AVP Live on NBC, Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th at 4:30pm (ET)

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The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour’s is live on NBC from Coney Island on Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th at 4:30pm (ET).

The AVP Brooklyn Open Presented by Cushman & Wakefield will be broadcast live on NBC on Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th at 4:30pm (ET). Catch both the Men and Women as they battle for big prize money at the AVP Crocs Tour’s debut in the state of New York.

The rivalry on the sand between the top two men’s teams has heated up as top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger and second-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers have met in the finals of the previous two AVP finals. In Chicago, Lambert and Metzger swept Dalhausser and Rogers 21-16, 21-18. While Dalhausser and Rogers exacted their revenge this past Sunday at the Historic Manhattan Beach Open defeating Lambert and Metzger 22-20, 21-23, 15-11. Combined, these two teams have won nine of the eleven 2006 AVP Crocs Tour events.

In the race for the Crocs Cup, awarded to the best men’s and women’s team at the conclusion of the AVP Crocs Tour, just 20 points separate Lambert/Metzger and Dalhausser/Rogers. With increased points available in network events, both teams will bring their best game to Coney Island. Tune in to the Men’s final live on NBC on Saturday, August 19 at 4:30pm (ET).

The path to the women’s championship will be different in Coney Island as partner switches have continued. Elaine Youngs and Nancy Mason, fresh off their second place finish at the Manhattan Beach Open last Saturday, will line up next to new partners. Youngs will team with Nicole Branagh, the 2005 AVP Rookie of the Year, while Mason will partner with AVP Star Tyra Turner. Branagh’s former partner and career victories leader Holly McPeak will partner with two-time indoor Olympian Logan Tom.

The one constant on the women’s side has been the dominant play of 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. May-Treanor and Walsh, the number one team in the world, have won nine of the eleven AVP Crocs Tour events this year, including a victory last weekend in the AVP Manhattan Beach Open. In New York, the duo will look to win their tenth event of the year, which would set the record for most regular season wins by a women’s team. May-Treanor and Walsh won nine regular season events in 2005. Tune in to the Women’s final live on NBC on Sunday, August 20 at 4:30pm (ET) to see if May-Treanor and Walsh can set the record.

Other AVP stars heating up the beach will be 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, three-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Karch Kiraly, and 2005 AVP Best Defensive Player Rachel Wacholder.

Do not miss the hottest action of beach LIVE on NBC Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th 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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