AVP Live on NBC, Saturday Sept. 2nd at 4:30pm (ET) and Sunday Sept. 3rd at 1:30pm (ET)

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The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour’s is LIVE on NBC from Cincinnati on Saturday September 2nd at 4:30pm (ET) and Sunday September 3rd at 1:30pm (ET).

The AVP Cincinnati Open Presented by LiftOff will be broadcast LIVE on NBC on Saturday September 2nd at 4:30pm (ET) and Sunday September 3rd at 1:30pm (ET). Catch both the Men and Women as they battle for big prize money at the AVP Crocs Tour’s regular season finale in Cincinnati Ohio.

The chase for the AVP Crocs Cup, a season long point’s race, will be decided this weekend at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati Ohio. The battle on the Men’s side will come down to the very last match as top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger lead second-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers by just 58 points in the race for the Crocs Cup. These two teams have combined to win eleven of the thirteen 2006 AVP Crocs Tour events.

Lambert and Metzger have won five titles this season including the past two AVP Events in Brooklyn, New York and Boulder, Colorado, respectively. A win in Cincinnati would wrap up the AVP Crocs Cup and tie Lambert and Metzger with Dalhausser and Rogers for the most wins this season with six.

Lambert returns to Cincinnati ready to defend his title as he and former partner John Hyden won the event in 2005. Meanwhile, Metzger looks to rebound from his fifth place finish last year, his worst finish since 2004. Tune in to the Men’s final live on NBC on Saturday, September 2nd at 4:30pm (ET).

On the women’s side, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh look to avenge one of their rare losses last year in the Cincinnati Open finals to Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs. May-Treanor and Walsh have won eleven titles on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour, erasing their record nine team titles in a season set in 2005.

May-Treanor and Walsh shoot to continue their record setting performance LIVE on NBC this Sunday at 1:30pm (ET) and pick up their twelfth victory of the year. The duo has won 27 straight matches dropping just three games along the way. Several opponents look to end May-Treanor and Walsh’s win streak and deny the top-seeded duo their twelfth title of the year.

Second-seeded Elaine Youngs, the defending champion, and Nicole Branagh look to rebound from their fifth place finish last weekend in Boulder. The fifth place finish marked the lowest finish Youngs has ever had in her AVP career. Third-seeded Rachel Wacholder, the defending champion, and partner Jen Boss look to win their first title as partners. Wacholder has recorded two titles and five second place finishes on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour, while Boss has recorded three second place finishes.

Other AVP stars heating up the beach will be 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Holly McPeak.

Do not miss the hottest action of beach LIVE on NBC Saturday September 2nd at 4:30pm (ET) and Sunday September 3rd at 1:30pm (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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