Strong start for Eagles volleyball

No. 4 Grace Embretson
No. 4 Grace Embretson serves to Southeastern Community College during a set on Aug. 31, 2022. Kirkwood won 3 sets to 0. PHOTO BY JESSICA MCWILLIAMS

The Kirkwood Community College volleyball team has had a strong start to the 2022 season with a current overall record of 19-3. 

The Eagles took a 3-0 win over Southeastern on Aug. 20.

Freshman Allison Bonnette led the way with 9 kills and sophomore Sierra Marshall had 14 digs to go along with 3 aces. Kirkwood did face a couple tough stretches from Southeastern, but they were able to remain undefeated in their home matches at Johnson Hall.  

The crowd inside Johnson Hall showed their excitement to see another Kirkwood win.   

The Eagles returned to their home court again on Sept. 14 to compete against Northeast Community College. Kirkwood entered the game with a 15-2 record and had a good showing from their supporters for the match.  

Set one was controlled by Kirkwood. The Northeast Hawks had a few good stretches to draw close. Once the Hawks did draw close, the Eagles rallied to finish set one with a 25-23 win.  

Set two was back-and-forth with each team utilizing their timeouts following an opposing team’s scoring run. The Kirkwood Eagles won set two 25-22.  

Set three started strong for the Eagles but the Hawks rallied. The Hawks were able to find themselves up 23-20 before taking the set by a score of 25-22.  

Kirkwood was still one set away from winning the match. Northeast was in control for most of the set. A few mistakes led to the Hawks having a 23-20 advantage, the same advantage that they had the set before. The rally was on as Kirkwood stormed back to tie the match at 24.  

The student section wearing black shirts was loud in support of the Eagles. Kirkwood was then able to take the final two points and ended the set 26-24 and the match 3-1.  

Ava Morris and Lexi Hearn led the way with 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Sierra Marshall led the team with 18 digs.  

Coach Williams said she knew her team could play and win the fifth set but said it was, “fun to watch them not give up on themselves.”  

Williams added she was excited to see the team “rally together and play for one another.”  

The regular season will end in late October so be sure to check out a game. Kirkwood students get free admission with their EagleCard. 

Students can show their support at the Eagles next home game on Sept. 23, at 4 p.m.

Image courtesy of Jessica McWilliams | Kirkwood Communiqué

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