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College volleyball: Stommes, Karbo 1st team All American

The National Junior College Athletic Association has recognized two Ridgewater College volleyball players as All-Americans for the 2012 season.

Tiffani Karbo, a freshman setter out of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton High School and Kelsey Stommes, a sophomore middle hitter from Rocori High School, were named to the NJCAA Division III All American First Team.

It’s the second time Stommes earned the elite honor.

Karbo was selected as the MCAC All-Southern Division MVP in 2012.  In addition, she received two NJCAA Division III Player of the Week Honors, was named to the MCAC All-State team, received multiple MCAC Southern Division Setter of the Week Honors and was named to the All-Region 13A team.  Playing in all 29 matches for the Warriors, she notched 877 set assists and served 93 percent with 52 aces in the 2012 season.

Coach Joe Sussenguth comments: “Tiffani handled her role exceptionally well as a starting freshman setter.  The accolades she has received this season were earned because of her work ethic, love for the game and her quest to make her teammates better.  Her vision for how to conduct an offense was completely natural, which is a rare trait in a freshman setter.  She contributed positively to our team chemistry and her leadership steadied us throughout the season.”

Stommes earns her second NJCAA Division III All-American award after being named to the First Team in 2011.  

She was named to the MCAC All-State Team, to the MCAC All-Southern Division team, All-Region 13A team and received MCAC Hitter and Player of the Week awards during the regular season. Stommes finished with a team high 305 kills in 2012, over three kills per set along with 45 solo and 36 assist blocks during the 2012 season.

Sussenguth said: “Kelsey was the most talented middle hitter in NJCAA Division III for the past two years.  We ran our offense through her and her presence defensively dictated opposing team’s offensive options.  She’s given us a dominating presence at the middle hitter position for two years.  I’m looking forward to the contributions that she’ll make at the four-year collegiate level.  Her passion for the game is strong and the potential for her to improve is high.”

Ridgewater was 22-7 in 2012, MCAC Southern Division Champions (12-0) and Region 13A Runner-up.