Fairfield volleyball wins regional gameTrojans now face Clear Creek-Amana
The Trojans showcased their power early.
Oskaloosa traveled Monday to Fairfield for the first round of regional play. Any ball that was lazily hit over by the Indians seemed to be quickly and aggressively shot back over the net. Fairfield’s 37 kills was a big reason they will be moving on to the next round of the playoffs after a 25-20, 25-12, 25-22 victory.
“Our game plan was to control as much as we could,” Fairfield coach Nancy Diers said. “We needed positive hits and positive serves.”
The first set was tied at 16 before the Trojans took control. Powerful kills by Marisa Repp and Hannah Greiner put Fairfield up 22-19, and after that it was just a matter of time before the Trojans took the set.
Set two was all Fairfield, and a kill from Greiner to end the set punctuated it. Greiner finished with 13 kills. Repp came in second in that category with 10.
Set three looked like it might get away from the Trojans. Fairfield (20-14) went down 7-1 at the start. Slowly but surely, they crawled back into the set with service runs and key defensive plays.
“Our kids did a good job of swinging momentum back to our side and not panicking,” Diers said.
The Trojans tied the third set at 17-17 and took the lead soon after. Defense kept the team close in the third set. Sydney Burnett led the squad with 15 digs, with Cheyanne Laux and Kelsey Roberts making 12 digs each. Molly Ryan chipped in with a block.
“There is a maturity and growing process that we’ve been looking for the last few weeks,” Diers said. “It seems like we’re there. It’s always nice to have a nine game winning streak this time of year.”
The nine game winning streak, strangely enough, began with Oskaloosa. It followed another streak in which Fairfield lost nine of ten games. The Trojans now will travel to Tiffin on Thursday to play Clear Creek-Amana, which is 22-9 on the year. Clear Creek-Amana received a first round bye.
“They don’t have any seniors, so they’re a young team,” Diers said about her upcoming opponent. “However, they are very explosive and they run a fast tempo.”
Thursday’s game is at 7 p.m.
Monday Playoff Scores
Class 4A District 8
Fairfield 3, Oskaloosa 0
Mount Pleasant 3, Keokuk 0
Class 4A Scores
Fort Madison 3, Washington 0
Davenport North 3, North Scott 2
Central DeWitt 3, Maquoketa 1
Dubuque Walhert 3, Western Dubuque 1
Charles City 3, Decorah 0
Boone 3, Perry 0
Ballard 3, Saydel 0
ADM 3, Grinnell 0
Norwalk 3, Des Moines Hoover 0
Knoxville 3, Carlisle 1
Dallas Center-Grimes 3, Winterset 2
Creston 3, Glenwood 0
Spencer 3, Storm Lake 0
Carroll 3, Denison-Schleswig 1