Opening conference play Wednesday on the road, the East Central College volleyball Falcons returned to Union with a four-game win over St. Louis Community College, 25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 25-7.

“It was a good win versus St. Louis Community College, especially since our lineup was off with not having one of our key starters (Megan Manis),” ECC Head Coach Lisa Mathes-Peters said. “We struggled getting going in the match but I was proud of the mental toughness of the girls and how they pulled through. Every player on the floor contributed to that win.”

The Falcons (3-3, 1-0) head to the Kirkwood Tournament Friday and Saturday in Iowa.

On Friday, ECC plays Iowa Central at 2 p.m. and Kirkwood at 8 p.m.

The Falcons face Indian Hills at noon Saturday and close out against Iowa Lakes at 1:30 p.m.

“This weekend we face four schools with winning history,” Mathes-Peters said. “Three out of the four teams we play this weekend are ranked or received votes.”

Mathes-Peters is hopeful the Falcons can play well.

“If our offense improves and gets consistent like our passing and defense we should be able to give each team a match and hopefully bring home some wins,” Mathes-Peters said.

On Monday, the Falcons visit Fayette to take on the Central Methodist University JV team at 6:30 p.m. ECC hosts Mineral Area College in Midwest Community College Athletic Conference action Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Against St. Louis Community College, sophomore Amanda Reetz (West Delaware, Manchester, Iowa) led the way with 12 kills. Sophomore Jacy Conway (Eminence) was next with seven kills and freshman setter Abby Spuhl (Pacific) posted six kills. Freshman Hannah Leslie (Washington) posted three kills, freshman Paige Schmelzle (Ste. Genevieve) added two and Toppmeyer posted one.

Spuhl had 23 assists while Schmelzle added nine and Leslie chipped in with one.

Sophomore Haley Zenner (Dubuque, Iowa) recorded one ace.

Freshman Alyssa Schrader (Troy) had 12 digs while Reetz and Spuhl each ended with 10. Zenner posted seven and freshman Paige Mueller (Holt) contributed six.

Reetz had the team’s only solo block and added one assist. Zenner, Leslie and Toppmeyer also had block assists.