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KCC volleyball claims 9th at nationals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Kirkwood Eagles got off to a slow start at the national volleyball tournament in West Virginia this past week, but there was no stopping them once they got rolling.

The Eagles claimed a 3-2 victory over Gulf Coast State Saturday morning to finish ninth in the NJCAA Division II tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.

Kirkwood won 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13. The Eagles were seeded No. 9 in the tournament and Gulf Coast State was seeded No. 6, so it was a mild upset.

Kirkwood lost to top-ranked Parkland in the opening round, but the Eagles bounced back with three straight victories in the consolation bracket to finish with a 3-1 record with triumphs over two higher-seeded clubs.

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Kirkwood - Volleyball

KCC volleyball swept at national meet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team was swept by Illinois Central, 3-0, in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center.

Kirkwood (26-15) will face Mercyhurst North East (19-8) in a consolation match Friday at 11 a.m. as it tries to battle back for ninth place in the 16-team tournament.

Kirkwood is seeded No. 9 for the national tournament and Illinois Central is No. 8, but the Eagles were swept 25-15, 25-21, 25-20.

Anna Gorsich had 12 kills for Kirkwood. Madi Wagaman and Rachael Nelson had 13 assists. Olivia Richards made 16 digs and Maranda Wheelock had 14. Maggie Peters blocked five shots.

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Kirkwood - Volleyball

KCC volleyball draws No. 9 seed for nationals

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team will face Illinois Central in the  opening round of the NJCAA Division II national tournament on  Thursday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center in  Charleston, W.Va.

Kirkwood (26-14) is the No. 9 seed in the 16-team tournament and  Illinois Central (33-10) is the No. 8 seed.

Illinois Central trimmed the Eagles, 3-2, in their only meeting this  season Sept. 20 at Illinois Central.

If Kirkwood defeats Illinois Central, the Eagles would face Parkland  or Mercyhurst North East in the quarterfinals next Thursday at 6:30  p.m. If Kirkwood loses to Illinois Central, the Eagles would meet the  Parkland-Mercyhurst loser on Friday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m.

Kirkwood finished fourth at the national tournament last year.

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KCC volleyball team headed to nationals

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team is headed  back to the NJCAA Division II national tournament in West Virginia.

The 14th-ranked Eagles swept Metropolitan Community College, 25-17,  25-20, 25-23, in the district finals Saturday to continue their  postseason surge.

Kirkwood (26-14) advances to the national tournament at the Charleston  Civic Center in Charlestown, W.Va., Nov, 21-23. The Eagles finished  fourth at nationals last year and will be making their sixth trip to  the national tournament in 15 years under Coach Jill Williams.

Anna Gorsich sparked Kirkwood with 13 kills against Metropolitan  (13-24). Peyton Brokovich and Abbie Ericson had nine kills. Aubrin  Dittmer and Taylor Carey contributed five kills in the sweep.

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Kirkwood - Volleyball

Eagles whip No. 1 seed for regional title

FORT DODGE - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team knocked off the No.  1 seed on its own court Sunday to claim the Region XI-A championship.

The 19th-ranked Eagles upended eighth-ranked Iowa Central, 25-23,  20-25, 25-21, 26-24, in the regional finals in Fort Dodge with a  clutch performance.

Kirkwood (25-14) will face Metropolitan Community College (13-23) in a  district tournament in Kansas City Saturday, with the winner advancing  to the NJCAA Division II national tournament in Charleston, W.Va.,  Nov. 21-23.

Kirkwood handed Iowa Central its only loss in the ICCAC conference  this season, but the Eagles were seeded No. 4 and Iowa Central was  seeded No. 1 for the regional based on the league standings.

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