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Ladies first at King of the Mountain

KM Swartzendruber, Krista BH 6-20 Vail Daily/Bret Hartman Krista Swartzendruber makes a pass Sunday during the King of the Mountain womens volleyball final at the Vail Athletic Field. Swartzenbruber and partner Angela Knopf defeated Val Durringer and Dawn Tischauser in a double final.
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Sure, it’s called the King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament.But, what about the queens?It was the ladies who were putting on the show in the Open championship Sunday at the Vail Athletic Field. Angela Knopf and Krista Swartzendruber edged Val Durringer and Dawn Tischauser in a thrilling double final, 17-21, 21-17, 14-16, 25-20.”We’re queens,” Swartzendruber laughed afterward.”We’re always making adjustments. We’re always talking,” Knopf said. “They’re a great team. It’s tough to beat a team three times.”Swartzendruber and Knopf beat Durringer and Tischauser earlier in the tournament, thus forcing the double-final situation, a 25-point match, if the latter beat the former in Sunday’s three set final match. Durringer and Tischauser showed that they were more than ready for the rematch.After the teams exchanged 21-17 wins, Durringer and Tischauser showed their mettle in the 15-point third game. Neither team led by more than two points at any time during the game. A Durringer kill gave her team an early 6-4 lead, but an ace and a kill from Knopf put the eventual champs back on top, 9-7. The two teams tied at nine, 10, 13 and 14 before two kills from Tischauser won the game, 16-14, and forced the double final.Durringer and Tischauser took an early 6-3 lead in the double final, but three straight points from Knopf gave her team the lead for good at 11-9. That triggered a decisive 7-1 run for Knopf and Swartzendruber, who essentially established a comfortable four-point cushion for the rest of the match. Up 24-19, Swartzendruber was poised for the championship-winning kill off a perfect set, but put her shot into the net.

“I was drooling on that one,” Swartzendruber said. “I put a little too much into that one.””But she got the next one,” chimed in Knopf.Yep. Swartzendruber drilled the next kill for the title, the first one for the duo in two trips to the King, er, Queen of the Mountain. The Knopf-Swartzendruber win ended Tischauser’s bid for back-to-back titles. She won last year’s Women’s Open with another partner.Next up for Knopf and Swartzendruber is a tournament in Portland Ore., next weekend. They’ll also be at the Mother Lode in Aspen on Labor Day weekend.And, they’ll definitely be at the Queen of the Mountain next year.Martin, Post repeat It takes teamwork to win a title at the King of the Mountain.After Jamey Martin and local Ryan Post cruised to a 21-17, 21-12 win in the title match of the Men’s Open Sunday over Shayne Harris and Neil Rooney, Martin’s 15-month-old son Maverick knocked over Dad’s beer.Post was right there with another cold one.That’s teamwork, people.

Martin and Post were equally adept at working together on the sand courts Sunday to repeat as King of the Mountain champions.”Jamey usually just yells at me,” Post said, explaining the duo’s teamwork philosophy. “I listen. He’s got a good 40 pounds on me.”It was a workable strategy for the back-to-back winners.”It’s good to repeat,” Martin said. “Defending a title is one of the toughest things to do.”Martin and Post made short work of Harris and Rooney. In fact, there’s was some question as to whether the Men’s Open final would finish before the Women’s Open title game, even though the ladies started a good 45 minutes before the guys.To Harris and Rooney’s credit, they battled and were definitely at a disadvantage coming into the championship. The twosome had to play its way back through the loser’s bracket to get to the title game, playing several more games Sunday than Martin and Post.”It was tough for them,” Martin said. “We had an advantage coming out of the winner’s bracket.”Other winnersMen’s A: 1. Ryan Ammerman of Parker and Drew Ginther of Colorado Springs; 2. Nico Pecori and Ed Marwitz of Breckenridge; Sean Thorne of Colorado Springs and Matt Pisha of Lakewood.Women’s A: 1. Britney Ray and Dawn Ray of Colorado Springs; 2. Annie Hansen of Denver and Ursula Diederichsen of Boulder; 3. Stephanie Rodriguez and Diane Wood of Albuquerque, N.M.



Men’s BB: 1. Eric Price and Darren McDonough of Colorado Springs; 2. Matt Jenson and Manny Padilla of Albuquerque, N.M.; 3. Brian Gerk of Lakewood and Mark McCann of NorthglennWomen’s BB: 1. Carol Johnson of Pine and Joelle Simmons of Denver; 2. Shudy Cundiff and Carol Lee Jefferson of Ignacio; 3. Kelli McCabe of Grand Junction and Desiree Roberts of DeltaMen’s B: 1. Carry Green of Eagle and Doug Merrell of Meeker; 2. Sean Bartosewcz of Boulder and Blake Ginther of Colorado Springs; 3. David Turner and Andy Nelson of Louisville, Colo.Co-ed A: 1. Luis Rojas of Bogata, Columbia, and Louise Free of Colorado Springs; 2. Amy Klegway and Chris Ide of Denver; 3. Ryan Himango and Chris Wekj of Denver.Co-ed BB: 1. Art and April Prater of Carbondale; 2. Kevin Bukacek and Jennifer Daesh of Littleton; 3. Sheree Bruck of Black Forest and Masami Yoshimura of Denver.U-18 girls: 1. Aurora Ebert-Santos of Frisco and Crystin Rodrick of Edwards; 2. Tristan Lawrence and Ashley Weers of Littleton; 3. Whitney Donahue and Shannon Araya of Eagle.U-16 girls: 1. Michelle Parmenter of Gypsum and Ashley Fahrenholtz of Eagle; 2. Nicole Penwill and Sydney Nichols of Vail; 3. Kali Chestnut and Erica Pellard of Carbondale.U-14 girls: 1. Britney Brown and Emily LyBarger of Edwards; 2. Lauren Janich and Lydia Gerber of Longmont; 3. Ryanne Wilson and Britney Beasley of Eagle.Father/Daughter: 1. Rdelle and Lauren Allejo of Colorado Springs; 2 Dave and Jennifer Youngblood of Littleton; 3. Sid and De’manda Souleret of Woodland Park.Father/Son: 1. John and Rob Crawford of Eagle.Mother/Daughter: 1. Keri and Debbie Hjelm of Denver.


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