Fairfield goes undefeated in home invite
It had been awhile since Fairfield volleyball coach Nancy Diers smiled when talking about a Saturday tournament.
The Fairfield Invite on Saturday, to say the least, went smoothly for the Trojans. Fairfield went 4-0 and won the tournament, which is Fairfield’s first tournament victory since Sept. 14 at Burlington Notre Dame.
“We ended Saturday’s on a good note. It was a great day for our kids,” Diers said. “They had fun.”
Fairfield (17-14) started the day by defeating PCM 25-22, 25-10.
Sydney Burnett went on a serving run that stretched Fairfield’s lead from 5-2 to 12-2 in the second set. After that it was all Trojans. Marisa Repp led the squad with 10 kills.
“Our blockers came around and the kids were working well together,” Diers said.
Next up was Davis County, a team that Fairfield was 1-1 against this season. Fairfield won in three sets by the score of 25-11, 15-25, 22-20. Burnett, Repp and Cheyanne Laux were all perfect in the serving category. Madison Roberts led the Trojans with 12 kills, followed closely by Hannah Greiner with nine.
“We had a nice lead in that one but couldn’t close it out,” Diers said. “The players fought it tooth and nail until the end.”
The Trojans did not have much problem dispensing of Centerville, winning quickly by the score of 25-8, 25-11. Repp led the team in kills and Burnett led in digs. Kelsey Roberts made her presence felt setting, which will be an important factor for the Trojans going forward because of Alexis Ring’s season ending injury to her back.
Fairfield’s last game of the day came against Twin Cedars, a team the Trojans had not seen yet this season. Twin Cedars sent a lot of balls over the net on the second hit, and played an unorthodox style all the way around.
“It kept us on our toes,” Diers said.
The Trojans won 25-13, 25-19, with Greiner leading the way with 10 kills.
Fairfield has two more conference games this week before the first game of regionals Monday against Oskaloosa at Fairfield High School.