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Fairfield volleyball plays tough opponents in Oskaloosa

Trojans defeated Oskaloosa in a playoff preview
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Oct 14, 2013

The Fairfield volleyball team faced stout competition Saturday at the Oskaloosa Invite.

Fairfield (12-14) left the tournament with four losses and only one win, but that doesn’t take into account some of the teams it played.

“We had our moments,” Fairfield coach Nancy Diers said. “It was up and down.”

Grundy Center, who won the tournament, is 25-8 on the season. North Polk, another team that vanquished the Trojans, is now 20-9.

Fairfield began the day against Marshalltown and fell 7-21, 21-15, 11-15.

“We started out slow but we played a real nice second and third game,” Diers said.

Madison Roberts led the team in kills with five. Hannah Greiner and Marisa Repp each chipped in with four kills and one block.

Oskaloosa, the team in which the Trojans will host in the first round of the 4A District 8 playoffs on Oct. 28, came up next.

“They wanted to play well and send a message,” Diers said.

Fairfield’s middle hitters put pressure on Oskaloosa, while the defensive backcourt continually dug out Oskaloosa’s serve and spike attempts. The Trojans won by the score of 21-13, 20-22, 15-4. Kelsey Roberts went on a 12-0 serving run in the third set that put that game on ice.

The rest of the afternoon did not treat the Trojans nicely. North Polk and Grundy Center each defeated Fairfield in two sets. Sydney Burnett led the team in digs with 10 against Grundy Center and 12 against North Polk.

The Trojans finished up the day against Ottumwa. The team seemed to run out of gas after a dominant first set, and lost the match 25-17, 17-25, 6-15.

“Our young players are coming around,” Diers said. “We have to get more consistent with our outside hitting.”

Looking forward, the Trojans will be a player down for the rest of the season. Setter Alexis Ring is now sidelined. Ring, who has been fighting a back issue, aggravated it again and will not play again this year.

Fairfield has conference foe Washington coming to town Tuesday.


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