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Trojans go 2-1 in home quad

By By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Aug 25, 2017
Grace Stever

The Trojan varsity volleyball team started its season Thursday night by going 2-1 in its home quadrangular meet, the Steve Heisel Quad.

The competition consisted of Albia, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Iowa Mennonite School. Matches were best of three sets.

Fairfield was perfect in its first two matches of the night. The girls handled Albia with ease as they defeated the Lady Dees 25-13 and 25-10.

The contest against EBF looked like it might be just as easy as the Trojans took the first game 25-13. The Rockets turned the second game into a marathon. In volleyball, just as in other net-sports such as tennis, the victor must win by two. EBF put up a good fight, but ultimately the Trojans proved to be too much as they won the game 36-34.

The Trojans’ only blemish of the night came against IMS. Fairfield opened with a 25-21 win in Game 1, but the Mennonites responded with a 25-23 victory in Game 2. IMS got the better of the Trojans in the deciding Game 3, 15-7.

Kara Jeffrey went 29-30 in serving to go with two aces. Grace Stever went 25-28 with five aces. Danae Drish went 26-28 and Ashtyn Drish was 21-24.

Alison Godwin was Fairfield’s top hitter that evening as she collected 21 kills on 35-40 hitting. Jeffrey had 15 kills, going 38-47. Ashtyn Drish racked up 14 on 24-27.

Jeffrey led the team in assists with 26. Ashtyn Drish had 21. Julia Fritz and Stever each had four.

Danae Drish was the team leader in digs with 64. Bryanna Popejoy and Jeffrey tied with 17. Ashtyn Drish had 16, and Jillian Dunlap finished with 15.

Godwin was the top blocker as she swatted back eight balls from the competition. Fritz had four, and Stever and Jeffrey each had a pair.

Danae Drish was the leader in serve-receive, going 29-32. Ashtyn Drish went 8-11 in that category.

“The girls played very well for their opening night,” said Trojan head coach Diana Drish. “We had a great crowd and energy was high.”

The volleyball team’s next match is Tuesday in Keokuk. The freshmen and JV play at 5:45 p.m., and the varsity game will follow at about 7 p.m.

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