AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Live on NBC, Sunday July 23rd at 4:00pm (EST)

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The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour’s 2006 Debut on NBC take place from Chicago on Sunday July 23rd at 4:00pm (EST).

The AVP McDonald’s Open Presented by Nautica will be broadcast Live on NBC Sunday July 23rd at 4:00pm. Catch both the Men and Women as they battle for big prize money on Chicago’s North Avenue Beach.

The Women are lead by the number one team in the world and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. May-Treanor and Walsh are coming off their sixth victory of the year last weekend at the AVP Hoover Open marking the debut of Pro Beach Volleyball in the state of Alabama. Entering Chicago, May-Treanor and Walsh are shooting to win their fourth consecutive AVP Chicago Open.

However, May-Treanor and Walsh will face stiff competition from the second seed, Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder. Youngs, the 2002 AVP MVP and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist, and Wacholder the 2005 AVP Best Defensive Player have beaten May-Treanor and Walsh five times domestically over the past two seasons. This year, Wacholder and Youngs defeated May-Treanor and Walsh to win the titles in Hermosa Beach and Atlanta.

To win the Chicago title, May-Treanor / Walsh and Wacholder / Youngs will have to defeat such formidable opponents as third seeded Holly Mcpeak (2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist) / Nicole Branagh (2005 AVP Rookie of the Year), fourth seeded and two-time runner up in 2006, Mason / Boss-Kessy and fifth seeded and 2000 Olympians Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annet Davis.

The men’s side is led by top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger, who enter Chicago having won two of the last four AVP Events. Lambert and Metzger are the only Men’s team to make every final four on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour and have posted victories in Sacramento and Atlanta. Last weekend in Alabama, the duo finished third.

Second seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers enter Chicago having won the five AVP titles this season including a victory last weekend in Alabama. Dalhausser, the reigning AVP Best Offensive Player, and Rogers, the two time reigning AVP Best Defensive player, look to become the are the first team to win five titles in a season since 1999 when Karch Kiraly and Adam Johnson won five. Rogers is also looking to repeat as champion in Chicago as he and former partner Sean Scott won the 2005 AVP Chicago Open.

The Men’s side is deeper than ever as four different teams have won a title so far. Joining Dalhausser / Rogers and Lambert / Metzger in the winner’s circle are Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer and Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal. While two other teams, Olympians Jeff Nygaard / John Hyden and AVP Stars Brent Doble and Ryan Mariano have made finals appearances in 2006.

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

Do not miss the hottest action of beach LIVE on NBC this Sunday July 23rd at 4:00pm (EST) as the AVP McDonald’s Chicago Open presented by Nautica Champions will be crowned.

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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