43rd MotherLode Volleyball Classic takes center stage this weekend
Now in its 43rd year, the Aspen MotherLode Volleyball Classic has become a Labor Day tradition in Aspen.
The event, produced annually by volleyball promoter Leon Fell, began Wednesday and continues with doubles volleyball matches through Monday.
Fell said the 43rd annual MotherLode Classic, which started as a backyard barbecue and volleyball party, will feature some of the best professional and amateur beach volleyball players in the United States and Canada; all of the top-ranked National Volleyball League men’s open players will participate along with a handful of AVP pro beach players. And, as in years past, the MotherLode Classic will be one of the top developmental volleyball tournaments in the country, where numerous pro players and Olympians started.
“Besides the top NVL players and many off the AVP tour, the men’s and women’s open divisions will host top amateurs who are trying to get on the pro beach tour,” Fell said.
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