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Kirkwood - Volleyball

KCC volleyball falls in regional finals

IOWA FALLS - Two key injuries caught up to the Kirkwood women's volleyball team Saturday.

The 13th-ranked Eagles, playing without Ady Wintermote and Brianna Eberhardt, lost to 20th-ranked Northeast Community College, 25-11,  19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-7, in the regional championship on a neutral floor in Iowa Falls.

Northeast advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament. Kirkwood, which placed seventh in the national tourney in 2015 and 2016, finished the season with a 25-17 record.

Wintermote, who leads the Eagles in kills, missed her second straight match with a sprained ankle. Eberhardt, who leads the Eagles in digs, missed the last two weeks of the season with a concussion.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 November 2017 07:24



Kirkwood - Volleyball

Wounded Eagles fly into regional finals

Jill Williams is an excellent coach for the Kirkwood women's volleyball team.

She's also a master juggler.

Williams had to juggle her lineup Wednesday night with two key starters sidelined with injuries, but the 13th-ranked Eagles adjusted without a hiccup and whipped NIACC, 25-19, 25-15, 25-11, in the  regional semifinals at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood (25-16) will face Northeast Community College in the regional finals Saturday at noon in Iowa Falls, with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

Ady Wintermote, a freshman who leads the Eagles in kills, sprained her left ankle in practice Tuesday and needed crutches to get around the  gym Wednesday. And Brianna Eberhardt, another freshman who leads the Eagles in digs, has been sidelined the past 10 days with a concussion suffered at a tournament.

On short notice, Williams moved a few people around and produced another winning combination.



Kirkwood - Volleyball

KCC volleyball ends regular season with win

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 13th-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team ended the regular season with a 23-16 record Saturday after topping Sauk Valley, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17, at the Parkland tournament.

Margaret Micka paced the Eagles with 12 kills, Ady Wintermote had 11 and McKenzie Petersen added eight.

Lauren Keane collected 31 assists, Alexa Whipple had 20 digs and Abbi Tunis blocked six shots.

Kirkwood will host NIACC in the semifinals of the regional tournament Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Johnson Hall.


Kirkwood - Volleyball

No. 13 Eagles spike East Central

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 13th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team  swept East Central, 25-9, 25-14, 25-18, in the first round of the Parkland tournament Friday.

Margaret Micka led the Eagles with 11 kills. Ady Wintermote had eight kills and McKenzie Petersen contributed seven.

Lauren Keane rolled up 35 assists in three sets. Alexa Whipple had 13 digs and Wintermote had 11. Abbi Tunis blocked five shots.

Kirkwood raised its record to 22-16.


Kirkwood - Volleyball

Eagles repeat as undefeated ICCAC champs

The Kirkwood Eagles captured the ICCAC volleyball title last year with a perfect 8-0 record, but two All-Americans and four other key players graduated and left the cupboard a little bare.

Panic time? Not on your life.

Kirkwood finished another perfect run through the conference this season with a hard-fought 22-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22 victory over 20th-ranked Northeast Community College Wednesday night at Johnson Hall to end the ICCAC campaign with another 8-0 mark.

"It's an awesome feeling," said Alexa Whipple, one of only three sophomores on this year's club. "We wanted to prove to ourselves that we could do it again.

"This year we had a fresh team," she said. "It's kind of cool, making a new team and stuff. It was a lot harder than last year, but it's still awesome."

The 13th-ranked Eagles (21-16) will host NIACC in the regional semifinals next Wednesday night.


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