Sunday, May 19

    Independence sweeps Perry

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    INDEPENDENCE—Independence picked up a second consecutive win by sweeping visiting Perry on Thursday, 3-0.

    The Blue Devils won the match 25-10, 25-8, 25-14, improving to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in league play.

    “Our serve-receive, hitting, and serving were working well for us,” said Independence coach Lexi Prokopius. “I can’t stress enough how I say that, ‘Serving is the most important thing (in volleyball).’ The more aggressive that (we) serve, the more points we’ll get and have more control of the game.”

    There was no shortage of good serving for the Blue Devils as Sonny Sears opened up the match’s first game with a win that gave Independence an early lead. Mark Pillar and Jamie Panichi added aces down the stretch, and Braeden Lisowski capped off the first-set win with a kill.

    Luke Masek opened the second set with a kill and the Blue Devils controlled the momentum throughout in taking a 2-0 lead.

    Landon Jatsek got in on the action with a pair of kills of his own and a block to end the set. Sears also racked up another ace.

    Joey Jirmasek recorded a kill to start the third set but Perry had some fight left and jumped out to a 4-2 lead.

    “We’ve improved dramatically from last year, leaps and bounds,” said Perry coach Shane Jeschenig. We’re a much better team (than last year) but so are the other teams we’re playing, which is a good thing, but the guys are coming at it.

    Independence responded with kills from Pillar and Alex Eisenmann, and aces from Pillar and Carson Howard sealed the sweep.

    “I’m feeling pretty good (about the wins),” Prokopius said. “There’s a lot of stuff to work on, but we’re definitely moving up at the right time.”

    Pillar led the Blue Devils with eight aces and Sears recorded seven. Pillar also posted a team-best four kills, and Jatsek, Masek, and Eisenmann each finished the match with three kills.

    Carson Caldwell and Dane Pike recorded two kills each for Perry.

    Perry will look to bounce back at VASJ while Independence visits Berkshire on April 16.




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