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No. 19 Eagles spike Hawkeye CC

The 19th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team finished the regular  season with a resounding 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 victory over Hawkeye  Community College Wednesday night at Johnson Hall.

Coach Jill Williams and the Eagles drew the No. 4 seed for the Region  XI-A tournament this weekend and will face No. 5 seed DMACC in the  semifinals Saturday at 3 p.m. in Fort Dodge.

Anna Gorsich led Kirkwood with 12 kills and Aubrin Dittmer had eight.  Madi Wagaman dished out 24 assists. Maranda Wheelock, Olivia Richards  and Maggie Peters had three service aces.

Wheelock finished with 15 digs and Richards had 14. Taylor Carey  blocked four shots.

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Grand View sweeps Mount Mercy

GRAND VIEW - The 16th-ranked Grand View men's soccer team scored four  unanswered goals Wednesday and topped Mount Mercy, 4-2, in a Heart of  America Conference match in Des Moines.

Mount Mercy took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on an unassisted goal  by Duarte Leite, but Grand View responded with four straight markers  for a 4-1 advantage.

Nolan Armstrong tallied for the Mustangs in the 84th minute for the  final score.

The outcome left Mount Mercy at 7-8-2 overall and 4-6-1 in the  conference. Grand View got two goals from Daniel Kozma and raised its  records to 12-4 overall and 9-2 in the league.

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Mustangs denied by William Penn

OSKALOOSA - The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team saw a potential victory slip away Tuesday night.

The Mustangs won the first two sets, but William Penn rallied for a 21-25, 24-26, 25-19, 27-25, 15-11 victory in a Heart of America Conference match in Oskaloosa.

The outcome dropped Mount Mercy to 18-11 overall and 8-8 in the conference. William Penn raised its records to 12-19 overall and 7-11  in the league.

Kayla Daggett, who ranks ninth in NAIA women's volleyball in assists, collected 56 more in five sets for the Mustangs. Maddie Bell had 19 kills, Mackenzie Murphy 16 and Abbi Tunis 13.

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Cortes claims NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede

There were 188 women in the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede at Seminole  Valley Park in Cedar Rapids Saturday, but none of them could catch  Vanessa Cortes of Mount Mercy.

Cortes, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif., blazed to victory in the 5K  race in 18 minutes, 41.5 seconds, topping Olivia Couch of Dordt by 7.3  seconds.

Mount Mercy finished a robust second out of 20 teams in the women's  race behind Dordt. Kelsi Huhndorf placed 12th for the Mustangs, Andrea  Ertz 16th, Emily Erickson 19th and McKenna Johnson 50th.

This was the second major championship in a row for Cortes. She also  captured first place in the Fighting Bee Invitational Oct. 12.

The Mount Mercy men's cross country team finished seventh out of 20  teams in their race. Jacob Blackmon led the Mustangs in 28th place in  the 8K stampede in 26 minutes, 19.0 seconds.

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No. 19 Eagles spiked by ranked foes

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team lost to a  pair of highly ranked opponents at the Johnson County triangular meet  Saturday.

The 19th-ranked Eagles began the day by falling to sixth-ranked  Johnson County, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 28-26, after winning the first set.

Kirkwood was then swept by Indian Hills, 25-17, 25-18, 25-12, falling to the seventh-ranked club in NJCAA Division I volleyball.

Kirkwood and Johnson County compete at the NJCAA Division II level,  while Indian Hills competes in a higher category.

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