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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.



No. 10 Eagles cruise at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 10th-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team sailed to a pair of straight-set victories at the Parkland tournament Friday.

The Eagles swept John A. Logan, 25-21, 25-11, 25-20 in their first match and defeated Southwestern Illinois, 25-13, 25-15, 25-7 in their second contest in Illinois.

Maddie Lavenz collected 41 digs in the two matches. Abbi Tunis had 21 kills. Alexa Ingram finished with 18 kills, nine digs and six blocks.



No. 10 KCC volleyball sweeps Southeastern

WEST BURLINGTON - Abbi Tunis collected nine kills and six blocked shots Wednesday night as the 10th-ranked Kirkwood women's volleyball team swept Southeastern, 25-23 25-12, 25-22.

Alexa Ingram furnished 12 kills, 17 digs and four blocks for Kirkwood. Haleigh Durnin had seven kills. Maddie Huff finished with six kills and five blocks.

Lauren Keane rolled up 33 assists in three sets.



Bruyeres takes 3rd at Rathbun golf

MORAVIA - William Bruyeres of Mount Mercy was Mr. Consistency in the Warrior Challenge golf tournament at Rathbun Lake.

Brureres fired three straight rounds of 69, 69 and 69 to tie for third place with a 54-hole score of 9-under 207. He finished just three strokes out of first place Tuesday.

The Kirkwood Eagles placed third in the six-team field with an aggregate score of 865. Mount Mercy finished fourth at 868.

Ben Epperly of Kirkwood placed ninth at 2-under 214. Will Babcock and Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood tied for 10th and James Morgan of Kirkwood tied for 12th place.



Eagles, Mustangs battle at Rathbun

MORAVIA - The Kirkwood Eagles and Mount Mercy Mustangs played 36 holes of golf in 90-degree heat Monday at The Preserve at Rathbun Lake with some good results for both teams.

Kirkwood is tied for second place in a talented field, albeit 27 shots behind the leader. And William Bruyeres of Mount Mercy is sitting in sixth place in the individual standings after shooting a pair of 69's.

The final 18 holes are scheduled for Tuesday.

Indian Hills Community College enjoyed a fantastic day and stands at 31-under par after 36 holes. Kirkwood and William Penn are tied for second place at 4-under par.



Kirkwood claims 'international' match

The girls from Iowa beat the girls from Brazil Thursday night.

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team clipped Indian Hills, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9 in an exciting match that had an international flair at Johnson Hall.

Indian Hills has 12 players from Brazil on its 15-girl roster, along with one player from Serbia, one from South Australia and one from Ottumwa.

All 15 of Kirkwood's players are home-grown products from Iowa and Thursday night the Iowans won.

Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams has coached at the international level during her career and has seen Indian Hills stock its roster with players from all over the world before.

"That's kind of their forte in Division I, to go the international route," said Williams. "My forte is to find what's right here in Iowa and right in our backyard and let's roll."



Subs help No. 13 Eagles dump Southwestern

Kirkwood volleyball coach Jill Williams dug a little deeper into her bench Wednesday night and got the results she wanted.

The 13th-ranked Eagles spanked Southwestern, 25-17, 25-17, 25-10, in a quick 70-minute match at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood trailed early in the second set when Williams put Madi Wagaman onto the floor as a setter and the 5-foot-9 freshman from Springville helped spark the team.

"That's the first time she's been put into the driver's seat to run the show without us having a big lead," said Williams, who liked the way Wagaman responded. "Madi does it every day (in practice) on the other side of the net. I felt confident in her."

Wagaman did not play in the first set, but she joined the rotation for the rest of the night and finished with 10 assists, two kills, two digs and two blocks.

Freshmen Maranda Wheelock, Abbie Ericson and Taylor Carey also got into the match for the Eagles as reserves. Ericson collected four kills in her only set.



Bruyeres claims Klocke Family Classic

William Bruyeres of Mount Mercy University captured top honors at the Klocke Family Classic golf tournament Sunday at Hunters Ridge.

Bruyeres, a senior from Brisbane, Australia, fired rounds of 67 and 69 in the 36-hole tournament and won the title at 8-under 136.

Ryan Morrison of Kirkwood tied for second place at 4-under 140 with rounds of 71 and 69.

Iowa Western won the men's title by two shots over Indian Hills. Mount Mercy finished in third place, just three shots off the pace. Kirkwood placed fourth out of 15 teams.

Iowa Western also claimed the women's crown. Lisa Lied of Iowa Western was the medalist with rounds of 77 and 71.



Eagles win twice at KCC tourney

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team won both of its matches Saturday at its own tournament to finish the event with a 3-1 record for the weekend at Johnson Hall.

The 12th-ranked Eagles topped Sauk Valley, 25-12, 15-25, 25-19, 25-17, and whipped 18th-ranked McHenry County, 25-11, 25-9, 25-17.

Lauren Keane rolled up 70 assists in the two matches, with 37 assists against Sauk Valley and 33 more against McHenry. She also had 16 digs.

Alexa Ingram finished with 27 kills, 23 digs and nine blocks Saturday, with 19 of those kills coming against Sauk Valley.



Mustang golfers shine at Klocke

William Bruyeres and Allyson Wertz of Mount Mercy fired strong rounds Saturday to lead the Mustangs at the Klocke Family Classic at Hunters Ridge.

Bruyeres shot a 5-under-par 67 and stands in second place in the men's individual standings heading into Sunday's final round. The Mustangs are in second place in the team standings, just two shots behind Iowa Western.

Wertz fashioned a 5-over 77 to help Mount Mercy grab the 18-hole lead in the women's team standings by five strokes over Cardinal Stritch. Wertz sits in second place in the individual standings, just one shot behind Kimberly Nelson of Grand View.

The Kirkwood Eagles are in fourth place in the men's standings and trail the leader by six shots. Ryan Morrison led Kirkwood with a 1-under 71.



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