King of the Mountain Open back for 32nd year
Colorado’s granddaddy-of-them-all beach volleyball tournament is coming back to Vail for Father’s Day weekend.
The 32nd annual Vail King of the Mountain Open beach doubles volleyball tournament hits town this Friday through Sunday at the Vail Athletic Field. With 18 different divisions of play, the venerable Vail event is a family affair that everyone can take part in, including Men’s Masters (35-over), Seniors (45-over), Open, A, BB, B; Women’s Open, A, BB; Coed A, BB; Juniors 18’s, 16’s, 14’s; and special Father’s Day divisions such as Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Mother/Daughter.
This year’s event takes on an even younger look as the King of the Mountain Open is partnering with the Amateur Athletic Union Cobra Junior Beach Volleyball Tour to include its Junior divisions as official qualifiers for the AAU Junior National Beach Volleyball Championships to be held in Hermosa Beach, Calif., July 10-11.The Vail Event will also be offering a free beach doubles volleyball clinic for juniors (adults may attend) on Friday from 12:304:30 p.m. Head coach for the clinic will be John Kessel, director of beach volleyball for USA Volleyball, along with other beach coaches including collegiate all-American Angela Knopf. Angela, with partner and ex-CSU teammate Krista Swartzendrubber, has won the prestigious MotherLode Volleyball Classic the last two years in a row.
The King of the Mountain Open is open to any and all participants. Food and beverages are available. Music plays all day long. And, the event is free of charge to spectators.The annual volleyfest helps Vail kick off the start of its summer season, as on-mountain gondolas begin running this weekend as well.