AHS and CSU star Vagneur to play in the MotherLode
Aspen native and pro beach player Catie Vagneur is scheduled to compete in the 32nd annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic over Labor Day weekend in Aspen.Vagneur, who is currently playing on the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Beach Volleyball Tour, is skipping an NBC-televised AVP event in Chicago to play in her hometown. Vagneur will be gunning for a MotherLode title in the women’s open division.Vagneur was a star for the Aspen High School girls volleyball team and a standout player and collegiate All-American at Colorado State University.Never has a hometown Aspen woman come close to winning the vaunted women’s open on the beach at Koch Lumber Park.Krista Swartzendrubber of Glenwood Springs, however, remains the only valley woman to do the feat, and Swartzendrubber enters as the two-time defending champion with partner Angela Knopf, both CSU products.”I love playing in the MotherLode. Seeing my family is important, and I believe we have a good shot to win. Most of all, it’s a good time and very fun,” said Vagneur.”I hear a bunch of AVP players saying they want to compete in the MotherLode, and I think in future years Aspen fans will get to see the top pro players here,” she added.Other local players to watch include Matt Bergdahl, the Aspen High head girls volleyball coach and local fly-fishing guide, and partner Kenny Smith. Bergdahl, who hails from the beaches of southern California, will be one of the favorites in the men’s seniors 45-and-over division, as well as the local favorite playing with Ken Ryan of Aspen in the men’s masters 37-and-over division.The 32nd Classic is scheduled for Sept. 2-6. More than 700 teams are expected to compete. For more information, check out http://www.motherlodevolleyball.com
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This decision is part of a game plan to focus on giant slalom and slalom in the early part of season. Shiffrin will likely also pass on a speed stop in Val d’Isere from Dec. 18-20.