Four Co-ed champs crowned at MotherLode |

Four Co-ed champs crowned at MotherLode

Aspen Times Staff

Billy Bacon, right, hammers a spike past Doug Gramstad Friday at Rio Grande Park during Co-ed division play at the MotherLode Volleyball Classic. Gramstads partner, Jackie Laumb, is in the foreground. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)

Four Co-ed division titles were handed out, including the Co-ed Open crown to Dan Neiman and Meride Boyer of San Diego, Friday at the MotherLode Volleyball Classic in Aspen.Men’s Masters competition also got under way, with the final slated for 11 a.m. today at Koch Lumber Park.Neiman and Boyer defeated Mel Karwowski and John Nino, both of San Antonio, 15-2 in the final match. To win their first MotherLode title, the duo stormed through the bracket without losing a match. Luis Rojas and Pam Lubben of Denver finished in third place.Co-ed A action saw Desi Vigil and Maria Marion, both from Albuquerque, N.M., win their division final, 15-10, over Brandon Hutchinson of Blaine, Minn., and Novelett Jensen of Crystal, Mo. Third place went to Meredith Johnstone and Cary Leppert. Johnstone hails from Albuquerque and Leppert is from Denver.

The Co-ed BB tournament was won by the sixth-seeded Jon Juhler and Britt Slie of Omaha, Neb. The win gave Britt her second MotherLode title. The duo defeated Dasha Vandova and Paul Negley. To celebrate, Juhler and Slie toasted their cheering fans with Coronas in hand. Lana King of Minneapolis and Will Paulson of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., finished third.The final Co-ed title in the 48-team Co-ed B division went to Angela Frost and Dan Willrich of Des Moines, Iowa. Frost/Willrich were not seeded among the top 16 teams, yet finished unbeaten, winning their final match, 15-5. Frost had never won a MotherLode game before, losing both her matches last year in her first MotherLode appearance.

Second place went to the top-seeded team of Pete Rasmussen and Claudia Lozano from Mountain View, Calif. Jennifer Lange and Kevin Thomas of Omaha, Neb., finished in third place.In the Men’s Masters division, top-seeded Randy Meadow and Keith Jones won their first three matches, putting them in good position to defend their title from last year. Semifinal action starts at 8 a.m. today with finals approximately set for 11 a.m.

Thursday’s actionA pair of Californians captured the Women’s Masters division Thursday.Sue Holmes of Santa Cruz and Illga Celmins of Mountain View, Calif. won the Women’s Masters (35-plus) title at Koch Lumber Park, defeating Coloradans Kathy Lawless of Parker and Lori Asher of Aurora.Holmes/Celmins won the title match, 15-13. It was Celmins’ fourth MotherLode title. Finishing in third place were Samantha Meador and Julie McGarr, both of Houston.In the Men’s Seniors (50-plus) division, Dave Akin of Monument and Greg Goodman from Mountain View, Calif., outlasted Colorado’s Dean Carlson of Golden and Jack Flora from Littleton, 15-7, in the title match. Favorites and four-time winners Jon Lee and Don Shaw finished in third place.Doug White of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Dan LaFontaine of Huntington Beach, Calif., captured the Men’s Seniors (45-plus) division, defeating Eric Anderson and Packy Jones, 15-8, in the final match. Finishing in third place were Claire Dunning of Golden and Kevin Lockwood of Denver.

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