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Trojans triple the victories on opening night

By Justin Webster | Aug 24, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Fairfield volleyball coach Diana Drish waits for the signal from the referee to continue play after some confusion with both the score and substitutions. Two seconds later the coach did a little jig dance to lighten the mood for her players.

The Fairfield volleyball team went 3-0 Thursday at FHS against Albia, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Iowa Mennonite School.


The Trojans won their first match with game scores of 25-15 and 25-11 over the Lady Dees.


This is the matchup that Coach Drish felt was the most beneficial to the team. Last season, the Rockets pushed FHS to the brink with a 34-32 game before the Trojans came out victorious.

“I think the girls were ready to play them after last year and they gave us a good run, but we handled it and moved on,” said Drish.


Scores were 25-13 for both games in the final match of the night for the Trojans.

Afterwards, Trojan Danae Drish said, “We had a good showing tonight and showed that we can play at the top of our game even though we were tired toward the end.”

The senior went on to explain, “Our enthusiasm was really good and our communication went well from front to back and between me and the centers, plus, our offense is clicking earlier than it normally would, which is good.”

Late in the game there was a mixup with the score and substitutions. The score was a miscommunication between the table and the ref, but the sub issue stemmed from the FHS bench.

“We just had a mixup because we were able to play subs that don’t normally come in,” said Danae.

Diana explained further, “I am a perfectionist and hold the kids to a high standard, but they just got mixed up and when I explained it, they understood what happened.”

Danae and Diana both believe the team is on the pace they need to be. However, neither is satisfied with the status quo.

The younger Drish is looking at Central, Nebraska-Kearney and Dubuque for college, but volleyball won’t necessarily be the deciding factor.

“Not everything is about volleyball and I want to find a good school that fits me,” shared the Trojans libero, who is interested in a future in elementary education.

Fellow senior Jill Dunlap was also impressed with the team’s attitude and said everyone was “really upbeat.”

She added that part of the early natural flow to the teams play is due to the seniors and underclassmen playing as one and she’s looking to keep that positive juju going into her final year.

“I’m looking forward to just being with friends and making it a year to remember,” said the senior who is considering studying Industrial Design at Iowa State.

As for the play on the court, Coach Drish said that Danae did well defensively, receiving and digging the serves and serving herself. Outside setter Kara Jeffrey “got some good sets and hits off” while Bryanna Popejoy provided “great enthusiasm” and Alison Godwin doubled up with “good swings and great blocks.”

Next for the Trojans is a home match Tuesday against Keokuk to start SEC play.

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