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SCHEDULE

2006 Schedule Announcement

Current schedule for the AVP Tour in the year 2006

Date                             Event                                                                                   Site                                                             TV

March31st-April 02nd 2006 AVP FT. LAUDERDALE OPEN      South Beach Park                Ft. Lauderdale, FLA.                * Cable,FSNet

May05th-07th  2006 AVP TEMPE ARIZONA OPEN                  Tempe Beach Park               Tempe, ARIZ.                          * Cable,FSNet

May 18th-21st 2006 AVP SANTA BARBARA  OPEN                West Beach                          Santa Barbara, CA                   *Cable,FSNet

May 26th-28th BUD LITE 2006 AVP HUNTINGTON OPEN     Huntington Beach Pier           Huntington Beach, CA             * Cable,FSNet

June 09th-11th BUD LITE 2006 AVP HERMOSA OPEN            Hermosa Beach Pier               Hermosa Beach, CA.            * Cable,FSNet

June 15th-18th BUD LITE 2006 AVP SACRAMENTO OPEN      Cal Expo                               Sacramento,CA                   * * LIVE,Cable,FSNet

June 29th-July 2nd BUD LITE 2006 AVP SEASIDE HEIGHTS OPEN                                        Seaside Heights,NJ              * Cable,FSNet

July 06th-09th BUD LITE 2006 AVP ATLANTA OPEN                                                               Atlanta,GA                          * Cable,FSNet

July 13th-16th BUD LITE 2006 AVP BIRMINGHAM OPEN Hoover Metropolitan Stadium          Birmingham,AL                    * Cable,FSNet

July 20th-23rd BUD LITE 2006 AVP CHICAGO OPEN                 North Avenue Beach               Chicago, IL                        **LIVE on NBC

Aug 10th-13th BUD LITE 2006 AVP MANHATTAN BEACH OPEN    Manhattan Bch Pier          Manhattan Bch ,CA         **LIVE on NBC

Aug 17th-20th BUD LITE 2006 AVP BROOKLYN OPEN            Coney Island Beach                   Brooklyn ,NY                    * Cable,FSNet

Aug 25th-27th  2006 AVP BOULDER OPEN                                Boulder Reservoir                       Boulder,CO                       * Cable,FSNet

Aug 31st-Sept 03rd  2006 AVP CINCINATI OPEN                 Lindner Family Tennis Center            Cincinati , OH                   ** NBC,Live

September 06th-09th AQUIFINA 2006 AVP Vegas Shootout             Caesars Palace                        Las Vegas, NV              *TAPE on NBC

September 14th-17th  CUERVO 2006 LAKE TAHOE INVITATIONAL Monte Blue Resort&Spa  Lake Tahoe,NV              * Cable,FSNet

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                                                                            AVP 2006 Beach Volleyball Tour Men's & Women's Results To Date


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AVP Professional Men's Beach Volleyball
2006 TELEVISION SCHEDULE  Volleyball.org
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AVP ON NBC TV !!!     :>p~


TV Air Dates:

NBC

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EVENT BROADCAST DATE / TIME

The AVP is proud to bring you over 10 hours of NBC broadcast coverage and over 40 hours of cable coverage of Fox Sports Net! Check out the television schedule below and be sure to watch all the AVP tournaments throughout the season. All broadcasts are listed in local time unless otherwise specified.*

April
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Fox Sports Net


May
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Tempe, AZ Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Fox Sports Net


JUNE
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Huntington Beach, CA Fox Sports Net

JULY
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
San Diego, CA Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA * live on NBC


AUGUST
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Belmar, NJ Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Fox Sports Net

SEPTEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Chicago, IL* live on NBC
Las Vegas, NV NBC (tape delayed)
Hermosa Beach, CA Fox Sports Net
Honolulu, HI  NBC (tape delayed)

OCTOBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Chicago, IL Fox Sports Net
Las Vegas, NV Fox Sports Net
Honolulu, HI Fox Sports Net

NOVEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Honolulu, HI Fox Sports Net


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Five Live/Tape Broadcasts During the 2006 Season Marks the Return Of Beach
Volleyball to Network Television for the fourth year in a row

The AVP is proud to bring you over 10 hours of NBC broadcast coverage and over 40 hours of cable coverage of Fox Sports Net! Check out the television schedule below and be sure to watch all the AVP tournaments throughout the season.

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EVENT BROADCAST DATE / TIME

 *Check you local listings for Broadcast times yet to be announced actual event dates below only not necessarily brodcast dates

April
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Fox Sports Net


May
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Tempe, AZ Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX  Fox Sports Net
 

JUNE
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Huntington Beach, CA Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA Fox Sports Net


JULY
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
San Diego, CA Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ       Fox Sports Net

AUGUST
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Belmar, NJ Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Fox Sports Net

SEPTEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Hermosa Beach, CA Fox Sports Net

OCTOBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Chicago, IL Fox Sports Net
Las Vegas, NV Fox Sports Net
Honolulu, HI Fox Sports Net

NOVEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Honolulu, HI Fox Sports Net

AVP on TV
  2006


To catch all the Men's and Women's 2006 AVP Nissan Championship Series action make sure to visit Fox Sports Net and check your local listings for viewing times.


New to the AVP last year was OLN televising the Men's and Women's semifinal matches. OLN has gone back to televising Hockey & Soccer in 2006 no more Volleyball.


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    AVP Womens News - TV Update
* OLD 2002 information below,stay tuned as to what AVP women's events will be
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NEW YORK (Variety) - Geraldine Laybourne's Oxygen Media will cablecast five of the seven women's Assn. of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) tournaments this summer. The deal is consistent with Oxygen's recently announced strategy of focusing only on high-visibility women's sports. Six weeks ago, Oxygen laid off 20 people in its sports division, reducing the number of events from 31 per year to about 12. Lydia Stephans, president and executive producer of Oxygen Sports, called the AVP tournaments "the premier women's beach volleyball competition in the world." In addition to the five Oxygen cablecasts, the AVP will get three live broadcasts on NBC.
Oxygen's five cablecasts will run on consecutive Sunday afternoons at 2, beginning June 9.

EVENT BROADCAST DATE / TIME

*Check you local listings for Broadcast times yet to be announced actual event dates below only not necessarily brodcast dates

Oxygen will no longer be carrying Volleyball in 2006.


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AVP Hour on the radio

Courtesy of Hugo Rec.Sport.Volleyball
 
 In yesterday's LA Times (May 17, 2002), a column
 written by Larry Stewart, he mentiones that:
 
 "Karch Kiraly and Sinjin Smith will co-host a new
 weekly show, "The AVP Hour," on KMPC (1540 AM) Thursdays,
 7-8 p.m., beginning next week (May 23, 2002)."
 
 However, I listened to KMPC earlier today (Sat. May 18)
 and I heard a commercial for it and "Geeter" (Chris McGee)
 said that he and Sinjin will be hosting this new
 weekly show. He also said that if you don't listen
 you'll get sand kicked in your face! ;-) Anyway,
 whoever is hosting, it's good to know that the
 vball community is getting high profile ambassadors
 of the game to get the word out about beach
 volleyball on the radio!
 Yay volleyball! I hope that we can continue this
 well into the future. :-)
 
 Hugo
 
 Hey Hugo,Thanks for the info.Any coverage of the AVP by its Players
 is welcome news.By the way Ian Clark has had his own radio show of
 sorts on Live365 for over 2 years now.Take a listen to DJ
 Slimknicky1 at the following link:
 
 Listen!!! to "I-RADIO AVP" IMAN'S Broadcasting in Stereo!!!24/7
 
 Featuring "DJ- KNICKY" playing all the hits for AVP fans!!!

 Coming SOON,Player I-Views & Past Years &Current AVP Event coverage in  Real Audio!

 
  http://www.live365.com/stations/slimnicky1
  I-RADIO AVP



"Karch Kiraly and Sinjin Smith will co-host a new
 weekly show, "The AVP Hour," on KMPC (1540 AM) Thursdays,
 7-8 p.m., beginning next week (May 23, 2002)."

You can listen to it live on the internet on your computer here,follow this link:

KMPC
Sporting News Radio
Los Angeles
1540
Los Angeles, CA.

Click Here

 The AVP Hour

**HAVE NOT HEARD YET IF THERE ARE TO BE RADIO BROADCASTS IN 2006 STAY TUNED but for now listen to archives above.........

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Dig Magazine

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First Issue: April 2003   (40-pages, around 80 volleyball photos)

Articles:
This month on tour - Ft. Lauderdale, Tempe

Locals only - where AVP players eat, drink and kick it in Fort Lauderdale and Tempe

The scene - Huntington Beach

Ten ways not to break into the AVP tour

Beach Vocabulary 101

Hot tunes

AVP 2003,  Photo Profiles
Misty May - Kerri Walsh
Holly McPeak - Elaine Youngs
Jenny Johnson Jordan - Annett Davis
Carrie Busch - Leanne McSorley
Lisa Arce - Rachel Wacholder
Women's Contenders

Eric Fonoimoana - Dax Holdren
Stein Metzger - Kevin Wong
Mike Whitmarsh - Canyon Ceman
Karch Kiraly - Brent Doble
Albert Hannemann - Sean Scott
Men's Contenders

Hot Gear - Spring Wraps

Fashion Flashback

Legend Connection  Ron Von Hagen - Karch Kiraly

The Clinic - Beach Facts & Myths on Hitting Big

Beach Smack with Brian Lewis

DIG
The next best thing to being at an AVP event!!
Official Magazine of the AVP Tour
Volleyball • Lifestyle • Competition
6 issues for just $18
Call toll free to subscribe:
# 1- 800-999-9718
Get a DIG t-shirt or Hat for just $6 when you subscribe for six issues.
DIG is published six times April through October around AVP events.

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Articles 2005-2006 Off Season

-Catch up on your reading as to what happened after the end of last year's AVP season here.

Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb named 2005 AVP Team of the Year
October 12, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Awards for the 2005 AVP season were given last night, October 12, at the annual AVP Player's Banquet. Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb, who won more tournaments than any other players on the Men's side, were named 2005 AVP Team of the Year.
Metzger and Gibb started the season and their playing partnership on a high note as they captured the Fort Lauderdale Open the first weekend of April. Just a few weeks later they were at it again as they won the second event of the year in Tempe. Having never played together before, Gibb and Metzger became the first team to win their first two events together since 1991 when Adam Johnson / Ricci Luyties accomplished the feat.
Starting off a season with two straight wins had not occurred since 1997 when Jose Loiola / Kent Steffes won the first three events. Since that time, seven teams have tried, but failed, to defend their season-opening win.
Metzger and Gibb were far from done after the Tempe victory. They were back in the winner's circle in Belmar and Manhattan Beach. Metzger and Gibb were the most consistent team on the Men's side as they made the final four in 11 of the 12 regular season tournaments. Cincinnati proving to be their only blemish as the duo finished fifth.
When Metzger and Gibb did lose it was only to the best teams on tour. In fact, Metzger and Gibb only lost to teams in the regular season that won a championship in 2005. Their 15 regular season losses came at the hands of six different opponents. These six opponents combined to win the remaining nine team events that Metzger and Gibb did not capture.
"I think we have accomplished all of the goals that we wanted to this year: win the most tournaments, be the number one team on tour and be the most consistent team on tour and we have accomplished all that," Metzger said.
During the regular season, Metzger and Gibb won over 79 percent of their matches in compiling a 58-15 record. Their average margin of victory was over four and half points per game. During the season Metzger and Gibb recorded 38 blowouts, a game won by seven or more points. Yet only twice in 2005 did a team blowout Metzger and Gibb.
Individually, Metzger and Gibb put up great numbers as well. Metzger tallied more digs than anyone else this season, and was able to convert efficiently. He was second in hitting percentage and eighth in kill percentage while ranking third in the number of kills. He also had his fair share of aces, ranking 13th in that category. Gibb had the second-most blocks on the Tour and the fourth highest ace total of all players this year. He was also in the top 15 in kills and hitting percentage.
Entering 2006 Metzger and Gibb will be the number one seed. They will face stiff competition in 2006 as Mike Lambert will be playing with a new partner, Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings are coming off their best season, and Todd Rogers and Sean Scott will be looking for their fourth straight tournament win. With qualification for the 2008 Olympics starting next season, fierce competition is sure to follow. Today, however, Metzger and Gibb celebrate their 2005 accomplishments.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh named 2005 AVP Team of the Year
October 12, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Awards for the 2005 AVP season were given last night, October 12, at the annual AVP Player's Banquet. For the third consecutive year Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh were named AVP Team of the Year.
It is no surprise that the duo earned this honor as they won 10 of the 13 team events, captured the Nissan Championship Series title, lead the tour in points earned and money won. The duo finished second in the three events they did not capture.
The dominant performance by May-Treanor and Walsh is shown with a statistical breakdown of the 2005 season. The duo won 69 of 72 matches in 2005, a winning percentage of over 96 percent. On average, opponents were outscored by 6 points per game and 29 times during the season the Gold Medalists won a game by double digits.
In 2005, May-Treanor and Walsh dropped just 16 games. Only Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder and Holly McPeak / Jen Kessy took more than one game off the Gold Medalists, winning ten games and three games respectfully.
Individually, May-Treanor and Walsh dominated as well. Statistically, May-Treanor is the only person to rank among the top 20 on the Tour in all six major categories (kills, 5th; blocks, 18th; digs, third; aces, 17th; kill percentage, fourth; hitting percentage, second). While Walsh finished number one in blocks, kill percentage and hitting percentage.
May-Treanor and Walsh started the 2005 season right where they had left off in 2004, running through the competition. On their way to winning the first five events of the 2005 season, the duo dropped only two games. Entering Cincinnati, talk surrounding the Gold Medalists was on the possibilities of a perfect season. May-Treanor and Walsh did reach 50 consecutive victories, but the perfect season talk was short-lived as they fell in the Cincinnati finals to Youngs / Wacholder.
The setback in Cincinnati did not deter May-Treanor and Walsh from continuing their torrent pace. They ran through the second half of the season by winning five of the final seven team events including the historic Manhattan Beach Open and the regular season finale in Chicago.
The win in Chicago clinched the AVP Championship Crown for May-Treanor and Walsh, who were rewarded with keys brand new Nissans. Walsh was thrilled to secure the title spot. "I wanted to win the points series championships," Walsh said. "I wanted the car so badly."
Their success continued into the post season as May-Treanor won the AVP Las Vegas Aquafina Shootout, an individual tournament whose winner is declared the best on the beach. While Walsh sat out the Las Vegas tournament with an abdominal injury, May-Treanor claimed the title in stellar fashion by dropping just one game in the process.
The duo was back together for the final event of the season, the Paul Mitchell AVP Best of the Beach in Hawaii. As they had throughout the season, May-Treanor and Walsh rolled through the competition, dropping just one game in winning the final event of 2005.
May-Treanor and Walsh will look to continue their success in 2006, especially as the run for Olympic Qualification will begin next season. As the competition has grown deeper, especially with the anticipated return of Jenny Johnson-Jordan and Annett Davis, the Gold Medalists are sure to have their hands full in 2006.

Lang inducted into Volleyball Hall of Fame
By Paul Soriano // USA Volleyball // October 27, 2005
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HOLYOKE, Mass. – Six international greats were inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame Thursday in the birthplace of the sport. Together, Ron Lang of the United States, Bernard Rajzman of Brazil, Cecilia Tait of Peru, Stanislaw Gosciniak of Poland, Eugenio George of Cuba and Konstantin Reva of the USSR/Russia make up one of the most diverse groups of inductees. They were welcomed into the Hall of Fame in an afternoon ceremony.
The Hall’s 20th enshrinement increased the number of Hall of Fame members to 70.
Ron Lang, of the USA, made his mark on the game of volleyball both on the court and in the sand. He was a member of the first-ever USA Men's Olympic Volleyball Team in 1964. Lang was also a long-time standout player at the USA Men's Open Volleyball Championships. From 1958-1967 he earned nine First-Team All-American selections, one Second-Team All-America honor, three Open National Championships and was an eight-time Open National runner-up.
The USVBA named Lang an All-Time Great Male Player in 1982, and he was honored as a member of the organization's 75th Anniversary Men's 1953-77 All-Era Team in 2003. He paired-up with Gene Selznick (VHF Class of 1988) and later Ron Von Hagen (VHF Class of 1992) to form two of the most successful beach partnerships of all-time. With Selznick, he earned more than 20 tournament championships. With Von Hagen, he won 28 events. Lang was also a member of USA Volleyball's 75th Anniversary Men's 1928-87 Beach All-Era Team.

Interviewing Dane Selznick
Blake Cantrell
October 28, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
In 2005, nobody spent more time on center court during the finals than Coach Dane Selznick. He was in the players' box for all thirteen women's team event finals as well as five men's team event finals. Dane's team won twelve of those matches. Now Dane sits down with us to discuss his thoughts on 2005 and more...

Q: How did you get started in coaching beach volleyball?

A: Well, my Dad was a coach, I have 50 years of volleyball in my family so I think it starts there, but I first started coaching beach volleyball in the early 90s. I would go to the beach and see players training and realized that there were a lot of things I could help them with and that they could improve upon. The first player I took on as a coach was Linda Hanley on the WPVA and it's just grown from there.

Q: What teams did you coach this season?

A: Misty and Kerri, Fuerbringer and Jennings, Rosie and Witt, and Jason Ring. I trained quite a few other players as well.

Q: Do you think you need to have been a high level player to be a successful coach?

A: It can only help to have lived the sport and know what it takes to win. Some coaches can be good without playing experience, they can be self-taught and study, do coaching clinics but nothing is better than experience and having been there. I learned from my father how to be a teacher, how to make common sense to players and I think that's really helped in my career.

Q: Is this your full time job?

A: Yes, it's been my full-time job since I started in the early 90's and I was doing 12 hour days when I first started out.

Q; What would you say is the difference between a coached and an uncoached team?

A: With a coach on the sideline you get a different perspective, different angle, an extra set of eyes on the sideline, just a different vision of the game that the players on the court can't really see.

Q: When you agree to coach a team what is the process? How does one get signed up with Dane Selznick?

A: It usually starts with a phone call and a guy asking "do you have any time for me?" and we kind of go from there. It's really informal, I'm a hands-on type of coach and I've been doing it long enough that at this point it's second nature for me to assess a player's skills just by how they toss a ball. I can tell immediately what they're skill level is and what they need to work on. A problem I encounter at times is that I see so many things going on that could be tweaked here and there that I give the player too much information, I overload them at the beginning and some people get a little bit intimidated by that but then I have to assure them that it's going to beneficial for them down the road.

Q: What do you do as a coach that sets you apart and leads to such a high success rate?

A: I'm a very technically oriented person. I see a player's idiosyncrasies, their movement, what will work best with their body type. Volleyball is really a simple game and I like to remind people to not make the game so difficult. The problem often is that you get a lot of players that have grown up playing strictly indoor volleyball and when they try and transition to the beach they are stiff, they aren't fluid, you need to be able to flow, be smooth and explosive but not tight. A good example of a guy that has made that transition really well is a guy like Sean Rooney, he's big but still fluid, he doesn't move like a big guy.

Q: You were the first beach volleyball coach ever nominated for USOC Coach of the Year, can you tell me about that and the whole process?

A: It began when the USAV nominated me and I won National Coach of the Year, then they put me in for the running for USOC Coach of the Year, I made a few of the cuts and then there I was in the Final 5 nominees. They had a huge banquet, my father was there, it was a real special moment even though I didn't win it was a real honor just to be there and to see beach volleyball on that level.

Q: I have been told to ask you about the 1979 World Championships that you played under the lights against Karch and Sinjin at the Redondo King's Harbor?

A: I should have won. Fishburn and I lost our first round match even though we were the top seed so we sat down and promised ourselves we wouldn't let anybody else score more than 8 points on us for the rest of the day. We did it for the rest of tournament, well, O.B. and Hooper got more than 8 points but still, we got all the way through the losers bracket to the finals, it was best 2 of 3. Finals end up going to three games, it's a two and a half, three hour endurance contest, old rules, it got dark, Karch and Sinjin are up 17-16 in the third game, I block Sinjin. The ref calls me for being over the net even though it was dark and he was on the opposite side of the play, game over.

But we won next year.

2005 AVP Rookie of the Year Hans Stolfus
Hans Stolfus
November 7, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Hans Stolfus wins 2005 Rookie of the Year 
Congratulations on winning the 2005 AVP Rookie of the Year award. Please share your thoughts on the honor:
First off, I want to say thanks, because as of this moment, I have yet to show my appreciation. Unfortunately during the AVP Awards Banquet I was out of town so not only did I miss a very enjoyable evening (from what I've seen in the photos on the website) but I also missed out on receiving the greatest athletic award of my young career. To say that I am honored doesn't really express my full gratitude.
If you really want to break it all down, I guess it kind of stems from my Midwest roots... I grew up in Iowa, never played competitive volleyball until I went to college at the University of Hawaii (where I somehow miraculously walked on - long story worth being heard over a Starbucks) and then transferred to San Diego State University for a partial (books would have been enough) scholarship. After graduating, I fled to Eastern Asia to write a book and teach English as a Second Language... volleyball almost entirely forgotten. That is until my good friend, Esteban Escobar, also an ex-teammate at both UH and SDSU, sent me a little email reminding me why we are alive (or at least, since we are alive -- and both still healthy -- why am I in Asia and why is he sitting behind a desk at Qualcomm) and how, most importantly, we could still be playing the game that made up 92% of our previous daily conversation base. (Other 8% = food and ladies) Only this time, on the beach... (It couldn't be that much more difficult, we were pretty adept indoor players so the transition would obviously be rather quick)
So, I boarded a Singapore Airlines trans-pacific flight and landed back in Southern California on a Thursday afternoon in June ready to play my first CBVA - AAA tournament in Ocean Beach that Saturday morning. Glowing white, pasty skin accompanied by super soft soles underneath my feet were probably the first visible signs for the rest of the competition to realize I was somewhere I did not belong; how I wish someone would have told me. After getting bageled my first round of pool, the first beach volleyball match of my career, the first time I have ever heard skin actually sizzle like bacon gristle, I wanted to re-board the plane and have shabu shabu waiting for me at my favorite restaurant in Taipei. 11-0... old scoring, old ball, old court- whatever... it didn't matter, I was absolutely terrible. Esteban was embarrassed to be on the same court, watching me get aced as if Fred Souza was across the net rolling off a barrage of service winners traveling so fast they were unseen by the naked eye (or at least mine, maybe it was the glare) Who knows, perhaps Fred was there... in the hunt for the free t-shirt, backpack beach chair and unprecedented 75 dollars for the winner/split. All I know is my short-lived beach volleyball career should have ended there; that day in OB after a burger from Hodads and a bottle of aloe from the local liquor store (Ocean Beach's definition of pharmacy) that covered my entire body head to toe... maybe two bottles.
The moral of the story is; I couldn't. I couldn't end anything that day- especially not a rally in our own team's favor. I played two more tournaments that summer, (letting my feet and facial skin heal in between events -- it didn't matter that I used more sunscreen than Utah native Jake Gibb, with a higher SPF rating) the second tourney taking place at the end of August back at my -- favorite' beach... the OB AA; the last chance for all the locals to earn their triple before the culmination of summer beach season. I guess a few practices on desert hot sand (basically burning coals), at the infamous Cohasset Beach Volleyball Courts paid off; Esteban and I came out victorious that day, claiming our first beach title; capping it off with what I believe to be my first shirtless trip into the ocean in over 25 years of life. (Sweet tan line)
Now I am here discussing the acceptance of 2005 AVP Rookie of the Year honors, a place I honestly thought I could never be. Bottom line, every time I get a win in the main draw I am the happiest man on tour- bar none. EVERY TIME. Why? Because I remember what it's like at the beginning and realize how much work on the sand it required for me to get to where I am today. Am I currently winning Opens? No. Am I fighting as hard as I know how - just to break into the top ten? Yes. That's just how difficult the tour is these days. Respect from the other guys on tour isn't bestowed, it's earned... and if I have played well enough to earn the respect from even one of the legends competing today on the AVP, then the acceptance of this award makes me even more proud. I just wish Geeter wouldn't have hung up on me while I was on Speaker phone

