Glenwood’s Swartzendruber part of MotherLode championship duo
ASPEN – Colorado State University products Angela Knopf and Krista Swartzendruber won a pair of matches here Sunday to capture their second sand doubles title in only two events together by winning the women’s Open title at the 30th annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic.
Seeded last in the 26-team women’s Open field, Knopf, of Troutdale, Ore., and Glenwood Springs resident Swartzendruber, 23, had to rally twice in the title match before defeating sixth-seeded Denver tandem of Natalie Sime and Dawn Tischauser 18-16.
Knopf and Swartzendruber rallied from a 10-8 deficit to take a 14-10 lead in the final. Sime and Tischauser, the top team on the Colorado Professional Volleyball Tour, came back to lead 15-14 and 16-15 with three match points.
Knopf and Swartzendruber, who won their sand double debut last week in Colorado Springs, scored the last three points of the match. The pair netted the title on their eighth match point as Knopf’s block and kill at the net finished the title match.
All six of Knopf and Swartzendruber’s wins in the 2002 MotherLode were upset victories as the pair scored a 15-13 win over Sime and Tischauser earlier Sunday afternoon. Sime and Tischauser had to win three elimination matches to advance to the final, including a 11-4 win over fifth-seeded Julie McGarr and Samantha Meador.
Knopf and Swartzendruber also advanced to the finals with a 15-5 win over McGarr and Meador, who play regularly on the pro beach circuits. Knopf finished her CSU career in 2001 as a first-team All-American while Swartzendruber left the Rams in 2000 after starting for Tom Hilbert’s women’s volleyball team for three seasons.
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