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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 9 Eagles dominate own tournament

The ninth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team had a great time in  its own tournament this weekend.

The Eagles swept two matches Saturday to finish the two-day event with  a 4-0 record, with the highlight being a five-set victory over  top-ranked Parkland on Friday.

Kirkwood swept Central (Neb.), 26-24, 25-17, 25-12, in its first match  Saturday and rolled by McHenry, 25-12, 25-16, 25-17.

The Eagles raised their record to 10-4 with the perfect weekend.

Taylor Carey blocked 15 shots Saturday, with 10 blocks against Central  and five more against McHenry. She also had 12 kills in the two matches.

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KCC volleyball stuns No. 1 Parkland

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team pulled off a stunning upset in the first round of its own tournament Friday.

The ninth-ranked Eagles whipped top-ranked Parkland, 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 15-11, in an exciting match at Johnson Hall.

Parkland (17-1) suffered its first and only loss of the season. Kirkwood raised its record to 8-4 with two wins Friday.

Anna Gorsich led the Eagles with 14 kills and 21 digs against Parkland. Aubrin Dittmer and Abbie Ericson had 13 kills. Maggie Peters contributed eight kills and blocked seven shots.

Madi Wagaman had 26 assists against Parkland and Rachael Nelson had 19. Maranda Wheelock matched Gorsich with 21 digs. Taylor Carey blocked five shots. Ellie Bildstein and Gorsich had four blocks.

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No. 4 Eagles flattened by Southeastern

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team ran into a formidable opponent  Wednesday night in the ICCAC conference opener at Johnson Hall.

The fourth-ranked Eagles were swept by Southeastern Community College,  25-21, 25-20, 25-22, on their home floor.

Kirkwood fell to 6-4 overall for the campaign. Southeastern squared  its record at 5-5.

Aubrin Dittmer and Anna Gorsich had eight kills for Kirkwood. Olivia  Richards, Taylor Carey and Maggie Peters had four apiece.

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Dittmer helps No. 4 Eagles split matches

NORFOLK, Neb. - Aubrin Dittmer collected 25 kills Saturday as the fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team split two matches at  the Northeast Tournament in Nebraska.

Dittmer had 10 kills to help the Eagles defeat Southeastern, 25-16,  22-25, 25-21, 25-16, in their first match. She had 15 more kill shots as the Eagles lost to North Dakota State College of Science, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20.

Kirkwood compiled a 3-1 record in the two-day tournament and has a 6-3 record for the season.

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No. 4 Eagles sweep matches in Nebraska

NORFOLK, Neb. - Anna Gorsich collected 23 kills Friday as the  fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team swept both of its  matches at the Northeast Tournament in Norfolk, Neb.

Gorsich had 11 kills in a 25-19, 25-18, 25-19 victory over McCook  Community College and had 12 more kills in a 25-15, 25-13, 25-12  conquest of Williston Community College.

Aubrin Dittmer contributed 11 kills against McCook. Madi Wagaman had  27 assists. Maranda Wheelock and Olivia Richards made 14 digs and  Wagaman had 13. Maggie Peters blocked six shots and Gorsich had five  blocks.

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No. 4 Eagles edged by Grand View JV

The fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team made a strong  comeback Tuesday night, but the rally fell short against the Grand  View junior varsity team at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood lost the first two sets, but the Eagles claimed the third and  fourth sets by identical scores of 25-21 to force a fifth and decisive  game. The Vikings won the showdown, 15-9, to claim the victory.

Grand View won 25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9.

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No. 4 Eagles finish 3-1 at tournament

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Freshman Olivia Richards collected 31 kills Saturday as the fourth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles split their final two matches at the McHenry volleyball tournament in Rockford, Ill.

Richards had 15 kills as the Eagles lost to Kansas City Community College, 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, in their first match. She then had 16 kills as Kirkwood topped Grand Rapids Community College, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22, in their next contest.

Kirkwood finished with a 3-1 record at the McHenry tournament to begin the season.

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Gorsich, Richards help No.4 Eagles take openers

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Freshmen Anna Gorsich and Olivia Richards made impressive debuts for the fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team Friday at the McHenry Invitational in Rockford, Ill.

Gorsich and Richards both had 19 kills as the Eagles defeated Waubonsee, 19-25, 25-20, 25-11, 26-24, and swept Illinois Valley, 25-14, 25-16, 25-23, in the season openers.

Gorsich, from Linn-Mar High School, collected 10 kills, 10 digs and five aces against Waubonsee. Richards, from Xavier High School, had 10 kills, five digs, three blocks and two aces in that match.

Gorsich contributed nine kills and eight digs against Illinois Valley. Richards had nine kills and 12 digs in that contest.

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3 Eagles named softball All-Americans

Kirkwood freshmen London Jackson, Erin Hocker and Shelby Hulsebus have been named NJCAA Division II All-Americans for the 2019 softball campaign.

Jackson, a third baseman, was named a first team All-American by the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) after hitting .414 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs. She led the nation in home runs this year and finished second in RBIs.

Hulsebus, a speedy outfielder, was named a first team All-American by the NFCA and a second team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). She hit .441 with 29 RBIs, led the nation with 58 stolen bases and was named the New Balance Golden Shoe winner by the NFCA.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2019 08:39

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Petersen created fond memories at Kirkwood

Bryan Petersen did not go hunting for a new job after leading the Kirkwood Eagles to their second NJCAA Division II national title in four years this past season.

As it turned out, an attractive new job found him.

Petersen, 32, has left the Kirkwood men's basketball program to become an assistant coach at South Dakota State, an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Summit Conference. Tim Sandquist, who led Rock Valley College to the championship game of the NJCAA DIII tournament this year, was hired last week as Kirkwood's new coach.

Petersen compiled a 157-38 record in six years at Kirkwood with national titles in 2016 and 2019. And although he was not looking for a new job, he was receptive when new South Dakota State Coach Eric Henderson offered him a spot with the Jackrabbits.

Henderson and Petersen have known each other for 10 years. Henderson worked with the Iowa State men's basketball program when Petersen played for the Cyclones as a junior and senior, and they communicated quite a bit the last two years when Henderson helped recruit Kirkwood All-American Doug Wilson to South Dakota State.

When Henderson became the head coach at South Dakota State this spring, he called Petersen and popped the question. "If I was going to leave Kirkwood, there were only a few places where I felt comfortable," he said. "This was one of them."

Petersen did not accept right away, but quickly became intrigued by the possibility of coaching at the NCAA Division I level.

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