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    Independence’s volleyball team continues to build momentum as the Blue Devils improved to 4-0 with a sweep over Perry on Thursday.

    The Blue Devils won 25-13, 25-12, 25-17.

    “We played well,” said Independence coach Megan Osysko. “We controlled the ball well, kept it basic and got the job done.”

    Their success started with the serve.

    The Blue Devils served at the holes in the Pirates’ defense and ended up with 14 aces.

    “We served right at them and kept them out of system,” Osysko said. “We tried to serve din the seams, not directly at somebody. We kept attacking them and kept them out of system. Their ball control wasn’t there.”

    Hallie Zumack, Maura Collins, Megan Screptock and Victoria Sirna all recorded three aces for the Blue Devils and Emily Magas contributed with two.

    When the Pirates did return the ball over the net, Independence’s defense put the Blue Devils in position to score.

    “We had some good plays, some good digs,” Osysko said. “Again our defense was pretty solid. I’m happy with that.”

    Mallory Trombetta led the team with 16 digs and Collins pitched in with a dozen.

    Screptock posted a team-high 12 kills as the Blue Devils pounded the ball at the Pirates. Magas had nine kills and Collins added six to lead the Blue Devils to a total of 38 kills in the match.

    Zumack led Independence with 28 assists and Sirna had three solo blocks.

    The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday when they look for redemption at Huron.

    “It should be another good test of our ability,” Osysko said. “Huron always has a good team; I’m looking forward to it. Last year we lost to them but I think it will be another good test going back into conference play.”
     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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