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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 14 Eagles sail by Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE - Ady Wintermote collected 17 kills Wednesday night as the 14th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 victory at Iowa Lakes, 25-17, 25-14, 25-12.

With the victory, the Eagles remained tied for the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference lead with Iowa Central. Both have 5-0 league records. Kirkwood will host Iowa Central in a showdown for the ICCAC lead Oct. 11.

Abbi Tunis provided 12 kills for the Eagles and Margaret Micka had nine. Lauren Keane distributed 32 assists, Micka had 16 digs and Haleigh Durnin had four blocks.

Kirkwood has swept four of its conference opponents this season with 3-0 victories and has won 15 of 17 sets overall in league matches.

The Eagles raised their overall record to 16-11. Iowa Lakes fell to 4-20 overall and 0-5 in the conference.


Kirkwood wins Eastman golf title

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Kirkwood men's golf team captured its third tournament this fall by capturing top honors at the Ronnie Eastman Invitational at the La Crosse Country Club Tuesday.

The Eagles finished with a 36-hole total of 594 for a 24-shot margin over Viterbo University.

Niall Powell of Kirkwood placed fifth in the tournament and led the Eagles with two-day scores of 75 and 73 for 148.

Dawson Peters of Kirkwood tied for sixth at 75-74=149, JD Goodfellow and Ryan Morrison tied for ninth at 150 and Max Thrune shared 11th at 151.

Michael Schmitz of Winona State won the individual title with rounds of 70 and 67 for 137.

Kirkwood has also won the Mount Mercy Fall Shootout and the Wartburg Invitational this season.


1. Kirkwood 594, 2. Viterbo 618, 3. Jamestown 620, 4. Wartburg 649, 5. Luther 654, 6. Saint Ambrose 656, 7. Saint Ambrose 'B' 675, 8. Viterbo 'B' 701.


Eagles split 2 matches in Kansas

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The 12th-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team split its final two matches at the Johnson County tournament Saturday.

The Eagles lost to Johnson County, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23, in their first match and rebounded with a 3-1 victory over North Platte, 25-16, 19-25, 25-11, 25-22.

Ady Wintermote led Kirkwood with 15 kills against Johnson County and Margaret Micka had 11. Lauren Keane collected 26 assists. Brianna Eberhardt had 17 digs, Keane 16 and Micka 12. Haleigh Durnin blocked five shots.

Wintermote finished with 16 kills against North Platte and Micka had 15. Keane distributed 43 assists. Eberhardt had 25 digs, Micka 24, Keane 17 and Wintermote 16. McKenzie Petersen blocked eight shots.

Kirkwood finished with a 1-3 record in the tournament and saw its overall mark fall to 15-11.


No. 12 Eagles fall twice to ranked foes

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The 12th-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team dropped  both of its matches against highly ranked opponents at the Johnson County tournament in Kansas Friday.

The Eagles lost 20-25, 25-10, 25-14, 25-18, to eighth-ranked Cowley and fell 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20, to third-ranked Central (Neb.). Kirkwood won the first set in both matches, but then lost three straight games in the 3-1 defeats.

The setbacks dropped Kirkwood to 14-10 for the campaign.

Ady Wintermote had 14 kills against Cowley and Margaret Micka had 11. Lauren Keane distributed 21 assists and Grace Swenning had 12. Brianna Eberhardt had 29 digs and McKenzie Petersen blocked six shots.

Wintermote rolled up 26 kills against Central and Micka had 25. Keane  had 28 assists and Swenning finished with 25. Eberhardt came up with 31 digs. Haleigh Durnin blocked four shots.



KCC assistant Blank re-signs with Bandits

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league have re-signed first baseman Megan Blank to a one-year deal, team officials announced on Tuesday afternoon on the team's official website.

Blank is also in her first season as an assistant coach for the Kirkwood softball team

Blank, who initially signed with the Bandits via open tryouts prior to the 2015 season, recently completed her third season with the  team. Following a pair of Cowles Cup championship seasons in 2015 and 2016, the former Iowa standout enjoyed a successful 2017 campaign in which she batted .263 with three home runs and 17 RBI. The three long balls ranked second on the team, only trailing rookie catcher Sahvanna Jaquish (6).

