ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Unable to overcome a difficult loss in the second game, Northeastern A&M's Lady Norse lost a three-game match to East Central College Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the Women's Division II District P volleyball tournament on the campus of St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

“We just ran out of emotional gas,” Lady Norse head coach Eric Iverson said. “Our youth wouldn't allow us to regroup after we fought so hard.”

The championship game Saturday night pitted No. 1 seed Metropolitan Community College-Longview (36-7) against No. 2 seed East Central (21-20) of Union, Mo.

Ranked 11th in the nation, Longview defeated St. Louis-Meremac 30-24, 30-26, and 30-21 in the other semifinal match.

Winner of the regional advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament, Nov. 15-17 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

After opening the match against East Central with a 30-27 loss, the Lady Norse saw a late rally fall short as the Rebels earned a 30-28 victory. NEO suffered a 30-13 loss in the final game.

The Lady Norse advanced to the semifinals by eliminating St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley in three games Friday night.

NEO won back-to-back games by identical 30-27 scores before holding on for a 39-37 win in the third game.

“That last game was like a heavyweight fight,” Iverson said. “We stood toe-to-toe and neither team would give an inch until we took advantage of a couple of forced errors on their part.”

With the loss the Lady Norse finish 13-16 on the season.