Returning home, the East Central College volleyball Falcons split a pair of matches Friday and Saturday.
East Central (10-9) defeated Frontier Friday night, but lost to MCC-Longview Saturday morning.
The Falcons swept Frontier Friday night to start the weekend, 25-18, 25-9, 25-20.
“Even though our serve receive was not consistent, our offense was,” East Central Head Coach Lisa Mathes-Peters said. “We had multiple players hit well against them and we played the net well and had multiple blocks. Janice Steacy had a nice setting match and Lydia Klenke was very effective with her jump serve. We kept them out of system a lot of the match.”
Cameron Hackmann (Hermann) led the way with 11 kills and McKenzie Struckhoff (Duchesne) was next with 10.
Molly Kraus (Eugene) recorded seven kills, Emma Borcherding (New Haven) added five, Jessi Kelly (Union) posted three and Steacy (Jefferson City) had two kills.
Steacy ran the offense with 33 assists. Grace Goedde (Parkway West) recorded one.
Goedde was the digs leader with 13. Borcherding and Klenke (Union) each had eight. Struckhoff ended with seven, Steacy had five, Allison Skaggs (Washington) posted two and Hackmann and Kraus each had one dig.
Hackmann had seven total blocks with four solos and three assists. Borcherding had three blocks while Struckhoff had two. Steacy and Kelly each had one.
Klenke served six aces. Goedde had two aces. Borcherding and Steacy each had one ace.
Playing the defending District O champion and last year’s 11th-place national finisher, the Falcons were competitive in all three games, but couldn’t take one.
MCC-Longview won, 25-21, 28-26, 25-20.
“We passed pretty well versus them, but from an offensive standpoint our hitters had too many mistakes,” Mathes-Peters said. “Our middles were very good this match but all other positions had high errors which hurt our hitting efficiency. We scored but gave them too many points on our own errors. I thought Janice did a good job getting the balls to our middles and our front row had a lot of block touches against their good offense.”
Hackmann led the Falcons with 11 kills. Kraus was next with 10.
Kelly posted nine kills while Struckhoff had seven, Borcherding ended with three and Klenke had one.
Defensively, Goedde led the way with 21 digs. Steacy ended with 11, Borcherding posted 10, Kraus had seven, Struckhoff and Klenke each had six, Hackmann recorded five and Kelly had one.
Kelly and Struckhoff each had three total blocks. Hackmann ended with two while Borcherding and Kraus each had one.
Steacy posted 34 assists. Goedde added one.
Steacy and Struckhoff served aces.