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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood golfers top national rankings

The Kirkwood men's golf team has jumped to the No. 1 spot in the  latest NJCAA Division II rankings by Bushnell Golfweek.

Coach Darin Pint's team was ranked No. 3 in the previous poll, but the  Eagles climbed ahead of South Mountain and Mississippi Gulf Coast in  tight voting.

Kirkwood received 64 points, South Mountain 62 and Mississippi Gulf  Coast 60. Kirkwood and South Mountain both received three first-place  votes.



Kirkwood volleyball sweeps Iowa Lakes

ESTHERVILLE - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team swept Iowa Lakes,  25-23, 25-9, 25-22, in an ICCAC conference match Wednesday night in  Estherville.

Anna Gorsich led the attack for the 19th-ranked Eagles with 14 kills  and 10 digs. Olivia Richards contributed nine kills and 14 digs. Abbie  Ericson had eight kills.

Madi Wagaman distributed 26 assists for Kirkwood. Maranda Wheelock had  20 digs.



KCC golfers edged at regional preview

RIVERSIDE - The Kirkwood men's golf team was edged by DMACC, 306-308,  for top honors at the NJCAA Region XI fall title Monday at Blue Top  Ridge.

Noah Hartman of DMACC claimed medalist honors at even-par 72.

Ben  Epperly of Kirkwood finished second at 2-over 74.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 04:46



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.



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