chagrin Valley Conference had no effect on the Independence volleyball team.

    The Blue Devilsswept host Orange on Tuesday, 25-19, 25-8, 25-15, to improve to 15-5 overall and 13-0 in league play. They also clinched their third straight conference title and have won 39 of 41 sets played in league action.

    “We are all very excited to finally have the conference outright,” said Independence head coach Megan Osysko. “The team has gone through a lot of ups and downs as far as our lineup. It's nice to know we have been able fill the gaps and still prove to be a successful team in the conference.”

    The Blue Devils got a boost from the return of Emily Magas. The senior had missed the previous eight games with a foot injury.

    She recorded seven kills in the win.

    “The team was all very excited to have Magas back on the floor,” Osysko said. “The girls cheered extra when she put her first kill down for the night.”

    Maura Collins led Independence with 12 kills and also contributed 14 digs. Hallie Zumack had a team-high 24 assists and also pitched in with four kills, seven aces and three digs. Mallory Trombetta posted a team-high 15 digs and Katie May led the team with four blocks.

    The Blue Devils close out league play on Thursday then turn their attention to the postseason. They certainly aren’t overlooking the Eagles or the opportunity to finish league play with an undefeated record.

    “We finish 14-0,” Osysko said. “There are no excuses why we shouldn't finish to our potential.”


    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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