I-70 Volleyball Tournament: Lady Chiefs wind up fourth
CENTERVIEW -- The Santa Fe volleyball team's string of seven straight I-70 Conference Tournament championships came to an end Saturday at Centerview.
The Lady Chiefs won only one match, although still finished in fourth place, at the meet they have dominated for most of the decade.
Santa Fe tied two matches in pool play -- against Orrick (27-25, 21-25) and Windsor (25-14, 14-25) -- but lost to St. Paul (25-15, 25-18), the ninth-ranked team in Class 2.
The Lady Chiefs came from behind for a 22-25, 25-22, 25-13 victory over host Crest Ridge in the first round of bracket play, led by junior Molly Sander's 10 kills and 14 assists. They had to scrap on defense, with three plays recording double digits in digs: senior Lauren Aversman (19) and sophomores Lindsey Pemberton (18) and Lauren Zitelman (12).
That brought up a rematch with the Lady Saints in the semifinals, but despite five spikes by Sander and six saves from Aversman and Pemberton, Santa Fe fell, 25-10, 25-20. St. Paul went on to win the title with a 25-10, 25-15 victory over Orrick.
Sander knocked down eight shots -- giving her a team-high 36 kills on the day -- in the third-place match against Concordia, but the Lady Chiefs suffered a 25-23, 25-23 loss.
Besides Sander, who also had 39 assists, Aversman was named to the all-tournament team with 12 kills, 47 digs and seven aces. Junior Anna Sleeper contributed 16 kills, 20 digs and 43 assists during the meet, with senior Cassie Prior pulling up 42 shots and serving six aces.
Meanwhile, Sweet Springs could do no better than one draw on the day, a 25-20, 24-26 split with Wellington-Napoleon in pool play. The Lady Greyhounds lost to Crest Ridge (25-13, 25-10) and Concordia (25-20, 25-13) in the preliminaries and were eliminated by St. Paul (25-14, 25-14) in the quarterfinal round.
Senior Kathleen Tyler paced Sweet Springs with seven kills, 22 digs, 11 assists and seven aces. Senior Kim Rennison made a team-high 37 saves, freshman Mikalah Vogelsmeier had seven aces and seniors Kristin Jones and Jodie Harris each put down five shots and dug up seven.
Santa Fe (10-8-7) hosts Concordia in a league match today, while the Lady 'Hounds (7-8-1) head to Green Ridge for a non-conference match Tuesday.