Playing against larger schools, the eighth-ranked Lady Chiefs were unbeaten in pool play before being eliminated by Pleasant Hill, 25-15, 25-23. The Chicks would go on to claim the championship with a 25-18, 25-11 decision over St. Paul.
Sophomore Lexi Smith recorded seven kills, five digs and four blocks as Santa Fe began the meet with a 25-10, 25-16 victory over the host Lady Tigers. Freshman Kyle Limback knocked in five of her eight attack attempts, senior Chelsea Winter provided four kills and seven digs, and sophomore Katey Peters dropped in a pair of aces.
Smith and Winter each had five spikes during a 25-22, 12-25 split with Boonville. Senior Callie Gieselman and junior Brooke Barnett combined for 15 saves, while Smith and Limback each came up with three blocks.
The Lady Chiefs closed out pool play with a 25-15, 25-10 win over Cameron behind four kills apiece from Smith and Winter. Limback and junior Mikiah Zumalt each put down three shots and Smith dug up six.
Winter had six kills and six digs against Pleasant Hill, and was named to the all-tournament team with 19 spikes and 19 saves during the meet. Limback has three solo blocks and two assists, while Zumalt added three kills.
Santa Fe entered the tournament averaging only 1.0 blocks per game, but rejected shots at a 2.75 per-game rate -- with Smith getting 10 and Limback seven. Barnett provided assists on 42 of the Lady Chiefs' 70 successful attacks and freshman McKenzie Phillips ranked third on the team with nine digs.
There's an important meeting today at Concordia between the two teams remaining undefeated in I-70 Conference play, with the Lady Chiefs (13-4-1) taking on St. Paul, No. 6 in the latest Class 2 poll.