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Trojans fall to Bloodhounds despite Drish’s heroic effort

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Sep 08, 2017
Photo by: CHRIS FAULKNER/Fort Madison Daily Democrat Ashtyn Drish had a career night against Fort Madison Tuesday. She led her team or was tied for the lead in hitting, assists, digs and blocks. Sadly, the Bloodhounds proved to be too much as they defeated the Trojans in straight sets.

FORT MADISON — The Fairfield varsity volleyball team ran into its toughest opponent thus far Tuesday when the Trojans traveled to Fort Madison. The Bloodhounds won all three sets by identical scores of 25-15. The loss was just the Trojans’ second of the year to go with their four victories.

Danae Drish was a perfect 9-9 in serves. Ashtyn Drish, who had a career day in many statistical categories, went 7-7. Grace Stever was 6-7 with an ace. Ashtyn was one of the team’s top hitters, too, going 13-14 with two kills. Julia Fritz went 8-8 with four kills. Alison Godwin added four kills.

Ashtyn Drish was the team-leader in assists with nine. Danae and Ashtyn tied for the lead in digs with 11. Kara Jeffrey had seven, and Bryanna Popejoy had six.

The leader in blocks was, again, Ashtyn Drish with three. Godwin and Fritz each had two.

Danae Drish went 14-16 in serve receive. Shaylin Drish was 9-10, and Kara Jeffrey went 4-4.

“We played hard tonight and with a lot of fight,” said Trojan coach Diana Drish. “There were some long volleys. Fort Madison was the better team tonight. They executed. We fought hard, [but we] need to execute.”

The girls’ next contest is a tournament Saturday morning at Burlington Notre Dame High School. Matches begin at 9 a.m.

Fairfield will be joined by Danville, Iowa City Regina, Keokuk, Louisa-Muscatine, Notre Dame, Pekin and West Burlington.

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