Fairfield Welcomes Change at K-State
Weighing all options, she quickly found Kansas State was just the place for her.
"The biggest factor for me was that it's really close to home. My parents can come watch me; they can come visit whenever," said Fairfield, "and not only is the volleyball program good, but the school is also. I'm really excited for all that."
The 5-foot-7 defensive specialist/libero from Grain Valley, Missouri, said she is right where she wants to be, and, after a spending the summer training with K-State, she's ready to make an impact on the Wildcat volleyball team.
"I'm really competitive," began Fairfield about her playing style. "I'm not usually that girl that's going to be super loud, but I'm always there encouraging my teammates and let them know that they're doing a good job."
At Grain Valley High School, Fairfield was named to the All-Missouri Class 3 Second Team as a senior in 2013 and was an all-state honorable mention in 2011 and 2012. She helped lead her team to a district title and reach the state tournament in three straight seasons (2011-13), while she was a three-time all-district selection.
"Volleyball is an escape away from everything else," Fairfield said. "When I'm out on the court, nothing else matters. I just love volleyball."
Now at K-State, Fairfield's passion for the game is about to climb to a whole new level. She's been to Ahearn Field House on a match day as a fan, but said she can't wait to get on the court now as a member of the Wildcat squad.
"I've been to a few games and it's really awesome seeing all the fans in purple," explained Fairfield of the game day atmosphere in Ahearn Field House. "Everyone's cheering and that makes all the girls on the court excited, and watching Suzie [Fritz] coach is really awesome too. I'm beyond excited to get out there, but it's going to be really different. I've been waiting a long time to be [at K-State]. It's kind of crazy that I'm finally here."
Off the court and in the classroom, Fairfield hopes to spend her first year at K-State deciding on a major that is the right fit for her. Though her area of study is undecided, Fairfield's interests include health and psychology, and succeeding in the classroom is one of her main goals during her K-State career.
"I want to work really hard, be successful, " she closed, "and not just in athletics, but in academics also."
With her family only a two-hour drive away, Fairfield is looking forward to this new chapter in her life.
K-State volleyball begins its 2014 season on August 29, with a trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin, for the Green Bay Invitational. Hosting the Varney's Invitational, the Wildcats' first home matches will take place in Bramlage Coliseum from September 4-6.