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Trojan volleyball continues area dominance

Danae Drish is a two-time all-GTNS selection and will sign to play college volleyball in Nebraska this afternoon.
Danae Drish is a two-time all-GTNS selection and will sign to play college volleyball in Nebraska this afternoon.
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The Fairfield volleyball team finished the 2018 campaign with 31 wins overall, including a 7-1 conference record that led to a co-championship with Fort Madison.

After defeating the Bloodhounds on the road in the regional semifinals, Fairfield advanced to it’s first regional final since 2015 where they fell to Cedar Rapids Xavier, the eventual state runner-up in Class 4A.

Along with five players and a coach selected to the all-GTNS team, Fairfield had seven girls recognized by the SEC for their play and 16 more recognized for their academic performance.

Diana Drish, Coach, Fairfield

Drish is 76-27 overall in three seasons as the Trojans skipper, including a 19-5 mark in the Southeast Conference regular season, with her first title coming this year after taking over for Hall of Fame coach Nancy Diers in 2016.

Drish has improved her team’s winning percentage each season as well, from .636 in year one to .727 in her second campaign before posting an awesome .838 mark this year with a 31-6 record overall and a 7-1 mark in the SEC that resulted in a co-championship. 18 players have received all-SEC recognition under Drish for their play, including eight first-team selections with an additional 36 student-athletes being recognized as all-conference academic honorees. This is the third all-GTNS selection for Coach Drish.

Captain

Kara Jeffrey, Sr., Fairfield

Jeffrey was a second-team all-SEC selection as a sophomore and a first-team choice the past two seasons, including receiving player of the year honors in 2017.

Jeffrey had 254 kills in 99 sets played in 2018 with a 94-percent serve efficiency and 46 aces. The senior also had 325 assists, 217 digs and 17 blocks. This is the third all-GTNS volleyball selection for Jeffrey who also captained the team last year.

Danae Drish, Sr., Fairfield

Drish was an all-SEC honorable mention as a freshman, a second-team selection as a sophomore and finished her varsity career with two first-team seasons that included a stellar senior campaign that left her as a coin-flip for captain. Drish had a 95-percent serve efficiency in over 450 attempts with 48 aces and also added 50 assists. As the team Libero for both the Trojans and the all-GTNS team, Drish recorded 569 digs which was second in Class 4A. This is the second all-GTNS selection for Drish who will sign her letter of intent to play volleyball in Nebraska this afternoon.

Alison Godwin, Sr., Fairfield

Godwin followed up a second-team all-SEC season as a sophomore with back to back first team campaigns in 2017-18. The senior hitter led the Trojans and the conference with 337 kills, a .423 kill efficiency and 3.40 kills per set. Godwin had an .860 serve efficiency with 31 aces, 51 digs and 65 blocks to round out her senior stat line. This is the third all-GTNS volleyball selection for Godwin.

Jillian Dunlap, Sr., Fairfield

Dunlap was a second-team all-conference selection this season after posting a .947 serve efficiency with 17 aces. She was also second on the Trojans with 243 digs which was fifth among all SEC players. This is the first all-GTNS selection for Dunlap who was selected as a defensive specialist.

Lily Hoskins, Sr., Fairfield

Hoskins was a second-team all-SEC selection thanks to her .941 serve efficiency with 15 aces paired with a team-high 363 assists that was second most in the conference. This is the first all-GTNS selection for Hoskins who was selected as a defensive specialist.

Sadie Carrasco, Sr., Mt. Pleasant

The Panther volleyball team didn’t have a great year as a team, but they were strong down the middle thanks to senior hitter Sadie Carrasco.

Despite missing a handful of games with an injury, Carrasco led the team with 104 kills. She was also second on the team with 46 blocks, and finished the year with a .877 serving efficiency, with 17 aces.

Isabel Bailey, Sr., Washington

Bailey’s prowess at the net and in the back row helped the Demons achieve a double-digit win total for the first time since 2012. Bailey made First Team All-Southeast Conference where she was sixth in kills per set at 1.83. She led the Demons in kills at 157. She was third on the Demons in digs with 148. She was third on the Demons in blocks with 22, with 10 solo stops. She successfully served 156 of 169 attempts for a .923 efficiency.

The all-GTNS team is selected by Justin Webster of The Fairfield Ledger, Andy Krutsinger of the Mt. Pleasant News and Doug Brenneman of the Washington Evening Journal.