Net worth: Trojan volleyball successful throughout 2000sThe Ledger looks back at memorable moments Nancy Diers and the Trojans have supplied in recent volleyball seasons
Volleyball season is on the horizon yet again all across Iowa.
Fairfield starts its season Aug. 28 by hosting Eddyville-Blakesburg, Albia and IMS. Soon after, the Trojans open up Southeast Conference play by traveling to Mt. Pleasant. With two full months of spikes and sets on the radar, The Ledger looks back at recent seasons the Trojans made fans stand up and take notice.
2002 – The Trojans registered five postseason wins on their way to the state tournament. Just the second time Fairfield had ever reached the state plateau, it then took down Roland-Story in five sets to advance to the semifinals. Charles City beat Fairfield 13-15, 15-11, 15-6, 15-8 to end the astounding season.
Coach Nancy Diers received All-GTNS honors as large school coach of the year. Senior outside hitter Laura Anderson was named SEC Player of the Year and to the All-State first team. Anderson still ranks first in Fairfield history in digs and blocks, and comes in second all time in kills with 1036.
2007 – Fairfield dominated SEC play by going a perfect 8-0 in matches and 24-0 in games. Conference superiority continued in postseason with 3-0 wins over Mt. Pleasant and Fort Madison. Unfortunately, Pella got the best of the Trojans and knocked them out in the regional final.
Maryn Fulton was selected to the All-GTNS team with her teammate Monica Goudy. Outside hitter Danielle Fry was given the All-GTNS large school captain slot and special mention on the All-State squad.
2008 – Another banner year resulted in Fairfield’s third state tournament berth. Though it was short lived (a 3-0 loss to Marion in the first round), the Trojans were able to knock out Mt. Pleasant, Keokuk and Knoxville en route to state.
Fulton would make second team All-State for the second straight season. Fulton wound up making her mark on the program, and still ranks first all-time in school history with 1045 kills.
2011 – The Trojans went 28-10 but came up just short of the state tournament because of a regional loss to Solon. Diers was named district coach of the year for the fourth time in six seasons.
All-GTNS captain Tori Ogden, a four-year starter, led the SEC in kills (235) and digs (392). Senior Taylor Neil, junior Sidney Baumann and sophomore Sydney Burnett each made the All-GTNS squad as well.
2013 – The careers of senior stars Burnett, Marisa Repp, Cheyanne Laux and seven other seniors came to a close with a second round playoff loss at Clear Creek-Amana. Prior to the loss, the Trojans (20-15) had won nine matches in a row, dropping just two games in the process. Burnett finished her career as the all-time assists leader in Fairfield volleyball history with 1310, which was just one more than Nichole Gevock, who graduated in 2008. The senior libero also finished second all-time in digs with 1142, just one spot ahead of Laux. Repp wrapped up her career ninth all-time in kills.
All-GTNS Large School Coaches History
2013 – Jeff Schulz, Mt. Pleasant
2012 – Nancy Diers, Fairfield
2011 – Nancy Diers, Fairfield
2010 – Luci Wulfekuhle, Mt. Pleasant
2009 – Nancy Diers, Fairfield
2008 – Nancy Diers, Fairfield
2007 – Nancy Diers, Fairfield
2006 – Nancy Diers, Fairfield
2005 – Kelly Chaplin, Mt. Pleasant
2004 – Jay Coble, Mt. Pleasant
2003 – Jay Coble, Mt. Pleasant
2002 – Nancy Diers, Fairfield
2001 – Mary Carter, MSAE
2000 – Jay Coble, Mt. Pleasant
1999 – Kevin Geary, Mt. Pleasant
All-GTNS Small School Coaches History
2013 – Dwight Gingerich, IMS
2012 – Dave Pieart, Winfield-Mount Union
2011 – Maureen Heath, New London
2010 – Dan Stout, Keota
2009 – Maureen Heath, New London
2008 – Maureen Heath, New London
2007 – Maureen Heath, New London
2006 – Maureen Heath, New London
2005 – Maureen Heath, New London
2004 – Dan Stout, Keota
2003 – Melissa Freesmeier, Marquette
2002 – Tom Ferguson, WACO
2001 – Dwight Gingerich, IMS
2000 – Maureen Heath, New London