CONCORDIA -- The Santa Fe volleyball team assured itself no worse than a second-place finish in the I-70 Conference standings Thursday with a 25-23, 25-17 victory at Concordia.
The 10th-ranked Lady Chiefs would need help to claim a share of the title, having already lost to St. Paul -- which needs only two more wins following Thursday's 25-16, 25-7 sweep of Crest Ridge.
Senior Chelsea Winter led Santa Fe's offense with 11 kills and only one error in 26 attack attempts. Freshman Kylie Limback had seven spikes for the Lady Chiefs, who had a .192 attack percentage. Junior Brooke Barnett assisted 18 of the team's 23 kills.
Senior Hailee Langkrahr knocked down six shots and freshman Cailey Cooper pulled up 14 for the Lady Orioles (13-9-2, 3-3 I-70).
Santa Fe got three kills, six saves and 2.5 blocks from sophomore Lexi Smith. The Lady Chiefs (21-6-1, 6-1) will be at home Tuesday to take on No. 7 Kansas City Lutheran.
Marshall completed its season sweep of NCMC rival Mexico with a 25-22, 25-18 home victory Thursday.
The Lady Owls opened up a 16-9 lead in the first set, although it wasn't easy to put away the Lady Bulldogs (3-16, 0-7 NCMC) -- who twice staved off game point. Marshall pulled in front 12-5 in the second frame and didn't allow the margin to dip below six points.
Freshman Abbie Lemmons topped the Lady Owls with eight kills and three blocks, junior Karson Heying put down five shots and rejected four, and senior Rachel Brown contributed four spikes and six digs.
Marshall also got three aces out of 10 service points from junior Analee Tucker, with senior Jashawna Terry assisting on 11 of the team's 22 kills.
The Lady Owls (9-14-2, 3-6) play Saturday in the Versailles Tournament.
LONE JACK -- Sweet Springs dropped two out of three games Thursday during at I-70 Conference match at Lone Jack (9-12-1, 2-4 I-70), 25-15, 20-25, 25-21.
Additional information were not available at press time. The Lady Greyhounds (8-10-2, 2-4) host Northwest of Hughesville on Monday.