The Fairfield University volleyball team had a long weekend against University of California Irvine, Lafayette College and Sacred Heart University. The volleyball team attended the Sacred Heart University Invitational Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. They showed how they dominate on the court no matter who the opposing team is. 

After their impressive work at the invitational, the Stags brought home many victories. They beat UC Irvine and Lafayette but fell to Sacred Heart University. They brought home the 2-1 victory where they sadly split on the second day. 

Not only did the Stags bring home a handful of wins, but the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference awarded Fairfield’s players for their hard work. Two athletes, KJ Johnson ‘23 and Kyla Berg ‘24, received a weekly honor for the first time in their Fairfield career. 

Johnson did not show any mercy on the court. She was later named the MAAC Player of the Week, and flourished on the outside with 38 kills in total. She also led the weekend with 23 digs. 

“Getting MAAC player of the week was very exciting and I’m very grateful for that. I didn’t expect it but there’s no way I would have gotten it without my teammates,” Johnson stated when asked about the award. 

She did not disappoint her Stags with the impressive skills she displayed on the court. 

Sophomore Kyla Berg showed her competitive side on the court this week. Her skills were awarded by being selected as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Libero of the Week. 

Berg led the Volleyball team with the most digs as well as performing on the offensive side. Berg has a career-high total of 35 sets as a libero and defensive specialist in the 10 matches she has played in. 

The team has had an outstanding season so far this year. They continue to show their skills and morals on the court. As Johnson stated, “[my] goals for the rest of the season would be to continue to compete at a high level with my team and win the conference and then keep going to the NCAA tournament.”

Fairfield currently has a record of 5-6. 

The Stags will be traveling to Buffalo, New York to face Canisius College on Saturday, Sept. 25. They will continue to show their impeccable sportsmanship and athleticism throughout the rest of the season. 

All students are invited to attend the Stag Volleyball games this year located at the Fairfield University Fieldhouse. Make sure to download the Stags in the Stands app to quickly secure tickets. 

Please be considerate of those around you and be sure to have your mask on! 

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