Santa Fe beats Lady Orioles in I-70 title match
Santa Fe's volleyball team continued its mastery of the I-70 Conference tournament on Saturday in Sweet Springs.
The Lady Chiefs have not lost a match in the event since 2012, winning their third straight yearly event with a straight-set victory over Concordia.
The Lady Chiefs, the top seed, swept through pool action then downed Lone Jack, Orrick and the Lady Orioles, all in straight sets.
In bracket play, the Lady Chiefs, whose last loss in the event was to Saint Paul in 2012, defeated Lone Jack 25-11, 25-14 in the quarterfinal round.
The Lady Chiefs then dispatched the Orrick Lady Bearcats 25-6, 25-4 in the semifinal round before downing Concordia 25-19, 25-20.
In the other quarterfinal-round matches, Orrick edged the Crest Ridge Lady Cougars 25-22, 18-25, 25-22; the Lady Saints, the last team other than Santa Fe to win the tournament, defeated Wellington in three sets -- 25-21, 23-25, 25-10; and the Lady Orioles eliminated Sweet Springs 25-8, 25-17.
In the other semifinal match, the Lady Orioles handled Saint Paul 27-25, 25-21.
The Lady Saints went on to capture third place by defeating Orrick in three sets, 16-25, 25-13, 25-14.
In the title match, the Lady Chiefs totaled 26 kills, including 10 each from Sadie Limback and Kylie Limback. Sadie Limback had a .381 kill percentage, suffering two errors in 21 attempts and Kylie Limback a .242 percentage with two errors in 33 tries.
Lauren Wiggins had 14 of the team's 19 assists, and Kylie Limback five and Abby Zitelman three of the Lady Chiefs' 10 service aces.
Zitelman and Cara Hinz each had four of the Lady Chiefs' 15 digs and Kylie Limback two of the four solo blocks.
Concordia was led by Ellison Brunkhorst with 13 kills in 26 attempts. Her four errors dropped her kill percentage to .346. The Lady Orioles finished with 21 kills in 70 tries and 14 errors for a kill percentage of .100.
Mallory Scherer dished out 12 of CHS's 19 assists, and Meredith Scherer served up five of the team's eight aces.
Mallory Scherer added eight of the team's 35 digs, with Cailey Cooper recording seven and Mady Langkrahr six.