Volleyball’s rhythm echoes across Aspen

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Bump, set, spike.


The rhythm of volleyball will resonate through Aspen again today and Monday as the 41st annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic marches to its traditional Labor Day conclusion.

After Friday’s afternoon rains limited play in the grass-court divisions, players were back out on the courts early Saturday to play through the tournament brackets.

Once teams hit the playoffs in their respective divisions, they went to speed-up play with one match to 28 points instead of the usual best-of-three tournament format.

Play on the sand courts, which continued through some of Friday’s rain, continued in earnest Saturday.

Volleyball, in fact, took over almost every square foot of grass space available in the greater Aspen area Saturday.

From Rio Grande Park to Wagner Park to Aspen High School, the grass-court players showcased their skills. Play was contested in Men’s and Women’s A, BB and B divisions.

Meanwhile, on the sand at Willoughby and Koch Lumber parks, the teams played toward the championship finals, set for Monday.

Today, there will be more matches in Men’s Open, A, BB and B and Women’s Open, A, BB and B.

The finals of the 2013 MotherLode Volleyball Classic will start at 9 a.m. Monday at Koch Lumber Park with the Women’s B championship.

The Men’s B will follow at 10 a.m. Monday.

Women’s BB will play at 11 a.m. with the Men’s BB at noon.

Women’s A is set for 1 p.m. Monday with the Men’s A at 2 p.m.

The featured beach championships will start with the Women’s Open at 4 p.m. The Men’s Open final at 4 p.m. Monday will close the 41st edition of the MotherLode Classic.