2005 AVP Rookie of the Year Hans Stolfus
December 5, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
You played with two partners in 2005, Matt Olson and Jason Lee, what were their similarities and what were their differences?
Well, I made kind of a difficult decision to attend a Graduate Level, Creative Writing Workshop this past July in Florence, Italy with my mother Beverly. Although, heading into the trip, I had planned on being home ready to compete at the Hermosa Beach Open, I realized after an incredibly tumultuous arrival process, through what seemed to be all of Western Europe, (two days after the bombing in London) that it was going to be very difficult for me to return home on time, even partially rested, ready to play in one of the biggest events of the year.
After contacting Matt regarding my decision, via an internet cafe outside Roma Termini, I realized there was a strong possibility I would be partner searching for August, the final and most financially beneficial month of the AVP season. Sure enough, Matt picked up a beach legend in Brent Doble, made it to Sunday in a Nissan Series Championship event, played Furby-Jennings tight into a 3rd set for a 5th; all while Hans Stolfus sat on a train headed south through Tuscany deliberating over new partner options with his mom. Realizing rather quickly it was going to be quite difficult to replace a partner such as Matt Olson, I once again polished my resume for some solid monster.com posting.
Fortunately, while online that evening at the Sheraton Parco de Medici, I received a glorious email from Jason Lee detailing how his current partner Reid Priddy had decided to move on and play with their mutual good friend Jason Ring (Thus becoming 'Team Super Hops') Which of course, left Jason Lee available to become 'Team Who?' or 'Team Tall, White and Skinny' with yours truly. Three tournaments later, (Which included a couple of great wins, one over 'Team Super Hops' in Boulder, mixed in with a couple of unfortunate losses) Matt's new partner severely sprained his ankle in a match against Lewy and that really tall, new kid (Sean Rooney) that looks almost as young as me. Bringing us full circle; Matt Olson and Hans Stolfus, partners again for the season finale, the AVP Nissan Series Championships in Chicago, IL.
Now, each player has their own individual attributes they bring to the team; Jason Lee is taller (6'6") and therefore more of a force at the net blocking. He is also an amazing sideout player; his lefty high line over the block is ridiculous! (Hope I'm not giving anything away) And on the other side, Matt is a pretty sick defensive player along with being (what I believe) the best setter on the sand. Don't get me wrong, his sideout game is hard to match as well, his hitting percentage is always over .600 at the end of the day so a majority of teams go to me... but the reason I enjoy playing with Matt and the reason I chose to return and team up with him once more in Chicago has more to do with our mutual time spent on the beach than anything else.
We started by playing in Australia together (beating a couple of world class teams in route to two tournament victories), and continued back here on the AVP from April-July. We both currently reside in America's finest city (L.A. has nothing on San Diego), which makes training more conducive& even if it means we both drive north to Doheny State Beach in San Clemente to practice against solid competition. Over the course of time, we have developed a little quicker offense and have grown to understand what it is going to take to compete and be successful at the highest level. He is a winner, he hates losing and his fearless attitude helps translate into victories. (Just ask Jimmy Nichols).
I have nothing but respect and admiration for both Jason Lee and Matt Olson's games and to be honest, I was very fortunate to play with both of them during this past summer.

Nicole Branagh-2005 AVP Rookie of the Year
December 5, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Congratulations on winning the 2005 AVP Rookie of the Year Award. Please share your thoughts on the honor:
I feel so honored to have won this Award. I sometimes still can't believe it. I was so excited and nervous at the same time that during my speech I think I was tossing the award around in my hand. Luckily it didn't drop! In that case perhaps people were more focused on the award dropping than what I was saying...but I would like to say again how blessed I feel to be able to be playing a sport which I love. The AVP has provided so many great opportunities for us. It is such a fun and exciting environment to be in and I am so happy to be a part. There are so many great players on the tour and to be honored with an award which is chosen by my peers is truly something special. I don't have all the right words to describe exactly how I feel. I have had incredible support and encouragement from my family and friends and I want to also thank them for believing in me.
What do you attribute to your success in 2005?
I feel I have been very fortunate to have been surrounded by some great coaches and players, Danalee Corso, Ana Collier and Kerri Pottharst. I know I have so much more to learn, but these people have helped me get started off on the right foot. I played along side a great partner this season, Angie Akers. She encouraged me and gave me a chance...most of all she believed in me and believed in us as a team. We worked hard this season and at the same time had a lot of fun. I think those are important ingredients for success.
Why did you transfer from the indoor game to the beach?
I have had wonderful opportunities playing indoor, but in the summer of 2004 I decided I needed to try something new. So with the encouragement from family and friends I headed down to LA and hit the beach. I was thinking that I would head back to Italy that fall and play another season. I figured playing beach would be a great way to stay in shape. And have some fun! I did return to Italy after that summer and while over there realized how much I missed beach and couldn't wait to get back. I didn't realize at the time I would be trading in my shoes for a bikini, but I can't complain. I dedicated many years to indoor to see where I could go and now it is time for me to try that on the beach. It's a challenge, but one I am really excited about.
Once you and Angie Akers teamed up in 2005 your results improved every weekend. Why?
I think the more and more we played together the more comfortable we were with each other and the more trust we built. We really worked hard every week and wanted to see some improvement each tournament. Although, the number 9 seemed to be our favorite number for awhile, we saw improvement with our game. Towards the end of the season our results did improve and we were working very well together. It's a process, but one that we are both interested in seeing what can happen.
Why do you two work so well together?
I feel we work well together because we trust each other. We know what our goals are as individuals and as a team. We are both working hard towards the same goals. I think we both push each other well during training and also during games. We learned what we each needed in different situations and used that to our advantage.
Since you both are over six feet tall, what strategies do you use to decide who plays the net and who plays in the backcourt?
Most of the time we split blocking and defense. But sometimes it depended on who we were playing or how far along we were in the tournament. At the moment, if we needed a block I would be the one to stay at the net. Angie has been playing great on defense this season, so we stuck with what we thought was best for each situation. There are times in the middle of the game that I would run up and block, if we were trying to set up a certain play. We were confident in each others skills and after a winter season I am confident we will both feel good about doing either.
What was your best tournament in 2005?
Well, our best finish this year was in Boulder, CO. We took a 5th and finally got past some teams that we had been matched up against at most tournaments. I felt like we played really well together and got through some tough weather at times. We made the most of it and finished strong. I think Boulder was finally that break through that we had been waiting for. Just takes a little time with a new team, but we believed we could do it.
What is your regular training regimen?
It seems to start in the early morning.....luckily I am a morning person! We trained this summer with Ana Collier twice a week. The other days we work with other teams, play games, drills, etc. After my morning beach session I usually head to the gym for cardio and or weights (twice a week). I usually try to go on the days we weren't with Ana....I usually need a nap after that because I am so tired. :) I like to be active so I will throw in some cross training into my schedule....swimming, bike riding....and now attempting to learn how to surf. So hopefully I can take advantage of that this winter. I think now that I will be in CA for the whole year I will have more of a?set regimen. I am usually just hopping right into tournaments and trying to play catch up, but now that I am going to be here this winter I can figure out what is going to work best.
What are your goals for 2006?
I am still working on those at the moment so I will have to get back to you on that. But for now, looking forward to 2006 and excited to see what the future holds.
What do you do during the off-season?
Well, this is my first beach off-season...so I am still trying to figure it out. Usually, I am back in the gym playing indoor...but....At the moment Angie and I are in Australia training with Kerri Pottharst. We are here for a month and will also compete in two tournaments. I am very excited about this opportunity to work with Kerri and see how Angie and I do on their tour. After this trip we will figure out what our schedule will be for the winter. Probably take some time off after this trip and then start the training. I have been learning how to surf, so hopefully this off-season I can get a handle on that! We shall see.

AVP Pros Spread Holiday Cheer
December 20, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP

AVPCares, the charitable arm of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, arranged for several AVP Pros to bring holiday cheer to Cedars Sinai Medical Center's Pediatric Unit.
AVP Pros Carrie Busch, Dain Blanton, Holly McPeak, Jason Ring, Makare Wilson, Leanne McSorley, Rachel Wacholder, and Sean Scott, as well as AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato, spent a day in the Pediatric Unit doing arts and crafts as well as building gingerbread houses with several of the young patients.
As it is the season of giving, the AVP Pros provided several of the patients with IPOD Nanos as holiday gifts.

Misty Nominated for ESPN's All-SportsNation
December 28, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
AVP MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, Misty May-Treanor 
Misty May-Treanor has been nominated by ESPN's SportsNation for the 2005 All-SportsNation team. May-Treanor earned the nomination after a spectacular 2005 season that included 17 titles, 11 of which came on the AVP Tour. Other accolades in 2005 included the 2005 MVP of the AVP and AVP's Best Offensive Player award.
The All-SportsNation team will feature five athletes who demonstrated athletic excellence in 2005. The question posed to voters, as they choose five athletes out of a group of 30, is which athlete is most dominant at their craft. For instance, was Misty better at Beach Volleyball in 2005 than Tiger Woods was at Golf, or Lance Armstrong at Cycling, or Reggie Bush at Football, or Roger Clemens at baseball...
To vote, log on to ESPN All-SportsNation Team.

2006 Could Be a Record-Breaking Year
January 10, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
The 2005 season ended with many AVP stars closing in on Records and Individual Achievements. With 16 tournaments and bigger purses in 2006, several players can reach these milestones.
Karch Kiraly is the all-time leader in wins with 148 and also the oldest player to win a tournament. With each win Kiraly breaks and resets both records. On the women's side, Holly McPeak holds the record for all-time victories with 72. McPeak record setting 68th win came in the 2004 Manhattan Beach Open. Misty May-Treanor with 53 titles and Kerri Walsh with 49 titles, rank fourth and sixth respectively in career titles. In 2005, May-Treanor won 17 tournaments and Walsh won 16. May-Treanor enters 2006 just seven titles behind Jackie Silva for third place all-time and 14 titles behind Karolyn Kirby for second place. Kerri Walsh is one title behind Kathy Gregory for fifth place.
Elaine Youngs, with 33 career wins, currently sits in 12th place on the Women's all-time win list. With six more wins Youngs will move into the Top Ten all-time. Youngs won three times in 2005 and six times in 2004.
Dax Holdren, with 14 career wins, is just one win away from joining the Top 30 in all-time Men's titles. Holdren has won at least one tournament in nine of the last eleven years. Todd Rogers 12 career titles and 2000 Gold Medalist Dain Blanton with 11 career wins are also closing in on the Top 30. With four more titles, Blanton will tie his former partner and Gold Medal Winner Eric Fonoimoana. Stein Metzger, Brian Lewis and Kevin Wong all enter the 2006 season with eight career wins and 2004 MVP Mike Lambert and 2003 MVP Jeff Nygaard enter 2006 with seven career titles. All are shooting to reach ten career titles and a place in the Top 40.
Kiraly and McPeak lead the men and women respectively in career winnings. Kiraly has earned $3,159,773 and McPeak $1,386,221. Each will grow their record in 2006.
Several AVP Pros are closing in on joining the Million Dollar career earnings club in 2006. Youngs, May-Treanor and Walsh could all reach this milestone in 2006. Youngs is $60,000 short, Misty May-Treanor is $80,000 short and Kerri Walsh is $174,000 short of reaching the Million Dollar plateau. In 2005, Youngs earned $176,125, May-Treanor earned $314,750 and Walsh earned $285,000. On the Men's side, Fonoimoana is $24,000 short and Scott Ayakatubby is $65,000 short of crossing the Million Dollar plateau.
Brian Lewis with $1,016,009 in career earnings is just $41,000 away from breaking into the Top Ten all-time Men's leaders in career earnings. Dain Blanton, currently ranked 20th in career earnings, is within $60,000 of reaching $750,000. Canyon Ceman is $58,000 short of reaching the Top 20 in career earnings. Both Metzger and Kevin Wong are within $20,000 of reaching $500,000 in career winnings.
In 2006 May-Treanor and Walsh look to increase their Women's record 47 team wins. Seven more victories would move May-Treanor / Walsh ahead of Mike Dodd / Tim Hovland in team victories and into third place all-time. Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan need $75,000 in team winnings to break the Million Dollar Team Plateau and 18 starts to reach 100 career team starts.

