Trojans have successful night at quadFairfield beats Albia and IMS
The Trojans were down early.
After a 5-1 start by Albia in Thursday’s Fairfield quadrangular, Fairfield head coach Nancy Diers called a timeout.
“We started out slow, nervous,” Diers said. “We made a few, what I would call, beginner mistakes.”
Fairfield would counter after the timeout to even the score up at nine, only for Albia to go on a run again. The Trojans would lose the first game, but would win the next two and take the match.
Senior Marisa Repp led the team with 10 kills. Hannah Greiner and Madison Roberts each had six. Two of Greiner’s kills midway through the first game increased the Trojans’ intensity and gave the team confidence.
Eddyville-Blakesburg and IMS made the trip as well.
Fairfield played Eddyville-Blakesburg in the second game. The Rockets are ranked seventh in Iowa in 2A. The aggression and power of Eddyville-Blakesburg seemed to overpower Fairfield from the opening tip, resulting in two 21-15 game losses.
Senior Rocket Tasha Alexander slammed the ball over the net repeatedly.
“She is the third Alexander that has gone through there,” Diers said. “She has grown up watching her sisters do damage on the volleyball court.”
In the second game, Eddyville-Blakesburg junior Sadie Baugher was the dominant force, earning eight points on her own.
IMS was not as much of a problem for the Trojans. Fairfield dismissed IMS in straight sets by the score of 21-16 and 21-9. IMS seemed to have lost hope during the second game of the match.
“They lost their drive and we had some good shots,” Diers said. “We ended the night on a real positive note for us.”
Repp continued her strong performance with eight more kills against IMS. Greiner tacked on five of her own and McKenna Ledger had three.
Overall, Diers is pleased with what she saw out of her players.
“It was a very competitive tournament to start off the season,” Diers said. “We found out what players can handle ceratin situations. We learned a lot.”
The Trojans don’t play again until Thursday, when Mount Pleasant travels to Fairfield to start conference play.