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Volleyball starts season strong

By Denise Kassis
On September 21, 2016

The Kirkwood Community College volleyball team kicked off their first home game of the fall 2016 season against Iowa Lakes Community College on Aug. 31. 

The Eagles secured the win over Iowa Lakes, 25-10, 25-11 and 25-17. 

Jenna Laxton, defensive specialist from Moline, Ill., said she was happy with the results of the first game. “It went really well. Everyone was on their A game,” she said.  

Morgan Grimm, from Osage, led the team in kills with nine.  Madsy Richards, from Cedar Rapids; Margaret Micka, Bettendorf; and Alex Miner, Gilbert, each had eight kills and Erica Armstrong, from Guttenburg, finished with seven. 

Laxton mentioned one of the team’s strengths was, “the teammates cheering on the bench, keeping the energy during a game.”

In addition to the Kirkwood students who filled Johnson Hall, a group of female athletes from Harding Middle School also attended the game. Laxton said, “The more the merrier. It is nice having a section and a community cheering us on.” 

Before the game the college hosted a tailgate party for students and gave away free hot dogs and chips. 

Since the start of the season the Eagles have been on a winning streak. The team won against Fort Scott Community College, Lake Region State College, Southeast Community College and North Dakota State College of Science at the NECC Tournament in Norfolk, Neb., on Sept. 2 – 3.  

The volleyball team will compete at the Kirkwood Invitational on Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. as well as Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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