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College Volleyball: Ridgewater’s Karbo named All-American

WILLMAR — Ridgewater College sophomore Tiffani Karbo was named to the NJCAA Division III All-American first team for the second consecutive year.

Karbo, a Balaton native and 2012 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton graduate, guided Ridgewater College to a runner-up finish in the 2013 NJCAA Division III National Volleyball Tournament. The Warriors finished with a 23-10 record while earning a Region 13A and MCAC Southern Division Championship.

“Tiffani’s accomplishment is well-deserved as she reflects the qualities of an All-American both on and off the court,” said Warriors head coach Joe Sussenguth. “She was instrumental in guiding our offense on a team that had first-year players at each attacking position. Her work ethic, leadership and focus was pivotal for the success our team had this season.”

The second-year setter recorded 1,041 set assists with 47 service aces and 222 digs in 2013. She finished her career with 1,918 set assists, 370 digs, 155 kills while attacking at a .305 efficiency rating and 98 services aces while serving 93 percent.

Karbo is one of five Ridgewater players to be named first-team All-American in consecutive years: Emily Roelike, of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa; Kelsey Stommes, of Rocori; Molly Hurrle, of Kimball; and Stephanie Tillman, of Sartell.

The NJCAA Division III All-America first team is: Sarah White, Brookhaven, Texas, S/SO, 5-foot-8; Lindsay Monson, Central Lakes, MB/SO 6-0; Megan Houff, Fashion IT (N.Y.), MB/SO 6-0; Veronica Dabrowski, Harper (Ill.), MB/SO,  6-0; Gabriella Feldt, Itasca, MB/SO, 6-0; Vanessa Clarson, Madison (Wis.), L/SO, 5-1; Elizabeth Mahsem, Madison (Wis.), MB/SO, 6-0; Delaney Laper Niagara, County (N.Y.), OH/SO, 5-9; Tori Davidson, Northland (Minn.), MB/FR, 6-0; Tiffani Karbo, Ridgewater, S/SO 5-9; Taylor Aakre, Rochester, MB/SO, 5-11; Lindsay Ayers, Rochester, S/SO, 5-7.

Second team players are: Sarah Miller, Central Lakes, L/SO, 5-6; Kelsey Ray, Corning (N.Y.), MB/SO, 5-9; Payton Klein, Madison (Wis.), RS/SO, 5-8; Gretchen Freed, Minnesota State, MB/SO, 5-4; Cheyanne O’Neal, Minnesota State, MB/SO, 5-9; Emily Koehler, Northampton (Pa.), MB/FR, 5-9.