Fairfield takes season series 2-1
With both Washington and Fairfield looking to break a season series deadlock of 1-1, it was the Trojans who started fast.
Fairfield (13-14) won the first set against conference rival Washington 25-9, and the next two sets. The Trojans wanted a victory before the Fairfield tournament, which begins Saturday. It seemed that even the student section, which was a sea of pink in honor of breast cancer awareness, was anxious for a win.
“We definitely needed it for ourselves to get our spirits up after a couple of tough losses,” said Fairfield senior Cheyanne Laux.
Laux, Sydney Burnett and the other Fairfield servers may have been the stars of the game. Laux was a perfect 19-19 serving. The team was 69-72 overall.
Washington didn’t have the same success, serving with nine errors on 32 serves.
“Only missing three serves meant we forced Washington to play the ball, which is what we wanted to do,” said Fairfield head coach Nancy Diers. “We wanted them to have to play great defense.”
The Demons (4-23) were hoping to build off their two wins Saturday at the Washington tournament.
“We started out slow and could never really pick it up after that,” said Washington coach Julianna Berg. The team had a total of 13 kills, 13 assists and one ace. Washington had 36 digs.
Marisa Repp led the Trojans at the net with 13 kills. Fairfield dug up returns from Washington, allowing the Trojans to set up plays. It also allowed the Trojans to jump out to big leads at the beginning of sets.
“We put ourselves at a disadvantage by starting down five, six, eight, 10 points back,” Berg said. “It’s hard to recover from that.”
Washington was scrappy during the second and third sets, forcing Fairfield hitters into spurts of poor ball placement. The third set began with a 9-7 lead for the Trojans, with the Demons right on their heels. Fairfield would prove to be too much in both of those sets, winning 25-15, 26-16.
Fairfield came into the game with four goals. It hoped to get back into the conference race, finish the game with a positive hitting percentage, perform well on serves, and improve the overall communication of the team. Diers believes the team accomplished all of those goals.
“We came out fired up,” said Diers. “All is happy… for now.”