McBride earns another gold |

McBride earns another gold

Daily Staff Report

Local volleyball legend Wolcott’s Monty McBride added yet another gold medal to his burgeoning collection. Playing for the USA 60-over masters team, McBride helped his American team earn a gold medal at the World Masters Championships recently at Alberta University in Edmonton, Alberta.The Americans started the tournament ignominiously as they lost their first match of pool play to a strong Ukrainian team, but still wound up making the playoffs by winning the rest of their matches to finish second in their pool. After winning their quarterfinal match, they found themselves in a rematch with Ukraine in the semifinals. Although they lost the first game of the best 2-out-of-3 match, the crafty U.S. team managed to win the second game and force the match to a winner-take-all “tie-breaker” which the Americans won easily setting themselves up for the championship match against the always tough Team Russia. However, the momentum carried over from the previous match catapulted them to an easy win in two games to seal their repeat from the 2003 World Championships where they had won the gold in the 55-over division in Sydney, Australia.McBride, who helped start Vail’s King of the Mountain Open volleyball tournament, has been a beach and indoor player since his days in San Diego, Calif. Since moving to Colorado he has been an icon in Colorado volleyball as he has amassed eight masters/seniors All-American awards and has won numerous national championships playing for the Quicksilver Legends team in various age group divisions over the years — the latest being the gold medal at the U.S. Open Championships held in Denver last May. As well, he was instrumental in starting the Edwards-based Avalanche Volleyball Club and has also been the head coach at Battle Mountain High School.Vail, Colorado

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