Eagles Finish Seventh at National Tournament

Kirkwood’s Madsy Richards

Update 11/20/16:

Eagles finish seventh at NJCAA National Tournament

The Kirkwood volleyball team finished seventh in the nation following the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Volleyball Tournament. The Eagles secured the seventh place finish by sweeping Coffeyville Community College in three sets (25-12,25-19,27-25).

For more coverage on the game, as well as other Kirkwood Eagles athletics news, go to www.kirkwoodeagles.com.

Update 11/4/16:

Eagles advance to NJCAA National Tournament

The eighth-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team defeated rival DMACC in four sets (26-24, 20-25, 25-19, 25-12) to claim the Region XI-A title. In addition to winning the regional championship, the Eagles also advance to the NJCAA Division II National Volleyball Tournament taking place in Charlestown, W.Va. on Nov. 17-19.

For more Kirkwood Eagles athletics news, go to www.kirkwoodeagles.com.

UPDATE 11/3/16:

Eagles move on to Region XI-A championship 

The Kirkwood volleyball team defeated Southeastern in straight sets (25-14, 25-19, 25-8) on Wednesday night in Johnson Hall. The Eagles now move on to face rival DMACC for the Region XI-A Championship and a berth in the NJCAA Division II National Volleyball Tournament.

Check back with the Kirkwood Report for more updates.

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Undefeated conference record secures number one spot

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (October 31, 2016)-The eighth-ranked Kirkwood volleyball team finished the season with an undefeated conference record and enter the NJCAA Division II Region XI-A Tournament as the number one seed. The Eagles face the eighth-seeded Southeastern Community College Blackhawks on Wednesday (11/2) beginning at 7 p.m. in Johnson Hall on Kirkwood’s main campus in Cedar Rapids.

Kirkwood Head Volleyball Coach Jill Williams guided her team to a 30-8 record through the regular season. Now she prepares the team for postseason play and the chance at another berth in the national tournament.

“We’ve had a great season so far, but we’re not done yet,” said Williams. “The goal is always to win a championship. We have a lot of work to do to get to that point. The team has really come together and fought hard. We need to stay focused and keep our eyes on the prize. If we do that we have a chance to do some great things.”

Sophomores Madsy Richards and Caiti Peterson have stepped up to provide the veteran leadership for the team this season. Richards, an outside hitter from Cedar Rapids, is 15th in the nation in kills with 416. She is also one of national leaders in terms of kills per set at 3.38. Peterson, a setter from Marion, was among the best in the country with 9.60 assists per set, good for 13th in the nation.

The Eagles’ first round matchup against Southeastern will be the second time the teams have faced each other this season. Kirkwood posted a decisive three-set victory against the Blackhawks (25-3, 25-13, 25-16) on September 28.

The victor will move on to face the winner of fourth-seeded DMACC and fifth-seeded NIACC in the Region XI-A finals and a chance at a berth in the national tournament.

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*****REGION XI-A VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND*****

What: Kirkwood (30-8) vs. Southeastern (8-24)
Where: Johnson Hall on Kirkwood’s main campus in Cedar Rapids
When: Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m.

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