Fairfield gets road conference winTrojans down Chiefs in three sets
The Fairfield Trojans volleyball team got challenged in the third set Tuesday night, but not by Keokuk.
After playing just well enough to win, coach Nancy Diers and her staff challenged their players to keep the Chiefs under 10 points for the game. Diers wanted her players to play up to their capabilities.
“They were playing at the level of another team and not to their potential,” Diers said.
Her players responded and played their best set of the match, only surrendering nine points. Every component of the team seemed crisper to Diers once her players were completely focused. The Trojans (18-14) won in three sets by the score of 25-15, 25-20, 25-9.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game,” Diers said, “but thanks to the parents, the JV, and the freshmen, they made it a bit of a home atmosphere for us.”
The score was 12-10 Fairfield in the first set before the Trojans got it rolling. Kelsey Roberts served five points in a row. Later, with the score 19-15, Sydney Burnett would serve out the game for Fairfield.
“I thought Keokuk blocked well in the first game,” Diers said. “Our ball movement got better and that solved the problem.”
Fairfield started the second set down 11-2. Cheyanne Laux’s eight-point service run later in the set brought the game back up to 19-17 in favor of Fairfield.
Hannah Greiner and Marisa Repp led the team with 12 kills each. Brooke Stever had seven kills and Keri Schwarz made two. Burnett led the team in digs with 26, and Laux had 17 digs of her own.
Fairfield has just one more regular season game left. The Trojans will host Fort Madison Thursday in a game that will decide second place in the Southeast Conference. After that, Fairfield will host Oskaloosa Monday, which is the first round of regionals.
JV and freshmen results
The Fairfield JV volleyball team defeated Keokuk 25-15, 25-10 Tuesday.
Mackenzie Flattery led the squad in serving with four aces. Alli Deao made six kills. Olivia Wallerich led the Trojans in assists with five.
The freshmen team won 26-24, 25-17. Haley Beard had five aces and five kills. Paige Buch led the team in digs with 10 and had three kills.