Fairfield Lady Lions volleyball preview


By Ryan Applegate - rapplegate@aimmedianetwork.com



The Fairfield Lady Lions try to secure a point during the Spike and Dig Tournament held at Hillsboro High School.


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The Fairfield Lady Lions practice setting and hitting.


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The Fairfield Lady Lions practice volleys at Fairfield High School.


Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

The Fairfield High School Lady Lions volleyball team started their season on August 19 when they traveled to Hillsboro High School to participate in the Spike and Dig Tournament. The Lady Lions will visit the McClain Lady Tigers on September 11 in a cross county matchup. Fairfield will close their season on the road against Southern Hills Athletic Conference rival the Fayetteville Lady Rockets on October 9.

The Lady Lions will feature two seniors, five juniors, one sophomore, and one freshmen. The team is coached by Megan Young who returns as the varsity coach for the second year.

“Last season we worked on correcting fundamentals that needed fixed. This year we are working more on getting the ball to the setter and getting our sets accurate so we can have better hits. One other goal that we are working towards adding jump serves to all the girls’ games.”, said Young.

Young was pleased with the team last year but is looking for improvement this season, “My varsity team went from winning two games the year before I arrived to winning five last season. My goal is to do significantly better this season record wise.”

“Last year was a little chaotic because I kind of jumped into it in the middle of the summer. This year I know all the girls and the freshmen that are coming up I had in seventh grade. So, now I know everyone’s skill level from grades nine through twelve.”, Young said. “It helps me pinpoint what fundamentals I need to work on in each practice. It also lets me reflect on what position they will play.”

Coach Young is looking to her two seniors and her junior setter to step into leadership roles with this season’s team. “Blake is excellent at leading a team along with my other senior Ciara. Kami does an excellent job of setting for the team and this year she will also be a hitter for the team.”

“The team did significantly better at the Hillsboro night league. I feel that the season is going to go even better this year. Last year they had they mentality that they were going to lose because they had lost a lot in the previous years. They have the drive and motivation that they are going to win. That has been exceptional this summer, they had wins. It completely turned their mood around about volleyball. I think that will drive them to be a better team.”, said Young.

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The Fairfield Lady Lions try to secure a point during the Spike and Dig Tournament held at Hillsboro High School.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/08/web1_Fairfield-Volley-Preview-3.jpgThe Fairfield Lady Lions try to secure a point during the Spike and Dig Tournament held at Hillsboro High School. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

The Fairfield Lady Lions practice setting and hitting.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/08/web1_Fairfield-Volleyball-Pre-2.jpgThe Fairfield Lady Lions practice setting and hitting. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

The Fairfield Lady Lions practice volleys at Fairfield High School.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/08/web1_Fairfield-Volleyball-Preview-1.jpgThe Fairfield Lady Lions practice volleys at Fairfield High School. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

By Ryan Applegate

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