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Gold medalist meets local volleyball champs

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American gold medalist Reid Priddy and Roswell Diggers Megan McCreary, left, and Mireya Armendariz bite their medals at Goddard High School Monday. McCreary and Armendariz earned their hardware at a USA Volleyball beach event in Albuquerque Saturday. Priddy was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic indoor volleyball team that won gold in Beijing, China. (J.T. Keith Photo)

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American gold medalist Reid Priddy visited with local volleyball players at Goddard High School Monday, including two members of the Roswell Diggers, who recently captured first-place medals of their own.
Mireya Armendariz and Megan McCreary won the 12-and-under division at the Sandia Classic in Albuquerque this past weekend. The USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour win qualified the pair for the national finals, July 20-25 in Siesta Key, Florida.
Priddy was in Roswell as part of his Max Potential Tour, talking to young volleyball players about success, failure and his path to becoming a three-time NCAA All-American, four-time Olympian, and his current goal of transitioning from indoor to beach volleyball and representing the United States for a fifth time at the Tokyo Games in 2020.
“My main message is that loss and failure equals growth and development,” Priddy said. “Failing a lot is good.”