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    Independence closes out third straight undefeated league season

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    INDEPENDENCE—Seniors Ashley Thompson, Emily Magas, Hallie Zumack and Mallory Trombetta were honored before the start of Thursday’s Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division showdown between the Independence Blue Devils and visiting Geneva Eagles.

    The four then went out and led Independence to a 25-15, 25-14, 25-8 sweep, putting the finishing touches on a third straight undefeated league championship.

    “It feels great,” said Independence head coach Megan Osysko about her team’s three-peat. “It’s just the work that the girls put in. I’m just there hanging out and giving them as much knowledge as I can. They’re the ones on the court putting in the work and executing what I tell them to do.”

    Independence improved to 17-5 on the year and 14-0 in league play.

    Led by Magas, Thompson, Trombetta and Zumack over the past three seasons, the Blue Devils have won 102 of 106 sets played in compiling a 34-0 league record.

    “They’ve been a special group,” Osysko said. “I’ve been with them for three years. They’re a very talented group and they definitely brought the program to a level that I have expected it to become and they really set the tone for what future years should work up towards. I’m happy about that but we still have a lot more to go so I’m not going to say goodbye to them yet.”

    Magas and Zumack tied junior Maura Collins for a team-high six kills against Geneva and Zumack led the team with 19 assists. Collins posted team highs in digs (18) and aces (6). Sophomore Hannah Walker posted a team-high four blocks.

    Independence opens post-season play on Tuesday against Warrensville Heights at Elyria High School at 6:00 p.m. The Blue Devils have won the last two Elyria Division III District Tournament titles.

     

    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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