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First-day action draws big crowds to Aspen’s MotherLode

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The first day of MotherLode Volleyball Classic action in Aspen Thursday brought big crowds and a host of first-day victories for players in their mid-30s and older.

“It was the greatest crowd we’ve had in 37 years of MotherLode history,” event organizer Leon Fell said. “It was like work was not going on anywhere. What a great beginning to the weekend.”

Play continues throughout the weekend at courts around town, culminating in the amateur finals Monday at Koch Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, followed by the open finals for men and women, starting at 3 p.m.

On Thursday, Kris Bredehoft of Englewood and Pamela Sorenson of Broomfield, beat St. Petersburg, Fla.’s Wendy Lockhart and San Antonio’s Mell Calata in the women’s 35-and-over division final. Sue Louks and Debbie Webster of Dallas finished third.

In other action, Jeannie Bailey of Annandale, Va., and Huntington Beach’s Cathy Thomas bested Seattle’s Leslie Clay and Aspen’s Fadia Middlebrook to win the 45-and-over division. Kathy Garnett and Natalie Gelatt of Boulder wound up third.

In the men’s 45-and-over division, Tom Witt of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Dan LaFontaine of Huntington Beach outlasted Jeff LeBerge of San Jose, Calif., and Doug Krutzikowsky of Santa Cruz, Calif., in the final. San Diego’s Kenny Lentin and Denver’s Craig Plato took third.

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In the men’s 50-and-over division, Greg Brendel of Dallas and Kent Kitchell of Aptos, Calif., topped Packy Jones of West Lake village, Calif., and Eric Anderson of Los Gatos, Calif. Cocunut Creek, Fla.’s Larry Dezenzo and Blaine Bridgeford of Dallas wound up third.