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Sixth day added to volleyball weekend

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Now serving, more masters.

The 41st annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic in Aspen is expanding, with more divisions for masters players.

Longtime tournament director Leon Fell announced this week that the pro-am doubles beach volleyball tournament will extend over six days in 2013.

“This year’s event is adding an extra day and two additional divisions, men’s 55-and-over and women’s 45-and-over,” Fell said. “that will make the MotherLode masters portion of the event the largest masters/seniors beach volleyball competition in the United States.”

More than 600 doubles teams compete annually in the tournament, held over Labor Day Weekend in Aspen. This year, the event will go from Wednesday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 2.

The MotherLode Classic started as a one-day invitational tournament in 1973, sponsored by the then-MotherLode Restaurant folks. There were 14 teams.

The tournament has grown over four decades to 20 divisions ranging from B players to open pro beach players.

The MotherLode has been called the unofficial national championships of grass doubles volleyball.

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