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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood drops 2 matches in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Kirkwood Eagles had a disappointing day at the Parkland volleyball tournament Saturday in Champaign, Ill.

The fourth-ranked Eagles lost a squeaker to Muskegon, 25-21, 12-25, 11-25, 25-21, 15-12, and also fell to fifth-ranked Owens in straight sets, 25-17, 25-11, 25-14.

The results snapped Kirkwood's 16-match winning streak and dropped the Eagles to 17-4 for the campaign.

Madsy Richards collected 21 kills against Muskegon. Margaret Micka had 10 kills, Alex Miner nine, Erica Armstrong eight and Morgan Grimm six. Caiti Peterson had 44 assists. Jenna Laxton finished with 22 digs. Armstrong blocked six shots. Richards and Grimm had five blocks.

Richards led Kirkwood with eight kills against Owens. Miner had six kills, Armstrong five and Micka four. Peterson had 21 assists. Laxton furnished 12 digs.


No. 4 Eagles spike 2 ranked foes

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The fourth-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team raised its winning streak to 16 straight matches Friday by whipping two ranked opponents at the Parkland tournament in Champaign, Ill.

The Eagles spanked Vincennes, 25-20, 25-19, 25-15, and blanked Lincoln Land, 25-16, 29-27, 25-20. Vincennes is ranked No. 20 in Division I and Lincoln Land is ranked No. 3 in Division II.

Madsy Richards led a balanced attack against Vincennes with seven kills. Alex Miner collected six kills, while Erica Armstrong and Morgan Grimm had five kill-shots apiece. Caiti Peterson had 21 assists. Jenna Laxton had 12 digs and Miner blocked five shots.

Richards and Margaret Micka finished with 10 kills against Lincoln Land. Grimm had eight kills, Miner seven kills and Armstrong six kills.

Peterson piled up 31 more assists against Lincoln Land. Richards had 19 digs, Laxton 17 digs, Micka 14 digs and Grimm 14 digs. Miner and Peterson blocked four shots.

Kirkwood raised its record to 17-2 heading into Saturday's action.






Armstrong helps Eagles toughen up

Nobody wanted to look at Erica Armstrong's left hand after she dislocated a finger while playing for the Kirkwood volleyball team in a 3-0 victory over NIACC Wednesday night, although the trainer had no choice.

Several of Armstrong's teammates covered their mouths and looked away.

"They were about to puke," she said later.

Even Armstrong looked away as the trainer examined her hand and then popped the errant finger back into place.

"It was ugly," said Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams, who took a quick peek.

"It was smashed up," Armstrong confirmed.

Incredibly, she did not miss a single point despite the injury. "Oh no, couldn't," she said firmly.

Without a doubt, Armstrong is a tough customer on the floor.

The trainer taped her pinkie and ring finger together between sets and the 6-foot sophomore from Guttenburg and Clayton Ridge High School simply played on.



Even leads KCC golfers to regional title

AMES - Jordan Even fired a 3-under-par 69 Monday to grab medalist honors and lead Kirkwood to the Region XI fall title at Veenker Golf Course in Ames.

The Eagles finished at 302 for a two-stroke victory over DMACC.

Charlie Hartwig shot a 2-over 74 for Kirkwood.


1. Kirkwood 302, 2. DMACC 304, 3. Iowa Central 315, 4. Southwestern 316, 5. Iowa Central JV 319, 6. NIACC 324, 7. (tie) Iowa Lakes 327, Southeastern 327, 9. Iowa Lakes JV 357.

KIRKWOOD: Jordan Even 69, Charlie Hartwig 74, JD Goodfellow 79, Luke Winker 80, Jake Sevcik 81.

Max Thrune 77, Louis Flynn 77, Niall Powell 83.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 08:59

Richards family excels in volleyball

When it comes to premier volleyball in Cedar Rapids these days, it's hard to top the Richards family and the three talented sisters who are playing at Kirkwood and Xavier.

Madsy Richards, a sophomore at Kirkwood, leads the fourth-ranked Eagles in kills and was named the national junior college player of the week for Sept. 5 through Sept. 11.

Charlotte Richards, a junior at Xavier, leads the sixth-ranked Saints in kills and is one of the top players in the state. And Olivia Richards, a sophomore at Xavier, has helped the Saints win all 15 of their matches this season.

"It's really cool," Madsy Richards said Wednesday night after Kirkwood swept Ellsworth, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18, for its 13th straight victory. "This year both teams are doing really well.

"Xavier is having a phenomenal year and they have a new coach (Austin Filer). I think they're really enjoying that and all the new stuff he brings to the program.

"And at Kirkwood we're doing really well. Our chemistry is really good and we're just taking care of business."



