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Glop Volleyball

Nicole Lopez gets thrown into a competition court during the tournament, which raises money for hospitalized children and their families. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)
Nicole Lopez gets thrown into a competition court during the tournament, which raises money for hospitalized children and their families. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

“We killed it,” Adam Triolo said.

The president of the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation board was speaking of the 19th annual Aaron’s Mudd Volleyball tournament, a foundation fundraiser held Saturday that exceeded last year’s earnings.

The tell-tale signs of a day of mud volleyball were obvious: Many players walked around with beads around their necks, their shirts, shorts and skin were so covered in mud as to make them unrecognizable. Their shoes were wrapped in duct tape, so they wouldn’t get stuck in the mud during round robin or pool play and come off.

The event helps the foundation raise money for health care costs Carrie Tingle Hospital patients incur that their insurance doesn’t cover. It brought in $600,000, an increase from the $585,000 raised last year, said Phil Prevender, event chairman and vice president of the foundation board.

The sold-out event, held near Second and Rio Bravo, drew about 8,000 people who played in 612 teams on 102 courts. Some 250 volunteers also gave their time.

A player dives for the ball during the annual Mudd Volleyball tournament. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)
A player dives for the ball during the annual Mudd Volleyball tournament. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)
Tanya Ashley of team Muddiachi celebrates a victory on Saturday. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)
Tanya Ashley of team Muddiachi celebrates a victory on Saturday. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

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