Lady Mules Clinch Conference Title With Room To Spare

With wins over Johnston City and Hamilton County, the Fairfield Lady Mules have improved to 24-1 overall, and 7-0 in the Black Diamond-East, as Chet Snyder’s volleyball squad continues to roll along in their best start to a season ever.

With every other team in the division already with three losses, the Mule gals have already clinched at least a share of the BDC title, which is Fairfield’s eighth in 17 years in the league. One more league win would give them their first outright title since 2009, however. They have been co-champs their last three times, once with Edwards County (last year) and twice with Hamilton County.

Fairfield won at Johnston City Tuesday, 25-16, 25-19, then knocked off Hamilton County at home Thursday, 25-12, 25-17. The Lady Mules have only dropped one set in conference play.

The Lady Foxes hung with Fairfield early in the opening set, and trailed just 13-11. Nadia Reid had a block to send libero Lexi Hobbs to the service line. The senior captain then ripped off five straight points for Fairfield, with two kills each by Reid and Jacklyn Simms.

The Lady Foxes ended the surge with a point to trail 19-12, but then Fairfield scored six points in a row on Macayle Snyder’s serve. She had an ace, while Simms and Reid had kills.

The second set was also back and forth early, with the two rivals playing to a tie at nine. Chloe Britton carried the early load on offense with four kills in Fairfield’s nine points, while Simms had two.

Fairfield then started trading 2-for-1 runs to build a 19-15 lead before scoring four in a row to take control. Snyder dumped a set in the middle of the defense to start the surge, and Kylie Stewart had two straight aces.

They traded the final four points, with Fairfield adding kills by Britton and Simms.

Simms finished with 11 kills to lead the offense. Britton had six and Reid had five. Snyder, Callie Vaughan, Leah Bowers and Makana Reid each had one kill.

Stewart finished with three aces and Britton had two. Bowers had five blocks, Vaughan and Reid each had two and Simms had one.

Fairfield has won 15 straight matches, with three conference games on tap this week. They will host Edwards County tonight (Monday) for the annual Volley For The Cure Night. They are at Eldorado Tuesday and will host Carmi Thursday.


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