Trojans go 1-3 at Burlington tourney
BURLINGTON – The Trojan varsity volleyball team had been performing rather well in tournaments to start the season, but the girls ran into a road bump Saturday when they dropped three of four matches at the Burlington Tournament.
Davis County got the better of the Trojans to open the tourney by downing Fairfield 21-16 and 21-18. In their next match with the hosts, Fairfield won the first game 24-22, lost the second 21-15 and narrowly dropped the third 15-21.
Fairfield came out blazing against Mt. Pleasant in the third match as they cruised to a 21-7 victory in game one. The Panthers rebounded for a 21-17 victory in game two, but the Trojans had the last laugh in the game three, winning 15-4. In Fairfield’s final match, Galesburg looked very strong as it kept the Trojans at bay by winning by scores of 21-13 and 21-8.
“The girls played some really close sets,” said Trojan head coach Diana Drish. “Kristen Daugherty came off the bench and did really well for us.”
Ashtyn Drish was 36-37 in serving with two aces. Danae Drish went 30-31 with two aces. Brooke McLain was a perfect 27-27 with one ace. Kaylee Watson went 22-22 with two aces. Kara Jeffrey was 20-21 with one ace.
Jeffrey went 48-60 in hitting to go with 25 kills. Alison Godwin was 49-56 with 18 kills. Shelby Heston posted a 35-48 mark with 14 kills. Julia Fritz went 29-35 with 11 kills. Natalie Angstead had six kills and Ashtyn Drish finished with five.
Ashtyn Drish led the team in assists with 43. Jeffrey had 14 and Lily Hoskins had nine. Watson was the top digger as she saved 46 balls. Danae Drish dug out 35, Ashtyn Drish had 24 and McLain pitched in with 21.
Watson had a serve receive percentage of 76 as she returned 32 of the 42 balls to her. McLain was 24-33 in that department while Danae Drish was 24-36. Ashtyn Drish had four blocks to lead the team. Godwin and Heston each had three. Jeffrey had two and Fritz had one.
“Lily [Hoskins] jumped up to help set and Jillian Dunlap provided backup defense for us,” said the coach. “We’re looking forward to Mt. Pleasant [today].”
The Trojans’ matchup with the Panthers starts with a junior varsity game at 5:45 p.m. followed by the varsity game at Fairfield High School.