It’s not the way the East Central College volleyball Falcons wanted to go into the postseason.
East Central (16-16) is on a six-match losing streak heading into the NJCAA Division II District O Tournament at MCC-Longview Friday and Saturday.
“We struggled offensively in a spot or two but defensively we played very well,” East Central Head Coach Lisa Mathes-Peters said. “McKenzie (Struckhoff), Cameron (Hackmann) and Jessi (Kelly) had pretty productive weekends again. We had some great back row play by all.”
The Falcons lost all four matches at the Parkland Tournament in Champaign, Ill., last weekend.
• McHenry County defeated the Falcons, 14-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 15-13;
• Kirkwood (Iowa) swept the Falcons, 25-9, 25-14, 25-18;
• Illinois Valley defeated East Central to start Saturday, 25-15, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17; and
• Carl Sandburg swept the Falcons, 26-24, 25-17, 33-31.
East Central is seeded third for the District Tournament in Kansas City and opens against No. 2 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Saturday at noon.
Fourth-seeded Cottey College opens against No. 5 St. Louis Community College Friday at 5 p.m. and the winner plays top-seeded MCC-Longview Saturday at 10 a.m. in the first semifinal.
The championship match will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. The district winner advances to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Charleston, W.V., Nov. 16-18.
“We have to be able to score at both pins to be successful against better teams,” Mathes-Peters said.
In the longest match of the trip, Struckhoff (Duchesne) paced the Falcons with 20 kills. Hackmann (Hermann) recorded 11 kills while Kelly (Union) logged eight kills. Emma Borcherding (New Haven) added four kills while Janice Steacy (Jefferson City) and Natalie Green (Francis Howell Central) each had two kills.
Grace Goedde (Parkway West) topped the defense with 16 digs. Borcherding was next with 13 while Struckhoff posted two.
Lydia Klenke (Union) and Allison Skaggs (Washington) each had nine digs. Hackmann and Green added four apiece. Steacy had three and Kelly recorded one dig.
Kelly had six total blocks with one solo. Struckhoff had four total blocks with two solos. Hackmann had two blocks, including one solo and Borcherding had one solo block. Green and Steacy each had two block assists.
Struckhoff served two aces and Goedde ended with one.
Steacy had 24 assists, Green logged 18 and Goedde added two.
Against Kirkwood, Struckhoff led the way with six kills. Klenke, Borcherding and Kelly each had three. Hackmann and Green added two apiece.
Goedde had 18 digs to pace the defense. Borcherding was next with 11. Struckhoff had five, Skaggs added four and Klenke, Hackmann, Steacy and Green each had three.
Kelly and Green each had one block assist.
Hackmann and Goedde served aces. Steacy had 10 assists, Green ended with nine and Hackmann added one.
Struckhoff led the team in kills with 13. Hackmann had nine, Kelly was next with seven, Borcherding ended with five, Klenke had two and Green added one kill.
Goedde posted 30 digs. Borcherding recorded 17, Skaggs ended with 15 and Struckhoff had 11. Hackmann and Steacy added six. Green had four, Klenke and Kelly each logged three.
Steacy had 17 assists and Green added 15. Hackmann served an ace. Kelly had two blocks. Steacy and Green each had one.
Struckhoff had 16 kills and Hackmann was next with 12. Kelly posted five, Klenke had three, Green logged two and Skaggs, Borcherding and Goedde each had one kill.
Goedde posted 26 digs, Skaggs ended with 17, Borcherding posted 15 and Struckhoff hit double digits with 11.
Green was next with eight digs, Hackmann added six, Klenke had three and Steacy and Kelly each posted two.
Green had 24 assists, Steacy posted seven and Skaggs, Borcherding and Goedde each had one. Struckhoff served two aces and Hackmann had one.
Borcherding had three blocks. Hackmann, Steacy, Kelly and Green each posted two. Struckhoff and Goedde had one apiece.