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Can’t rain on this party

Aspen Times writer

Heavy rain and chilly temperatures put a momentary damper on the 32nd installment of the MotherLode Volleyball Classic in Aspen last weekend, but tournament directors adapted and produced one of the most competitive events in years. Close to 700 teams from around the country competed in front of hordes of fans who refused to give in to the weather. The surprise of the tournament was the play of Denverites Nicki Fusco and Gina Kirstein, who knocked off top-seeded, two-time defending women’s open champions and local favorites Krista Swartzendruber and Angela Knopf. Swartzendruber, from Glenwood Springs, and Knopf, from Oregon, are former members of the Colorado State University volleyball team. On the men’s side, Dana “Macho” Camacho, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Chris Hannemann, of Seattle, took top honors in the men’s open division for the second straight year – even after partying at Club Chelsea until 2 a.m. the night before the finals.


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