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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Indian Hills 'foreigners' top Kirkwood

The talented young ladies from Serbia, Brazil and Norway were a little too tough for the talented young ladies from Ely, West Branch and Maquoketa Wednesday night.

Indian Hills and its international cast of characters topped Kirkwood, 25-19, 25-14, 18-25, 25-12, in a premier junior college volleyball match at Johnson Hall.

Indian Hills also has 12 players from Iowa, including Sarah Ryder from Cedar Rapids Kennedy, but Tamara Merseli of Belgrade, Serbia; Mirela Vasconselos of Monte Azul Paulista, Brazil, and 6-foot-3 Nora Buvarp of Sands, Norway were too tough to handle.

"That makes it a difficult battle, but still, we've done it before," said Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams, whose team is comprised entirely of Iowans. "We can compete with that, we have the size to match that, we can play with that."

Not this night, however.

It was Sophomore Night and Dig Pink Night to Beat Cancer, and Williams thought her club may have lost focus with the pre-game ceremony and personal distractions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:16



No. 5 Eagles sweep NIACC in volleyball

MASON CITY - The fifth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles made quick work of NIACC Wednesday night in a junior college volleyball match in Mason City, 25-16,

25-9, 25-15.

Kirkwood (25-3-1) fell from No. 1 to No. 5 in the NJCAA Division II rankings this week after losing last week.

Erin Wenzel collected 12 kills for the Eagles. Halle Lueck had 36 assists and 10 digs. Heather Poula finished with nine kills.


No.1 Kirkwood upset by Waubonsee

BOONE - The top-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team was upset by Waubonsee, 25-22, 25-23, 25-15, at the DMACC tournament in Boone Friday.

The Eagles (24-3) topped Highland, 25-19, 25-13, 25-21, in their other match.

Halle Lueck collected 34 assists for Kirkwood against Waubonsee. Erin Wenzel had 11 kills, Heather Poula seven kills, Payton Hilton six kills and Megan Allmandinger six kills.

Lueck had 38 more assists against Highland. Wenzel had 10 kills and five blocks. Poula had 10 kills. Nicole Snyder had 14 digs.


No mistake: KCC volleyball is No.1

Kirkwood sophomore Becca Bell thought somebody in the Student Life department exaggerated a tad Wednesday morning when they were promoting Wednesday night's volleyball match against DMACC and encouraging students to attend.

"They said, 'Come support your No. 1 Eagles.' We thought it was just a mistake," Bell related. "Then someone checked it out and looked and she was like, 'Oh my gosh, they weren't kidding. We're really No. 1.'

"There were smiles all day," said Bell. "It was really exciting."

The top-ranked Eagles were still smiling Wednesday night after they swept No. 8 DMACC, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, at Johnson Hall.

This is the first time Kirkwood has been ranked No. 1 in volleyball during Jill Williams' 10 years as head coach.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 22:21



Kirkwood volleyball team ranked No. 1

The Kirkwood volleyball team jumped into the No. 1 spot in the Division II national rankings Wednesday by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

The Eagles were ranked No. 2 last week. They replaced Parkland at the top of the poll.

Kirkwood (22-2) will host No. 8 DMACC Wednesday night at 6:30.

TOP 10

1. Kirkwood (22-2), 2. Illinois Central (20-4), 3. Parkland (33-2), 4. Pasco-Hernando State (25-4), 5. Cowley Community (17-9), 6. Central-Columbus (21-5), 7. Kansas City (20-6), 8. DMACC (14-6), 9. Johnson County (16-7), 10. Columbus State (18-0).



Eagles, Mustangs hosting women's jamboree

Kirkwood Community College and Mount Mercy University will host a women's basketball jamboree this Sunday at the two schools.

Six junior college teams and six four-year schools will compete. The jamboree begins at 10 a.m. and ends with the final contests at 4 p.m.


Here is the schedule:




10:00 - KCC vs St Ambrose

10:45 - Iowa Central vs Clarke

11:30 - Southeastern vs St Ambrose

12:15 - KCC vs Clarke

1:00 - Southeastern vs Grand View

1:45 - Ellsworth vs Clarke

2:30 - KCC vs Grand View

3:15 - Marshalltown vs Ashford

4:00 - Ellsworth vs Grand View




10:00 - Marshalltown vs Mt Mercy

10:45 - Ellsworth vs Ashford

11:30 - Marshalltown vs William Penn

12:15 - DMACC vs Mt Mercy

1:00 - Iowa Central vs Ashford

1:45 - DMACC vs St Ambrose

2:30 - Southeastern vs William Penn

3:15 - Iowa Central vs Mt Mercy

4:00 - DMACC vs William Penn

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 19:26

Eagles finish 4th at La Crosse golf

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Kirkwood Eagles placed fourth out of 10 teams at the Ronnie Eastman Invitational golf tournament at the La Crosse Country Club Monday.

Blaine Buhr finished 15th for the Eagles with rounds of 80 and 75 for a 36-hole total of 155.

Bennett Laxton led Viterbo to the team championship at 1-over-par 145.

La Crosse Country Club
Par 72

Team Standings

1. Viterbo Cardinal 590, 2. AIB 598, 3. Winona State Purple 613, 4. Kirkwood 616, 5. Luther 627, 6. Wartburg 635, 7. Winona State White 649, 8. Jamestown 652, 9. Clarke 667, 10. Viterbo Silver 705.

Medalist - Bennett Laxton, Viterbo, 73-72=145Kirkwood - 15. Blaine Buhr 80-75=155, 19. Dylan Daxon 79-77=156, 22. Alex Garcia 79-78=157, 26. Eddie Doyle 80-78-158, 27. Carson Whittington 85-74=159.












KCC golfers ranked 7th in nation

The Kirkwood men's golf team is ranked seventh in the nation and first in its region by

Carson Whittington of Kirkwood is ranked 99th among junior college golfers in the country with a 74.13 stroke average.

Kirkwood's region includes all the junior colleges in Iowa except Indian Hills and Iowa Western.


No.2 Eagles knock off Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE - Heather Poula collected 14 kills and 16 digs Thursday night as the second-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team swept Iowa Lakes, 25-12, 25-18, 27-25, in a junior college match in Estherville.

Halle Lueck provided 37 assists and seven digs for the Eagles (22-2). Becca Bell furnished eight kills and eight blocks.

Kirkwood also got important contributions from Erin Wenzel (9 kills), Megan Allmandinger (5 kills), Kensley Heater (12 digs), Nicole Snyder (11 digs) and Audrey Richards (11 digs).


Eagles jump to 2nd in volleyball poll

The Kirkwood Eagles climbed from No. 7 to No. 2 in the new NJCAA Division II national volleyball rankings Wednesday.

The Eagles (21-2) own an 8-2 record against ranked teams this season.

TOP 10

1. Parkland (29-1), 2. Kirkwood (21-2), 3. Kansas City (17-3), 4. Central Columbus (17-4), 5. Pasco-Hernando State ((20-4), 6. Grand Rapids (16-3), 7. Illinois Central (15-4), 8. Cowley County (14-6), 9. Johnson County (14-7), 10. Columbus State (17-0).

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