42nd Annual Motherload in Aspen Colorado 2014

My second experience in Aspen was a bit different this time. I was planning on playing with Ryan Townsend, but he was injured and last minute found my friend Garrett Roberts. We came into this tournament with the 28th seed. Last year I played in this tournament and had a great time and obviously wanted to come back.

First match was against a New Mexico player and Colorado dude. This was not the best showing for us. We were kind of warming up. We ended up winning the match in 3. 21-16. 19-21 and 24-22 in the third. It was back and fourth on siding out and was a battle I am very glad we won.

Next match was against the Champions of the 2014 Motherload tournament: Skylar Del Sol and Cody Kessel. Two good friends of mine. We were with them in the first thing and ended up being up 13-12 in the first then slowly stopped siding out. I’m glad I can say we were ahead of the champions and it wasn’t even 1-0. So after our first loss we played two matches in the losers bracket to 25 and this was against 2 Texas teams. We won 25-18 in the first match. Then finished 25-14 in the next one.

Our last match of the tournament was against good friends of mine as well; Bobby Jones and Jeff Samuels. We had a very slow start to this match. I got frustrated with a few sets and my head went mental. Didn’t play my normal style, didn’t look the same out on the court. I have so much to learn about this game and it begins with the mental side. I’ve always thought I had a strong mental game until this match.

Now going ahead, I have a local tournament in Arizona then I’m off to the AVP Huntington Beach then playing in the fabulous Pacific Beach Fest tournament in San Diego on October 4th.

See you on the sand,

Christian Honer

PS: Thanks to San Antonio Wedding Photographers for the great photos from this tournament!

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