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    Blue Devils make quick work of Eagles


    After opening the season with a loss, the Independence volleyball team has now won seven straight heading into Saturday’s Rene Roche Invitational.

    The Blue Devils improved to 7-1 overall and 7-0 in league play with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-13 sweep over host Geneva on Thursday.

    “The girls did a great job of bringing a lot of energy to the floor and focus,” said Independence head coach Megan Osysko.

    Independence recorded 12 service aces in the match.

    “A lot of our success so far is attributed to our serving,” Osysko said. “A lot of teams can’t return a lot of our serves or we get them out of system right away and we’re able to volley back and forth with them.”

    Maura Collins and Lexi Prokopius both led the team with four aces while Mallory Trombetta and Emily Magas each had two.

    Collins also recorded 12 kills and 10 digs in the match.

    “Maura did a great job with 12 kills and four aces,” Osysko said. “She had a good run and Emily Magas and Lexi had good serving runs. We’re able to put a team away a couple points at a time. They more score one or two and then we get it back and score a few more points. Those smaller runs that we have are kind of helping us out.”

    Magas was second on the team with five kills and Prokopius and Katie May both had four. Trombetta posted a team-high 17 digs and Hallie Zumack led the Blue Devils with 19 assists.



    Steve Hare
    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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