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Trojan volleyball celebrates 2017

By Justin Webster | Nov 07, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster/Ledger Photo Varsity winners from left to right are, front row: Shaylin Drish, Bryanna Popejoy, Danae Drish, Alie Kensett and Ashtyn Drish. Back row: Kristen Daugherty, Julia Fritz, Alison Godwin and Kara Jeffrey.

Sunday night the Fairfield Trojan volleyball program celebrated its freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams with a banquet in their honor.

Coaches Ron and Diana Drish and Vicki Rebling hosted the event in the high school commons with food, videos, memories shared and awards handed out.

Coach Ron Drish leads the freshman team and talked about his responsibility to teach the girls the game as it’s expected to be played all the way up to the top level.

JV coach Vicki Rebling, who played for the Trojans during her high school days, echoed the sentiment about the programs coaches responsibility to make sure the Fairfield strategy is being implemented from the top down.

The Fairfield freshmen struggled a bit early in the season, but Coach Ron said that he was proud of his team’s growth during 2017 and respected their ability to come together as a team later in the year.

Members of the team include: Erica Bachman; Phoebe Fiedler; Bailey Hird; Olivia Jones; Lauren Kraemer; Sophie Miller; Claire Pettit; Emma Sanner; Abby Schaefer; McKayla Taylor and Sophie Wallerich.

Hustle Award: Olivia Jones

Spirit Award: Phoebe Fiedler

Defensive MVP: Lauren Kraemer

Offensive MVP: Olivia Jones

Most Improved: Emma Sanner


The junior varsity team is led by Trojan alum Vicki Rebling whose daughter Allison plays on the team.

Allison’s teammates are: Shaylin Drish; Carly Ferrel; Lily Hoskins; Lindy Kaska; Callie Ledger; Gracee Lisk; Olivia McClaran; Chloe Stever; Grace Stever and Rachel Thomas.

The team finished the year 18-9 overall and 8-0 in conference play, losing only one game versus SEC competition.


Hustle Award: Gracee Lisk and Lily Hoskins

Spirit Award: Rachel Thomas

Defensive MVP: Olivia McClaran

Offensive MVP: Chloe Stever

Most Improved: Lindy Kaska


Fairfield’s varsity volleyball team did very well in 2017, finishing with an overall record of 25-9, pushing Fort Madison to the brink in their final match of the season.

Coach Diana Drish says her team left everything they had on the floor in Fort Madison and that’s all she can ask for from her squad.

Coach Drish will lose three key seniors from her team that went 6-2 in SEC play this season, but will return four juniors honored by the conference as either first or second-team all-conference selections.


MVP: Kara Jeffrey

Most Improved: Shaylin Drish

Hustle Award: Bryanna Popejoy

Spirit Award: Julia Fritz

Best Defensive Player: Danae Drish

Best Offensive: Alison Godwin

Captains Award: Ashtyn Drish, Kristen Daugherty and Alie Kensett


SEC All-Conference Honorees

1st team

Danae Drish, Jr.

Alison Godwin, Jr.

Kara Jeffrey, Jr.


2nd team

Ashtyn Drish, Sr.

Julia Fritz, Jr.


Fairfield’s Kara Jeffrey was also named the 2017 Southeast Conference Player of the Year.

Just a junior, Jeffrey played in all 81 sets for the Trojans while recording 186 kills and a 93 percent serve efficiency with 32 aces.

She also had 237 assists, 207 digs and 26 blocks.

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