Even ties for title at Mount Mercy golf

Jordan Even of Kirkwood tied for first place at the Mount Mercy Fall Classic on Sunday at Hunters Ridge with a final score of 4-under-par 140 for the 36-hole tournament.

Even shared the title with Sergio Garcio of Mount Mercy.

Indian Hills ran away with the team championship with a 36-hole tally of 3-under 573. Kirkwood finished in fourth place.


1. Indian Hills 573, 2. Mount Mercy 587, 3. Missouri Valley 590, 4. Kirkwood 591, 5. Culver-Stockton 592, 6. Nebraska Wesleyan 610, 7. Graceland 612, 8. Mount Mercy B 612, 9. Missouri Valley C 613, 10. Quincy 617, 11. Black Hawk 620, 13. Simpson 633, 14. Waldorf 639, 15. Wartburg 643, 16. Coe 662, 17. Buena Vista 709.

KIRKWOOD: 1. (tie) Jordan Even 71-69=140, 10. (tie) JD Goodfellow 72-75+147, 14. (tie) Charles Hartwig 74-74=148, 57. (tie) Max Thrune 78-80=158, 68. (tie) Niall Powell 82-78=160.

KIRKWOOD B: 28. (tie) Jake Sevcik 75-76=151, 28. (tie) Luke Winker 77-74=151, 28. (tie) Louis Flynn 76-75=151.


Kirkwood golf in tight battle

The Kirkwood men's golf team finds itself in the thick of a tight battle heading into the final round of the Mount Mercy Fall Invitational Sunday at Hunters Ridge.

The top four teams in the tournament were separated by just three shots after the first round Saturday with Missouri Valley at 293, Indian Hills at 294, Kirkwood at 295 and Mount Mercy at 296. Culver-Stockton is just another two shots back at 298.

Chad Nitz of Mount Mercy grabbed the 18-hole lead at 70. Jordan Even of Kirkwood is in second place at 71 and J.D. Goodfellow of Kirkwood is tied for third at 72.


1. Missouri Valley 293, 2. Indian Hills 294, 3. Kirkwood 295, 4. Mount Mercy 296, 5. Culver-Stockton 298, 6. Nebraska Wesleyan 303, 7. Grand View 305, 8. Graceland 309, 9. (tie) Quincy 311, Saint Ambrose 311, 11. Missouri Valley II 312, 12. (tie) Black Hawk 314, Mount Mercy II 314, 14. Waldorf 325, 15. Simpson 327, 16. Wartburg 328, 17. Coe 334, 18. Buena Vista 354.

KIRKWOOD: Jordan Even 71, J.D. Goodfellow 72, Charlie Hartwig 74, Max Thrune 78, Niall Powell 82.


Kirkwood volleyball wins own tourney

The eighth-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team finished with a 4-0 record in its own tournament at Johnson Hall this weekend.

The Eagles swept Johnson County, 25-23, 27-25, 25-21, in a tight match Saturday and also swept McHenry, 25-22, 25-22, 25-15.

Kirkwood also won both of its matches Friday and has a 13-2 record this season.

Madsy Richards led the Eagles with nine kills against Johnson County. Alex Miner had nine kills, Morgan Grimm had seven, Erica Armstrong six and Riley Longden six in a balanced attack.

Caiti Peterson contributed 34 assists against Johnson County. Jenna Laxton had 20 digs.

Richards collected 12 kills against McHenry. Miner had 10 slams, Grimm had six and Armstrong five. Peterson furnished 31 assists and had 11 digs.


No. 8 Eagles win twice in tourney

The eighth-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team won both of its matches in the Kirkwood tournament at Johnson Hall Friday.

The Eagles blanked Illinois Central, 25-17, 25-14, 25-21, in their first match, but they had to rally for a 25-21, 18-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-6 verdict in their second contest against Cowley.

Madsy Richards led Kirkwood with 13 kills against Cowley. Caiti Peterson collected 36 assists. Richards had 19 digs, Jenna Laxton 18 digs and Peterson 17 digs. Erica Armstrong and Richards led the blocking at the net.

Kirkwood (11-2) has two more matches in the tournament Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Kirkwood volleyball sweeps Iowa Central

FORT DODGE - Madsy Richards collected 15 kills Wednesday night as the eighth-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team began the conference race by sweeping Iowa Central, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16, in Fort Dodge.

Erica Armstrong added eight kills for the Eagles, who raised their overall record to 9-2.

Caiti Peterson had 28 assists and 11 digs for Kirkwood. Richards and Jenna Laxton provided nine digs and Margaret Micka had eight digs.

Alex Miner helped blocked five shots at the net and had a solo block.

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