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Gorsich, Richards help No. 4 Eagles take openers

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Freshmen Anna Gorsich and Olivia Richards made impressive debuts for the fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team Friday at the McHenry Invitational in Rockford, Ill.

Gorsich and Richards both had 19 kills as the Eagles defeated Waubonsee, 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 26-24, and swept Illinois Valley, 25-14, 25-16, 25-23, in the season openers.

Gorsich, from Linn-Mar High School, collected 10 kills, 10 digs and five aces against Waubonsee. Richards, from Xavier High School, had 10 kills, five digs, three blocks and two aces in that match.

Gorsich contributed nine kills and eight digs against Illinois Valley. Richards had nine kills and 12 digs in that contest.


Daggett steers Mustangs to wins

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Kayla Daggett rolled up 102 assists Friday to help  the Mount Mercy women's volleyball team open the season with a pair of  tight victories at the KCAC Challenge in Hutchinson, Kan.

Daggett accumulated 55 assists as the Mustangs topped Friends, 23-25,  25-18, 24-26, 25-17, 15-10, in a five-set thriller. She then had 47  assists as the Mustangs defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan, 25-23, 24-26,  25-15, 18-25, 15-6, in another five-set marathon.

Maddie Bell led Mount Mercy with 16 kills against Friends. Olivia  Makinen and Alyssa Weldon had 13 kills and Torie Alexander had 11.  Weldon had 18 digs, Gabi Delsing 17 and Alexander 13 against Friends.


Mount Mercy drops 2019 soccer openers

Both Mount Mercy soccer teams suffered tight losses in the 2019 season openers at the Plaster Athletic Complex Wednesday.

The Mount Mercy women lost to Briar Cliff, 2-1, and the Mount Mercy  men were trimmed by St. Francis (Ill.), 2-1, in overtime.

Carly Walker scored for the Mustang women in the first half for a 1-0  lead with an assist from Abby Estabrook. Briar Cliff scored twice in  the second half for the victory. Sarah Johnson made seven saves for Mount Mercy.


Look Who's Playing in 2020 IWSL

Twelve players have registered for the 2020 Iowa Women's Softball League as of Aug. 11 (see list below).

The registration fee for returning players is $50 through Aug. 31. Open registration will begin Sept. 1 for $75.


The 2020 playing dates are May 31, June 7-14-21-28 and July 12-19-26.

Contact IWSL director Jim Ecker for more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 319-390-4236.

Those who have registered include:

1. Morgan Braughton, Mount Mercy, OF
2. Avery Guy, Iowa, IF
3. Brie Tauber, Clarke, IF
4. Haley McFarlane, Saint Cloud State, IF
5. Olivia Heckel, Stevenson, C/3B
6. Georgia Porter, Simpson, C/OF
7. Ann Smolenski, Winona State, IF
8. Melanie Rasmussen, Missouri Western, OF
9. Alyssa Barnhart, Buena Vista, IF
10. Kaylee Watson, Grand View, OF
11. Morgan Hogenson, Luther, OF
12. Janna Schwartzhoff, Clarke, P/1B


Registration begins for 2020 IWSL campaign

Things keep getting better and better for the Iowa Women’s Softball League. Now it's time to move forward again.

The IWSL concluded its third season this past Sunday and the players, coaches, administrators and fans all agreed it was the best year yet. With that in mind, it’s time to begin thinking about next year.

Registration for the 2020 campaign officially began on Thursday, Aug.  1 for everyone who played this season. Click on the registration link that appears with this story and have a credit card handy to enroll.

Yes, it’s early. And yes, it’s almost impossible for college softball players to plan that far ahead. That’s all true.


But here’s the flip side: All of the players who register in August have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.

All the returning players who enroll in August will get a 50 percent discount off the normal registration fee and pay only $50 instead of $100. They can save themselves a spot in the league for next summer and not have  to worry about getting locked out.


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