Karch's Legacy
January 10, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
Denying father time and constant speculation of retirement, Karch Kiraly is set to make 2006 his 28th season on the beach. Kiraly's accomplishments during the past 27 seasons include the record for most career wins (148), most prize money won ($3,159,773) and most MVP awards (6). Kiraly's career can only be compared to very best to play pro sports.
Most Valuable Player:
Kiraly has won the AVP MVP six times (1990, 1992-1995, 1998). Kiraly trails only Wayne Gretzky, Barry Bonds and Tiger Woods in MVP's won. Gretzky finished his NHL career with nine MVP awards. Woods has won seven PGA Player of the Year awards and Bonds has won seven MLB MVPs. Kiraly's six equals the NBA's best in Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who won six MVP's in 21 seasons. Trailing Kiraly are Michael Jordan and Bill Russell, who both won five MVPs, and NFL MVP leader Brett Favre, who has won three.
Big Wins:
The Manhattan Beach Open is the most historic Beach Volleyball Tournament in the world. With a history that spans back to 1960 and the winners name forever engraved in the Manhattan Beach Pier, there is no tournament bigger than the Manhattan Beach Open. Like the Masters in Golf, Wimbledon in Tennis and the Tour de France in Cycling, the Manhattan Beach Open is the epicenter of its sport.
Kiraly has competed in 17 Manhattan Beach Opens and taken home the title 10 times. In comparison, Jack Nicklaus won a record six Masters in 41 tries. Martina Navratilova won a record nine Wimbledon Titles in 23 tries. Pete Sampras holds the Men's Wimbledon record with seven wins in 13 tries. And Lance Armstrong won seven Tour de France titles in 11 tries.
Longevity:
Kiraly won his first Manhattan Beach title in 1980 as a 20 year old. 24 years later, Kiraly would win his 10th at the 2004 Manhattan Beach Open as a 43 year old. Nicklaus won his first Masters at age 23 in 1963 and won his sixth in 1986 at 46 years old. Navratilova won her first Wimbledon in 1978. 13 years later, Navratilova won her ninth and final Wimbledon title.
Titles:
Kiraly has won 148 Beach Volleyball Titles in his career. In second place on the career list is Sinjin Smith with 139. Kiraly has 76 more titles than the all-time women's title leader, Holly McPeak. Comparing active players, Kiraly has won 93 more titles than the second active leader, Jose Loiola, who has 55.
Only Navratilova has captured more individual titles than Kiraly, winning 157 events. Tennis great Jimmy Connors is third with 109 titles. Golfers Kathy Whitworth with 88 titles and Sam Snead with 82 titles are the leading women's and men's title winners respectively.
As the 2006 season nears and Kiraly starts his 28th beach campaign, fans across the nation will ponder whether this is Kiraly's last hurrah. When Kiraly does hang up his pink hat, he will not only leave Beach Volleyball as its greatest player, he will leave Pro Sports as one of its greatest athletes.

20 Years Strong - Holly McPeak
January 23, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
2006 will mark the 20th anniversary on the beach for Holly McPeak. The previous 19 have brought four Most Valuable Player Awards, seven Defensive Player of the Year Awards, an Olympic Bronze Medal, and the Women's record of 72 career titles.
McPeak played in her first Pro Beach Volleyball tournament in 1987. At the young age of 18, McPeak and partner Jill Horning finished in ninth place out of the 16 team field in Santa Monica, California. Just three weeks later, McPeak and Horning took another ninth in the Hermosa Beach Open.
In 1988, McPeak and Horning would return to Santa Monica and Hermosa and once again leave with two ninths. In 1989, McPeak played in three tournament including her first Manhattan Beach Open where she finished in ninth.
1991 marked McPeak's first complete year on the beach. She competed in sixteen tournaments finishing in the top ten 12 times. McPeak's best finish was fourth in the Salt Lake City Open with partner Barbra Fontana. In 1992, McPeak once again played in 16 tournaments and reset her career best finish with third place finishes in Boulder, Venice and Atlantic City. 1992 also marked the first time McPeak played with Cammy Ciarreli.
The duo would return in 1993 stronger than ever. McPeak/Ciarreli entered eight tournaments together and won seven including the Manhattan Beach Open. McPeak/Ciarreli's dominance continued in 1994 as they won four more events in 14 starts. In total the duo would win 12 of their 21 starts together and never place worse than fourth.
1993 served as a bottle rocket year for McPeak. She not only earned her first career win in the opening event in Phoenix with Angela Rock, she won 11 total titles. With five more in 1994 and 14 titles in 1995, McPeak quickly climbed into the top ten in all-time wins in just three years.
After having not placed higher than third from 1987-1992, McPeak won 30 times from 1993-1995. By the end of 1997, McPeak had won 48 titles. In just five years McPeak entered the Top Five in all-time wins. The streak included leading all Women in American Victories each year.
Seven years later, McPeak was staring at the most cherished record in Beach Volleyball History, most career titles. In front of Friends and Family in her hometown of Manhattan Beach California, McPeak looked to win her 68th. Just one month earlier in the FIVB China Open in Shanghai, McPeak tied the career titles record of 67 titles by Karolyn Kirby, set in 1997. McPeak and partner Elaine Youngs faced Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis in the Manhattan Finals. Three games later and McPeak had the record with her 68th career title.
Entering 2006 McPeak has added to her record and now sits at 72 career titles. She will soon pass $1,400,000 in career earnings, also a Beach Volleyball record. One day McPeak will leave the beach behind her as one of the greatest to ever play the game. With her training regimen, defensive ability and winning desire, that day does not appear to be close.

Nancy Mason Opens the 2006 Player's Corner
January 23, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
Happy New Year!
Thank you for all of your holiday wishes and for keeping an interest in me and the AVP during the off-season.
Many of you have asked how I spend my time during the winter months...
Well, I have spent the past 2 months recovering from a long season. After the close of the AVP season, I played in 4 international events with Jen Kessy. It wasn't something we had planned and it was very last minute. In fact, I think we decided to do it one week before we had to fly to Indonesia for our first outing. We didn't even get a chance to practice and weren't really sure what to expect. We ended up having a great time playing together and had some good finishes on the FIVB tour. Really, the only thing that wasn't positive about it was that it extended the season into mid-November! We actually finished the last tournament in South Africa while Jen was on her honeymoon. She got married the day before we boarded the plane for Cape Town&can you imagine!
Needless to say, I was eagerly looking forward to some time off. It was nice to be at home, relax and recover. I spent the time away from the sand, unplugging from everything that had to do with volleyball. In November, I hiked the Grand Canyon for the first time which was amazing. I spent time with my family (in southern Illinois) and my boyfriend's family (in San Diego) over Christmas and caught up with friends for New Year's. I'm sure it sounds boring, but when you spend as much time traveling as we do, it is a welcome change to be at home and lay low.
As nice as it has been, the time has flown by&.now it's time to get back on the beach. Gone are the lazy mornings and the freedom of choosing the yoga class at noon to avoid the crowd. Now, I'm back to the scheduled days of practice, gym, therapy (if needed) and yoga only if I can fit it in!!!
I don't mean to complain, because I'm actually one of those people who love to train. Once I get going, it's hard for me to slow down, which is why the down time is just as important as the "go time" for me.
I am heading into the 2006 season full of optimism. The women's side of the tour promises to be very competitive this year and I look forward to that challenge. There will be new partnerships, as well as some old faces and that will make it interesting and fun to watch. Stay tuned to the Player's Corner for an update on my new partner and a break down on the new teams to watch in '06.
~Nancy

Hans Stolfus: VB Explosion in 2006
January 23, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
As I prepped to write my latest piece for the AVP, I asked for some guidance. I logged on from the free computer lab I stumbled across at the University of San Diego where the password is actually just one more push of the button "enter" and received my answer:
"Try discussing AVP 2006 and what the new-year will bring. The best way to go about this is something creative and fun about VB in the new-year."
My immediate response was of course...
So I went to sleep and pondered over a few possible topics; and when I woke up, I slowly walked down the stairs to Villa Siena's expansive salt-water pool area and slithered into the Jacuzzi. After a couple moments, I said to myself; "What can I possibly talk about?" And it came to me... from an elderly women sitting across from me in the glorious Greek Bath, wearing a pink saffron leotard and skull cap, "Why don't you talk about the spiking. I only used to watch the tennis, because my late husband and I use to play, but now I watch volleyball because I like to see the spiking." And she concluded her Myagi-esque words of wisdom with the kicker; "What if the sand volleyball was on T.V. as much as the tennis, I would have something to watch."
What if Beach Volleyball was on T.V. as much as Tennis? Hell, what if Beach Volleyball was the new Tennis? Does anyone actually remember when Tennis began its rise to what it is today? Fortunately, we have the Internet and all of the truthful information it provides. So, I jumped on the world-wide-web to investigate the origins that currently makes up professional tennis.
So, before I begin my tangent-based rant on how Beach Volleyball could one day be as big as Tennis, lets consider that the very future may be imprinted right there in the Manhattan Beach Sand.
The term Lawn Tennis was first coined by Arthur Balfour and took the shape and form that we are familiar with today in 1875 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Why I cannot find a croquet club in Southern California absolutely baffles me. Now, this same All England Club hosts a summer Tennis extravaganza otherwise known to the public as Wimbledon.
So, how did this game of Vanity Fair Fashions grow to become the Million Dollar Baby that we know today? Short and easy answer& Media Coverage. It all started with a groundbreaking first ever radio broadcast in 1927. (Not absolutely certain how exciting Tennis could possibly be on the radio but then again it was 1927, anything would have been exciting.) Of course the real moment that changed the face of the game was the first color television broadcast from Wimbledon in 1967; formally introducing the game to a much wider audience thrusting Tennis into a big-money, international spectator sport, and bringing us full circle; if there was more volleyball on T.V. than my new friend from the "Hot Tub" would be able to watch it.
When Tennis began its progression back in the late 60's, I am absolutely certain not one single player would have believed a leisure based, gentlemen's game would achieve the level of professionalism it has reached today. That progression has already started with Beach Volleyball. We were on T.V. every weekend last summer and had 10 Network Broadcasts.
Volleyball is the second most popular sport in the world (behind soccer) and we invented the beach game; come on people! This is our sport! We are the beach! Let's embrace it! For crying out loud, we have Misty and Kerri! (I just saw a life size cardboard cut-out of Misty at Longs Drugs endorsing Chap Stick...) 2006 could be the year we break through, mark my words.
Our sport is obviously rather new to the flat screens lining our living rooms but that is exactly what makes this moment in Beach Volleyball's short history so exciting. Manhattan Beach is considered the Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball, the grand daddy of them all; where the winner is entitled to eternal name recognition on the Manhattan Beach Pier.
We clearly have the tournament. Maybe we just need to follow in Wimbledon's classic tradition and wear all-whites? If it means more fans will gather around the tube to see how incredibly exciting our sport can be& why not? I'm in... White makes you look heavier right

AVP ANNOUNCES 2006 SCHEDULE
January 25, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP

LOS ANGELES - January 26, 2006 - AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC: AVPI.OB), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, today officially announced its 2006 Tour season schedule, which includes two new events, five new cities, and a record $3.5 million in prize money. The prize money is split equally between the men and the women and represents a 17% increase from last year's purse of $3.0 million.
This season, the AVP Tour will visit 16 cities, including five new additions - Birmingham, Ala. Sacramento, Calif., Atlanta, Ga., Brooklyn, N.Y, and Lake Tahoe, Nev.:

March 31-April 2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 5-7 - Tempe, AZ
May 18-21 - Santa Barbara, CA
May 26-28 - Huntington Beach, CA
June 9-11 - Hermosa Beach, CA
June 15-18 - Sacramento, CA
June 29-July 2 - Seaside Heights, NJ
July 6-9 - Atlanta, GA
July 13-16 - Birmingham, AL
July 20-23 - Chicago, IL
August 10-13 - Manhattan Beach, CA
August 17-20 - Brooklyn (Coney Island), NY
August 25-27 - Boulder, CO
August 31-Sept 3 - Cincinnati, OH
September 6-9 - Las Vegas, NV
September 14-17 - Lake Tahoe, NV

Tickets will become available shortly
All events will be televised with coverage on NBC and FOX Sports Net (FSN). A detailed broadcast schedule will be released soon.
The expanded 2006 schedule comes on the heels of a very successful 2005 season. The AVP Tour experienced healthy growth last season, including a 48% increase in its fan base, according to Scarborough Sports Marketing, which compares favorably to the growth in other sports properties for the same time period.
In addition, AVP has developed several promoter relationships to help bring tournaments to cities that might not otherwise host such events. Local organizers are responsible for selling all local revenue for the tournament, including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality. Event cities with local promoters include: Sacramento (Sacramento Sports Commission), Atlanta (Atlanta Sports Council), Birmingham-Hoover (Bruno Event Team), Brooklyn (Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment) and Cincinnati (Reach Event Marketing). AVP's strategic alliances with top local promotion companies allows the AVP Tour to have a strong presence in new markets without the standard upfront capital resources as well as gaining year-round, aggressive marketing and outreach for each event.
"We are thrilled at the success and expansion of the AVP Tour and we are looking forward to coming into these new markets and returning to several of our 2005 Tour stops" said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "We are pleased that, through successful promoter alliances, we are able to bring the excitement of beach volleyball inland, expanding beach volleyball and reaching a larger audience. With our fan base continually growing and a record amount for prize money, this looks to be the best AVP season yet."

