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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 7 Eagles split matches in Nebraska

NORFOLK, Neb. - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team split its four matches at the Northeast Community College tournament this weekend.

On Friday, the Eagles defeated Southeast Community College 3-1 and lost to Colby College 3-2.

On Saturday, the Eagles blanked Marshalltown 3-0 and lost to Fort Scott 3-2 after taking a 2-0 lead.

The split left Kirkwood with a 7-3 record.

Ady Wintermote led Kirkwood in the tournament with 50 kills. Alexa Whipple had 41 kills and Margaret Micka finished with 35.

Lauren Keane collected 95 assists in the tournament and Grace Swenning had 42.

Brianna Eberhrdt led the Eagles with 51 digs. Micka had 44 digs, Whipple 42 and Keane 36.

Abbi Tunis finished with 14 blocks. Haleigh Durnin had nine blocks, Wintermote eight and Keane five.


Comeback Kids trim DMACC in 5 sets

Maybe the Kirkwood Eagles are too young to know when they're licked and about to lose.

Or maybe they don't care.

The Comeback Kids rallied from a five-point deficit in the final set Wednesday night and escaped the DMACC Bears 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 21-25, 19-17 in an exciting Iowa Community College Athletic Conference volleyball match at Johnson Hall.

The seventh-ranked Eagles trailed the 11th-ranked Bears, 12-7, in the fifth set and were just three points away from defeat.

They staged a magnificent rally at that point, staved off two match points and snared the victory before a lively crowd.

"We just have fight in us," said sophomore Margaret Micka, one of the few experienced players on the team. "That's the way we practice. We give 100 percent all the time and I think that's what we did tonight."

DMACC could have won the match when they served with a 15-14 lead in the final set, but McKenzie Petersen and Ady Wintermote blocked a shot to tie the game at 15-15.



No. 7 Eagles finish 3-1 at Wisconsin Dells

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team  won both of its matches Saturday to finish with a 3-1 record at the  Wisconsin Dells tournament.

The Eagles defeated Harper College, 25-20, 19-25, 25-7, 26-24, and  rallied to top Carl Sandburg, 23-25, 29-27, 25-14, 25-22.

Margaret Micka led Kirkwood against Harper College with 12 kills and  14 digs. Alexa Whipple had eight kills and 11 digs. Abbi Tunis  finished with six kills and Ady Wintermote had five.

Grace Swenning collected 16 assists against Harper and Lauren Keane  had 14. Whipple had four aces and McKenzie Petersen blocked six shots.

Micka had 10 more kills against Carl Sandburg. Tunis had nine kills,  Wintermote seven, Hailey Borgmeyer six and Petersen five.

Keane rolled up 20 assists against Sandburg and Swenning had 14.  Swenning also had four aces. Brianna Eberhardt provided 16 digs and  Keane finished with 15. Wintermote and Haleigh Durnin blocked five  shots.

Kirkwood raised its record to 4-1.


No. 7 Eagles split at Wisconsin Dells

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - The seventh-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team split its two matches at the Wisconsin Dells tournament Friday.

The Eagles lost to third-ranked Owens, 3-0, and rebounded with a 3-0 victory over Henry Ford.

Margaret Micka led Kirkwood with 11 kills against Owens. Ady Wintermote had six kills and Haleigh Durnin had five. Lauren Keane rolled up 21 assists, Micka had 10 digs and Durnin had seven blocks.

Alexa Whipple collected 14 kills against Henry Ford. Micka had nine kills for the Eagles (2-1). Grace Swenning dished out 20 assists and Micka had 11 digs.

The tournament continues Saturday.


Young Eagles sweep GV in 2017 opener

Scrappy. Athletic. Young.

That's the early scouting report for the Kirkwood women's volleyball team for the 2017 campaign.

The seventh-ranked Eagles swept the Grand View junior varsity, 25-14, 25-9, 25-18 in the season opener Wednesday night with a balanced attack at Johnson Hall.

