Sports

Trojan volleyball says goodbye tonight

Senior Fairfield volleyball team members are, from left, Danae Drish, Olivia Roberts, Kara Jeffrey, Alison Godwin, Julia Fritz, Alexis Jones, Jillian Dunlap Bryanna Popejoy and manager Bailey Travis.
Senior Fairfield volleyball team members are, from left, Danae Drish, Olivia Roberts, Kara Jeffrey, Alison Godwin, Julia Fritz, Alexis Jones, Jillian Dunlap Bryanna Popejoy and manager Bailey Travis.
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The Fairfield volleyball team will say goodbye to it’s eight playing members of the 2019 senior class and it’s manager tonight before their final regular season home match of the season at 7 p.m. with Southeast Conference rival Washington.

“This group of seniors has a special place in my heart,” explained head coach Diana Drish, whose daughter Danae is one of tonight’s honored seniors.

“I have known most of them since kindergarten and they have all spent time at my house on multiple occasions. They have a special bond that I know they will treasure forever. Ron and I started coaching them in volleyball in fourth grade with the Albia league and then the Fairfield Attack club team until they were 13. I couldn’t wait for them to get to high school as I knew they would dominate. As freshman I was there coach and dominate they did! Now as seniors I am still there coach and they are dominating again.”

Let’s meet the Class of 2019 Trojan volleyball seniors

Olivia Roberts

Parents: Mike and Teresa

Siblings: Kelsey Roberts

Activities: Volleyball, Track and Choir

Favorite class or teacher: Math

A non-volleyball moment from high school: I went on a trip to Panama.

Go-to meal next year at college: Ice cream

Music you and your parents like: My dad and I like rock and my mom likes country

Special talent OR something no one should ever ask you to do: Reading. I can read many books in one day.

College plans if any and major: Coe College and major in accounting with a minor in business or economics.

What is Trojan Pride to you? Treating people how you want to be treated and respecting others.

Bailey Travis

Parents: Josh and Dawn

Siblings: none

Activities: Dance and Drill and mentoring

Favorite class or teacher: Lots, but my all-time favorite was my kindergarten teacher, Leslie Freeman.

A non-volleyball moment from high school: Placing second at state dance in 2017

Go-to meal next year at college: Ramen noodles or cafeteria

Music you and your parents like: All kinds

Special talent OR something no one should ever ask you to do: No one should ever ask me to sing

College plans and major: Attend a college that is currently undecided, but I am interested in majoring in school psychology or elementary school counseling.

What is Trojan Pride to you? Trojan Pride to me is always being respectful towards one another, being honest at all times and making the most of each day.

Danae Drish

Parents: Ron and Diana

Siblings: Drake and Dalton

Activities: Volleyball (FHS and travel), Track, mentoring and FBLA

Favorite class or teacher: US History Mrs. Meyers

A non-volleyball moment from high school: state track freshman year as alternate

Go-to meal next year at college: Homemade Mac and Cheese

Music you and your parents like: Country. Dan and Shay, Old Dominion

Special talent OR something no one should ever ask you to do: Bend tongue into four-leaf clover

College plans and major: Committed to University of Nebraska Kearney to play volleyball and study elementary education

What is Trojan Pride to you? Representing your school in a good way and having school spirit.

Bryanna Popejoy

Parents: Rachel and Joe Kruzich

Siblings: none

Activities: volleyball, soccer, FBLA, FCA, student council, NHS and mentoring

Favorite class or teacher: Ms. Pollet, she has a good classroom environment

A non-volleyball moment from high school: I had to be drug into the high school by Joe on the first day of ninth grade while I was crying and begging him to take me back to middle school.

Go-to meal next year at college: microwavable pot stickers

Music you and your parents like: anything on the radio and we blare music at home like “old 90s music”

Special talent OR something no one should ever ask you to do: I’m funny, but I don’t mean to be.

College plans and major: University of Iowa or Illinois to study civil and environmental engineering

What is Trojan Pride to you? Doing the right thing when nobody is looking and always speaking well of your school. Having your actions match your words is really what Trojan Pride is.

