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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 2:00 pm

While the season came to an end Saturday for the East Central College volleyball Falcons, they did earn a consolation prize from the NJCAA Division II Region O Tournament in Kansas City.

ECC claimed the Region 16 championship.

“We played well this past weekend and had good offensive and defensive efforts from many players,” said ECC Head Coach Lisa Mathes-Peters.

The Falcons (15-29) lost in the district championship match to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, 25-18, 27-29, 23-25, 25-14, 15-8 as the Norse captured a berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

However, by virtue of a 25-17, 25-20, 25-20 win over Cottey College in the semifinals, the Falcons won the Region 16 title. NEO is a Region 2 team, so ECC was the last Region 16 team standing in the event. NEO defeated MCC-Longview in the other semifinal, knocking the Lakers out of the event.

The Falcons also picked up several regional honors as well. As the Region 16 champion, Mathes-Peters was selected as the regional coach of the year.

“The coach of the year award is a huge honor and I am proud to represent our region in that aspect,” Mathes-Peters said.

Additionally, three ECC players were selected to the All-Regional team. They were freshmen Sadie Pafford (Bowling Green), Amanda Reetz (West Delaware, Manchester, Iowa) and Haley Zenner (Dubuque, Iowa).

ECC continued its streak of reaching the District O championship match and now has done so every season since the program was restarted in 2007 with three titles and three runner-up finishes.

“Sadly, we didn’t get the chance at nationals but gives me a very positive outlook on next season,” Mathes-Peters said. “The returners will be experienced and be able to provide the leadership that we lacked at times this year due to being so young.”

The season marked the first time since the program was restarted in 2007 that East Central finished below .500. The Falcons went 21-21 in 2007, 34-12 in 2008, 26-15 in 2009, 37-9 in 2010 and 28-13 last season.

“Our schedule was very tough this year and by playing the teams we did it helped us grow,” Mathes-Peters said. “Although I am sad we aren’t going to nationals, it doesn’t take away how proud I am of the girls that have grown as players and young women this season.”

NEO

Up two games to one, the Falcons just needed one more victory to qualify for their fourth NJCAA Division II national tournament.

But NEO, which swept the Falcons at the District O Seeding Tournament at St. Louis Community College earlier in the season, rallied from the deficit to win the match.

The Norse took the first game, 25-18, but ECC came back to win a close second game, 29-27, and prevailed in a similar third game, 25-23.

In the fourth game, NEO faced elimination but came back to win, 25-14, and carried that momentum to a 15-8 win in the fifth game.

“Sadie Pafford and Amanda Reetz played tough versus NEO but unfortunately NEO made no errors and we did at key times when we could have turned the last two sets around,” Mathes-Peters said. “We blocked at the net well versus NEO which was good to see because they had a very offensive middle and outside.”

As a team, the Falcons struggled to terminate the ball, hitting just .177 as a team for the match.

Pafford led the way in kills, putting down 14 while Reetz had 13 and Zenner recorded nine terminations. Amy Wibbenmeyer (Cape Notre Dame) checked in with seven kills while Whitney Froman (Scott City) was next with seven kills. Ali Wootten (Bowling Green) posted five kills while Jacy Lashly (Eminence) ended with four. Sarah Stepp (Oakville) had one kill.

Stepp led the setters with 34 assists. Wootten added 14 while Pafford, Marisa Patton (Summersville) and Wibbenmeyer each had one assist.

Stepp served two aces. Megan Manis (Winona) and Zenner each had one ace.

Manis led the team with 23 digs. Zenner was credited with 20 while Reetz had 11.

Wootten recorded six digs, Froman had four, Stepp ended with three, Patton had two and Lashly and Wibbenmeyer each had one dig.

Pafford had five total blocks while Lashly and Zenner each had four. Reetz, Froman, and Wibbenmeyer had two apiece while Patton ended with one.

Cottey

As the tournament’s top seed, ECC was able to take Friday night off and wait to see who they would play between Cottey and Wentworth.

Cottey College won the Friday night match. ECC warmed up Saturday morning by beating Cottey in three games, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20.

“Whitney Froman and Amanda Reetz had a good offensive match against Cottey and our defensive effort was well rounded,” Mathes-Peters said.

The Falcons hit .171 as a team against Cottey with 35 kills and 16 errors on 111 attack attempts.

Reetz led the team with eight kills while Froman and Zenner posted seven kills apiece.

Pafford was next with five kills while Lashly had three, Meghan Eggemeyer (Festus) and Wootten each had two and Wibbenmeyer recorded one kill.

Wootten recorded 16 assists while Stepp had 15 and Manis chipped in with one.

