Open partners square off in masters volleyball |

Open partners square off in masters volleyball

Staff report
Michael Bruning, of San Diego, hits against the spread block of Tim Wooliver, of Austin, Texas.
Bob Blackburn/Special to The Aspen Times |

Plenty of Californians are competing in the 41st annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic, but they are not dominating the winner’s circle, as a host of teams from other areas of the country have been standing on the podium, including in Sunday’s Co-Ed Open and Men’s Masters divisions at Koch Lumber Park in Aspen.

The Co-Ed Open was a showcase for many of the top players competing in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, which will continue through this afternoon. However, the usual bevy of Californians was not well-represented, as Drew Punjabi, of Kansas City, Mo., playing with Amanda Dowdy, of Austin, Texas, defeated native Coloradan Skyler del Sol, of Denver, and Michelle Iafigliola, of Hermosa Beach, Calif.

In the Men’s Masters (35-over) Division, Riley Salmon, of Houston, and Mike Bruning, of San Diego, took down last year’s masters champions, Tim Wooliver and Colin Kaslov, both of Austin, in a duel that had some interesting complications considering that Salmon is Wooliver’s partner in the Men’s Open.

Elimination rounds will continue in the open divisions today, culminating with the Women’s Championship Match at 3 p.m. and the men’s match immediately afterward. The amateur Men’s and Women’s A, BB and B divisions will be contested in succession, as well.

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