GSHS gradaiming for tourney repeat |

GSHS gradaiming for tourney repeat

Post Independent Writer

Special to the Post Independent

ASPEN – Krista Swartzendrubber, a graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, will attempt to win her third consecutive MotherLode Volleyball Women’s Open title over the Labor Day weekend.That feat has not been accomplished since the tandem of Shawn Hoover and Debbie Main won four times in a row from 1983-86.”There is pressure to win every year; this year is no different than any other,” Swartzendrubber said of the 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 Demons in the 1990s and a standout at Colorado State University. In 2002 she became the first local player to win the women’s open division of the MotherLode Classic while playing with former CSU teammate and collegiate All-American Angela Knopf. Swartzendrubber and Knopf repeated in a thrilling double final match in last year’s event.”There is no pressure to win, from my perspective; I just love playing there” said Knopf.

The 32nd Annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic starts today and runs through Monday. More than 700 teams are expected to compete, and for the first time, USA Volleyball will crown the MotherLode’s 12 amateur-division winners national champions. The amateur park (grass) court divisions cover four men’s, four women’s and four coed brackets.Information regarding the tournament is available at or by calling the official hotline number at (720) 851-7953.

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