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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.



KCC volleyball stuns No. 1 Parkland

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team pulled off a stunning upset in the first round of its own tournament Friday.

The ninth-ranked Eagles whipped top-ranked Parkland, 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 15-11, in an exciting match at Johnson Hall.

Parkland (17-1) suffered its first and only loss of the season. Kirkwood raised its record to 8-4 with two wins Friday.

Anna Gorsich led the Eagles with 14 kills and 21 digs against Parkland. Aubrin Dittmer and Abbie Ericson had 13 kills. Maggie Peters contributed eight kills and blocked seven shots.

Madi Wagaman had 26 assists against Parkland and Rachael Nelson had 19. Maranda Wheelock matched Gorsich with 21 digs. Taylor Carey blocked five shots. Ellie Bildstein and Gorsich had four blocks.



No. 4 Eagles flattened by Southeastern

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team ran into a formidable opponent  Wednesday night in the ICCAC conference opener at Johnson Hall.

The fourth-ranked Eagles were swept by Southeastern Community College,  25-21, 25-20, 25-22, on their home floor.

Kirkwood fell to 6-4 overall for the campaign. Southeastern squared  its record at 5-5.

Aubrin Dittmer and Anna Gorsich had eight kills for Kirkwood. Olivia  Richards, Taylor Carey and Maggie Peters had four apiece.



Dittmer helps No. 4 Eagles split matches

NORFOLK, Neb. - Aubrin Dittmer collected 25 kills Saturday as the fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team split two matches at  the Northeast Tournament in Nebraska.

Dittmer had 10 kills to help the Eagles defeat Southeastern, 25-16,  22-25, 25-21, 25-16, in their first match. She had 15 more kill shots as the Eagles lost to North Dakota State College of Science, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20.

Kirkwood compiled a 3-1 record in the two-day tournament and has a 6-3 record for the season.



No. 4 Eagles sweep matches in Nebraska

NORFOLK, Neb. - Anna Gorsich collected 23 kills Friday as the  fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team swept both of its  matches at the Northeast Tournament in Norfolk, Neb.

Gorsich had 11 kills in a 25-19, 25-18, 25-19 victory over McCook  Community College and had 12 more kills in a 25-15, 25-13, 25-12  conquest of Williston Community College.

Aubrin Dittmer contributed 11 kills against McCook. Madi Wagaman had  27 assists. Maranda Wheelock and Olivia Richards made 14 digs and  Wagaman had 13. Maggie Peters blocked six shots and Gorsich had five  blocks.



No. 4 Eagles edged by Grand View JV

The fourth-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team made a strong  comeback Tuesday night, but the rally fell short against the Grand  View junior varsity team at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood lost the first two sets, but the Eagles claimed the third and  fourth sets by identical scores of 25-21 to force a fifth and decisive  game. The Vikings won the showdown, 15-9, to claim the victory.

Grand View won 25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9.



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