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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 13 Kirkwood spiked by Northeast

The Kirkwood Eagles were serving for set point and a 2-0 lead in their match against Northeast Wednesday night, but the contest went poorly  for the Eagles after that.

Northeast topped the Eagles, 3-1, in an ICCAC contest at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood won the first set 25-22 and was serving with a 24-23 lead in the second set, but Northeast took that second set 26-24 and then  coasted in the final two sets, 25-15 and 25-16.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 13-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference. Northeast, which is not ranked, raised its records to 11-8 overall and  4-0 in the league.



No. 8 Eagles split with ranked teams

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - The eighth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team split matches with two other ranked teams Friday at the Illinois Central tournament.

The Eagles were nipped by 13th-ranked Illinois Central in their first match, 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 21-25, 15-5 despite a strong comeback in the third and fourth sets.

Kirkwood swept 16th-ranked Moraine Valley, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22, in its second match of the day.

Abbie Ericson led the Eagles against Illinois Central with 14 kills and eight blocks. Anna Gorsich had 11 kills and 16 digs. Madi Wagaman contributed 36 assists. Maranda Wheelock had 26 digs and Wagaman had 13. Taylor Carey blocked seven shots and Maggie Peters had five.



No. 8 Eagles rally past DMACC

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team has been consistently  inconsistent this season, including Wednesday night's match against  DMACC.

"We had our ups and our downs," said Coach Jill Williams.

Fortunately for the eighth-ranked Eagles, there were more ups than downs.

Kirkwood rallied for a 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 victory over the  Bears in an ICCAC conference match at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles have modest records (for them) of 12-6 overall and 2-1 in  the conference. They've whipped top-ranked Parkland this year, but  were swept by unranked Southeastern at home.

Consistency is the key.

"It's definitely a goal. We talk about it all the time," said Anna  Gorsich, a 6-foot freshman from Linn-Mar.

"It has to do with our energy not being there and our intensity not  always being there. So that's definitely one of our goals, to stay  consistent."



Harrington-Wara takes 5th for KCC golf

MORAVIA - Jacob Harrington-Wara of Kirkwood tied for fifth at the  Warrior Challenge Tuesday at the Rathbun Lake Golf Course in Moravia.

Harrington-Wara carded rounds of 73, 71 and 68 for a 54-hole score of  4-under 212. Harry Doig of Indian Hills claimed medalist honors at  10-under 206.

Roger Lianto and Philip Nelson of Mount Mercy tied for seventh place  at 2-under 214. Sterling McIlravy of Kirkwood finished ninth at  1-under 215 and James Morgan of Kirkwood tied for 10th at even-par 216.

Indian Hills won the team championship at 25-under 839. Kirkwood  placed third and Mount Mercy finished fourth out of six teams.

Kirkwood set a school record Tuesday with a final round of 11-under 277.



Morgan fires 67 for Kirkwood golfers

MORAVIA - James Morgan of Kirkwood fired a 5-under-67 Monday and  climbed into a tie for third place after two rounds of The Warrior  Challenge at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake Golf Course.

Morgan stands at 4-under 140 for 36 holes heading into the final round  Tuesday, three shots behind the leader. His 67 is a new career-low.

Philip Nelson of Mount Mercy is tied for eighth place at 1-under 143.

Indian Hills leads the team standings at 17-under 559. Kirkwood is  third at 1-under 575 and Mount Mercy is fourth at 12-over 588.



No. 12 Indian Hills sweeps KCC volleyball

Indian Hills Community College swept Kirkwood, 25-16, 25-20, 25-21, in  a non-conference volleyball match at Johnson Hall Thursday night.

Indian Hills, which is ranked No. 12 in NJCAA Division I volleyball,  raised its record to a perfect 11-0. Kirkwood, which is ranked No. 8  in NJCAA Division II, fell to 11-5.

Maranda Wheelock had 23 digs for Kirkwood.



No. 8 Eagles roll by Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS - The eighth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team rolled to a 25-12, 25-5, 25-14 victory over Ellsworth in an ICCAC conference match in Iowa Falls Wednesday night.

Abbie Ericson led the Eagles with 11 kills. Aubrin Dittmer, Shauntina Williams and Maggie Peters had five apiece.

Madi Wagaman notched 18 assists and Rachael Nelson added 12. Olivia Richards had three aces. Maranda Wheelock made eight digs and Richards had seven.



Eagles, Mustangs win Klocke golf titles

Sterling McIlravy of Kirkwood earned medalist honors and led the Eagles to top honors in the Klocke Family Classic golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Sunday.

The Mount Mercy women's golf team won the championship of their division behind a third-place showing by Allyson Wertz. Valarie Davidson of Mount Mercy, who was not playing for the "A" team,  finished in second place in the individual standings.

McIlravy fired rounds of 66 and 73 for a 36-hole total of 5-under 139,  edging teammate Epperly by one shot for the title. Epperly carded  rounds of 72 and 68. James Morgan of Kirkwood tied for third.

Mount Mercy finished second in the men's standings, seven shots behind  Kirkwood. Kaleb Hagge of Mount Mercy tied Epperly for second place.



McIlravy sizzles for Kirkwood golfers

Sterling McIlravy of Kirkwood absolutely scorched the links at Hunters  Ridge Golf Course Saturday.

McIlravy, a sophomore from Solon, fired a 6-under-par 66 to steer the  third-ranked Eagles into first place at the Klocke Family Classic.

The final round of the 36-hole tournament will be played Sunday.

McIlravy owns a three-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes.  Kirkwood leads Mount Mercy in the team standings by six shots, 284 to  290.



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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