Independence’s winning streak reached five straight matches on Wednesday as the Blue Devils rolled over visiting Solon, 25-10, 25-13, 25-16.
“The key for us to come together and get these wins was we are staying focused and every day in practice we work hard and push each other to be the best players,” said senior setter Abby Avila.
Avila has been instrumental in spreading the ball to all of the hitters in Independence’s potent attack.
“My approach for the offense tonight was to spread the ball around to get their defense off,” Avila said. “I also wanted to get a better connection with all my hitters and I think we achieved that goal. Most of the time our hitters had only one blocker, sometimes even none. I couldn’t have done that without the great passing I had.”
While Avila handled her business in distributing the ball, her teammates took care of the rest.
“We all realize the importance of a great first pass and really work hard on that in practice,” said junior Sammy Barther. “This allows our setter to have flexibility at the net, which makes us less predictable to the defense.”
Barther keyed Independence’s attack against the Comets.
“I think I had success with moving the ball around and attacking hard,” she said. “In the back row, I had some good touches as we are getting fluid in our defensive patterns.”
The Blue Devils, who improved to 5-0, host Brooklyn on Thursday.