Trojans down Demons quicklyFairfield improves before hosting invite
The Trojans started fast, hoping to forget about a weekend filled with powerful teams and tough breaks.
Fairfield (13-14) won the first set against conference rival Washington 25-9, and would soon take the next two sets as well. The Trojans wanted a victory before the Fairfield tournament, which commences Saturday. It seemed that even the student section, which was a sea of pink in honor of breast cancer awareness, was anxious for a win.
“We definitely needed it for ourselves to get our spirits up after a couple of tough losses,” said Fairfield senior Cheyanne Laux.
Laux, Sydney Burnett and the other Fairfield servers may have been the stars of the game. Laux was a perfect 19-19 serving. The team was 69-72 overall.
“Only missing three serves meant we forced Washington to play the ball,” Fairfield coach Nancy Diers said, “which is what we wanted to do. We wanted them to have to play great defense.”
The Demons (4-23) were hoping to build off their two wins from Saturday at the Washington tournament.
“We started out slow and could never really pick it up after that,” Washington coach Julianna Berg said.
Marisa Repp led the Trojans at the net with 13 kills. Fairfield easily dug the returns from Washington, allowing the Trojans to set up plays and spike the ball with regularity. It also allowed the Trojans to jump out to big leads at the beginning of sets.
“We put ourselves at a disadvantage by starting down five, six, eight, 10 points back,” Berg said. “It’s hard to recover from that.”
Washington was scrappy during the second and third sets, forcing Fairfield hitters into spurts of poor ball placement. The third set began with a 9-7 lead for the Trojans, with the Demons right on their heels. Fairfield would prove to be too much in both of those sets, winning 25-15, 26-16.
Fairfield came into the game with four goals. It hoped to get back into the conference race, finish the game with a positive hitting percentage, perform well on serves, and improve the overall communication of the team. Diers believes the team accomplished all of those goals.
“We came out fired up,” said Diers. “All is happy… for now.”