The Fairfield volleyball team was pushed a bit Thursday night at Mt. Pleasant, but when you?re 4-0 without losing a game and ranked No.12 in the state, you?re expected to bend without breaking and that?s exactly what the Trojans did in their 3-0 sweep of the Panthers.
Fairfield had to hold on at the end for a 25-23 victory, something that Head Coach Diana Drish felt was key to avoiding an upset.
?It was definitely very important to finish out the first set with a win,? said Drish, ?The girls knew they needed to come out and go like they?re supposed to in set two, and put it away.?
Put it away they did, as the Trojans dominated the second set and took a 2-0 lead with a 25-8 victory that all but secured the match for Fairfield.
?I do have some of the best hitters in the conference,? admitted Drish. ?I also have the best defense in the conference, and I think my setters are doing a good job moving the ball around, which keeps the opposing team on their heels.?
The Panthers were not going to sit down at home and give their SEC rivals a free conference road win.
?Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield are definitely big rivals,? stated Drish. ?It?s always not my favorite place to come to, just because it?s a rival. I?ve been in this gym for over 30 years and it?s a fun conference rival, but we always come out ready to get the win.?
The Trojans battled a little longer than they hoped, but walked away with a 25-19 set three victory that improved their overall record to 5-0 and their set record to 12-0 as they prepare for their next match.
?We are now going to be 100-percent focused on our next match Tuesday night against Fort Madison,? said Drish, ?Friday at practice we?re going to make sure that we fix the things that we didn?t execute tonight. The girls are very excited for that match.?
Danae Drish 13-13 with three aces
Alison Godwin 16-18 with three aces
Grace Stever 12-13 with an ace
Godwin 16-16 with 11 kills
Kara Jeffrey 18-22 with 11 kills
Julia Fritz 12-15 with eight kills
Bryanna Popejoy eight
Lily Hoskins 17
Jeffrey, Fritz and Stever one each
Drish 19-21 90-percent
Jillian Dunlap 5-7 71-percent
The Fairfield junior varsity volleyball team lost in three games with scores of 24-26, 25-10 and 7-15.
The ninth graders swept the Panthers with 25-19 and 27-25 set victories.
Brynley Allison was 8-8 with five aces, Ellie Anderson had three kills, Sarah McAvan had four assists, Anna Dunlap had 13 digs and Mallory Lyon had a block, all team highs.
The Trojans will host Fort Madison on Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside the FHS gym.