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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.



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.



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