Trojans 3-2 at tourney; thump Keokuk
Fairfield’s varsity volleyball team has had a successful week so far, finishing 3-2 at the Ottumwa Tournament Saturday and breezing by Keokuk in a conference match Tuesday.
The Trojans steamrolled through the Burlington-Notre Dame tournament a week ago, winning all four of its matches while dropping only one game. The competition in Ottumwa Saturday was a little tougher, as the Trojans found out.
Fairfield got off on the right foot by defeating Albia 21-7, 21-13. The Trojans followed that by downing Burlington in three sets, 21-6, 16-21 and 15-11. Eddyville-Blakesburg Fremont narrowly edged Fairfield 21-18, 14-21 and 16-14 in the final game.
The Trojans won a couple very close games against the hosting Bulldogs 25-23, 25-22 before dropping their final match to Mt. Pleasant 18-25, 25-17, 15-5. Eddyville-Blakesburg Fremont would go on to win the tournament over Mt. Pleasant in the championship match.
“The girls had some great matches today,” said Trojan head coach Diana Drish. “They fought hard. When we got down, they worked hard to catch back up.”
Ashtyn Drish was 43-47 serving with five aces. Kara Jeffrey was 35-37 with four put-away serves. Danae Drish was a perfect 42-42 with three unreturnables. Kaylee Watson went 29-30 with an ace, and Brooke McLain went 22-23. Jillian Dunalp had an ace on 8-9 serving.
Alison Godwin led the team in kills with 39 as she was 77-87 in hitting. Shelby Heston finished with 29 kills on 75-84 hitting. Jeffrey went 48-57 in hitting with 14 kills. Natalie Angstead was 27-33 with 16 kills. Julia Fritz collected nine kills.
Ashtyn Drish led the team in assists with 67. Jeffrey was next in line with 30, and Lily Hoskins pitched in with four.
Godwin was the leader in blocks with 12, followed by Fritz with eight, Heston with five and Angstead with four. Danae Drish edged Watson for the team lead in digs with 44 to Watson’s 43. Jeffrey finished with 32 and Ashtyn Drish contributed 27.
Danae Drish led the Trojans in serve receive percentage, hitting back 70 percent of the balls to her, 37-53. Watson was second with a 45-68 mark, good for 66 percent. McLain went 24-41, or 59 percent.
“Ashtyn Drish and Kara Jeffrey are really coming around and improving as our setters,” the coach said. “Each match, they are making better and better decisions. We were tired at the end of the day. With a small roster, I expected that we will work stamina.”
The coach mentioned that Dunlap, Hoskins and Kristen Daugherty all did a great job of the bench during the tournament.
Keokuk was never very close to catching the Trojans in any of the three games played Tuesday. Fairfield won by scores of 25-8, 25-10 and 25-15.
Godwin was 19-19 serving with six aces. Danae Drish went 8-9 with two aces. Jeffrey went 7-7 with three aces.
Heston went 25-27 in hitting with 16 kills. Godwin posted a hitting mark of 19-22 with nine kills. Jeffrey hit safely in 17 of 22 chances, and put away eight of those balls. Angstead contributed two kills.
Ashtyn Drish led the team in assists again with 23, followed by Jeffrey with 10 and Hoskins with five. Danae Drish was the top “digger” as she saved 16 balls from hitting the floor, while McLain completed the feat 14 times. Heston and Godwin each had a block.
Danae Drish received 12 of the 16 serves to her. The Trojans as a team returned 75 percent of the serves.
“We had a fun night!” exclaimed Diana Drish. “We ran some different offensive plays. The girls responded well to the change we made in set three. It was a fun confidence boost leading into a tournament weekend.”
The tournament weekend of which Diana Drish speaks starts at 9 a.m. Saturday in Burlington. The other invited guests are Davis County, Fort Madison, Galesburg and Mt. Pleasant.