Snowmass Doubles up |

Snowmass Doubles up

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Snowmass Doubles volleyball tournament made its debut last weekend with a double-dose of mountain weather.

Brilliant sunshine and warm sand one day.

Rain, heavy clouds, showers and wet sand the next.

“In spite of the wet conditions Sunday, teams battled through their brackets,” said tournament director Tom Davenport, of Volleyball of the Rockies, the producer of the event.

Open division players were playing from $6,600 in cash and prizes.

Davenport said that in the Men’s Open division, Vince Robbins, of Aurora, and Skylar DelSol, of Lone Tree, defeated Kevin Mollman and Myk Zerebeckyj in the final, 21-9, 21-17.

Mollman is from Parker. Zerebeckyj is from Denver.

The Women’s Open featured a pair of Front Range players nipping a pair of Texans.

Denver’s Meghan Barkman teamed with Broomfield’s Christin Shoa to beat Liz Serra-Hsu and Amanda Dowdy, 22-20, 21-15.

Dowdy is from Round Rock, Texas; Serra-Hsu is from Austin.

“The Open Division at Snowmass Doubles is unique because participants must qualify for the event based on their finishes in other Colorado events,” Davenport said. “This ensures the best players in our region are competing in the Open division.”

Volleyball of the Rockies also produces doubles volleyball events in Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs and on the Front Range.

“Snowmass doubles drew over 120 teams this past weekend,” Davenport said of the inaugural edition of the event, staged in partnership with the Town of Snowmass Village, VOR and Spalding.

“We plan an annual event each July with up to 250 teams participating,” Davenport said.

The Breckenridge and Steamboat events number 500-plus teams in each event.

“ The weekend’s programming started with a Misty May junior’s clinic on Thursday, sponsored by Spalding,” Davenport said. “Misty stayed around Friday and cheered on the juniors and coed players on the Snowmass fields.”

Tournament play took place on sunny Saturday and soggy Sunday.