Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 8, 2006
The AVP Manhattan Beach Open Presented by Bud Light will be broadcast live on NBC on Saturday August 12th and Sunday August 13th at 4:30pm (ET). Catch both the Men and Women as they battle for big prize money at the Historic Manhattan Beach Open where the winner’s names will be forever etched on the Manhattan Beach Pier.
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 eighth victory of the year two weekends ago at the AVP McDonald’s Chicago Open presented by Nautica. Entering Manhattan Beach, May-Treanor and Walsh are shooting to win their third AVP Manhattan Beach Open.
The path to the women’s championship will be different in Manhattan Beach as the number two team on tour has ended their partnership. Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs, winners of two tournaments on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour, will take to the sand with new partners for the first time since 2004. Wacholder, the reigning defensive player of the year, will team with Jen Kessy-Boss, while Youngs, the 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist, will partner with Nancy Mason. Moving up into the number two seed will be all-time victories leader Holly McPeak and 2005 Rookie of the Year Nicole Branagh.
The men’s side is led by top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger, who enter Manhattan Beach having won three of the last five 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, Atlanta and Chicago. Metzger won the 2005 Manhattan Beach Open with MVP Jake Gibb, while Lambert won the 2004 Manhattan Beach Open with Legend and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly.
Second seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers enter Manhattan Beach having won the five AVP titles this season as well as the FIVB Grand Slam event in Austria last weekend. Dalhausser, the reigning AVP Best Offensive Player, and Rogers, the two time reigning AVP Best Defensive player, are both searching for their first Manhattan Beach Open title.
Kiraly, winner of 148 titles, returns to the sand this weekend in search of his ninth Manhattan Beach Open title. Kiraly, who partners with Larry Witt, sat out the previous four AVP events with an injured knee.
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 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 Saturday August 12th and Sunday August 13th at 4:30pm (ET).
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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