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MotherLode contenders weather the storm

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen CO, Colorado

Paul Conrad/The Aspen TimesJohn Moran of Redondo Beach, Calif., digs a serve during the MotherLodes mens open quarterfinals Sunday at Koch Lumber Park.

ASPEN A little rain and plenty to gain.That was the story Sunday at Koch Lumber Park as the MotherLodes elite mens and womens teams battled to stay in contention for this years respective open titles.Amateur division play on grass courts around Aspen also went off without a hitch at the countrys largest beach doubles tournament, despite intermittent showers throughout the afternoon.Two-time MotherLode mens open champion Dana Camacho and partner A.J. Mihalic an up-and-comer on the AVP Tour defeated fellow AVP players Eyal Zimet and John Moran, 21-18, 21-17.The loss dropped Zimet one half of last years open championship team into the losers bracket in the double elimination tournament.Zimets partner from last year, Ivan Mercer, playing with Bill Chenowith from Deerfield Beach, Fla., didnt fare any better. Mercer and Chenowith were docked eight points for showing up late to their second round match a point for each tardy minute and wound up dropping the opening game, 21-15. The pair then promptly lost the second game, 21-17, to drop into the losers bracket.The top seeded-team in the womens bracket of Aspen native Catie Mintz and Leilani Kamehoahoa from Troutdale, Ore., remained on course for todays final after defeating Kris Bredehoff and Pamela Sorenson of Denver, 21-19, 21-15.Last year, Californians Sara Dukes and Chrissie Zartman both AVP tour regulars claimed their first MotherLode title in the womens open final over tournament veterans Dawn Tischauser and Deb Ponis, both of Denver.Mintz and then-partner Angela Knopf who share a combined five Lode finals appearances between them lost in the semfinals to Dukes and Zartman.Mondays action in the mens and womens open division includes elimination matches leading up to the womens open final at 3 p.m., which will immediately be followed by the mens final.Amateur finals get underway at the grass court at Koch Lumber Park at 9 a.m. with the womens B final and wrap up with the mens A final at 2 p.m.For a complete schedule of all amateur finals, go to http://www.motherlodevolleyball.com.

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