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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood spiked by Indian Hills

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team hosted a strong club from Indian Hills Tuesday night and lost, 25-15, 25-15, 25-20, in a junior college match at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood is ranked No. 8 in NJCAA Division II, but Indian Hills is ranked No. 5 in Division I.

Madsy Richards led the Eagles (28-8) with eight kills. Caiti Peterson had 18 assists. Jenna Laxton finished with 14 digs.


Eagles are undefeated ICCAC champions

NORFOLK, Neb. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team swept Northeast Community College, 3-0, Wednedsay night to claim the ICCAC title with a perfect 8-0 record.

The ninth-ranked Eagles earned a 25-21, 25-21, 25-18 verdict to win the league title by at least two games. Northeast, DMACC and Iowa Central all have 5-2 records with one match left in their conference campaigns.

Madsy Richards led a balanced attack for Kirkwood with 11 kills. Erica Armstrong had nine kills, Alex Miner eight kills, Margaret Micka six kills and Morgan Grimm six kills.

Caiti Peterson notched 35 digs for the Eagles. Jenna Laxton had three ace serves. Grimm finished with 18 digs, Laxton had 15 digs and Richards, Micka and Peterson all had 11 digs. Armstrong collected four blocks.

Kirkwood raised its overall record to 28-7.


Kirkwood golfers finish 7th in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kirkwood men's golf team enjoyed a much better day in the second round of the Park University Fall Classic on Tuesday, but the Eagles paid a price for their poor showing on Monday and finished in seventh place.

Kirkwood fired a team score of 300 Tuesday after struggling with a 344 on Monday. Jordan Even shot a 1-over-par 73 to lead the Eagles on Tuesday after shooting an 87 on Monday at The National Golf Club of Kansas City.

Charles Hartwig tied for sixth place for Kirkwood with rounds of 80 and 75 for a 155 total.

Sterling College won the title at 611. Kirkwood finished at 644.


1. Sterling 611, 2. Bethany 624, 3. Iowa Central 629, 4. Lindenwood-Belleville 632, 5. Kansas City CC 633, 6. Evangel 634, 7. Kirkwood 644, 8. Ottawa 652, 9. Jamestown 653, 10. Huntington 656, 11. Graceland 657, 12. (tie) Kansas Wesleyan 668, Avila 668.

KIRKWOOD: 6th - Charles Hartwig 80-75=155, 24th - Jordan Even 87-73=160, 53rd - Louis Flynn 91-77=168, 58th - JD Goodfellow 86-84=170, 62nd - Max Thrune 97-75=172.



Kirkwood golfers struggle in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kirkwood men's golf team struggled in windy conditions at The National Golf Course in Kansas City Monday and sits in seventh place in the team standings after 18 holes.

The final round in the Park University Invitational is scheduled for Tuesday.

Charlie Hartwig led Kirkwood with an 8-over-par 80.


1. Sterling 320, 2. Bethany 322, 3. Lindenwood-Belleville 327, 4. Evangel 330, 5. Kansas City Community College 336, 6. Huntington 337, 7. Kirkwood 344, 8. Graceland 347, 9. Avila 348.

KIRKWOOD: Charlie Hartwig 80, JD Goodfellow 86, Jordan Even 87, Louis Flynn 91, Max Thrune 97.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 04:56

No. 9 Eagles win twice at Indian Hills

OTTUMWA - The ninth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team won both of its matches at the Indian Hills tournament Saturday in Ottumwa.

The Eagles topped Highland, 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-18, and swept the William Penn junior varsity, 25-10, 25-11, 25-15.

Madsy Richards led Kirkwood against Highland with 16 kills. Erica Armstrong had 11 kills, Morgan Grimm eight kills, Alex Miner seven kills and Riley Longden six kills.

Caiti Peterson rolled up 49 assists against Highland. Jenna Laxton had 14 digs, Richards 12 digs and Grimm 10 digs. Armstrong blocked seven shots and Alex Miner had five blocks.

Alexa Whipple topped the Eagles with 11 kills against William Penn. Peterson had 22 assists, Margaret Micka had three service aces. Micka also had six digs.

Kirkwood raised its record to 27-7.






No. 9 Eagles clinch tie for volleyball title

BOONE - The ninth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team defeated 15th-ranked Boone, 3-1, Wednesday night to clinch at least a tie for the ICCAC title.

