The main difference between their performances is that the Lady Chiefs reached the semifinal round of the championship bracket, while the Lady Owls took home the consolation trophy.
Santa Fe opened and closed pool play with wins over Higginsville (25-17, 25-14) and Lincoln (25-12, 25-17), but in between dropped a 25-14, 25-14 contest against Smith-Cotton -- which would reach the title match before falling to Fatima, 25-19, 25-7.
Sophomore Lexi Smith led the Lady Chiefs during the preliminary rounds with 10 kills, while freshman Kylie Limback knocked down seven shots and junior Brooke Barnett provided 24 assists.
Against the Lady Comets, who went on to win the championship, Santa Fe won the opening set, 25-23, but then was swept aside in the next two, 25-9, 25-7.
Smith had six spikes and senior Chelsea Winter four, while sophomore Katey Peters dug up three attacks and Smith blocked two. Barnett had seven of the Lady Chiefs' 10 assists.
Marshall split its pool debut against Versailles, 22-25, 25-15, but then were defeated by Grain Valley (25-12, 25-17) -- for the second time this season -- and Fatima (25-17, 25-11).
The Lady Owls rebounded in bracket play by topping Lincoln, 25-14, 25-18, and Higginsville in the fifth-place match, 25-21, 25-20.
Freshman Abbie Lemmons topped Marshall's attackers with 33 kills, while junior Karson Heying added 22. On defense, sophomore Olivia Haug came up with 27 saves and junior Analee Tucker provided 16 digs, while Heying and senior Jashawna Terry had 11 blocks between them.
Haug and Tucker both had six aces on the day for the Lady Owls (7-10-2), who play at Chillicothe today. Santa Fe (9-3) is back home today for a non-conference match against Lexington.