AVP LIVE on FOX, Saturday May 20th at 4:30pm

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The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Debuts on FOX following Major League Baseball on Saturday May 20th, 2006 at 4:30pm

The AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open will be broadcast LIVE on FOX Saturday May 20th at 4:30pm. FOX will broadcast the AVP Women’s finals nationally following Major League Baseball’s Interleague Match-Up.

Gold Medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh lead a field of the World’s Best Pro Beach Volleyball Players. May-Treanor and Walsh are shooting for their third consecutive title of the 2006 AVP season, having defeated Nancy Mason and Jen Boss-Kessy in the first two AVP events this season, Fort Lauderdale and Tempe, respectively. May-Treanor and Walsh are also shooting for their third consecutive victory in Santa Barbara. The duo has lost just one game in their Santa Barbara playing history.

To win a third straight, May-Treanor and Walsh will have to defeat such formidable opponents as second seeded Elaine Youngs (2004 Bronze Medalist) / Rachel Wacholder (2005 AVP Best Defensive Player), third seeded and 2000 Olympians Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson-Jordan, and fourth seeded and two-time runner up in 2006, Mason / Boss-Kessy.

Do not miss the hottest action of beach LIVE on FOX Saturday May 20th at 4:30pm as the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Women’s Open Champion will be crowned.

The Men’s competition will culminate with the Finals on Sunday, May 21, 2006. The Men’s side is deeper than ever. Olympian Stein Metzger has teamed with 2004 AVP MVP Mike Lambert. The duo has already recorded and second and third place finish. Meanwhile 2005 AVP MVP Jake Gibb and new partner AVP Star Sean Rosenthal won the season opening event in Fort Lauderdale and placed second in Tempe.

The third and fourth seeds on the Men’s side are highlighted by Santa Barbara Locals. Third seed Dax Holdren is set to defend his 2005 Santa Barbara Title with 2005 AVP Most Improved Player Sean Scott. Fourth seeded Todd Rogers, a former UCSB coach, is coming off his first win of the season in Tempe with new partner and 2005 AVP Best Offensive Player Phil Dalhausser.

Other AVP stars heating up the beach will be three-time Olympic gold medal winner Karch Kiraly, 2004 Bronze Medalist Holly McPeak, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, and Indoor Superstar and two time Olympian Logan Tom.

The competition is sure to be fierce and you do not want to miss a single serve, dig or spike. Log on to http://avp.com for more details.

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