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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


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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, 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


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

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

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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