Swartzendrubber on MotherLode: I’ll be back
Glenwood Springs volleyball star Krista Swartzendrubber will be attempting to win her third consecutive women’s open championship when the 32nd annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic returns to Aspen over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-6.A MotherLode three-peat feat has not been accomplished since the tandem of Shawn Hoover and Debbie Main won four in a row, 1983-86.”There is pressure to win every year – this year is no different than any other,” Swartzendrubber said of the possible three-peat.”I love the history of the MotherLode, its great reputation and the tough competition. The MotherLode is great for Colorado volleyball.”Swartzendrubber was a star player for the Glenwood Springs High School girls volleyball team in the 1990s, and a standout player at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. And she is the first and only valley native to win the women’s open division of the MotherLode Classic.The first one came in 2002 with former Colorado State University teammate and collegiate All-American, Angela Knopf. Last year, Swartzendrubber and Knopf repeated in a thrilling double-final match.Said Knopf: “There is no pressure to win from my perspective; I just love playing there.”The 32nd annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic is expected to draw more than 700 teams from around the country.For the first time, USA Volleyball will crown the MotherLode’s 12 amateur-division winners national champions (including the four mens, four womens and four coed brackets in the grass court divisions).For more information on the Classic, schedule of play, and/or how to register, go online at http://www.motherlodevolleyball.com or call the official hot line at 720-851-7953.
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