The Richmond Foster volleyball team had to work hard on defense to pull out a 3-1 win over Santa Fe in a Region III-5A quarterfinal match on Tuesday night.
The Lady Falcons beat the Lady Indians 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-9 to advance to the regional semifinals against Kingwood Park on Friday at 5 p.m. at Delmar Fieldhouse.
But for Santa Fe, a tough but successful season comes to an end.
Foster jumped out to a 15-9 lead as senior middle blocker Lauryn Richardson got a couple of blocks, two kills and an ace for the Lady Falcons. The lead was 22-17 when Santa Fe went on a 4-0 run sparked by a trio of hitting errors and a kill by junior setter Kassidy Taves to pull within a point.
But, a Richardson kill and a kill by senior outside hitter Catherine Krieger ended the run and gave Foster the win in the first set.
Again, Foster started strong with a 20-14 start in the second set, but Santa Fe got kills from junior outside hitter Cassi Cruz and sophomore outside hitter Teresa Garza to cut the Foster lead to 22-21. But a Krieger kill and a couple of ball-handling errors gave the Lady Falcons the win.
Santa Fe finally got a good start in the third set, jumping out to a 16-15 lead and finishing the set on a 3-0 run led by kills from Taves and junior middle blocker Jillian Gibbs to win 25-21, but Foster jumped out to a huge 21-5 lead to win the fourth set and the match.
Foster moves its record to 35-8, while Santa Fe ends the season at 30-14.