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No. 10 Eagles raise mark to 19-3

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 10th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team raised its record to 19-3 Saturday by winning two more matches at the Parkland Invitational tournament.

The Eagles swept Vincennes, 25-22, 25-13, 25-14, and knocked off Lincoln Land, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 25-11.

Alexa Ingram led Kirkwood to the victory over Vincennes with 15 kills, eight digs and four blocks. Haleigh Durnin had seven blocks, Sami Johnson six, Maddie Huff four and Abbi Tunis four.

Lauren Keane rolled up 29 assists and had 10 digs against Vincennes. Maddie Lavenz finished with 18 digs. Maddie Huff blocked seven shots. Tunis and Lavenz had three aces.

Ingram and Tunis paced the victory over Lincoln Land with 13 kills apiece. Durnin had nine kills and Johnson eight.


Mount Mercy runners claim titles

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Both of the Mount Mercy cross country teams captured top honors at the Bakersfield College Invitational Friday in California.

James Lindstrom and Aaron Goldin of Mount Mercy finished 1-2 in the men's competition to lead the Mustangs to the team championship. Lindstrom won the four-mile race in 22 minutes, 6 seconds.

McKenna Johnson of Mount Mercy placed third in the women's race to pace the Mustangs to the overall crown. She covered the 5 kilometer race in 20 minutes, 37 seconds.


No. 10 Eagles cruise at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 10th-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team sailed to a pair of straight-set victories at the Parkland tournament Friday.

The Eagles swept John A. Logan, 25-21, 25-11, 25-20 in their first match and defeated Southwestern Illinois, 25-13, 25-15, 25-7 in their second contest in Illinois.

Maddie Lavenz collected 41 digs in the two matches. Abbi Tunis had 21 kills. Alexa Ingram finished with 18 kills, nine digs and six blocks.


No. 10 KCC volleyball sweeps Southeastern

WEST BURLINGTON - Abbi Tunis collected nine kills and six blocked shots Wednesday night as the 10th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team swept Southeastern, 25-23 25-12, 25-22.

Alexa Ingram furnished 12 kills, 17 digs and four blocks for Kirkwood. Haleigh Durnin had seven kills. Maddie Huff finished with six kills and five blocks.

Lauren Keane rolled up 33 assists in three sets.


World-wide Mustangs battle to draw

Nikola Petrovic speaks Serbian, English and Portuguese and is working on his French, which makes him a perfect guy to play for the Mount Mercy University men's soccer team.

Coach Amir Hadzic, a native of Bosnia, has players from 13 different countries on his international roster this season, just like he has during many of his 24 years at Mount Mercy.

Petrovic, who is from Serbia, fits right in with his teammates from Germany, Portugal, Jamaica, The Netherlands, England, Senegal, Austria, Brazil, Mali, Australia, South Africa and the United States.

"It's pretty interesting and fun, of course, meeting a lot of cultures and getting to know a lot of languages as well," he said Tuesday night. "I live with a Brazilian guy, and I'm learning Brazilian and he's learning Serbian. It's pretty fun."

Petrovic scored the only goal for Mount Mercy Tuesday as the Mustangs battled Grand View to a 1-1 draw in double-overtime in an intense Heart of America contest at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

Souleymane Diallo, who is from Senegal, got the assist as Mount Mercy took a 1-0 lead late in the first half. Grand View scored in the 73rd minute and both clubs missed opportunities after that.


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