AVP Players to Appear in 'CSI:Miami'
February 1, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1, 2006 -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour announced today that top players Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are featured in a "CSI:Miami" show scheduled to air on CBS on Monday, February 6. In addition to Misty and Kerri, other AVP players featured in the episode include Olympic bronze medalist Holly McPeak, Makare Wilson, Ashley Ivy, Brittany Hochevar, Chrissie Zartman and Ella Vakhidova. AVP Tour announcer Chris "Geeter" McGee is also featured in the episode.
The beginning of the show centers around an AVP beach volleyball tournament that "CSI: Miami" investigator Eric Delko (played by actor Adam Rodriguez) is attending. During Misty and Kerri's match, they accidentally discover a body part in the sand, which stops the match and leads Delko and the rest of the "CSI:Miami" team to investigate.
The scene was filmed in Marina del Rey on January 10 where they replicated an actual AVP tournament featuring stands, tents and hundreds of extras. "It is very exciting to have our players featured on a show like 'CSI:Miami,'" said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "It is a highly respected show with a strong viewership that can only help us further promote the AVP brand and our sport. We hope that we can reach more fans, and even create new ones from our involvement with the show. Hopefully there will be more opportunities like this to showcase our product and our talent."
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
About "CSI:Miami" Inspired by the top-rated series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "CSI: MIAMI," now in its fourth season, is a fast-paced drama that follows a South Florida team of forensic investigators who use both cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned police work to solve crimes. Horatio Caine, a former homicide detective, heads a group of investigators who work crimes amid the steamy tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. His team includes Calleigh Duquesne, a bilingual Southern beauty with a specialty in ballistics; Eric Delko, an underwater recovery expert who knows all the twists and turns of the Florida waterways; Ryan Wolfe, who joined Horatio's team last year and still hasn't found his place within the team and Alexx Woods, the no- nonsense know-it-all coroner. Natalia Boa Vista, the lab's new DNA specialist, assists the team using her grant-funded high-tech equipment. Helping Horatio with cases is Det. Frank Tripp, a tough, yet thorough police officer. Together, these investigators collect and analyze the evidence to solve the crimes and to avenge those who cannot speak for themselves, the victims.

44 Inch Vertical
Matt Zuvela
February 6, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP

See Jason's Biggest Jumps from AVP 2005

Everyone knew Jason Ring could jump high. Very high. But no one could predict that just after a month of intensive pre-season training he would add another inch to his already amazing vertical, bringing it up to 44 inches. In order to have the strength and endurance to compete on the AVP tour this summer, Jason has devoted himself to a strict training regimen that began in November.
Jason's preseason regimen started when he and fellow AVP player Jen Pavley met with an endurance coach to build a cardiovascular base. The training included lots of running ("You'd run forever," Jason says) and prepared him for the more intense training that was to follow in 2006.
Now Jason is at the height of his preseason training. A typical week for Jason includes several days of double workouts and only one day off. Jason spends his Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at the beach doing volleyball drills or playing in scrimmages. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings, Jason heads to the newly opened Velocity Sports Performance training facility in Redondo Beach, where he works on quickness and strength training. He ends his week on Saturdays with a heavy lifting session at the gym.
However, there is more to Jason's training than just endless hours at the gym and lifting lots of weight. Each exercise he does has a specific purpose. "I think a lot of people get into the mistake of just trying to lift heavy all the time to build muscle mass," he said. "I focus on form and balance."
To help with form and balance, Jason does a series of core strength exercises three days a week. These include decline sit ups, a Medicine ball workout, leg lifts and side crunches. "I think doing core is probably the most important part of the workout," he said.
Core training emphasizes working the abdominal and oblique muscles. A strong core is important for all athletes, but for volleyball players a strong core means stability, which helps maintain proper form. "You're on an unstable surface on sand," Jason said. "If you have a strong core, you are going to be more stable, like when you make a pass."
Core strength will also anchor the body and prevent any unnecessary movement that could lead to injuries. "If your core is strong, you keep everything in the right place," Jason said.
To handle the added challenge of playing on the beach, Jason says that strong hip flexors, abductors and adductors are important because they do all of the pushing and pulling on the sand. Quickness is also important to beach volleyball players, and Jason's training sessions at Veloctiy focus on 'quick twitch' exercises, which include running lines and short sprints.
In addition to his physical routine, Jason has also begun focusing on nutrition more than ever before. He said that by monitoring his diet, he has lowered his cholesterol, lowered his body fat, and added eight pounds of muscle. One of the biggest benefits of a healthy diet is a fast muscle recovery time. "This is the first time I've ever realized as an athlete that diet is probably 50% of muscle recovery. It allows you the opportunity to work harder, because you're recovering quicker," he said.
As far as Jason's jumping ability, he admits that he may have had it a little easier than others. "Genetically, I was probably a little bit more predisposed to being able to jump high," he said.
Although Jason does some exercises specifically targeting his jump, he says one of the best ways to improve jumping ability is to just play on the beach. "If you are jumping every day two or three hundred times on the sand, your body has a natural response to learn the mechanics," he said.
With his extensive training program and careful eye on what he eats, Jason should be more than ready to light up the beaches of the AVP tour this summer. Having a 44 inch vertical won't hurt, either.

AVP Partners with Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment to Bring Beach Volleyball to Coney Island in 2006
February 7, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC: AVPI.OB), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, announced today that they are joining forces to bring the ultimate sports and entertainment experience to the "Big Apple" this summer for the AVP Brooklyn Open, August 17-20, 2006. The action will take place adjacent to the Coney Island Amusement Park along the famed boardwalk.
More than 150 of the top professional beach volleyball athletes will compete in the tournament which will be televised live on NBC Sports. The AVP Brooklyn Open will kick off with a qualifier on Thursday, August 17 and continue through the weekend with the men's and women's finals on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20.
The AVP Brooklyn Open, hosted by New York City Parks & Recreation and the New York City Sports Commission, marks the first time the AVP will stop in New York. It also features a promoter partnership with the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which will be responsible for selling all local revenue for the tournament, including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality.
"We are thrilled to bring the excitement of AVP to New York," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "Brooklyn is a great market with some of the most loyal and enthusiastic sports fans and we look forward to introducing AVP, its fans and its sponsors to this high-energy sports environment. The involvement of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment in the promotion of this event is very significant for AVP as we see their desire to participate as a great proof point to the growing popularity of beach volleyball and the success of AVP. Our organizations will both be working hard to make sure that this is one of the premiere stops on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour."
"It is incredibly exciting for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment to be teaming with the AVP to bring the thrill of volleyball to one of the most celebrated spots in Brooklyn," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Nets Sports & Entertainment. "We will strive to make this tournament an historic event for the borough and to put on a great show for current and future volleyball fans on the beach. This is also an important opportunity for Brooklyn to be showcased on NBC in a significant way."
Said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz: "Beach volleyball may have had its origins on the west coast, and its Olympic premiere in Atlanta, but with an AVP tournament coming to Coney Island, the sport's hit the big time  Brooklyn, USA!"
"Coney Island is synonymous with summer sports and recreation here in New York City," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "We are thrilled to be able to host such a celebrated event in one of our landmark locations by teaming up with the AVP. This summer's tournament will offer New Yorkers the ultimate Coney Island beach experience and mark the union of the hottest, most contemporary summer sports and one of the country's oldest, most beloved public beaches."
"We are thrilled to welcome the AVP Tour to Coney Island and thank Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment for their efforts to bring this spectacular event to Brooklyn," said NYC Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba. "There is no better place to showcase the world's finest beach volleyball players than on the world's greatest stage--New York City."
The AVP will construct a 4,000-seat stadium, as well as 12 outer courts that will offer general admission seating. Tickets for the five ticketed sessions will be available for purchase in the early spring with an announcement of ticket information made earlier.

AVP Announces Sacramento Debut
February 7, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC: AVPI.OB), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball announced today they are joining forces to bring the fast-growing AVP Tour to Sacramento this summer for the AVP Sacramento Open, June 15-18, 2006.
More than 150 of the top professional beach volleyball athletes will compete in the tournament which will be televised live on FOX. The AVP Sacramento Open will kick off with a qualifier on Thursday, June 15 and continue through the weekend with the men's and women's finals on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18.
It marks the first time the AVP will stop in Sacramento. It also features a promoter partnership with the Sacramento Sports Commission in which it will be responsible for selling all local revenue for the tournament, including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality.
"We are excited to bring the AVP Tour to Northern California where the sport of volleyball is highly regarded," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "We're looking forward to leveraging our success in Southern California at the Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, San Diego and Santa Barbara events to bring the AVP Tour to its Northern California fans and sponsors. Sacramento is a great sports city and its fans have embraced many different sport ventures, including several high-growth, emerging sports like our own. The involvement of the Sacramento Sports Commission in the promotion of this event is very significant for AVP as the Commission has a long history of promoting many world class sporting events. We are thrilled that, through successful promoter partnerships, we are able to bring the excitement of beach volleyball inland, expanding beach volleyball and reaching a larger audience."
"We've come a long way in attracting major sporting events to this community," said John Nunan, chairman of the Sacramento Sports Commission. "These world-class beach volleyball players will appreciate the atmosphere and enthusiasm that Sacramento provides at this sort of events."
A press conference in Sacramento announcing the AVP Sacramento Open was held on Friday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the California Exposition and State Fair Administration Office and featured AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato and player Kerri Walsh.
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.: AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
About the Sacramento Sports Commission: The Sacramento Sports Commission is a joint city-county advisory board created in the 1980s to attract and develop major sporting events in the Sacramento area. Past SSC events held over the last 12 years include: 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials; 1994, 1998 and 2003 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament; NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007; and 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championships. For more information, please visit www.sacsports.com.

