Fairfield volleyball rolls at own tournament
As far as weekend tournaments go, Fairfield head coach Nancy Diers will take one like Saturday’s anytime.
In her team’s inaugural Fairfield Tournament, the Trojans beat every team they faced and won eight of nine games en route to the team title. Though they were without senior leader Sidney Baumann most of the morning, several other Trojans stepped up to the occasion.
Fairfield opened the tourney with a sweep of Louisa-Muscatine (25-10, 25-12), pulled out a three-set win against Davis County (25-16, 13-25, 15-5) and toppled Pekin in two sets (25-4, 25-13). They closed out the tournament with a dominant 25-13, 25-18 victory over Twin Cedars.
“I thought the kids played real well all the way through the day. It was the first one we got to host and it didn’t start real well, but that’s just part of volleyball,” said Fairfield head coach Nancy Diers. “We just had to readjust and adapt to the changes, and away we went.”
Fairfield started the day just as strong as they would finish it, taking an 8-1 lead against Louisa-Muscatine following a seven-point service run by Sydney Burnett. The Trojans then used a seven-point run by Sydney Howard to take a 15-2 lead.
“It was a nice way to start the day, knowing you have to score 10 and they have to get 23 more,” noted Diers.
The Trojans cruised to a 25-10 win and kept their hot serve going in game two. On another service run by Howard, the Trojans jumped out to a quick 13-5 advantage and rolled to a 25-12 win.
Fairfield rode its momentum and a service run by Erin Thompson to a game-one victory against Davis County. The Mustangs rallied back for a game-two victory, but Valerie Payne helped the Trojans to a game-three victory thanks to a six-point service run.
The Trojans hopped out to their biggest lead of the night against Pekin, taking a 16-2 lead in game one, and didn’t slow down in claiming a quick sweep of the Panthers.
“Pekin was coming off a frustrating loss to Davis County and I think we caught them at a good time,” said Diers. “We went on a huge serving run and were in attack mode.”
The Trojans also rarely trailed in their final two-set win against Twin Cedars.
Burnett led the Trojans with 48 assists, 21 digs and eight aces total. Thompson totaled 10 aces and 21 kills, Howard had 22 kills and 22 digs, and Marisa Repp totaled 17 kills and five blocks. Cheyanne Laux tallied 29 digs from the libero spot, and Alexis Ring distributed 25 assists. McKenna Ledger drilled 14 kills.
The 23-7 Trojans will look to lock up the Southeast Conference title this week with road games against Keokuk and Fort Madison. Fairfield heads to Keokuk on Tuesday, with the tripleheader set to begin at 5:15 p.m. at Keokuk Middle School.