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Tribune photos by Rand Middleton These three Ridgewater sophomores get their first chance to play in the national tournament Friday after just missing in 2012: from left, setter Tiffani Karbo (Balaton/Tracy-Milroy-Balaton), libero/defensive specialist Taylor Sharpe (Danube/Renville County West) and hitter Morgan Meyer (Watkins/Eden Valley-Watkins).

College volleyball: Warriors open nationals Friday vs. Montgomery

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WILLMAR — Back in the national volleyball tournament after a one-year absence, the Ridgewater Warriors will open against Montgomery College of Rockville, Md., on Friday in Rochester.


The Warriors (21-9) received the No. 3 seed, which follows the NJCAA Division III rankings. Montgomery (17-13) is No. 6.

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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. 

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