ASPEN, COLO - The deadline for pre-registration for the 30th annual
MotherLode Volleyball Classic is Friday (August 16) as event organizers
expect more than 1,400 volleyball players to compete here in North American's
premiere doubles tournament August 29-September 2.
The registration is $55 ($75 for entries after August 17). Entries with
checks payable to Motherlode Volleyball can be sent to the Motherlode
Volleyball Classic (17011 Lincoln Avenue PMB 447, Parker, Colo. 80134). Late
registrations will be accepted on a space available basis the day of the
event. The registration desk will open at 8 a.m. (MDT) each day of the
MotherLode Volleyball Classic.
Featuring both sand and grass court competition, the 30th annual Motherlode
Volleyball Classic will be held here over five "glorious late summer days"
(August 29-September 2) at various sites throughout one of the United States'
premier resort playgrounds.
Rated the No. 1 Pro-Am tournament in North America, the 30th MotherLode
Volleyball Classic will attract over 700 teams from all over the nation to
compete in what has been called the "toughest amateur tournament in the
United States" and "the most exciting 'non-tour' professional event going."
Offering 17 divisions of play in men's (8 classes), women's (5) and co-ed
(4), the Motherlode Volleyball Classic is the "most comprehensive" beach
volleyball tournament in North America with some of the best beach volleyball
east of the Pacific Coast Highway.
The Motherlode Volleyball Classic's "open" classes for both men and women
features the United States' top pro beach volleyball players competing on the
main championship sand courts at Koch Lumber Park. In addition to the 1,400
participants, the Motherlode Volleyball Classic attracts thousands of
spectators that flock to the Aspen-area every Labor Day Weekend to attend
"the best volleyball party in the country."
The 2001 "open" champions were Canyon Ceman/Adam Jewell (men) and Daven
Casad-Allison/Alicia Scott (women). Ceman is currently teamed with Mike
Whitmarsh, the Silver Medallists from the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and
Jewell is playing with Ian Clark, a 2000 Motherlode Champion. Casad-Allison,
who went to high school in Paonia, Colo., and Scott, who lives in Evergreen,
Colo., are currently playing on the AVP Pro Beach Tour.
The Motherlode Volleyball Classic divisions are:
· Men's Seniors (Over 45) - Sand
· Men's Seniors (Over 50) - Sand
· Men's Masters (37-Over) - Sand
· Men's Open - Sand
· Men's AA - Grass
· Men's A - Grass
· Men's BB - Grass
· Men's B - Grass
· Women's Masters (Over 35) - Sand
· Women's Open - Sand
· Women's A - Grass
· Women's BB - Grass
· Women's B - Grass
· Co-Ed Open - Grass
· Co-Ed A - Grass
· Co-Ed BB - Grass
· Co-Ed B - Grass
Produced by MotherLode Volleyball Productions of Aspen, "The 'Lode"
incorporates the best of traditional beach volleyball creating the "old time"
sense of joy and excitement for the sport. It is a "must attend" event for
the serious volleyball aficionado - providing an exciting, competitive
end-of-the-season volleyball event surrounded by the beauty and excitement of
For additional information about this highly successful and hugely popular
beach doubles volleyball event at the premier summer/winter resort, please
telephone 720/851-7953 or visit the Motherlode Volleyball Classic website at
For information regarding activities in the Aspen/Snowmass-area during the
Labor Day weekend, please telephone the Aspen Chamber Resort Association
(800/262-7736) or visit www.aspenchamber.com.
30th MotherLode Volleyball Classic Timeline
· All divisions play double-elimination. Times for finals are estimated and
may occur before or after the times listed.
Thursday, August 29
· Men's Seniors and Women's Masters competition with the finals at 6 p.m.
(MDT) at Koch Lumber Park.
Friday, August 30
· Men's Masters competition at Koch Lumber Park. Co-ed divisions competition
with the finals at 6 p.m. at Wagner Park.
Saturday, August 31
· Men's Masters finals at 10 a.m. at Koch Lumber Park. Men's Open, AA, A, BB
and B, and Women's Open, AA, A, BB and B begin competition at various
locations in Aspen.
Sunday, September 1
· Men's Open, AA, A, BB and B, and Women's Open, AA, A, BB and B continue
competition at various locations in Aspen.
Tournament Party - The Club Chelsea, the official party headquarters of the
30 MotherLode Volleyball Classic, hosts a party for all participants Sunday
starting at 7 p.m.
