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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood claims 'international' match

The girls from Iowa beat the girls from Brazil Thursday night.

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team clipped Indian Hills, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9 in an exciting match that had an international flair at Johnson Hall.

Indian Hills has 12 players from Brazil on its 15-girl roster, along with one player from Serbia, one from South Australia and one from Ottumwa.

All 15 of Kirkwood's players are home-grown products from Iowa and Thursday night the Iowans won.

Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams has coached at the international level during her career and has seen Indian Hills stock its roster with players from all over the world before.

"That's kind of their forte in Division I, to go the international route," said Williams. "My forte is to find what's right here in Iowa and right in our backyard and let's roll."



Subs help No. 13 Eagles dump Southwestern

Kirkwood volleyball coach Jill Williams dug a little deeper into her bench Wednesday night and got the results she wanted.

The 13th-ranked Eagles spanked Southwestern, 25-17, 25-17, 25-10, in a quick 70-minute match at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood trailed early in the second set when Williams put Madi Wagaman onto the floor as a setter and the 5-foot-9 freshman from Springville helped spark the team.

"That's the first time she's been put into the driver's seat to run the show without us having a big lead," said Williams, who liked the way Wagaman responded. "Madi does it every day (in practice) on the other side of the net. I felt confident in her."

Wagaman did not play in the first set, but she joined the rotation for the rest of the night and finished with 10 assists, two kills, two digs and two blocks.

Freshmen Maranda Wheelock, Abbie Ericson and Taylor Carey also got into the match for the Eagles as reserves. Ericson collected four kills in her only set.



Bruyeres claims Klocke Family Classic

William Bruyeres of Mount Mercy University captured top honors at the Klocke Family Classic golf tournament Sunday at Hunters Ridge.

Bruyeres, a senior from Brisbane, Australia, fired rounds of 67 and 69 in the 36-hole tournament and won the title at 8-under 136.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood tied for second place at 4-under 140 with rounds of 71 and 69.

Iowa Western won the men's title by two shots over Indian Hills. Mount Mercy finished in third place, just three shots off the pace. Kirkwood placed fourth out of 15 teams.

Iowa Western also claimed the women's crown. Lisa Lied of Iowa Western was the medalist with rounds of 77 and 71.



Eagles win twice at KCC tourney

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team won both of its matches Saturday at its own tournament to finish the event with a 3-1 record for the weekend at Johnson Hall.

The 12th-ranked Eagles topped Sauk Valley, 25-12, 15-25, 25-19, 25-17, and whipped 18th-ranked McHenry County, 25-11, 25-9, 25-17.

Lauren Keane rolled up 70 assists in the two matches, with 37 assists against Sauk Valley and 33 more against McHenry. She also had 16 digs.

Alexa Ingram finished with 27 kills, 23 digs and nine blocks Saturday, with 19 of those kills coming against Sauk Valley.



Mustang golfers shine at Klocke

William Bruyeres and Allyson Wertz of Mount Mercy fired strong rounds Saturday to lead the Mustangs at the Klocke Family Classic at Hunters Ridge.

Bruyeres shot a 5-under-par 67 and stands in second place in the men's individual standings heading into Sunday's final round. The Mustangs are in second place in the team standings, just two shots behind Iowa Western.

Wertz fashioned a 5-over 77 to help Mount Mercy grab the 18-hole lead in the women's team standings by five strokes over Cardinal Stritch. Wertz sits in second place in the individual standings, just one shot behind Kimberly Nelson of Grand View.

The Kirkwood Eagles are in fourth place in the men's standings and trail the leader by six shots. Ryan Morrison led Kirkwood with a 1-under 71.



No. 12 Eagles split 2 matches in tourney

The 12th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team split its two matches in the Kirkwood tournament Friday night at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles topped Illinois Central, 25-14, 15-25, 25-16, 25-18 in their first match before losing to seventh-ranked Highland, 25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 25-19 in their second contest.

Alexa Ingram led Kirkwood with 39 kills in the two matches, with 19 kills against Illinois Central and 20 against Highland.

Haleigh Durnin, Abbi Tunis and Sami Johnson had seven kills against Illinois Central. Lauren Keane collected 32 assists. Maddie Lavenz  finished with 32 digs and three aces. Keane had 18 digs, Ingram 15, Chloe McNeese 13 and Johnson 12. Keane blocked four shots.



Ingram is born killer for Kirkwood

Alexa Ingram has the heart of a killer on a volleyball court, which is why she's starring for the Kirkwood Eagles now instead of playing for the Drake Bulldogs.

Ingram played for the Bulldogs last season as a freshman, but the coaching staff viewed the dynamic left-hander as a setter instead of a kill-shot artist at the net.

Ingram is "only" 5-foot-7, which is relatively short for a hitter in college, but she loves that part of the game and was not happy with her limited role at Drake.

"I didn't really like it too much," she said Wednesday night. "I just left and was ready to take a break."

Ingram, an Iowa City High grad, left Drake after the fall semester in 2017 and transferred to the University of Iowa for the winter semester, not knowing if she'd ever play volleyball again.

Then the bug hit again.

"I decided I missed it," she said. "Going to school and not having anything at the end of the day, I was like 'I don't know what to do.' I like the structure of it."

Ingram has found a new home at Kirkwood, where she's become a key player for the 12th-ranked Eagles. She leads Kirkwood with 142 kills and 109 digs in 11 matches and is having a blast.



KCC volleyball sweeps through Nebraska

NORFOLK, Neb. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team enjoyed a perfect performance at the NECC Tournament in Nebraska this weekend.

The Eagles swept all four of their matches by 3-0 tallies and outscored their four opponents, 306-211, over the course of two days.

Kirkwood brushed aside Fort Scott, 25-18, 25-17, 25-16 in their first match Saturday and dumped Lake Region, 25-13, 25-19, 25-16 in their second outing of the day.

The Eagles swept Central (Neb.) and Southeast (Neb.) on Friday.

Lauren Keane played a big part in Kirkwood's success Saturday with 61 assists, 13 digs, four kills and four blocks.



KCC volleyball team rolls in Nebraska

NORFOLK, Neb. - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team rolled to a pair of straight-set victories at the NECC Tournament in Nebraska Friday.

The Eagles whipped Southeast Community College, 25-22, 25-22, 25-5, and knocked off Nebraska Central, 25-15, 31-29, 25-19 for a perfect day.

Alexa Ingram collected 31 kills in the two matches, including a whopping 22 kills against Central. She also had 25 digs.

Lauren Keane contributed 62 assists and 15 digs. Haleigh Durnin had 12 kills Friday. Sami Johnson produced 11 kills and 14 digs. Maddie Huff blocked six shots against Southeast.



Kirkwood volleyball spiked by DMACC

BOONE - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team was trimmed by DMACC, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, in the conference opener for both squads Wednesday night in Boone.

Alexa Ingram led the Eagles with 13 kills. Abbi Tunis had nine kills, Haleigh Durnin eight, Maddie Huff five and Sami Johnson five.

Lauren Keane collected 37 assists for Kirkwood. Maddie Lavenz had 15 digs and Keane had 13. Huff blocked five shots.



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