“I’m looking forward to my fourth season with the Bandits,” Blank said. “The organization is second to none and I can’t wait to help bring the Cowles Cup back to Chicago and back to the best fans in  the NPF.”

Blank, originally from Culver City, CA, continued to excel from the left side of the plate during her third year in the NPF. The four-time All-Big Ten First Team selection set career highs in walks (13) and runs (16) as part of a Bandits team that reached the postseason for the 10th consecutive season.



Wintermote powers No. 9 Eagles to victory

CRESTON - Freshman Ady Wintermote collected 17 kills Wednesday night as the ninth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles swept Southwestern, 25-16, 25-15,  25-17, in a junior college volleyball match in Creston.

Abbi Tunis supported Wintermote with eight kills and Margaret Micka had seven.

Lauren Keane rolled up 25 assists for the Eagles and Grace Swenning had 11. Brianna Eberhardt had 19 digs, Micka 17 and Wintermote 11.

McKenzie Petersen led the block attack with eight. Haleigh Durnin had seven blocks and Tunis had five.

Kirkwood raised its records to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference.


Goodfellow, Eagles share 2nd at Klocke golf

JD Goodfellow and the Kirkwood Eagles tied for second place at the Klocke Family Classic golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Sunday.

Goodfellow, a sophomore from Iowa City, finished at even-par 144 for the 36-hole tournament and shared second place in the individual standings with Ricky Sanders of Indian Hills.

Kirkwood tied Mount Mercy for second place in the team standings at  23-over 599. Kirkwood entered two teams in the tournament and its other squad finished fourth, just a shot behind the runners-up.

Julien Sale of Indian Hills claimed medalist honors at 6-under 138 and led his team to the championship by 16 shots.

George Appleseth of Kirkwood tied for fifth place at 2-over 146.



No. 11 Eagles finish 2-2 in tourney

The 11th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team split its two matches  in the Kirkwood tournament Saturday and finished with a 2-2 record in the event at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles were swept by top-ranked Parkland, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, in  their first match Saturday, then rebounded with a 25-20, 28-26, 25-15 verdict over ninth-ranked McHenry County.

All four of Kirkwood's matches in the tournament were against ranked opponents.

Ady Wintermote led the Eagles Saturday with 19 kills in the two matches. Abbi Tunis had 13 kills, Margaret Micka 11, Nyadoar Gatwech 10 and McKenzie Petersen eight.

Grace Swenning collected 29 assists and Lauren Keane had 28. Micka led Kirkwood in digs with 21, followed by Brianna Eberhardt (20), Wintermote (15) and Keane (13).

Petersen blocked 11 shots Saturday. Gatwech blocked six, Micka five and Haleigh Durnin four.

Parkland won all four of its matches to win the tournament.


Gatwech sparks rally by No. 11 Eagles

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team was being blitzed by sixth-ranked Sauk Valley in the Kirkwood tournament Friday night when Coach Jill Williams plucked Nyadoar Gatwech off the end of the bench to see if she might be able to light a fire.

The 6-foot-3 freshman from Marshalltown, who had played briefly in only one match all season, helped turned the contest around.

The 11th-ranked Eagles rallied for a 15-25, 12-25, 25-18, 25-19, 18-16 victory after being thoroughly outplayed by Sauk Valley in the first two sets.

Gatwech entered the match in the third set and immediately made a big impact. She finished with five blocks and altered several other shots at key moments.

Williams said her impact was "huge."

"Their outside hitters had just been tearing us up," said Williams.  "They had to alter their shots and make some changes (with Gatwech on  the floor) because she does have more size. It gave us a spark, we  found our energy.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 September 2017 23:37



No. 11 Eagles sweep NIACC in volleyball

MASON CITY - The 11th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team blitzed NIACC, 25-19, 25-11, 25-21, in a conference match in Mason City Wednesday night.

Alexa Whipple led the Eagles with 11 kills and 10 digs. Margaret Micka and Ady Wintermote had eight kills.

Lauren Keane rolled up 20 assists and Grace Swenning had 11. McKenzie Petersen blocked seven shots.

Kirkwood raised its records to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the league.



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