MIAMI, Okla. -- In a match with regional tournament seeding implications, Cottey College dropped a four-game match with host Northeast Oklahoma-A&M Community College on Monday night.
Northeast Oklahoma, which posted a 27-30, 30-22, 30-23, 31-29 comeback victory, earned the third-place seed for the tournament and Cottey received the fourth-place seed.
Jesse Jargowsky set a team-high 20 assists while Tara Cooper added 19 assists for the Comets (12-10). Lauren Jenkins led the offensive attack with 16 kills while Cooper and Lindsey Monceret added seven kills apiece and Michelle Schulte chipped in six.
Cooper and Carmen Kintz each served three aces, Anna Cruse recorded four blocks and Jenkins three. Kintz had a team-leading 22 digs with Cooper and Schulte adding 20 apiece and Jargowsky 18.
"Game 1 was like my team was back from the dead. They took charge right off the bat, and never looked back," Cottey coach Marla Kannady Foreman said. "The commanding lead was making the NEO coach very nervous."
Game 2 was a mixture of the Cottey team that has been playing down these last two weeks, with the team that was playing in Game 1.
"Too many mistakes this late in the season is just going to hurt you. There is no other way to look at it," Kannady Foreman said.
In an up-and-down Game 3, NEO pulled away late for a seven-point win.
Game 4 was a different story, one that provides hope for this weekend's regional in St. Louis.
The Comets roared back from a 27-22 deficit to tie the game at 29. With an unforced error on Cottey's part, NEO scored its 30th point and gained serve. Another unforced error ended the game and match.
"I really believe we will be ready for this weekend," Kannady Foreman said. " The sophomores know its the end of their road for Cottey sports. I am sure the freshmen will find it very hard not to play a very hard game for them."
Cottey opens NJCAA Region XVI Tournament play Friday, Nov. 2 at Meramec in St. Louis.
The winner advances to face top-seeded Longview at 10 a.m. Saturday.