Taking to the road for a pair of NJCAA Division II District O matches, the East Central College volleyball Falcons fell in a pair of four-game matches.

The Falcons (8-8, 0-2) lost in Nevada Friday to Cottey College, 13-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defeated the Falcons Saturday in Miami, Okla., 25-15, 20-25, 31-29, 25-18.

While the matches aren’t part of the playoffs, they will be used to help seed the postseason tournament.

Cottey

Playing Friday, the Falcons struggled to terminate the ball, hitting .087 in the four-set loss at Cottey.

McKenzie Struckhoff (Duchesne) was the kills leader with 12. Cameron Hackmann (Hermann) was next with nine while Molly Kraus (Eugene) logged seven and Jessi Kelly (Union) had six.

Emma Borcherding (New Haven) and Lydia Klenke (Union) each contributed three kills. Grace Goedde (Parkway West) added one.

Four Falcons reached double digits in digs. Goedde led the way with 19. Klenke was next with 17 while Struckhoff had 12 and Borcherding ended with 11.

Janice Steacy (Jefferson City) recorded eight digs. Allison Skaggs (Washington) had seven, Kraus recorded five and Maddy Rowe (Owensville) and Hackmann each had one dig.

Hackmann recorded three blocks while Kraus and Kelly each had two.

Steacy served two aces. Borcherding and Goedde each had one.

Steacy posted 28 assists. Rowe had two and Goedde ended with one.

“We were off-balance as a team,” East Central Head Coach Lisa Mathes-Peters said. “Our back row play is where we lost the match in regards to not getting to off speed balls or staying in system on serve receive. Cameron Hackmann had a great match for us offensively and defensively in the middle.”

NEO A&M

Moving southwest for the second day of the trip, the Falcons again fell in four games.

“We played very well as a team but fell short in regards to our block at the net when we had two hitters up,” Mathes-Peters said. “We had some unforced errors that allowed them to gain an advantage and then we had to dig ourselves out of a hole in a couple of sets.”

For the second day in a row, Struckhoff posted a double-double with 18 kills and 18 digs.

Kraus knocked down 17 kills.

The Falcons hit .193 as a team, an improvement from Friday, and Kelly and Hackmann each had five kills to tie for third on the team. Borcherding had three kills and Steacy added two.

“Our outsides led the way against NEO (McKenzie Struckhoff and Molly Kraus) offensively and were unstoppable,” Mathes-Peters said. “When they started to key on them our other positions did not always find a way to score which is something we need to continue to improve.”

Goedde led the defense with 31 digs. Following Struckhoff in double digits were Borcherding with 11 and Klenke with 10.

Hackmann was next with eight digs. Steacy had seven. Abbie Dennigmann (Incarnate Word Academy) posted three. Skaggs and Kraus each had two digs and Kelly posted one.

The Falcons had seven solo blocks and eight block assists. Kelly led the way with four total blocks. Borcherding, Hackmann and Struckhoff each logged three. Steacy and Kraus had one apiece.

Steacy served two aces. Borcherding and Struckhoff each had one.

Steacy posted 46 assists. Goedde added one.

“Our first contact was very good and we stayed in system almost the whole time,” Mathes-Peters said. “If we keep our passing like Saturday we will have a great last half of the season.  We are hoping to have our whole roster back soon too.”

After going to St. Louis Community College Wednesday for a match with MCCAC and district implications, the Falcons return home to host Frontier Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and MCC-Longview Saturday at 10 a.m.