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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 2:00 pm

Top-seeded Cowley College (32-4) took care of business, and the East Central College Falcons (20-26), Thursday to open the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Cowley knocked off the Falcons, 25-13, 25-11, 25-10.

East Central played in the consolation bracket Friday at noon EST (11 a.m. here). The loser goes home and ties for 13th. (ECC lost the match, ending its season).

In Thursday’s match, ECC led once, 1-0 in the second game, and was tied three times.

ECC scored 14 of its 34 points on Cowley errors. The Falcons ended with 13 kills. Sophomore Amanda Reetz (West Delaware, Manchester, Iowa) led the way with six.

Freshman Abby Toppmeyer (Ft. Zumwalt North) ended with three kills while freshman Paige Schmelzle (Ste. Genevieve) posted two and freshmen Hannah Leslie (Washington) and Abby Spuhl (Pacific) had one kill each.

Leslie led the team with two blocks. Reetz, Schmelzle, Spuhl and Toppmeyer each had one block.

Reetz served the team’s lone ace.

When the Falcons play Monroe College on Friday, they will do so without Leslie, who had to come back to Union to attend a biology class she would be dropped from with one more absence.

The school flew Leslie to the tournament after her class Wednesday and is bringing her back to be able to attend it Friday. Leslie’s case has received considerable attention on a local, regional and national levels.

Monroe, the eighth seed in the tournament, was swept by No. 9 Central Community College-Columbus (Neb.) Thursday, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23.

In other action Thursday:

• No. 3 Johnson County (Kan.) had little trouble with Hagerstown (Md.), winning the opener, 25-16, 25-9, 25-14.

• No. 11 Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) came through with the first upset, rallying from a two-game deficit to knock off No. 6 Glendale (Ariz.), 27-29, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-13.

• No. 10 Grand Rapids (Mich.), the defending national champion, handed No. 7 Catawba Valley (N.C.) its first loss of the season in five games, 21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11.

• No. 2 Parkland rolled past No. 15 Moraine Valley in a battle of Illinois schools, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20.

• No. 12 Southwestern (Iowa) shocked No. 5 Illinois Central, a perennial national contender, with a three-game sweep, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21.

• No. 4 Oakland (Mich.) swept No. 13 South Suburban (Ill.) in three games, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21.

In the quarterfinals Thursday night:

• Johnson County needed four games to end the title hopes of DMACC, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19.

• Parkland knocked off defending champion Grand Rapids in four games, 16-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-13.

• Cowley rolled past Central-Columbus, 25-14, 26-24, 25-21.

• Oakland advanced to the semifinals with a three-game win over Southwestern, 25-22, 25-21, 25-14.

That leaves the top four seeds, Cowley, Parkland, Johnson County and Oakland to contest the top four places.

Central-Columbus, Grand Rapids, DMACC and Southwestern will play for fifth place through eighth place.

The rest are in the consolation bracket for ninth place.

Match Highlights

In the opener, Cowley scored first, but the Falcons tied it on a kill by Reetz, 1-1.

ECC next scored on a service error and a lift to stay within a point. But Cowley went on a four-point run and never looked back.

Toppmeyer and Spuhl combined for a block for East Central’s next earned point. Overall, the Falcons earned six of their 13 points in the opening set.

In the second game, the Falcons took the lead at 1-0 on a Reetz kill. ECC then tied it at 3-3 on a dump by Schmelzle and another kill from Reetz.

ECC got an error to trim the lead to 5-4, but never could tie it again.

East Central’s best sequence produced back-to-back points on a Toppmeyer kill and a Leslie block to cut it to 8-6.

The final point of the second game came on a long rally which saw the Falcons keep the ball in play for a considerable time, but Cowley found the floor with an attack to win it.

Only three of the 11 ECC points came on errors in the second set.

The Falcons never were close in the third game. Twice, ECC scored back-to-back points. Once, ECC got a kill by Reetz and a block from Leslie and Schmelzle to cut it to 16-8. That was the last positive scoring for ECC.

The Falcons got their final two points on errors and took advantage of Four Cowley mistakes overall in the final set.

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Area Scoreboard

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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