Eagles Volleyball collects post-season wins, sending them to the NJCAA National Tournament
At the beginning of the season, Kirkwood Community College Head Volleyball Coach Jill Williams said, “Everyday we challenge each other to make our team the best we can be.”
Through those challenges the team worked toward one common goal: the chance to compete at the NJCAA National Tournament. In a few days they will arrive in Wisconsin, with a mission accomplished.
The Kirkwood Volleyball team arrived at the Region XI-A Tournament hungry to achieve this goal. With memories of last season’s loss to Des Moines Area Community College in the championship round of the regional tournament, the women were determined this wasn’t going to happen again.
As the top seed in the Region XI-A Tournament, the Eagles came out firing in game one against Southwestern Community College. Sophomore Chanda Goedken took control slugging 15 kills in the three set sweep over the Spartans (25-23, 25-8 and 28-12). Ashley Goedken and Lydia Hahn recorded 20 and 18 assists respectively. Defensively, Morgan Guge and Amber Pitz led the team with 15 and 12 digs.
Using the momentum from the semi-final round sweep, the women took on Ellsworth Community College in the championship game. In similar fashion, the Eagles swept the Panthers in three sets (25-16, 25-14 and 25-17), sending them to the NJCAA National Tournament. Chanda Goedken led the team with 12 kills while JoAnna Forkner had eight.
Ashley Goedken and Lydia Hahn led the team in assists again with 19 and 17.
Ashley Goedken and Morgan Guge were recognized on the All-Tournament Team while Chanda Goedken received Region XI-A Tournament MVP honors. Sophomore A. Goedken collected 39 assists, C. Goedken had 27 kills and freshman Morgan Guge had 27 digs at the regional tournament.
Joining the Eagles (30-12) from the Region XI-B Tournament is Iowa Lakes Community College, who dealt Kirkwood’s only conference loss.
The women take the #13 seed as they hit the court at 3 p.m. against #4 East Central Community College on November 18 in Wisconsin Dells, WI.