Posted On: 11/13/20 8:17 PM

This Saturday's Division III state semifinals will feature four of the top five teams ranked in the most current coaches poll. The following are key factors and contributors for each team as they compete for that coveted trip to the state finals.

#2 Independence
The Blue Devils arrived to the state semifinal round following back-to-back 3-0 wins in regional play. They have a solid core group of attackers that have led their effort all season at the net. Averaging 13 kills per set as a group, it is setter Abby AvilaAbbyAvila5'9" | SIndependence | 2022StateOH that is the decision-maker and offensive distributor. The junior is averaging over 10 assists per set to go along with her five digs per match, earning her 3rd team all-Ohio for 2020. Their offense has good balance and features a mix of underclassmen and veterans including the following:

  • Sammy Barther - 2023 | 2.7 kills/set, 45 aces, 4.5 digs/match
  • Grace Smotek - 2021 | 3.4 kills/set, .304, 8.2 digs/match
  • Madison Stepanik - 2021 | 2.9 blocks/match, 1.7 kills/set
  • Gracie Taliaferro - 2023 | 2.7 kills/set, .333, 39 total blocks

#3 Tuscarawas Valley
This squad ran the table in conference play at 14-0. With

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