Kara Jeffrey

Parents: Stacy and Jeremy

Siblings: Kyle and Jake

Activities: volleyball, basketball and track

Favorite class or teacher: Ms. Pollet because she is a really cool lady that does activities that relate to what we are learning.

A non-volleyball moment from high school: The feeling of running onto the court during state basketball last earlier this year.

Go-to meal next year at college: Cereal like Special K or frozen pizza.

Music you and your parents like: My mom and I like Post Malone

Special talent OR something no one should ever ask you to do: I can’t do anything else besides play volleyball. No one should ever ask me to dance.

College plans and major: looking at Iowa State for Marine Biology

What is Trojan Pride to you? Acting for your town and not just for yourself and standing up for others and being kind.

Alison Godwin

Parents: John and Sarah

Siblings: Kyle

Activities: volleyball (FHS and travel), FBLA, FCA and mentoring

Favorite class or teacher: It was Mrs. Goudy but she left and I’m really sad

A non-volleyball moment from high school: everything with homecoming this year

Go-to meal next year at college: lots of frozen pizza

Music you and your parents like: 2000s pop

Special talent OR something no one should ever ask you to do: No one should ask me to sing

College plans and major: Hannibal-LeGrange for elementary education

What is Trojan Pride to you? Being respectful and responsible for your actions.

Julia Fritz

Parents: Joseph and Lori

Siblings: Michael and Sophia

Activities: volleyball, track, FBLA, FCA, National Honors Society, student council, speech team, choir and band

Favorite class or teacher: Mrs. Goudy and psychology

A non-volleyball moment from high school: going to Europe with band and choir and loving Swiss mountains

Go-to meal next year at college: Scrambled and cheesy eggs

Music you and your parents like: Dad likes 70s rock and mom like contemporary

Special talent OR something no one should ever ask you to do: Singing is my one talent that isn’t weird, not that I have weird talents. No one should ask me to help with math or science homework.

College plans and major: UNI for communications

What is Trojan Pride to you? Being proud of your community and representing that in and out of school.

Jillian Dunlap

Parents: Marci and Brian

Siblings: Anna

Activities: volleyball, basketball, track, FBLA and student council

Favorite class or teacher: Art and Mr. Kraemer. Also science.

A non-volleyball moment from high school: Winning at North Scott to make it to state in basketball, I’ll never forget that.

Go-to meal next year at college: popcorn, salted and buttered.

Music you and your parents like: All music. Mom plays Garth Brooks a lot in the kitchen.

Special talent OR something no one should ever ask you to do: Drawing and painting

College plans and major: Iowa State for Industrial Design

What is Trojan Pride to you? Being proud of attending Fairfield High.

Alexis Jones

Parents: Amy Reinier and Phil Jones

Siblings: Bryanna and Brooklyn Reinier, Hunter and Ransley Jones

Activities: volleyball, track, student council, FBLA and FCA

Favorite class or teacher: Advanced art with Mr. Kraemer

A non-volleyball moment from high school: State track in the distance medley freshman year

Go-to meal next year at college: Chicken Ramen or frozen pizza

Music you and your parents like: Everything. My dad and I like pop and my mom like country

Special talent OR something no one should ever ask you to do: I like to run and have long strides. I prefer 200s, NO 400s!

College plans and major: Iowa State or Upper Iowa to study computer forensics.

What is Trojan Pride to you? How you represent your town when you’re in other places and showing them how great of a community Fairfield is and how close we are together.

Final thoughts from head coach/Mom Diana Drish

“I am sure there will be many tears on our senior night. Lots of love will fill the gym and MANY of us will be crying. I will be crying as a parent not only to Danae, but to all nine of these girls. I am not ready to say goodbye to them yet and I hope it won’t be for a another month that I say goodbye to them as high school volleyball athletes. I love coaching and this senior class is a great reminder of why I love coaching. One goal. One team. One family fits them perfectly.