The Smith-Cotton volleyball team raced through pool play and the semifinal before falling to Santa Fe 25-23, 26-24 in the championship of the Smith-Cotton Tournament on Saturday.
Against the Chiefs in the final, S-C fell behind 9-6 early in the first game before a Darby Simon kill cut the lead to 9-7. Santa Fe pushed ahead again, leading 18-11 before kills from Simon and Tori Jacobi helped cut the lead to three. S-C tied it at 19-19 after Jocobi served an ace and Simon and Courtney Koetting took advantage of over-passes. Santa Fe responded with kills from Kylie Limback and Sadie Limback to reclaim control of the game and soon close it out.
In the second game, the teams traded the lead back and forth the entire way as neither team led by more than three points at any time and the score was tied 12 times. A Montana Hedrick kill got the Lady Tigers going with a 5-3 lead before Santa Fe responded to jump ahead 7-6. Curry and Kylie Limback traded kills back and forth at one point before S-C forged ahead 18-15. Santa Fe then answered with three points to tie it again. Koetting had a kill to put Smith-Cotton up 23-21 but Santa Fe again scored the next three points to retake the lead. Kylie Limback eventually ended it with a kill.
“They definitely had a little more height, a big swinger with Limback,” said Smith-Cotton coach Darcia Koetting. “.. They definitely hurt us in their offense and our defense. We didn’t quite get a block up on them like I’d like to, but really their whole team does a good job.”
Against Santa Fe, Courtney Koetting had seven kills, 16 assists, a block, eight digs and an ace. Curry had six kills and 15 digs. Hedrick had six kills and 12 digs. Jacobi had three kills, six assists, four digs and one ace. Simon had two kills, two blocks, one assist and two digs. Fernanda Alexander had seven digs. Emilee Edgar had six digs.
The Lady Tigers beat Higginsville 25-13, 25-21 and Marshall 25-16, 25-16 in pool play and beat Versailles 25-21, 25-8.
“I think that we were more accurate with a lot of our balls,” Darcia Koetting said. “I think that accuracy was a big thing. Overall, we had some errors in serving which hurt us a little bit, but overall I thought we had a good day.”
S-C will host Versailles on Monday.
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