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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 19 Eagles fall to ranked teams

FORT DODGE - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team lost to a pair of  ranked teams at the Triton Invitational in Fort Dodge Saturday.

The 19th-ranked Eagles fell to No. 4 Cowley, 21-25, 22-25, 25-10,  25-13, 15-11, despite taking a 2-0 lead after the first two sets.

Kirkwood bowed to No. 18 North Dakota College of Science, 23-25,  25-22, 25-18, 28-26, after grabbing the first set in that match.

The twin defeats dropped the Eagles to 20-12 for the season.



No. 19 Eagles split two matches

FORT DODGE - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team split its two  matches at the Triton Invitational in Fort Dodge Friday.

The 19th-ranked Eagles were trimmed by Carl Sandburg in their first  match, 17-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11, despite taking a 2-1 lead in  the first three sets.

Kirkwood bounced back by sweeping St. Louis, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19.

The split left the Eagles at 20-10 overall for the campaign.



No. 19 Eagles rally past No. 11 Tritons

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team could be on the verge of  borrowing the same script that last year's club followed during a  bumpy ride.

If so, the 2019 season could have the same happy ending.

The 19th-ranked Eagles rallied to hand 11th-ranked Iowa Central its  first loss in the ICCAC Conference this year with a determined 24-26,  25-18, 29-31, 25-18, 15-9 comeback victory in an entertaining match at  Johnson Hall.

Just like last year, this year's team has experienced a bunch of ups  and downs and probably will not win the league title. And perhaps just  like last year, this year's team might get hot at the right time and  make a long run in the national tournament.

The Eagles finished fourth at nationals last year. They've already  defeated top-ranked Parkland this year despite a few disappointing  performances, so maybe they'll make their mark when the postseason  tournaments begin Nov. 2.

Can the Eagles make another run? "I hope so," said sophomore Taylor Carey. "We will!"

Carey is one of only five sophomores at Kirkwood this season, along  with 10 freshmen, so she knows what's possible if the Eagles stick  together and have a positive attitude.



KCC golfers cruise to NJCAA fall title

JOPLIN, Mo. - The Kirkwood men's golf team captured the NJCAA DII  National Preview Tuesday by 24 shots at the Twin Hills Golf and County  Club.

The third-ranked Eagles finished with a 54-hole score of 893, leaving  Mississippi Gulf Coast far behind in second place at 917.

Ben Epperly of Kirkwood lost a playoff for medalist honors to Jon  Hopkins of Mississippi Gulf Coast. Epperly and Hopkins tied at  1-under-par 215, but Hopkins prevailed on the third hole of the  playoff. Epperly fired rounds of 70, 71 and 74.

Jacob Harrington-Wara, James Morgan and Sebastian Carranza of Kirkwood  all tied for fifth place at 11-over 227.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2019 04:53



Epperly, KCC golfers shine at NJCAA meet

JOPLIN, Mo. - Ben Epperly and the Kirkwood Eagles swung the hottest  clubs at the NJCAA Division II National Preview at the Twin Hills Golf  and Country Club Monday.

Epperly fired rounds of 70 and 71 for a 36-hole total of 141, helping  the third-round Eagles take a 13-shot lead over Mississippi Gulf Coast  heading into the final round on Tuesday.

Epperly holds a one-shot edge over Trey Fessler of Mesa Community  College in the battle for medalist honors.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2019 04:50



No. 7 Highland trips No.14 Eagles

BOONE - The 14th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team lost to seventh-ranked Highland, 21-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-12, at the DMACC tournament in Boone Friday.

The Eagles won the first set, but they dropped the next two sets by two points apiece before struggling in the fourth set.

Kirkwood swept Longview, 25-22, 25-23, 26-24, in its first match Friday and has an 18-9 record for the campaign.



No. 14 Eagles spiked by NIACC

MASON CITY - The 14th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team lost to NIACC, 25-17, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, in an ICCAC conference match in Mason City Wednesday night.

The setback dropped the Eagles to 17-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference. NIACC, which is not ranked, raised its records to 17-5 overall and 4-1 in the league.

Abbie Ericson led Kirkwood with 12 kills and Anna Gorsich had 10. Madi Wagaman collected 26 assists.



No. 3 Kirkwood golfers take Eastman title

ONALASKA, Wis. - The third-ranked Kirkwood men's golf team dominated  the Ronnie Eastman Invitational at the La Crosse Country Club Monday.

The Eagles won the title by 37 shots in the five-team tournament.

Sterling McIlravy of Kirkwood captured the individual title with  consistent rounds of 71 and 71 for a 2-under-par total of 142. Jacob  Harrington-Wara placed second for the Eagles at 3-over 147.



KCC spikers finish 4-0 at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Madi Wagaman rolled up 76 assists Saturday as the  Kirkwood women's volleyball team finished with a perfect 4-0 record at  the Parkland Invitational.

Wagaman furnished 51 assists as the 13th-ranked Eagles trimmed  Muskegon, 25-23, 25-27, 23-25, 25-13, 16-14, in a dramatic match. She  had 25 more assists as Kirkwood swept Southwestern Illinois, 25-15,  25-23, 25-17.

The Eagles finished 4-0 in the tournament, raising their overall  record to 17-7.



No. 13 Eagles win twice in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Aubrin Dittmer collected 27 kills Friday as the  13th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team won both of its matches  at the Parkland Invitational.

Dittmer had 15 kills as the Eagles topped Lincoln Land, 25-12, 19-25,  25-20, 25-15, in their first match in the tournament. She followed  with 12 kills as Kirkwood trimmed McHenry, 25-23, 28-30, 25-21, 25-18,  in their second outing.

The sweep lifted the Eagles to 15-7 for the campaign.

Anna Gorsich supplied 11 kills, 18 digs and five blocks in the victory  over Lincoln Land. Dittmer contributed 16 digs. Taylor Carey had 10  kills. Madi Wagaman provided 37 assists. Maranda Wheelock had 13 digs.



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