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Michelle Miller, right, warms up before a Willmar Community College match in this 1987 photo. Tribune file photo

Leah Miller follows mom's path to Ridgewater College


When Ridgewater College sophomore Leah Miller was born, it was inevitable that she would grow up to play volleyball for the Lady Warriors.

After all, her mother, Michelle, gave birth to her in between her freshman and sophomore year at what was then Willmar Community College. And Michelle's labor coach, Val Swanson, just happened to also be her volleyball coach.

"Val was the first one to see Leah after she was born," said Michelle. "Even before I saw her."

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