The Eagles claimed a 3-2 victory over Gulf Coast State Saturday morning to finish ninth in the NJCAA Division II tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.
Kirkwood won 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13. The Eagles were seeded No. 9 in the tournament and Gulf Coast State was seeded No. 6, so it was a mild upset.
Kirkwood lost to top-ranked Parkland in the opening round, but the Eagles bounced back with three straight victories in the consolation bracket to finish with a 3-1 record with triumphs over two higher-seeded clubs.
Kirkwood ended the 2019 season with a 29-15 record, highlighted by its sixth trip to the national tournament in 15 years under Coach Jill Williams.
FR OH Anna Gorsich was named to the all-tournament team.
Scottsdale defeated No. 1 seed Parkland for the title Saturday night, 3-2.