Trojans go 3-2 in weekend tourney
OSKALOOSA – The Trojans played in a marathon tournament Saturday in Oskaloosa in which they played five matches.
The tourney went rather well for the Trojans as they came away with a 3-2 record and a fifth place trophy. The morning did not start well for Fairfield as the Trojans dropped their first two matches. Gilbert, a small school north of Ames, played the Trojans tough and prevailed in a close third and final game to take the match 2-1 (21-15, 11-21, 15-13).
Fairfield had a much tougher time with Oskaloosa as the Trojans fell 21-10 and 21-12. It looked like the Trojans’ woes would continue as they lost their opening game to Ottumwa 9-21. They rebounded by winning the second 21-15 and held on in the final game 17-15. The Trojans rolled over Saydel 21-4 and 21-12 to set up a rematch with Ottumwa in the Silver Bracket Finals. The Trojans bested the Bulldogs a second time, 21-18, 21-13.
“The girls played very well today,” said Trojan head coach Diana Drish. “They fought hard all day. We saw them fight for each point, something we have been working on all season. There were a lot of great teams at this tournament, and a lot of really close sets. We saw some great volleyball today.”
After the Trojans took care of business against Ottumwa the second time through, the varsity squad cheered on their junior varsity teammates, who were playing in the championship match, which they won.
Ashtyn Drish was one of the Trojans’ top servers as she went 47-48 with four aces. Kaylee Watson went 45-46 from the service line to go with three aces. Danae Drish was 25-27 with two aces. Brooke McLain had two aces on 23-25 serving.
Alison Godwin smashed 26 kills on 58-68 hitting. Shelby Heston went 55-67 with 23 kills. Kara Jeffrey was the third in a trio of offensive juggernauts for Fairfield as she went 56-60 with 22 kills. Natalie Angstead pitched in nine kills.
Ashtyn Drish led the team in assists with 45. Kara Jeffrey had 29. Watson was the top digger with 45 saves. Danae Drish had 38 digs, while Jeffrey had 28, Ashtyn Drish chipped in 27 and McLain contributed 19. Godwin was the lead blocker with six, followed by Julia Fritz with five and Heston with three. Danae Drish led the team in serve receive percentage with 66.
The Trojans next match is 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Washington.