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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.”


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.


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.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton at Washington    7 p.m.

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Sullivan at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    7 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    7 p.m.

*Montgomery Co at Wright City    7 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 1

Hermann at Warrenton    4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Union at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Lutheran S at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Owensville Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Potosi Tny    TBA

Sullivan at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Borgia at St. Dominic    5:30 p.m.

Mehlville at Union    5:30 p.m.

Eureka at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Father Tolton    5:30 p.m.

Waynesville at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Rolla at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Hermann at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Bourbon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    5:30 p.m.

Union at North County    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

Incarnate Word at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Sullivan at Whitfield    5 p.m.

#ECC vs. Labette    5 p.m.

Patriette Lights at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

#ECC vs. Pratt    7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament    8:30 a.m.

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Jefferson at ECC    4 p.m.

St. James at Laquey    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Fatima    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Fulton SA at Barat    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 4

ECC at Maple Woods    4 p.m.

North County at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Friday, Sept. 5

Jefferson City Lightning at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Fulton SA at Tolton    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

ECC at Blue River    noon

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Sept. 6

New Haven Short Course    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at SLUH Inv    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Borgia at Westminster    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Borgia at Washington    3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    3:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Troy Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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