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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.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games