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Eagles bumped from ICCAC volleyball race

FORT DODGE - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team lost a five-set  heartbreaker to Iowa Central Wednesday night and was eliminated from  the race for the ICCAC conference title.

Kirkwood held a 2-1 lead after three sets, but Iowa Central took the  fourth set to set up a decisive showdown. The Tritons prevailed in  overtime in the fifth set, 19-17, to win the match 20-25, 25-19,  20-25, 25-13, 19-17.

Iowa Central raised its ICCAC mark to 7-0, good for a one-game lead  over Hawkeye and Northeast and a two-game edge over DMACC. Kirkwood  fell to 4-3 overall, and with only two matches left in the league the  Eagles cannot win the title this season.

Alexa Aldrich-Ingram, the reigning ICCAC Conference Player of the  Week, collected a personal-best 30 kills against Iowa Central. She  ranks second in the country with 475 kills for the year.



No. 12 Eagles trimmed by No.1 team

DMACC - The Kirkwood women's volleyball team gave the top-ranked team in the country a good match Saturday before falling to Johnson County, 3-1, at the DMACC tournament in Boone.

Johnson County won the first set 25-23, but the Eagles tied the match with an impressive 25-16 display in the second set. Johnson County claimed the next two sets, 25-22 and 25-20, for the victory.

Kirkwood broke even for the day with a 25-19, 10-25, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Neosha to finish the tournament with a 3-1 record.

Alexa Aldrich-Ingram had a big day with 27 kills against Johnson County and 18 more against Neosha. The southpaw from Iowa City now has 445 kills for the season to rank second in the country in NJCAA Division II, just one kill behind the national leader.



No. 12 Eagles sweep in Boone

BOONE - Alexa Aldrich-Ingram slammed 37 kills Friday as the 12th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles won both of their matches at the DMACC volleyball tournament in Boone.

Aldrich-Ingram had 18 kills as the Eagles began the day with a 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Longview. She collected 19 more kills in a 25-19, 25-14, 20-25, 25-10 verdict over Rochester.

Haleigh Durnin provided 14 kills against Longview. Sami Johnson had eight kills, Abbi Tunis seven and Lauren Keane six.

Keane rolled up 41 assists against Longview. Chloe McNeese served four aces. Maddie Lavenz made 32 digs, Ingram 14, Jonson 13 and McNeese 10. Tunis blocked 10 shots at the net.



No. 12 Eagles roll by Iowa Lakes

There's a lot to like about the Kirkwood women's volleyball team so far this season.

The Eagles have a sparkling 22-4 record, they've knocked off five ranked teams and they're sporting a No. 12 national ranking themselves.

They might not win the ICCAC Conference title this season as a result of two losses to ranked opponents, but they're putting themselves in a good position to challenge for a spot in the NJCAA Division II national tournament in November.

Kirkwood rolled by Iowa Lakes, 25-14, 25-16, 25-13, in a conference match at Johnson Hall Wednesday night for its 12th victory in their last 13 contests.

The only loss during that streak was a five-set defeat to 11th-ranked Hawkeye Community College in an ICCAC match last week.

"It was important to bounce back in a conference match and advance our level of play," Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams said Wednesday. "It sets us up for another weekend with top-notch tournament.



Babcock ties for Eastman golf title

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Will Babcock of Kirkwood tied for first place at the Ronnie Eastman Invitational at the La Crosse Country Club Tuesday.

Babcock competed as an individual and did not count in the team standings for the Eagles. He fired rounds of 75 and 73 for a 36-hole total of 148, tying Isaac Westlake of Winona State and Ben Phipps of Luther for the title on the par-72 course.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood tied for fourth place to help Kirkwood finish in second place in the team standings. He shot rounds of 76 and 74 for a 36-hole score 150, just two shots behind the leaders.

Winona State won the team championship at 603. Kirkwood placed second at 610, seven shots off the lead.

Ben Epperly of Kirkwood tied for seventh place and Dawson Peters tied for ninth place for the Eagles.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 07:48



No. 8 Eagles trim No. 19 Cougars

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Alexa Ingram collected 22 kills Friday as the  eighth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles rallied to edge 19th-ranked Illinois  Central, 25-23, 18-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10 in a triangular meet in  Illinois.

Ingram also had 16 kills as Kirkwood defeated Jefferson College,  25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17 in their first match at the event.

Sami Johnson had 11 kills, Maddie Huff 10 and Abbi Tunis nine in the  five-set victory over Illinois Central. Lauren Keane rolled up 46  assists in the victory. Haleigh Durnin had 11 kills, Maddie Lavenz 10,  Johnson 10 and Ingram eight. Tunis blocked four shots.



No. 8 Eagles stung by new RedTails

Scott Weston had an unusual recruiting pitch when he began constructing a brand-new women's volleyball program at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo roughly a year ago.

"You beg," he said Wednesday night.

The begging worked.

The young RedTails invaded Johnson Hall with 13 freshmen and stung the eighth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles in five sets, 25-22, 20-25, 13-25, 25-18, 15-8, in an ICCAC conference match.

Weston was hired to put a new team together from scratch in August of 2017, laying the groundwork for Hawkeye's first season of competition this year. All 14 of his players are from Iowa, including a bunch from the college's fertile base Blackhawk County.

He has talented players from Waterloo, LaPorte City, Tripoli, Jesup, Reinbeck, Evansdale, Dumont, Manly and Sigourney.

"It was pretty easy," Weston maintained, "because a lot of these girls wanted to be on the ground floor of something brand new, their opportunity to put their footprint right in the program. It's worked out to our advantage so far."



Kirkwood takes Region XI golf title

AMES - The Kirkwood Eagles captured top honors at the Region XI Fall Preview Monday at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood tied for the individual title and the Eagles won the team championship by 21 shots.

Morrison fired rounds of 71 and 73 for an even-par total of 144 for the 36 holes, tying Louis Psihoyos of DMACC for medalist honors.

Kirkwood tore up the course Sunday with a four-man score of 1-under 287. The Eagles followed at 304 Monday to finish at 591 for the tournament, 21 shots ahead of DMACC.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 04:53



KCC golfers sizzle at Fall Preview

AMES - The Kirkwood Eagles grabbed a commanding 21-shot lead Sunday after the first round of the Region XI Fall Preview at the Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames.

Kirkwood posted a four-man score of 1-under-par 287 for a big lead over DMACC, which sits in second place at 308.

Kirkwood golfers own the top-three spots in the individual standings heading into the final round Monday. Dawson Peters tops the leaderboard with a 2-under 70 on the 6,680-yard layout. James Morgan and Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood are tied for second at 1-under 71.

Ben Epperly of Kirkwood is tied for eighth at 3-over 75. Will Babcock is tied for 17th at 7-over 79.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2018 05:21



No. 10 Eagles raise mark to 19-3

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 10th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team raised its record to 19-3 Saturday by winning two more matches at the Parkland Invitational tournament.

The Eagles swept Vincennes, 25-22, 25-13, 25-14, and knocked off Lincoln Land, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 25-11.

Alexa Ingram led Kirkwood to the victory over Vincennes with 15 kills, eight digs and four blocks. Haleigh Durnin had seven blocks, Sami Johnson six, Maddie Huff four and Abbi Tunis four.

Lauren Keane rolled up 29 assists and had 10 digs against Vincennes. Maddie Lavenz finished with 18 digs. Maddie Huff blocked seven shots. Tunis and Lavenz had three aces.

Ingram and Tunis paced the victory over Lincoln Land with 13 kills apiece. Durnin had nine kills and Johnson eight.



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