Trojans defeat Bloodhounds, prepare for regionalsFairfield wins in straight sets
The two teams switched jerseys, or so it seemed at least.
When Fairfield traveled to Fort Madison on Oct. 1, the Bloodhounds were simply too strong for the Trojans to keep up with, defeating them in three sets. Thursday in Fairfield, it was the exact opposite. Fort Madison made too many simple errors to win, and Fairfield would take the match by the score of 25-10, 25-18, 25-16.
“I’ve been waiting for that type of game for five weeks now,” Fairfield coach Nancy Diers said. “They played that well.”
Fairfield (19-14) came out firing, taking a 15-6 lead and forcing Fort Madison (18-21) coach Mike Helling to call two early timeouts. Fort Madison’s hitters couldn’t find open space with Fairfield playing stout defense. The Trojans’ front line was constantly misdirecting shots, with senior Hannah Greiner leading the way with two blocks.
“We did a nice job of holding down the middle,” Diers said, “which opened up our outside hitters.”
The second set was the toughest for the Trojans. It was tied at 16, but soon Fairfield would take control yet again.
Marisa Repp led the outside hitters with six kills. Madison Roberts chipped in with four. The middle hitters played powerfully as well, with Greiner getting eight kills and Molly Ryan getting three.
“We came together and really had a rhythm going as a team,” Greiner said.
Thursday also was senior night, and Diers was able to get all 10 of her senior players into the game.
Sydney Burnett led the squad in digs with 15. Repp was close behind with 14.
“It was just a good evening all the way around,” Diers said.
Fairfield now must look ahead to Oskaloosa, who they play on Monday in the first playoff game. Oskaloosa (4-30) is a young team with talent. Coach Diers said Oskaloosa has strong middle hitters and that the front line blocks well. A left handed right side hitter is another aspect of the team that the Trojans will need to prepare for. Fairfield has already beat Oskaloosa once this season.
“Hopefully our kids will be prepared,” Diers said.
The winner of the regional game will play Thursday in Tiffin against Clear Creek-Amana, who is ranked 15th in the state. If Fairfield could win that game, it’s possible that the Trojans could have a rematch with rival Mount Pleasant, who must first beat Keokuk and Solon to advance that far.