The Fairfield volleyball team improved to 26-4 overall and 7-1 in the SEC with a 3-0 win over Washington Thursday night at FHS, clinching the conference co-championship for the No. 13 ranked team in Class 4A with unranked Fort Madison.
Everyone was excited for senior night and we started a little slow,” admitted head coach Diana Drish, “but the girls did a good job of picking it up and going at them.”
The Trojans won the three games by scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-14 to claim their 20th straight match victory, dating back to Sept. 8 when the Trojans suffered three of their four losses on one day at Linn-Mar and all four in a four-day span having lost earlier in the week to the Bloodhounds.
“It was good to seal the deal with conference champs,” said senior Danae Drish.
“It will feel more real next week when we play our real last home game in the playoffs with Mt. Pleasant.”
As for a run at state, Danae doesn’t try to focus on it.
“It was one of the team’s goals since the beginning of the season, but too much pressure can build up so we take it day-by-day.” Fellow senior Kara Jeffrey was happy to see lots of friends and family in the crowd.
“It’s starting to settle in and it was good to have a packed gym, that helped,” said Jeffrey who is confident the team is hitting it’s stride.
“I think we are peaking now at the right time and we’re being strategical on where to place the ball and that will have a big roll in our success.”
Bryanna Popejoy did OK until she say her teammates.
“When I saw our younger kids crying. it started to set in that we’ll be leaving and starting our next chapter.
As for the constance comebacks, Popejoy thinks it’s fun.
“We are the cardiac kids because we like to give our fans a heart attack, but we don’t let anyone roll us over we keep fighting and never give up.”
The team is also not shying away from the big games that are coming soon, especially Popejoy.
“I think they will be surprised when they see us play and I’m not scared of them at all. It sounds cocky, but it’s just confidence and we’re ready to play.”
“We’re not quite looking at playoffs with home tournament this weekend, but we’ll start preparing for Mt. P next week,” said coach Drish.
“I’m confident that these girls have what it takes they just have to do it, we just need to avoid the little mistakes and we didn’t really have any tonight.”