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McBride golden again at nationals

Special to the DailyWolcott's Monty McBride just won his 14th gold medal at the U.S. Open National Volleyball Championships.

Local volleyball player Monty McBride must help himself keep in shape by doing sit-ups with his gold medal collection hanging around his neck.

And, the load just got heavier as he earned yet another Gold at the U.S. Open National Championships in Austin, Texas.

Playing for the Quicksilver Legends, the 65-year-old McBride helped the Southern California Region team win the 60-and-over division for the fourth straight year. The Legends, which are comprised of all-star players from United States, were undefeated at the end of the USA Volleyball competition which featured the best teams from the United States as well as Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

But, it wasn’t easy as they had two tough three-game matches against, first, the Brazil 60s to get out of pool play; and, then, in the championship match with the Papakoa 60s of the Great Lakes region.

Playing at the right-side opposite position for the Legends, this was McBride’s 14th gold medal in U.S. Open, World Masters, and World Championship competition; not including various other championships such as the National Huntsman Senior Games as well as a storied career in beach doubles volleyball in his younger days.

Having lived in the area for many years, the Wolcott resident has been involved with helping develop the volleyball scene that exists in the Eagle County. He was instrumental in creating the long-running King of the Mountain Open, one of the Rocky Mountain region’s beach doubles volleyball tournaments and in beginning the Avalanche Volleyball Club, for junior development training and competition. He also has been active in coaching both on the high school level and as a private tutor, and mentor, for many of the area’s standout junior, and adult, players.

Partners with his wife, Nikki, in a successful tile and masonry business, the affable McBride can usually be found during the summer at one of the area’s sand volleyball courts. That is … when he’s not playing golf.

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