Mixed would be the proper way to describe East Central College’s visit to West Burlington, Iowa, last weekend.

The volleyball Falcons (6-3) went 2-2 in the Southeastern Iowa Tournament, there, going 1-1 on each day.

Playing Friday, the Falcons swept Nassau (N.Y.), 25-14, 25-22, 25-19. East Central then lost to North Iowa Area, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19.

In Saturday’s action, the Falcons swept Southeastern Iowa, 25-16, 25-13, 25-27, 25-17, but lost to Hawkeye, 25-18, 25-16, 25-14.

East Central returns to action Wednesday, hosting Missouri State University-West Plains at 6:30 p.m.

The school also received some news that it has been reassigned for the postseason. NJCAA Division II Region 16 now is in District D. The rest of the district teams will come from Region 11b, which consists of teams from Iowa. Region 2 (Oklahoma) has been reassigned to District N.


Symantha Fredrick (Hermann) led the team with eight kills. Sam Staab (Mount Vernon) was next with six. Jessi Kelly (Union) and Abbie Dennigmann (Incarnate Word Academy) each recorded five kills while Kayla Schmidt (Montgomery County) added four. Sarah Weiland (Sullivan, Greenville University) posted three kills. Janice Steacy (Jefferson City) and Raylee Metcalf (Advance) each had one kill.

Mariah Vahlkamp (Carlyle) led the defense with 19 digs. Kaley Roper (Bloomfield) recorded 15 digs while Steacy was next with eight. Fredrick posted six digs, Nicole Roper (Bloomfield) had four, Nicole Watson (Summersville) added three and Weiland posted one dig.

Staab had two solo blocks and one block assist. Schmidt had a solo block and a block assist. Kelly had one solo block while Watson added a block assist.

Steacy recorded 11 assists, Nicole Roper had 10 and Vahlkamp and Kaley Roper each had one assist.

Vahlkamp served the team’s lone ace.

Northern Iowa Area

Fredrick recorded 12 kills in the second match Friday. Kelly was next with eight while Staab posted seven and Dennigmann had six. Weiland added four. Nicole Roper and Daeshia Ross (Chester Nimitz, Houston, Texas) had two kills apiece. Watson and Schmidt each had one kill.

Kaley Roper was credited with 35 digs to lead the way. Vahlkamp had 26 digs and Fredrick was next with 21. Nicole Roper picked up nine, Steacy had eight, Weiland recorded five, Dennigmann had three, Metcalf added two and Kelly and Watson each had one.

Kelly posted five total blocks with two solos and three block assists. Staab had three block assists. Fredrick and Schmidt each posted a solo block and a block assist. Dennigmann had two block assists. Weiland added a solo block and Watson had a block assist.

Nicole Roper assisted on 16 kills. Steacy had 10 assists and Kaley Roper added one.

Steacy served three aces. Nicole Roper and Vahlkamp each had two aces.

Southeastern Iowa

In Saturday’s opener, Vahlkamp and Fredrick each had eight kills to lead the way. Dennigmann was next with seven.

Kelly posted five kills while Staab ended with four. Nicole Roper and Steacy had two kills apiece.

Kaley Roper was credited with 34 digs. Vahlkamp had 23 while Fredrick posted 17. Steacy and Nicole Roper each picked up nine digs. Kelly and Dennigmann had four digs apiece and Weiland ended with three.

Kelly had five total blocks with three solos. Fredrick assisted on three blocks and Vahlkamp had a pair of block assists. Staab posed one solo block.

Nicole Roper had 18 assists, Steacy added four and Vahlkamp and Kaley Roper each had one assist.

Fredrick served two aces. Nicole Roper, Vahlkamp and Kaley Roper had one ace apiece.


In the final match of the weekend, Kelly and Metcalf tied for the kills lead with six apiece. Weiland had five. Fredrick and Dennigmann each posted three. Staab had two and Schmidt ended with one.

Vahlkamp and Kaley Roper each had 14 digs. Fredrick added four, Steacy had three, Nicole Roper, Weiland, Metcalf and Dennigmann had two apiece and Kelly and Watson each had one dig.

Weiland had a solo block and two block assists. Vahlkamp and Kelly each had tow block assists. Staab added one block assist.

Steacy posted 10 assists and Nicole Roper added nine.

Steacy served the team’s lone ace.