The youthful Eagles feature 11 freshmen and only three sophomores on the club, but Coach Jill Williams liked what she saw after three weeks of camps and practices.

"I liked the energy, I liked the effort, I liked the bounce," she said after the match.

Kirkwood has finished seventh in the NJCAA Division II national tournament the last two years and Williams thinks she has another competitive team this season.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:13



Jordan Even joins Memphis golf team

First Xavier. Then Kirkwood. Now Memphis.

That's the path taken by Jordan Even, who will continue his college golf career with the Memphis Tigers after spending two years at Kirkwood.

Even helped Kirkwood finish second at the NJCAA Division II national tournament as a freshman in 2016 and tied for medalist honors at the regional tournament that year.

This past year, the Xavier grad ranked in the top 50 in the NJCAA with a stroke average of 75.26 and won three tournaments.

The Memphis Tigers are an NCAA Division I team that competes in the American Athletic Conference.


Nearad makes all-tourney at Canada Cup

SURREY, British Columbia - Taylor Nearad of Kirkwood was named to a prestigious all-tournament team at the Canada Cup International Softball Tournament in Canada this month.

Nearad batted .462 in the tournament in 12 games with three doubles, two triples, six RBIs and nine runs. She hit in the leadoff spot in  most of those games and helped the NJCAA All-Stars compile a 6-6 record against some of the top teams in the world.

Nearad was joined on the all-tournament squad by players from Venezuela, Australia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico and  Japan. She was the two-time National Player of the Year at Kirkwood and has a full scholarship to Iowa State.

Morgan Frost of Kirkwood also excelled at the tournament. She hit .457 with four doubles, two home runs, 12 RBIs and 10 runs.



Eagles help NJCAA all-stars in Canada

SURREY, British Columbia - Four members of the Kirkwood softball team have helped the NJCAA National All-Star team compile a 4-1 record so  far at the Canada Cup in British Columbia.

Taylor Nearad, the two-time National Player of the Year, is hitting .400 in the tournament and went 3-for-3 in one of the games with a single, double, triple and RBI.

Morgan Frost is hitting .385 with a home run, four RBIs and four stolen bases. Maddie Hansen has played in four games, but does not have a hit in the tournament so far.

Lexi Kinnaird has pitched a total of four innings in two games. She has a 3.50 ERA with no wins or losses.

Kirkwood Coach Joe Yegge is a member of the NJCAA coaching staff.

The NJCAA All-Stars have defeated the Quebec Nationals (3-1), Team Canada Juniors (9-2), Cahahoo Erins of Canada (5-2) and Team BC U21 (9-0). Their only loss was to Team Canada Elite (2-0).



4 Eagles playing for U.S. in Canada Cup

Taylor Nearad, Maddie Hansen, Lexi Kinnaird and Morgan Frost of Kirkwood were four of the top junior college softball players in the United States the past two years.

Now they hope to shine on an international stage as well.

Nearad, Hansen, Kinnaird and Frost are members of the NJCAA National  Team that is playing in the Canada Cup International Softball Championship in Surrey, British Columbia. Kirkwood Coach Joe Yegge is a member of the coaching staff for the NJCAA all-stars.

The tournament begins today and will run through July 17.

Nearad, a center fielder, was a two-time All-American and two-time National Player of the Year at Kirkwood. She hit .516 with 19 homers and 80 RBIs this season.

Hansen, a catcher, also was a two-time All-American. She hit .534 with 19 homers and 92 RBIs this year.



Da'Rion King signs with East Central

Kirkwood center Da'Rion King will continue his college basketball career at East Central University in Ada, Okla.

East Central is an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Great America Conference.

King, a 6-foot-6 sophomore from Racine, Wis., averaged 11 points and six rebounds for Kirkwood this season and shot 58 percent from the field during his career.

King received all-regional honors at Kirkwood and helped the Eagles win the NJCAA Division II national title as a freshman in 2016.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:09

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