AVP Announces Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area Debut
February 7, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC: AVPI.OB), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball announced today they are joining forces with the Bruno Event Team to bring the fast-growing AVP Tour to Alabama this summer for the AVP Birmingham-Hoover Open, July 13-16, 2006 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
More than 150 of the top professional beach volleyball athletes will compete in the tournament which will be televised on FOX Sports Net. The AVP Birmingham Open will kick off with a qualifier on Thursday, July 13 and continue through the weekend with the men's and women's finals on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16.
It marks the first time the AVP will stop in the state of Alabama. It also features a promoter partnership with the Birmingham-based sports marketing company, Bruno Event Team in which it will be responsible for selling all local revenue for the tournament, including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality.
"We are thrilled about our new partnership with the Bruno Event Team and bringing all of the excitement and competition of the AVP Tour live to our Alabama fans," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "Introducing new fans to the sport of beach volleyball through promoter relationships, like this one, is allowing the AVP Tour to expand its footprint to new areas, to the benefit of our players, fans and, importantly, sponsors. We hope and expect to see the same success with the AVP Birmingham-Hoover Open as we have with our 14 Tour stops during the 2005 season."
"AVP Pro Beach Volleyball is a unique and exciting event for the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area," said Gene Hallman, President of Bruno Event Team. "While doing our research for this opportunity, we found that the volleyball demographics within our community were very strong. We believe that volleyball enthusiasts throughout the southeast will make their way to the Hoover Met for this nationally-televised competition. The City of Hoover was very instrumental in assisting us in securing this event."
"On behalf of the City of Hoover, we are excited to welcome AVP Pro Beach Volleyball to the Hoover Met in July," said Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos. "This nationally-known event is another example of the City of Hoover's commitment to becoming one of the nation's premiere sports destinations. We are proud to join the likes of Manhattan Beach, Chicago and Las Vegas as the host to the world's best professional volleyball players and volleyball fans throughout the southeast this summer."
A press conference in Hoover announcing the AVP Birmingham Open was held on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Hoover Met and featured AVP Vice-President Gabby Roe and player Misty May-Treanor, who, along with AVP player Kerri Walsh, won a Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympic Games.
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.: AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
About Bruno Event Team: Bruno Event Team is a Birmingham-based sports marketing and event management company formed by Ronald Bruno and Gene Hallman. Bruno Event Team is experienced in all facets of event management, employing a year-round staff of 40+ employees in seven different offices across the United States. Bruno Event Team manages the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Jackson, Mississippi, (a PGA Tour event), the Regions Charity Classic in Hoover, Alabama (a Champions Tour event), and the 2006 US Women's and Senior Opens. Additionally, Bruno Event Team is responsible for managing the SEC Gymnastics Championship, the SEC Baseball Tournament, the Barber Motorsports Park and other various sporting events.
About the City of Hoover: The City of Hoover is the 6th largest city in Alabama with a population of 70,000. Located in the north central portion of the state and approximately 10 miles from downtown, the City of Hoover features world class golf at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge, five star hotels, first class shopping and numerous fine dining establishments. Hoover is home to such sporting events as the SEC Baseball Tournament, Birmingham Barons (Double-A baseball team) and the Champions Tour event which is the Region's Charity Classic. For more information, please visit www.hooverchamber.com.

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Headed to Atlanta
February 7, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball announced today they will bring the fast-growing AVP Tour to Atlanta this summer for the AVP Atlanta Open, July 6-9, 2006.
Atlanta was selected over competing cities Austin, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and San Diego. The tournament is scheduled to take place at Atlanta's new Atlantic Station and will draw the world's best men's and women's professional beach volleyball players for four days of competition. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net.
AVP's Atlanta debut also features a promoter partnership with the Atlanta Sports Council. The Atlanta Sports Council will be responsible for selling all local revenue for the tournament, including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality, with AVP maintaining control over all of its assets.
"We are excited to bring the AVP Tour to Atlanta," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "The AVP is proud to be included as a premier sports event in a city that has hosted the Centennial Olympic Games, past Super Bowls and the 2003 NBA All-Star Game. We are thrilled to be working with the Atlanta Sports Council and we look forward to bringing the excitement of the Tour and beach volleyball to Atlanta."
"This is a big win for Atlanta," said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Sports Council president. "The AVP Tour will give our city a marquee lifestyle sports event that will really stand out as something special in an already impressive annual sports lineup. And bringing beach volleyball back to Atlanta where it made its debut as an Olympic sport will pay special tribute to the 10-year anniversary of the Centennial Games."
The AVP Tour is comprised of the best men's and women's pro beach volleyball players in the U.S. and the world. Featuring more than 150 of the sport's top competitors, the Tour includes world-class athletes such as 2004 Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor as well as other Olympic medalists and professional stars like Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly, who won the sport's first gold medal in Atlanta. The AVP's main goal is to deliver its fans the experience of an amazing athletic contest surrounded by an unforgettable beach party.
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
About the Atlanta Sports Council: The Atlanta Sports Council promotes the value of sports growth in Atlanta and Georgia by acting as an authority on the economic impact, visibility and quality of life issues associated with sports. Its mission is to lead, organize and support sports development with the goal of building Atlanta's reputation as the Sports Capital of the World. For more information, please visit www.AtlantaSportsCouncil.com.

Coney Island AVP       
On a Gritty Shore, California Dreaming
By JAKE MOONE
NEW YORK TIMES
Published: February 12, 2006
Like a lot of boys growing up in Brooklyn neighborhoods like Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, Leonard Armato spent many a summer day taking in the sun and sand at Coney Island. When Mr. Armato was 11, his father moved the family to Los Angeles to take a job at the University of Southern California. The rest was beach volleyball history.
Leonard Armato, a Coney Island baby. Half a century later, he is returning to the Brooklyn sand, and bringing his beach volleyball league with him.
Mr. Armato, now 53, helped found the Association of Volleyball Professionals in 1983. His sports entertainment company took over the organization, the world's leading beach volleyball league, in 2001. Now Mr. Armato, a former sports agent who once represented Shaquille O'Neal and is married to a beach volleyball player, is chief executive officer and commissioner of the league. In August he will preside over its first tournament in New York, in his old stomping ground, Coney Island.
Mr. Armato cast the Coney Island tournament, announced in January, as an opportunity to bring some gloss to the old entertainment district, which is already undergoing a city-sponsored makeover. Besides the competition and athleticism of the sport, Mr. Armato said, "it also has this lifestyle component that's very infectious, the whole beach lifestyle with the beautiful people and everything like that."
The tour has staged events nearby on the Jersey Shore, but Mr. Armato, who has a picture hanging in his home office that shows him, at age 3, standing on the beach at Coney Island, described the location as special for sentimental as well as business reasons. "We want to make that place the hot spot that it used to be," he said.
The tournament, to be televised live on NBC, is scheduled for Aug. 17 to 20, and the league plans to build a 4,000-seat stadium and 12 outer courts next to the Boardwalk. Its promotional partner is Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, a company controlled by the developer Bruce Ratner, who is a development partner in the Midtown office tower being built by The New York Times Company.
Whether a sport practiced by tanned and toned players in bathing suits and visors will succeed on the gritty shores of Brooklyn is a question, but Mr. Armato exuded confidence, and local officials, looking forward toward summer from the overcast days of winter in the Northeast, had open arms.
"We love that it's associated with the West Coast and we're bringing it to Coney Island," said Kenneth Podziba, the city's sports commissioner. "It's even more gratifying." He said that beach volleyball had been played in New York before, on a temporary court at Wollman Rink in Central Park as part of the 1998 Goodwill Games.
That event was a success, Mr. Podziba said, but he added, "Actually, it's much, much better on a beach."

AVP Announces First Live Broadcast of Tour Events on FOX
February 21, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2006 - AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour announced today that the FOX Sports will nationally broadcast live two event finals on the 2006 AVP Tour.
FOX Sports will air both the men's finals of the Santa Barbara Open on May 20 (4:30-6 p.m. ET) and the women's finals of the Sacramento Open on June 17 (4:30-6 p.m. ET). FOX's Major League Baseball coverage, which historically has generated healthy ratings, will precede each broadcast. FOX Sports has a strong sports programming line-up including coverage of the National Football League (NFL), NASCAR and the college football's Bowl Championship Series (BCS) beginning in January 2007. As a part of the deal, FOX Sports will contribute the time and production of the event and will receive additional equity in AVP. FOX first became a strategic investor in the Company in September 2003 and, with this additional equity, will own approximately 18% of AVP's outstanding common stock.
The AVP Tour will continue to receive coverage on NBC and FSN. In addition to the two live events on FOX, four events will be broadcast on NBC and 10 events will be broadcast on FSN, which will also re-broadcast the tournaments shown on both NBC and FOX.
"We are thrilled that the FOX Sports has included AVP in its impressive line-up of sports coverage and continues to support the Company as a significant shareholder," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "FOX Sports is well respected in its national coverage of the NFL, Major League Baseball and NASCAR, and we believe that being part of their coverage showcases the popularity of AVP as an established sports property. We are also excited at the prospect of following two Major League Baseball games, which we hope we can parlay into new viewership for AVP. The AVP Tour is very excited to become a part of the FOX Sports family this year and we hope that this relationship will only continue to blossom."
"We are very excited to showcase two of the AVP's premier events," said FOX Sports President Ed Goren. "Its fan base and popularity have grown tremendously since our initial involvement and the addition of the AVP Tour Finals to FOX Sports is a wonderful complement to our championship programming."
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United States in 2005 and will increase the Tour stops to 16 events for 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball.
Since 1994, FOX Sports has earned over 63 Emmy Awards for excellence in the presentation of the biggest sporting events on television, more than any other network during the same stretch of time. FOX Sports is the exclusive network broadcast rights holder for Major League Baseball, the exclusive network broadcaster of NFC regular-season National Football League games, the broadcast television home to the first-half of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing, and the main rightsholder to college football's Bowl Championship Series (BCS) which includes the Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game, beginning in January 2007.

In Sync: Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan
Colleen Murray
February 21, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
As beach volleyball partners, Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan have to coordinate a lot of aspects of their lives. The two need to know each other well enough to figure out which one will go for the block or which one of them will serve first or even what tournaments to compete in. But Annett and Jenny have taken coordination to a whole new level: the two coordinated their pregnancies, as well.
"It's funny. We are in similar situations in life," Jenny said. "We came into college together, we started dating our now-husbands at the same time, and we got married six months apart."
So after the 2000 Olympics when Annett told Jenny that she and husband Byron Davis were thinking about starting a family, it all worked out.
"We were thinking the same thing," Jenny said of her and husband Kevin Jordan.
In June 2001, Annett gave birth to a baby boy. Four months later, Jenny had a baby girl. In 2005, the women flip-flopped: Jenny had her son in June and Annett had her daughter in November.
Such coordination on the beach has been a staple of Annett and Jenny's game. The two have been partners so long that they hold a record for it, but they may be best known as the duo that ended the record-breaking win streak of gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. One of the foundations for their success has been their incredibly strong friendship.
Their bond began soon after their volleyball coach roomed Annett and Jenny together as freshmen at UCLA.
"We just became great friends. We kind of complement each other as far as our personalities go," Annett said. "She's really energetic, and I'm the calm listener. We work together."
Since Jenny redshirted a year in college, Annett graduated first and hit the beach. Annett calls the transition from indoor volleyball to beach volleyball a "humbling" experience. After graduation, Jenny joined her and the two adjusted to the new venue together.
"We've played together since 97. That's an eternity in beach volleyball," Jenny said. "In the beginning, we felt like we had enough experience with each other that we could say, Let's just commit to each other for a few years.'"
In a sport where players can change partners like clothes, this commitment is a rare distinction. The two hold the US record for most career tournaments played together and having only one partner through the years has its advantages.
"(Having the same partner) was helpful because it allowed us to work through our kinks together," Jenny said.
The two have smoothed out their game enough to claim victory over Misty and Kerri, two of the world's most celebrated beach volleyball players. In 2004, Jenny and Annett ended the gold medalists' 89-match winning streak.
"When we finally (defeated them), it was like a long time coming. It was great, they are the most consistent team in the world," Annett said. "It's always nice to beat the best."
But the highlight of both Annett's career and Jenny's career was when they got an opportunity to play alongside the best athletes in the world: at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Annett particularly appreciated the journey to qualify for the Olympics. "We learned so much about the game and about ourselves on the road to getting there," Annett said. "Once we did make it, it was worth all the time away from home and all the effort we put into it."
For Jenny, the experience took on a different meaning. Jenny's father is Rafer Johnson, who earned a gold medal in the decathlon in the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
"(The Olympics) is an experience that we have in common now," Jenny said. "For me, it added more value to have that to share with him."
But the year 2000 was not the tip of the iceberg for Jenny and Annett. After the births of their first children, the women came back stronger than ever. In 2002, the duo won twice, finished second twice, and finished third three times, earning them the Special Achievement Award.
"I heard you are supposed to play your best after pregnancies," Jenny said. "I can tell you this much: that year I felt better and stronger than I ever had."
This season will be the latest post-partum try for the two women. And judging by past experience, if Jenny's feeling strong, then Annett probably is, too.

