AVP pros and elite ams at the 2016 Putterhead volleyball tourney in Breckenridge | SummitDaily.com

AVP pros and elite ams at the 2016 Putterhead volleyball tourney in Breckenridge

Emily Stockman finally made it to the Putterhead.

“Any chance I get to come home to Colorado I’m all in,” said Stockman, a Colorado native and two-time All-American with Wichita State who now travels the world playing on the Association of Volleyball Professionals circuit. “This actually fit perfectly because of the Olympics. I’ve had a significant break with that, and any chance I can see my family it’s great.”

This weekend, Stockman and her partner, fellow pro and Putterhead veteran Kris Bredehoft, join more than 600 amateur teams from across the state for the Putterhead Doubles tournament. It’s the largest event of its kind in Summit County, with a whopping 140 grass and sand courts split between Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge for two days of pool and elimination play. The competition is stiff — these teams might be amateur, but more than a few boast former college and AVP players — and it only gets better with temps in the low 70s. It’s why elite players like Bredehoft and the rest keep coming back year after year.

“What don’t I like about this?” Bredehoft said before her second match on Saturday, sweeping her arms across the sand courts at Carter Park in the heart of downtown Breck. “It really doesn’t get much better than this. I also like that it’s so close together and relatively small. It’s like a big old family reunion.”

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