Monday, September 2
· Amateur finals at Wagner Park
· 9:30 a.m. - Men's and Women's B and BB
· 10:30 a.m. - Men's BB and A and Women's A
· 11:30 a.m. - Men's AA
· Men's and Women's Open continue competition at Koch Lumber Park. Men's and
Women's Open final will not begin before 2:30 p.m.
· When making arrangements, please refer to the "Preferred MotherLode
Volleyball Classic Package" in order to receive the special event discounts
available to you and your group.
· The Inn at Aspen - 800/952-1515
· Aspen Square Condominium Hotel - 800/862-7736
· The Aspen Lodging Company - 800/321-7025 (booking code LFM)
· Innsbruck Inn - 970/925-2980
· L'Auberge d' Aspen - 877/282-3743
· Hotel Durant - 877/438-7268
· Holland House Ski Lodge - 970.925-7361, ext. 10
· Spalding Properties - 877/925-3034
United Airlines/United Express - Offering special discounts unavailable to
the general public, 800/521-4041, ID# 592-SV. Refer to MotherLode Volleyball
Classic. Book early as prices raise weekly.
Resort Travel Aspen: Airline ticketing -- Contracted Space (wholesales
airline tickets -- must have lodging booked in order to qualify, 800/262-7736
Snow Limousine: (offering the best fares to any location in and around the
Aspen/Snowmass area) Service from and to Aspen, Grand Junction, Eagle and
Denver airports. Telephone 877/859-5466 for reservations and 970/544-6475
for local service.
MotherLode Volleyball Classic Open Champions
Year Men's Champions
2001 Canyon Ceman/Adam Jewell
2000 Ian Clark/Dax Holdren
1999 Dane Hansen/Ryan Post
1998 Curtis Griffin/Erik Moore
1997 Curtis Griffin/Erik Moore
1996 Curtis Griffin/Erik Moore
1995 Curtis Griffin/Erik Moore
1994 Leif Hanson/Rob Heidger
1993 Tom Duke/Jeff Williams
1992 Matt Perry/Pat Powers
1991 Larry Mear/Eric Wurts
1990 Pono Ma'a/Pat Powers
1989 Roger Clark/Shawn Fallowfield
1988 Roy Gerlits/Scott Steele
1987 Craig Moothart/Scott Steele
1986 Rudy Dvorak/Shawn Fallowfield
1985 Marty Gregory/Scott Steele
1984 John Cook/Gary Stevenson
1983 Tim Hill/Mike Wirsing
1982 Jack Hinton/Garth Pischke
1981 Larry Benecke/Garth Pischke
1980 Dale Pruce/Rob Quinlan
1979 Garth Pischke/Jon Stanley
1978 Results not available
1977 Called for darkness
1974 Bruce Downing/Bob Pape
1973 Chester Goss/Steve Goss
Year Women's Champions
2001 Daven Casad-Allison/Alicia Scott
2000 Nancy Mason/Leanne Schuster
1999 Valinda Hilleary/Pat Keller
1998 Nancy Mason/Leanne Schuster
1997 Valinda Hilleary/Pat Keller
1996 Shannon Misek/Gina Pilitere
1995 Kristine Bailey/Danalee Bragado
1994 Kristine Bailey/Christine Schaefer
1993 Valinda Hilleary/Pat Keller
1992 Shawn Hoover/Erin Deiter
1991 Kim Harsch-Bird/Chris Miller
1990 Shawn Hoover/Kim Harsch-Bird
1989 Shawn Hoover/Kim Harsch-Bird
1988 Janice Opalinski, Elaine Roque
1987 Lynn Bulig/Mary Diamond
1986 Shawn Hoover/Debbie Main
1985 Shawn Hoover/Debbie Main
1984 Shawn Hoover/Debbie Main
1983 Shawn Hoover/Debbie Main
1982 S. Hoover/Laurel Brassey-Kessel
1981 Hillary Johnson/Julie Morgan
1980 Hillary Johnson/Jerrie McGahan
1979 Suzanne Murphy/Patty O'Brien
1978 Results not available
1977 Linda Dahle/Linda Smith
1976 Susan Daily/Ann McKay
1975 Susan Daily/Ann McKay
1974 Laurie Buck/Susan Daily
2001 MotherLode Volleyball Classic Podium Placers
· Men's Open - 1, Canyon Ceman/Adam Jewell of Hermosa Beach, Calif., 2, Dane
Hansen, Lakewood/Ryan Post, Denver, 3, Shawn Garus,Colorado Springs/Chad
Turner of Clearwater, Fla.
