Saturday, June 15

    Independence records 134th straight conference win

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    Independence earned a 3-0 sweep at Wickliffe on Tuesday to extend its conference winning streak to 134 straight matches.

    The Blue Devils, who improved to 12-3 overall and 8-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division, last lost a conference game on Sept. 6, 2012.

    “We got off to a little bit of a rocky start, but we were able to come together and focus so that we could dominate in the upcoming sets,” said Independence senior Emily Richards.

    The Blue Devils used a team approach to beat Wickliffe but Anna Waski performed especially well in setting the Independence block.

    “Anna Waski did a really great job at the net,” Richards said. “She was able to track the setter when she was in the front row, and she came through with some big blocks. Haley Wilson was also very efficient with finding the floor and getting us out of some long serve receive runs.”

    Independence bounced back from a four-set loss to Archbishop Hoban on Saturday.

    “It’s very important for us to have a next-game attitude,” Richards said. “What happened in the game before should be viewed as a learning experience and have very little impact on our mindsets going into the next match. It is very important for our team to not fall victim to the snowball effect and be able to prevent any losing streaks.”

    The Blue Devils travel to Cuyahoga Heights on Thursday. The Red Wolves are the last conference opponent to beat Independence.


    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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