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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Ridgewater’s Tiffani Karbo makes a save in the Jamestown College JV match. The sophomore setter had 43 assists in a 3-2 win.

College volleyball: Ridge 2-2 against top competition at home

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WILLMAR — When Ridgewater College stages an invitational, coach Joe Sussenguth doesn’t bring in pushovers.

The Warriors went 2-2 at their Friday/Saturday 5-team round-robin. Wins came against a tough Jamestown (N.D.) JV and top-10 rated Rochester.

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Losses were to always strong North Dakota State College of Science and Central Lakes College, which is not ranked but should be with its second convincing win over the No. 5 Warriors already this season.

“We gained some great experience this weekend against very competitive teams,” commented Joe Sussenguth. “It was a physically and mentally challenging weekend that will make us stronger in the long run.

“There is no question we have things to go back and work on, but I’m pleased with where we are one-third of the way through the season.”

NDSCS 3, Ridgewater 1

NDSCS 25  11  25  25

Ridgewater         15  25  22  21

Ridgewater

Serving (aces): Morgan Meyer 1, Tiffani Karbo 3 … Set assists: Karbo 37 … Hitting (kills): Jen Puncochar 9, Meyer 12, Karbo 2, VanMoer 10, Bolin 8, Braaten 4, Taylor Sharpe 2 … Blocking (aces): Bolin 2 … Digs: Sharpe 15, Alix Katz 5, Puncochar 5, VanMoer 8, Karbo 6

Ridgewater 3, Rochester 0

Rochester            20  23  19

Ridgewater         25  25  25

Ridgewater

Serving (aces): Taylor Sharpe 1, Morgan Meyer 2, Tiffani Karbo 2, Tegan VanMoer 2, Amy Bolin 1 … Set assists: Karbo 30, Ali Katz 1, Tracy Braaten 1 … Hitting (kills): Jen Puncochar 8, Meyer 7, Karbo 2, VanMoer 10, Bolin 7, Braaten 5 … Blocking (aces): Meyer 4, Karbo 2, Bolin 1, Braaten 1

Ridgewater 3, Jamestown JV 0

Jametown (ND) JV           21 25 27 21 13

Ridgewater         25 20 25 25 15

Ridgewater

Serving (aces): Puncochar 1, Sharpe 3, Meyer 2, Karbo 2, Van Moer 2, Van Moer 3, Bolin 1 … Set assists: Karbo 43 … Hitting (kills): Puncochar 13, Meyer 8, Karbo 7, VanMoer 14, Bolin 7, Braaten 5, Mikayla Jacobson 1 … Blocking (aces): Puncochar 1, Meyer 2, Karbo 2, VanMoer 1, Braaten 1

Central Lakes 3,

Ridgewater 1

Central Lakes    21 25 25 25

Ridgewater         25 13 17 16

Ridgewater

Serving (aces): Sharpe 2, Meyer 1, VanMoer 1, Bolin 3 … Set assists: Karbo 29, Meyer 1 … Hitting (kills):  Puncochar 4, Meyer 8, Karbo 1, VanMoer 8, Bolin 6, Braaten 4… Blocking (aces): Meyer 1, Karbo 1, Bolin 1, Braaten 1

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334
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