For the second time in four days, Independence needed all five sets to extend its regular-season winning streak to 34 straight games.
The Blue Devils edged host Tuscarawas Central Catholic on Saturday, 25-16, 15-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-5.
“It was very exciting to get that win today,” said junior Emily Richards. “It definitely served as a confidence boost and showed us what we are capable of. Overall, we are a very young team and it’s still early in the season, but I’m eager to see how much more we will grow as a team.”
Independence beat Avon in five sets on Wednesday and then swept league rival Richmond Heights in straight sets on Thursday.
“The win against Avon was a great start to our week,” Richards said. “Avon is a really good team and they were a test for us and we all came together, giving 100-percent effort to pull out that win. Every game presents new challenges, but beating a team like Avon in five helped prepare us for today’s game. Mentally it made all of us realize it was possible for us to secure a win, even in those long, five-set matches.”
All three of Tuscarawas Central Catholic’s losses this season have come in five sets. The Saints dropped to 3-3 after losing to Independence on Saturday.
“The key to our win today was effort,” Richards said. “TCC was a very good team with some strong hitters and an active back row; the only way we were going to win was with all-out effort. We needed every position to make big plays on the defensive side and when we got those balls up we had to work together as a team to find open court so we could score. Without every position doing their part, the outcome today could have been very different, but we were able to push through. I am very proud of what our team accomplished today.”
Independence improved to 6-0 overall. The Blue Devils host Brooklyn on Tuesday.