Stepp served three aces while Wootten ended with two and Zenner added one.

Manis led the team in digs with 16. Reetz posted 11, Zenner had eight, Wootten ended with five, Lashly and Stepp posted two apiece while Froman and Wibbenmeyer each had one.

Pafford recorded two total blocks while Zenner and Froman each had one.

Program’s Future

It is unknown how many of the 12 players on the team will be back next season. All 12 were freshmen this year as every player from the 2011 team transferred out either due to finishing their eligibility or finding other opportunities.

Mathes-Peters has started recruiting for next year’s class and intends to sign a local high school senior this week.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Week 10 Schedule Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Washington at Battle    7 p.m.

Kennedy at Borgia    7 p.m.

Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Priory at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Salem at St. James    7 p.m.

Southern Boone at Owensville    7 p.m.

Transportation and Law at Hermann    7 p.m.

Moberly at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at O’Fallon Christian    7 p.m.

Jefferson at Cuba    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25

St. Clair at Westminster    2:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17

Francis Howell N 24, Washington 20

Westminster 35, Borgia 14

*Union 35, Hermann 32

*St. Clair 26, Owensville 12

*Pacific 34, St. James 22

Helias 56, Sullivan 3

Ft. Zumwalt East 42, Warrenton 0

*Clopton-Elsberry 20, Wright City 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Hogan Prep 49, Cuba 6

Friday, Oct. 10

Holt 21, Washington 14

Borgia 42, St. Clair 7

Union 68, St. James 20

Hermann 32, Pacific 24 (OT)

Sullivan 38, Owensville 12

Orchard Farm 28, Warrenton 3

Wright City 22, North Callaway 18

Father Tolton 35, Cuba 0

Softball

Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments

Softball

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0

Volleyball

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka def. (5) Pacific 25-9, 25-16

(2) Northwest def. (7) Parkway South, 25-18, 25-12

(3) Washington def. (6) Rockwood Summit, 25-21, 25-15

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette def. Eureka, 17-25, 25-14, 25-19

Northwest def. Washington, 25-22, 25-18

Championship — Lafayette def. Northwest, 25-19, 25-20

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(5) St. Clair def. (4) Union, 25-20, 25-22

(2) Sullivan def. (7) Salem, 25-7, 25-8

(3) Owensville def. (6) St. James, 14-25, 25-16, 25-19

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia def. St. Clair, 25-10, 25-6

Sullivan def. Owensville, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20

Championship — Borgia def. Sullivan, 25-7, 25-10

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat def. (5) Wright City, 25-16, 24-26, 25-22

(2) Hermann def. (7) Bowling Green, 25-12, 25-18

(3) Whitfield def. (6) Montgomery County, 25-23, 25-17

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles def. Barat, 25-10, 25-9

Whitfield def. Hermann, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15

Championship — Lutheran St. Charles def. Whitfield, 25-18, 25-14

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton def. (5) Otterville, 25-12, 25-10

(3) Chamois def. (6) Bunceton, 25-23, 25-18

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven def. Smithton, 25-5, 25-7

(2) Calvary Lutheran def. Chamois, 25-14, 25-11

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship — New Haven vs. Calvary Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Oct. 18

Washington 1, Borgia 0 (Penalty kicks)

Monday, Oct. 20

Washington 3, Sullivan 0

Fatima 3, Union 0

Pacific 6, De Soto 1

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Central Methodist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran    4:30 p.m.

Union 3, Warrenton 0

Hancock 7, St. Clair 0

Rockwood Summit 2, Pacific 1 (PKs)

Bayless 3, Borgia 2 (2OT)

Wednesday, Oct. 22

St. Clair 2, Valley Park 0

Lutheran S 2, Washington 0

Windsor 4, Union 1

*Pacific 2, St. James 0

Thursday, Oct. 23

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt W    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5 p.m.

Borgia at Fatima    6:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 8

At Washington

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Timberland vs. (4) Washington, 5 p.m.

(2) Troy vs. (3) Holt, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Class 3 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 27

(2) Rockwood Summit vs. (3) Pacific, 5 p.m.

(1) Webster Groves vs. (4) Windsor, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 3 District 9

At Union

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Camdenton vs. (4) Union, 5 p.m.

(2) Helias vs. (3) Rolla, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 2 District 7

At Winfield

Tuesday, Oct. 28

(1) Borgia vs. (4) Winfield, 4:30 p.m.

(2) O’Fallon Christian vs. (3) Elsberry, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Oct. 25

Borgia at Clayton Inv    9 a.m.

Washington at Class 4 District, Parkway Central, TBA

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Oct. 25

Borgia at MICDS Inv    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 29

*Borgia at Trinity    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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