Brittany Hochevar: A Student of the Game
Matt Zuvela
February 21, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
Brittany Hochevar graduated from Long Beach State University in 2003 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing. This summer, Hochevar will return to school, although she won't set foot inside a classroom. This time she is a student in the AVP School of Volleyball.
Hochevar will become a full time member of this summer's AVP tour. As one of the newest members of the tour, Hochevar knows she has her work cut out for her, but she is ready for the challenge.
"I'm excited to learn from the best, and I'm willing to take my knocks. I'm willing to put in the time and the effort to be a student of the game and earn my stripes," she said. "I want to come in and make a difference and improve greatly and become a solid player on this tour."
Hochevar began her career playing indoor volleyball. She was a major player on LBSU's team all four years, and made the All-American second team as a senior. After graduating, Hochevar joined the US National Indoor team and began training full time at the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs.
As the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens approached, Hochevar had her eye on the making the team. There would be twelve athletes on the United States' indoor volleyball squad, and when the team was finally announced, Hochevar was number 13 -- a stay at home alternate.
"The 13th player on a 12 man roster doesn't feel good," she said.
After the Olympics, Hochevar finally decided she had taken all she could from playing indoor volleyball.
"As it wore closer to the Olympics, and that final cut was around the corner, whether I made it or not, I knew in my heart that this was my last go," she said.
Hochevar had already committed to playing on the Puerto Rican indoor team following the Olympics, but as soon as that season ended, she focused all of her attention on making the switch to the beach.
Hochevar made her debut on the AVP tour last summer in the middle of the season, playing in 8 events with 4 different partners. Coming into the season late was an abrupt adjustment, but Hochevar did her best to find partners and compete as much as she could.
"I got really good at the day before a tournament saying 'Hi, I'm Brittany. What side do you play, and how do you like your sets?'"
Her biggest success came at the Chicago Open with partner Paula Roca, where they finished 7th. During her first summer Hochevar learned a lot about the differences between indoor and beach volleyball.
"Indoor is a lot of reaction," she said. "Out here you actually have time to run a ball down. The actual movements require more of a thought process. There is more of a cognitive effort that goes on in the beach game."
One of her biggest challenges in adjusting to the beach has been trying to learn as much as she can in a short amount of time before the start of this season.
"My whole goal is to minimize my learning curve. I know a big part of that is how I deal with frustration," Hochevar said. "You can take frustration, and absolutely be crushed by it, or you can take frustration as part of the learning process."
Hochevar admits to being a "total rookie," but she said she enjoys playing beach and hasn't thought twice about her decision to switch.
"My spirit feels so great being out here in the sand, and I know I made the right decision," she said. "You go to the beach for a living -- how many people in the world can say that?"
The chance to participate in a full season and Hochevar's desire to compete with the best of the beach will be a winning combination for the former indoor star this season. With the sand courts of the country as her classroom and the best players in beach volleyball as teachers, don't be surprised to see Hochevar at the top of the AVP class this summer.

Karch Kiraly Among Honorees at 15th Annual Sports Legends Awards
February 21, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
The 15th Annual Sports Legends Awards, presented by The Paralysis Project of America, will honor three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly (USA) in ceremonies to be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. Other sports legends to be honored include gymnastics greats Bart Conner (USA) and Nadia Comaneci (Romania), pro football's Willie Davis (Green Bay Packers), Olympic swimming's Donna de Varona (USA), and horse racing's Alex Solis (Panama).
Marking the 15th sport to be honored in the Sports Legends Award's overall history, Kiraly becomes the first honoree in volleyball. A member of three NCAA Championship teams while at UCLA, Kiraly led the USA Volleyball team to Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1988. In 1996, Kiraly partnered with Kent Steffes to win the first gold medal in Olympic beach volleyball.
At age 45, Kiraly continues to be a dominant player on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. In 2005, he won the AVP Huntington Beach Open with former parter Mike Lambert. Kiraly finished the 2005 season ranked fourth on the AVP Tour in both kills (1,243) and digs (805) and has compiled the most (148) pro beach volleyball tournament victories in the history of the sport.
The event tips off with a reception and silent auction beginning at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation at 8 p.m. A traditional highlight of the festivities is the acclaimed multimedia program with archival film footage of each honoree, produced by John Leverence, Emmy Awards producer and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Vice President.
A few of the Sports Legends silent auction memorabilia items will include: a once in a lifetime night out with Don Newcombe at Dodger Stadium, two-ticket package to the IRL's Indianapolis 500, and numerous group ticket and luxury box packages for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Sparks and Avengers at Staples Center.
Also available to the highest bidder are numerous photos, prints and sporting goods items autographed by sports stars including the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants football teams, five-time Super Bowl champion Charles Haley, UCLA coaching legend John R. Wooden, Milwaukee Buck Andrew Bogut, Charlotte Bobcat Sean May, Philadelphia 76er coach Maurice Cheeks, Baltimore Oriole Miguel Tejada, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Chone Figgins, St. Louis Cardinal Larry Walker, Arizona Diamondback Jay Bell, Los Angeles King Pavol Demitra and Mattias Norstron, and racing legend Mario Andretti, along with a wide variety of weekend getaway vacations, and additional items to be announced.
The 15th Annual Sports Legends Awards is open to the public and complete ticket information can be obtained by contacting The Baker Group at (310) 216-4722. Online registration also is available with The Paralysis Project of America at www.paralysisproject.org. Net proceeds benefit The Paralysis Project of America, founded by the parents of young people paralyzed by spinal cord injury, along with others dedicated to finding the ultimate cure for paralysis

Crossing Over
Ryan Casey
March 2, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
Indoor volleyball may be king in the Pacific 10 Conference, but that doesn't mean Pro Beach Volleyball is far from the minds of some of the members of its extensive volleyball community. From former Stanford Cardinal Kerri Walsh to former UCLA Bruin Stein Metzger, the mark of Pac-10 schools can be seen across the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
A conference that has won 13 of the 25 women's National Championships awarded, its recent history isn't too shabby either, as the conference has taken the title five years running, including this past season in San Antonio, when Washington swept Nebraska. Filled with interesting and successful characters across the board, it's no wonder the 'P' in AVP metaphorically stands for 'Pac-10.'
Take Dave Rubio for example. In his fourteen seasons as the head coach of the University of Arizona women's Division I volleyball team, he's seen a lot: Four Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eights and a trip to the program's first-ever Final Four. And that's just in the past six years.
Named Volleyball Magazine's National Coach of the Year following 2001's Final Four run, Rubio has accumulated 400 career wins, and just as players struggle to make the transition from the indoor game to its outdoor counterpart, he struggles to explain why that is.
"Because the games are so different, it just takes time to learn the nuances of the outdoor game," Rubio says from his office in Arizona's McKale Center.
Sure the average fan may note the glaringly obvious sand-court-versus-hardwood-court, and the difference in the physical area that lies within each (by NCAA guidelines, all indoor courts should measure 59-feet by 29-feet, 6-inches; AVP sets their standard at 52-feet, 6-inches by 26-feet, 3-inches) in the two games, but that's merely the beginning of the discrepancies.
"One, you've got to cover court" on the beach, Rubio explains, "you have only two players versus six." That in itself, Rubio says, requires the person making the transition "to be a complete player.
"You have to be able to perform well, and execute all the skills of the game of volleyball on a very consistent, very high-level basis."
Another member of the University of Arizona's volleyball community, men's player Clay Carroll, who's team basically had a rule levied against it because it won so many National Championships at the club level, further explains the differences: "In order to really get good at things, you have to play it a lot," he explains. "It's harder to jump in sand. Why? You lose about 50-75 percent of your vertical.
"You have to imagine jumping to block or hit anything, it's very challenging."
The differences aren't limited to the physical court, however, as the six-year vet of volleyball explains: "A lot of it is mind game. If you can get in their head and if you can guess as to what their next moves going to be, that's what makes a really good sand team."
Two of Rubio's players, Kim Glass and Jennifer Abernathy-who are currently playing professionally overseas-have openly expressed their aspiration to follow in the footsteps of the preceding Pac's. Glass, currently playing in Santeramo, Italy, for Sport Society Alfieri Volley Santeramo, finished her time as a Wildcat as just the fourth Pac-10 player to go over 2,000 kills in her career, a fact that becomes all the more impressive when considering those that have come before her-Walsh among them. Not to be overlooked, Abernathy, currently playing for a team in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, was ranked seventh in active career kills when her eligibility expired.
"We both knew that we wanted to go play overseas for a while now," Abernathy says from Puerto Rico, "and we know that we're going to [one day] play beach doubles."
"We've both kind of always wanted to do it and playing it together would just be awesome."
Adds Rubio: "They certainly have the talent and the athleticism, but what they don't have is the experience, and it just requires much more in depth instincts to play (the beach) game."
Though separated by thousands of miles-Abernathy lists her phone bill in the "Gazillion"-dollar range with all the phone calls she makes daily to Glass in Italy-the two remain focused on their ultimate goal.
"I'm probably the biggest competitor the whole world," Abernathy says, her unseen smile evident over the phone, "and the fact that I love the sport is just my drive. I'm a competitor, I love the sport.
"That's the only thing I see myself doing. What would I do with myself if I didn't have volleyball?"
Though no Wildcat has yet to make a name for herself on the tour, fans might recognize the impact the Pac-10 has had on the sport. Of the top six players in women's individual points last season, four of them went to Pac-10 schools. In women's team points, at least one player from each of the top four pairs attended a Pac-10 school.
From Walsh (Stanford) to Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak (UCLA), Jennifer Kessy (USC) to Makare Wilson (Washington), the mark left by the Pac-10 on the women's side is simply astonishing. Equally as impressive is the men's side, with the top three men's pairs points-wise last season having at least one connection to the conference. Individually, UCLA Bruin alums Metzger and Jeff Nygaard finished tied for first and third, respectively.
"It's very encouraging," Abernathy says of her former conference's success. "I remember when Kerri Walsh first started playing beach volleyball, my mom made such a big deal out of it, like, I cannot believe this girl is so good.'"
So well rounded are outdoor players for having to cover so much ground with the support of only one other teammate as opposed to indoor's five, it makes sense that those players who grew up playing on the beach usually come highly recruited.
"You'd rather have your younger players playing a lot of outside ball, because it develops your instincts for the game and it develops the player completely," Rubio says. "Whereas in the indoor game, you can be completely specialized and only have one or two skills that you can perform at a very high level, in the outdoor game you have to perform all the skills at an extremely high level.
"If you are young, (the outdoor game) is advantageous for you early because it translates into the indoor game."
Even if they begin their career in the sand, a major roadblock in the path of a young player wanting to crack his or her way into the world's top Pro Beach Volleyball tour is the dedication required to do so, and rightfully so, as the tour accepts only the best and brightest players on the planet.
"For beach, you just have to have a really high-level of volleyball aptitude," Abernathy says. "You have to train differently and be smarter. It's not about how high you jump, how hard you hit, if you should hit it over the block or around the block or anything like that. Its ball placement, how smart of a volleyball player you are.
"I think you need to be way more skillful to be a successful beach player than indoor," she continues. "To me, from what I've played and from what I've watched, the only way you win is by being smart."
With that in mind, Rubio believes his former duo of Glass and Abernathy will eventually find their way to the shores of the AVP: "When you're as talented as they are, they'll have those opportunities."

AVP, Inc. Announces 2005 Full Year Results
Financial News - Yahoo!
Courtesy Of AVP

Press Release Source: AVP, Inc.

/C O R R E C T I O N -- AVP, Inc./
Friday March 3, 7:33 pm ET

In the news release, AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI - News) Announces 2005 Full Year Results, issued earlier today by AVP, Inc. over PR Newswire, we are advised by a representative of the company that the last sentence in the third paragraph after the bullet points should read "'Moreover, we are also quite pleased with the appointments of new board members Roger Werner, co-founder of the Speed Channel and former CEO of ESPN, and Jack Kemp, a former cabinet member and nominee for Vice President of the U.S.'" rather than "Roger Werner, co-founder of ESPN" as originally issued inadvertently.
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AVP, Inc. Announces 2005 Full Year Results

LOS ANGELES, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI - News) today announced full year 2005 consolidated results for AVP, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball events.


    2005 Full Year Highlights:

    * Total revenue increased 27% to $15.6 million, compared to 2004 total
      revenue of $12.3 million.

    * Net loss excluding stock compensation and merger related expenses
      decreased by 28% to $(2.1) million.

    * Sponsorship revenue was $12.9 million, an increase of 30% from same
      period last year.

    * Local revenue increased to $1.2 million, a 104% increase from the same
      period prior year.

    * Began implementing strategic alliances with local event promotion
      companies to extend the AVP brand and fan base.