· Women's Open - 1, Daven Casad-Allison, Santa Barbara, Calif./Alicia Scott,
Evergreen, 2, Terri McNair, Greeley/Aimee Sorensen, Denver, 3, Patti
Smith/Shannon Williams, Dallas, Tex.
· Men's AA - 1, Mike Dauernheim of Naperville, Ill./Steve Ijams, Hermosa
Beach, Calif., 2, Joey Burda, San Antonio, Tex./ Bivin Sadler, Dallas, Tex.,
3, Skye Gosewisch, Lee Summit, Mo./Kipp Howard, Olathe, Kan.
· Men's A - 1, Richard Arellano/Mike Hodson of Dallas, Tex., 2, Steve
Chapman/Trent Nauholz, Des Moines, Iowa, 3, Chris Gregg, Los Angeles,
Calif./Will Gutierrez, San Diego, Calif.
· Men's BB - 1, Tony Plepys/Dave DeSaulniers, Austin, Tex., 2, Mark
Evans/Lucas Galmarini, Kansas City, Mo., 3, Rory Booth/Jerrod McCullum,
· Men's B - 1, Michael Guiietz/Mike Sloger, Chicago, Ill., 2, Brian Combs,
Overland Park, Kan./Eric Hogan, Wichita, Kan., 3, John Corpuz/Russell Craig,
· Women's A - 1, Leslie Delaney, Temecula, Calif./Gina Hazard, San Diego,
Calif., 2, Nicki Fusco/Suzane McReynolds, Denver, 3, Marnie Adams/Leanne
Haarbauer, Seattle, Wash.
· Women's B - 1, Deb Crockett/Shirley Vai, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2, Connie
Hogan/Ester Hurtado, Albuquerque, N. M., 3, Melissa Dickelman, Melissa
Renald, Colorado Springs, Colo.
· Women's BB - 1, Novelett Jensen, Blaine, Minn./Alana Kiehn, Chaska, Minn.,
2, Michelle Krysiak/Laura Smiricky, Chicago, Ill., 3, Amy Blakney/Erin
Crawford, Dallas Tex.
· Men's Senior (50-plus) - 1, Jon Lee, Santa Barbara, Calif./Don Shaw, Menlo
Park, Calif., 2, Dan McCarty, Aspen/Terry Bannick, Englewood, 3, Mark
Andrews, Council Bluffs, Iowa/Dave Strawn, Denver.
· Men's Senior (45-plus) - 1, Jon Hastings, San Luis Obispo, Calif./Andy
Shroeder, Concord, Calif., 2, Brant Lee, Santa Barbara, Calif./Dan Salyer,
San Luis Obispo, Calif., 3, Bob Blackburn, Salida/Dave Lawless, Aurora.
· Men's Masters (37-plus) - 1, Eric Anderson, Los Gatos, Calif./Kent Kitchel,
Santa Cruz, Calif., 2, Paul Cook/Reed Stephenson, Steamboat Springs, 3, Dave
Mear of Gunnison/Larry Mear, San Clemente, Calif.
· Women's Masters (35-plus) - 1, Jeanne Goldsmith/Linda Hanley, Pacific
Palisades, Calif., 2, Patti Smith/Shannon Williams, Dallas, Tex., 3, Alice
Hansen, Raleigh, N.C./Becky Snider, Lakewood.
· Coed Open - 1, Alice Hansen, Raleigh, N. C./Scott Smith of Denver, 2, Joey
Burda/Mel Karkowski, San Antonio, Tex., 3, Patti Smith/Kelly Stern, Dallas,
· Coed A - 1, James Pinto/Tammy Wechwerth, Longmont, 2, Nicki Fusco/Joel
King, Denver, 3, Kim Fricke/Jeff Watson, Dallas, Tex.
· Coed BB - 1, Danny Morgan, Kansas City, Mo./Trish Wade, Wichita, Kan., 2,
Denny Jackson/Maria Stork of Kansas City, Mo., 3, Mike Carroll, Richardson,
Tex./Pam Corr, Mesquite, Tex.
· Coed B - 1, Brenda Osterbuhr/Hal Taylor, Denver 2, Lisa Booth/Marc Scott,
Phoenix, Ariz., 3, Jeremy Glass/Virginia Krauss, Blaine, Minn.
~ Tim Simmons