Coach Jill Williams and the Eagles drew the No. 4 seed for the Region XI-A tournament this weekend and will face No. 5 seed DMACC in the semifinals Saturday at 3 p.m. in Fort Dodge.
Wheelock finished with 15 digs and Richards had 14. Taylor Carey added four blocks.
Kirkwood finished the regular season at 23-14 overall and tied DMACC for fourth place in the ICCAC standings at 6-3.
If Kirkwood defeats DMACC in the regional semifinals, the Eagles would face No. 1 seed Iowa Central or No. 8 seed Iowa Lakes in the finals on Sunday. Kirkwood owns victories over DMACC, Iowa Central and Iowa Lakes and is 3-0 against those schools.
If Kirkwood wins the XI-A regional title, they may have to play in a district tournament depending on how the XI-B regional unfolds. The national tournament is scheduled for Nov. 21-23 in Charleston, W.Va.