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Trojan volleyball team has rough weekend in Ottumwa

Fairfield goes 1-3 on the day
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Sep 23, 2013

Only one word can describe Fairfield’s time at the Ottumwa Invite on Saturday.

“It was painful,” head coach Nancy Diers said. “You go in to a Saturday knowing it will be a long day, so you want to be as successful and productive as possible. Our day didn’t start out like that.”

The Trojans began playing at 8:30 a.m. against Eddyville. The team had a tough time adjusting to calls that didn’t go its way. The Trojans lost both sets, by the score of 21-8, 21-9. Hannah Greiner had three kills. Sydney Burnett and Kelsey Roberts led the team in assists with three.

Next up was Burlington.

“We were not playing the way Fairfield normally plays,” Diers said. “We were playing too cautious.”

Fairfield lost to Burlington in straight sets 21-18, 22-20. Marisa Repp led the team with six kills. McKenna Ledger and Molly Ryan each had a block.

The easiest match of the day came next. Fairfield defeated Centerville 21-17, 22-20. Greiner led the team with five kills, and she was followed closely by Repp with four and Madison Roberts with three.

Fairfield failed to advance further in the tournament because of its third loss of the day, which came at the hands of Washington. The Trojans had already beaten Washington this season, but after winning the first set Saturday it all went wrong.

“We just shut down,” Diers said.

Washington came back and won 18-25, 28-26, 15-8. Alexis Ring led the team in assists with nine.

Overall, the Trojans were 1-3 on the day. Their overall record fell to 8-5 and the Trojans have won 19 of the 31 sets they’ve played.

“We have to rebound quickly,” Diers said. “We have to be ready for a conference game on Tuesday against Keokuk.”

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