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No. 12 Eagles sweep in Boone

BOONE - Alexa Aldrich-Ingram slammed 37 kills Friday as the 12th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles won both of their matches at the DMACC volleyball tournament in Boone.

Aldrich-Ingram had 18 kills as the Eagles began the day with a 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Longview. She collected 19 more kills in a 25-19, 25-14, 20-25, 25-10 verdict over Rochester.

Haleigh Durnin provided 14 kills against Longview. Sami Johnson had eight kills, Abbi Tunis seven and Lauren Keane six.

Keane rolled up 41 assists against Longview. Chloe McNeese served four aces. Maddie Lavenz made 32 digs, Ingram 14, Jonson 13 and McNeese 10. Tunis blocked 10 shots at the net.


Mount Mercy tops MidAmerica Nazarene

Alyssa Weldon collected 10 kills and 12 digs Friday as the Mount Mercy women's volleyball team defeated MidAmerica Nazarene, 26-24, 25-23, 25-17, in a Heart of America Conference match at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Maddie Bell had nine kills, Becca Thomson eight, Olivia Coe five, Olivia Makinen four and Kayla Daggett three in a balanced attack at the net.

Daggett dished out 32 assists. Lauren Stopko had 25 digs and Thomson 15. Bell blocked four shots.


No. 12 Eagles roll by Iowa Lakes

There's a lot to like about the Kirkwood women's volleyball team so far this season.

The Eagles have a sparkling 22-4 record, they've knocked off five ranked teams and they're sporting a No. 12 national ranking themselves.

They might not win the ICCAC Conference title this season as a result of two losses to ranked opponents, but they're putting themselves in a good position to challenge for a spot in the NJCAA Division II national tournament in November.

Kirkwood rolled by Iowa Lakes, 25-14, 25-16, 25-13, in a conference match at Johnson Hall Wednesday night for its 12th victory in their last 13 contests.

The only loss during that streak was a five-set defeat to 11th-ranked Hawkeye Community College in an ICCAC match last week.

"It was important to bounce back in a conference match and advance our level of play," Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams said Wednesday. "It sets us up for another weekend with top-notch tournament.


Noble, Mustangs claim titles at Bent Tree

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Casey Noble of Mount Mercy captured medalist honors at the Iowa Western Invitational Tuesday and led the Mustangs to the team championship at the Bent Tree Golf Club in Council Bluffs.

Noble fired rounds of 78 and 75 for a 36-hole total of 153, good for a one-stroke victory over Lisa Lied of Iowa Western and Karli Kerrigan of Grand View.

Noble finished at 9-over par for the tournament.

Mount Mercy trailed by one shot heading into the final round, but the Mustangs sizzled with a 303 Tuesday and won the tournament by 35 shots over Iowa Western, 634 to 669.

Allyson Wertz of Mount Mercy fired a 1-over 73 Tuesday and finished in fifth place. Natalea Cook placed sixth for the Mustangs and Kayla Stammer tied for seventh.


Babcock ties for Eastman golf title

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Will Babcock of Kirkwood tied for first place at the Ronnie Eastman Invitational at the La Crosse Country Club Tuesday.

Babcock competed as an individual and did not count in the team standings for the Eagles. He fired rounds of 75 and 73 for a 36-hole total of 148, tying Isaac Westlake of Winona State and Ben Phipps of Luther for the title on the par-72 course.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood tied for fourth place to help Kirkwood finish in second place in the team standings. He shot rounds of 76 and 74 for a 36-hole score 150, just two shots behind the leaders.

Winona State won the team championship at 603. Kirkwood placed second at 610, seven shots off the lead.

Ben Epperly of Kirkwood tied for seventh place and Dawson Peters tied for ninth place for the Eagles.


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