The Eagles (25-7, 7-0) can claim the outright title with a victory at Northeast (Neb.) next Wednesday.

Kirkwood took the first set Wednesday night, 25-19, but DMACC squared the match with a 25-20 victory in the second set. The Eagles responded with 25-22 victories in the third and fourth sets for the verdict.

Erica Armstrong and Alex Miner topped a balanced attack for the Eagles with 13 kills. Madsy Richards had 12 kills, Morgan Grimm six kills and Margaret Micka five kills.

Caiti Peterson rolled up 44 assists for Kirkwood. Grimm had 17 digs, Richards 13 digs, Micka 11 digs and Jenna Laxton 11 digs. Miner blocked five shots. Armstrong and Micka had four blocks.


No. 9 Eagles sweep matches at DMACC

BOONE - The ninth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team won both of its matches at the DMACC tournament in Boone Saturday.

The Eagles beat Highland, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-15, and blanked Longview, 25-15, 25-15, 25-23.

Madsy Richards led Kirkwood with 19 kills against Highland. Riley Longden had 10 kills, Alex Miner eight kills and Morgan Grimm seven kills.

Caiti Peterson rolled up 48 assists against Highland. Grimm had four service aces. Jenna Laxton contributed 28 digs and Richards blocked five shots.

Richards collected 16 more kills against Longview. Erica Armstrong had 10 kills, Margaret Micka eight kills and Miner eight kills. Peterson chalked up 40 more assists. Richards had 11 digs.

Kirkwood raised its record to 24-7.


Eagles fall to No. 18 Johnson County

BOONE - The ninth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles lost to 18th-ranked Johnson County, 3-1, in a tight match at the DMACC volleyball tournament Friday.

Johnson County prevailed 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21 on the first day of the tournament.

Kirkwood (22-7) gained a split for the day with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-16 verdict over Waubonsee.

Madsy Richards led the Eagles against Johnson County with 13 kills. Caiti Peterson rolled up 43 assists, Morgan Grimm had 16 digs and three aces, and Erica Armstrong blocked five shots.

Richards also paced Kirkwood against Waubonsee with 11 kills, 12 digs and four aces. Peterson had 33 assists, Jenna Laxton had 12 digs, Armstrong blocked four shots and Margaret Micka blocked four shots.



Tough schedule fuels Kirkwood volleyball

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team has a simple philosophy when it comes to playing the toughest opponents they can find in weekend tournaments.

Bring 'em on!

The Eagles have compiled a 7-4 record against teams that have been ranked in the national polls this season, including the top-ranked junior college team in Division II (Parkland) and the second-ranked team in Division I (Iowa Western).

Kirkwood whipped four straight ranked teams during a two-day swing in the Kirkwood tournament last month and the Eagles also have faced stiff competition in tournaments at the Wisconsin Dells, Norfolk (Neb.), Champaign (Ill.) and Overland Park (Kan.).

"Just jumping into it 12 years ago when I came here, I learned that if you want to hang with the Joneses you have to go do what the Joneses are doing," Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams said Wednesday night. "That's what the top teams are doing.

"It gives us a good perspective of where we're at."

Kirkwood finished seventh at the national Division II tournament last year and is currently ranked No. 9 in the country.

The Eagles stepped away from tournament competition Wednesday night and swept Southwestern Community College, 25-12, 25-12, 25-19, in a conference match at Johnson Hall to remain undefeated in the league.



Eagles take 2nd at Viterbo golf meet

ONALASKA, Wis. - JD Goodfellow and Charlie Hartwig of Kirkwood tied for third place at the Ronnie Eastman Invitational golf tournament Tuesday and were named to the all-tournament team.

Goodfellow and Hartwig finished the 36-hole tournament at 9-over-par 153, one shot behind the co-winners.

Kirkwood finished second in the team standings behind St. Ambrose.


1. St. Ambrose 615, 2. Kirkwood 624, 3. Viterbo Cardinal 630, 4. Luther 650, 5. St. Ambrose "B" 652, 6. Wartburg 677, 7. Viterbo Silver 713.

KIRKWOOD: JD Goodfellow 76+77=153, Charlie Hartwig 76+77=153, Jordan Even 76+80=156, Jake Sevcik 79+80=159, Niall Powell 76+84=160, Max Thrune 79+81=160, Louis Flynn 75+87=162, Luke Winker 83+81=164.

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