    * Increased fan base by 48%, according to Scarborough Sports Marketing.

    * Added multiple new national sponsors, including Herbalife, Nature Valley
      and Nautica.

    * Expanded number of 2005 Tour events to 14 from 12 in 2004; 2005 prize
      money totaled $3 million, an increase of nearly 80% over 2004.

    * On-site event exposure, as measured by SMRI, increased to 1.12 million
      people in 2005 from 808,000 in 2004.

    * Strong additions to AVP's executive management team and board of
      directors.

"By all accounts, 2005 was a terrific year of growth for AVP, and the Company continues to progress in capitalizing on the popularity and commercial potential of beach volleyball," said Leonard Armato, AVP's Chief Executive Officer and Tour Commissioner. "During the year, we added two new tour events in Cincinnati and Boulder, which brought the total number of tour events to 14 for the 2005 season. The addition of these new tour stops coupled with an increase in sponsorship revenue resulted in total revenue of $15.6 million, a 27% increase over 2004. Sponsors continue to find AVP's unique integrated marketing platform extremely appealing. For the year, we added several exciting new national sponsors including Herbalife, Nature Valley and Nautica. In addition we renewed existing agreements through 2006 and subsequent years with important AVP supporters such as Gatorade, Xbox and McDonald's.
"While on-site event exposure improved significantly during 2005, we are also extremely pleased with AVP's increased exposure on both cable and network television. During the year, cable and network TV exposure including FOX Sports Net, OLN and NBC Sports totaled more than 100 hours, more than double the total television hours in 2004. Our television platform continued to reach more viewers, with total gross rating points on cable and network television increasing 58% and 41%, respectively. We expect these trends to continue into the upcoming season as evidenced by the recently announced agreement with the FOX Broadcasting Company to air two live event finals on the 2006 AVP Tour."
Mr. Armato continued, "AVP is poised for continued success with an experienced management team and guidance from a strong board of directors that was significantly enhanced during the year. With an exceptional background in entertainment marketing and sales, Andy Goldman joined AVP as our Chief Revenue Officer and assumed responsibilities for leading and expanding AVP's sales efforts nationwide. Moreover, we are also quite pleased with the appointments of new board members Roger Werner, co-founder of ESPN, and Jack Kemp, a former cabinet member and nominee for Vice President of the U.S."

2005 Full Year Results

For the year ended December 31, 2005, total revenue was $15.6 million, compared to $12.3 million in 2004, a 27% increase. Total revenue per event increased to $1.1 million in 2005, compared to $1.0 million per event in 2004. Sponsorship revenue from the period increased 30% during the year to $12.9 million. AVP recognizes sponsorship revenue as Tour events are held. The Company held fourteen events in 2005, compared to twelve events in the same period last year.
Local revenue for the year increased 104% to $1.2 million, due primarily to two additional events held during 2005, along with increased revenue from on-site tour event suites and corporate hospitality. During 2005, local revenue per event also increased 75% over the prior year.
Event costs, recognized on an event-by-event basis, increased to $11.5 million for 2005, compared with $9.1 million for 2004. The increase is a result of two additional events held in 2005. Average event cost increased slightly during 2005 to $820,000 from $760,000 in 2004, primarily due to additional costs associated with the larger Tour event stadium introduced in 2005. Operating expenses of $13.0 million for 2005 included a $5.6 million charge to consulting expenses related to the warrants granted in connection with the February 2005 private placement and merger transaction, as well as approximately $1.3 million in merger-related legal costs, SEC reporting costs and consulting fees related to the merger, costs of the related financing and resale registration of the Company's securities, which became effective on November 3, 2005. Excluding such warrant consulting expense, merger-related costs and fees and financial registration costs and fees, net loss for the year ended December 31, 2005 would have been approximately $(2.1) million compared to $(2.9) million for the same period in 2004, a decrease of 28%.
The Company's net loss increased to $(9.0) million for 2005, from $(2.9) million for 2004. Loss per share was $(1.03) for 2005, compared to $(0.97) for 2004.
Regarding AVP's outlook for 2006, Mr. Armato said, "As the new season approaches, AVP is aggressively engaged in brand building and revenue generating activities to capitalize on the buzz and momentum garnered from the record 2005 season. AVP has experienced strong growth over the past several seasons, and we look for these trends to continue in 2006. Looking ahead, we remain focused on increasing our sponsor revenue, expanding our local promoter partnerships nationwide, and taking advantage of additional revenue generating opportunities as we increase AVP's media exposure. Our strategic alliances with top local promotion companies allows the AVP Tour to have a strong presence in new markets without the standard upfront capital resources, as well as gaining year-round, aggressive marketing and outreach for each event."
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 200 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United States in 2005 and will stage 16 events in during the 2006 season. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
All above mentioned trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Contact:
    Amy Cozamanis
    General Information and Investor Inquiries
    (310) 854-8314
    acozamanis@financialrelationsboard.com

                          Financial Tables to Follow

                     AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR, INC.
                                    F/K/A
                ASSOCIATION OF VOLLEYBALL PROFESSIONALS, INC.

                                BALANCE SHEET

                                                                  December 31,
                                                                      2005
    ASSETS
    CURRENT ASSETS
      Cash and cash equivalents                                    $1,143,345
      Accounts receivable, net of
       allowance for doubtful accounts
       of $49,232                                                     484,770
      Prepaid expenses                                                158,054
      Current portion of investment in
       sales-type lease                                               145,768
      TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                                          1,931,937

    PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net                                       288,409

    OTHER ASSETS
      Investment in sales-type lease                                  416,551
      Other assets                                                     38,641
      TOTAL OTHER ASSETS                                              455,192

      TOTAL ASSETS                                                 $2,675,538

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    CURRENT LIABILITIES
      Notes payable                                                  $600,071
      Accounts payable                                                711,303
      Accrued expenses                                              1,576,435
      Accrued interest                                                125,989
      Deferred revenue                                                116,000
      TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                                     3,129,798

    OTHER LIABILITIES
      Long-term deferred revenue                                      150,000

      TOTAL LIABILITIES                                             3,279,798

    COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

    STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY

      Preferred stock, 2,000,000 shares
       authorized:

         Series A convertible preferred
          stock, $.001 par value, 1,000,000
          shares authorized,
          no shares issued and outstanding                                 --

         Series B convertible preferred
          stock, $.001 par value, 250,000
          shares authorized,
          94,488 shares issued and
          outstanding                                                      94

      Common stock, $.001 par value,
       80,000,000 shares authorized,
       11,669,931 shares issued and
       outstanding                                                     11,670

      Additional paid-in capital                                   32,183,810

      Accumulated deficit                                         (32,799,834)

      TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY                                 (604,260)

      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
       DEFICIENCY                                                  $2,675,538



                     AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR, INC.
                                    F/K/A
                ASSOCIATION OF VOLLEYBALL PROFESSIONALS, INC.

                           STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

                                             Year Ended December 31,
                                               2005          2004
    REVENUE
        Sponsorships                       $12,918,471    $9,918,117
        Other                                2,662,811     2,390,888
        TOTAL REVENUE                       15,581,282    12,309,005

    EVENT COSTS                             11,512,511     9,125,829
        Gross Profit                         4,068,771     3,183,176

    OPERATING EXPENSES
        Marketing                            2,447,802     2,435,124
        Administrative                       4,769,687     3,442,479
        Impairment loss for fixed assets       119,277            --
        Stock compensation expense           5,640,132            --
        TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES            12,976,898     5,877,603

        OPERATING LOSS                      (8,908,127)   (2,694,427)

    OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
        Interest expense                      (167,859)     (245,870)
        Interest income                        112,030        67,185
        TOTAL OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)           (55,829)     (178,685)

        LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES            (8,963,956)   (2,873,112)

    INCOME TAXES                                    --            --

        NET LOSS                           $(8,963,956)  $(2,873,112)

    Basic and diluted loss per share            $(1.03)       $(0.97)

    Weighted average common shares
     outstanding                             8,681,388     2,973,861



                     AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR, INC.
                                    F/K/A
                ASSOCIATION OF VOLLEYBALL PROFESSIONALS, INC.

                           STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                                                   Year Ended December 31,
                                                   2005               2004
    CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
      Net loss                                $(8,963,956)       $(2,873,112)
      Adjustments to reconcile net loss
       to net cash flows from operating
       activities:
        Depreciation and amortization
         of property and equipment                164,148             57,561
        Loss on impairment of property
         and equipment                            119,277                 --
        Interest income on investment
         in sales-type lease                      (39,596)           (67,185)
        Amortization of deferred
         commissions                              253,339            294,904
        Other amortization                          8,043              6,033
        Amortization of deferred costs                 --          1,352,100
        Allowance for doubtful accounts            39,232             10,000
        Compensation from issuance of
         stock options and warrants             5,640,132                 --
      Decrease (increase) in operating
       assets:
        Accounts receivables                      125,135           (169,442)
        Investment in and due from
         joint venture                                 --            291,084
        Prepaid expenses                         (131,448)           (26,606)
        Other assets                               (3,946)            (1,305)
      Increase (decrease) in operating
       liabilities:
        Accounts payable                          396,504           (625,052)
        Accrued expenses                          582,133            211,950
        Accrued officer compensation              (43,208)          (167,625)
        Accrued interest                           (7,308)           245,871
        Deferred revenue                         (284,050)           275,050

        NET CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING
         ACTIVITIES                            (2,145,569)        (1,185,774)

    CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING
     ACTIVITIES
      Investment in property and
       equipment                                 (370,131)          (228,416)
      Investment in sales-type lease              105,600            158,400

        NET CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING
         ACTIVITIES                              (264,531)           (70,016)



                     AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR, INC.
                                    F/K/A
                ASSOCIATION OF VOLLEYBALL PROFESSIONALS, INC.

                     STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Continued)


                                                     Year Ended December 31,
                                                      2005             2004

    CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
       Proceeds from sale of capital stock        $5,000,061              $--
       Offering costs                               (753,038)              --
       Proceeds from borrowing                            --        2,000,000
       Payment of registration penalty for
        common stock                                   7,822               --
       Debt repayments                            (1,333,333)        (183,333)

          NET CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING
           ACTIVITIES                              2,921,512        1,816,667

          NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH
           EQUIVALENTS                               511,412          560,877

          CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS,
           BEGINNING OF PERIOD                       631,933           71,056

          CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF
           PERIOD                                 $1,143,345         $631,933

    SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF
    CASH FLOW INFORMATION
       Cash paid during the period for:
       Interest                                      $86,159          $48,939
       Income taxes                                     $800              $--

    SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH
     INVESTING AND FINANCING INFORMATION

       Net liabilities assumed in merger
         Cash                                         $4,217              $--
         Accounts payable                           (261,857)              --
         Accrued Expenses                           (173,934)              --
                                                   $(431,574)             $--

       Conversion of Association redeemable
        preferred stock into common stock         $3,657,600              $--

       Conversion of 10% convertible notes
        payable into common stock                 $2,290,348              $--

       Conversion of AEG note payable into
        common stock                              $1,183,333              $--
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Source: AVP, Inc.

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March31st-April 2nd 2006 $245,000 AVP Gold Crown

FT. LAUDERDALE OPEN Ft. Lauderdale,Fla.



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Event Facts
Event Start Date:Friday, March31st, 2006
Prize Money:$245,000
Payout Breakdown:Mens and Womens
1) $20,000.00 2) $14,000.00 3) $8,450.00 3) $8,450.00 5) $5,000.00 5)$5,000.00
7) $3,500.00 7) $3,500.00 9) $2,200.00 9) $2,200.00 9) $2,200.00 9) $2,200.00
13) $1,400.00 13) $1,400.00 13) $1.400.00 13) $1,400.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00
17) $550.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00
25) $100.00 25) $100.00 25) $100.00 25) $100.00 25) $100.00 25) $100.00
25) $100.00 25) $100.00

Starting Time:8:00 am Friday ;8:00 am Saturday; 9:00 am Sunday
4/1-3 AVP FORT LAUDERDALE Open - The first stop on the 2006 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
Fri. 8am. Sat. 8am Sun. 9:00am Championship Match Sun.Approx. 4pm. 

Hotel Info:
Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Yankee Clipper
1140 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale
Florida 33316

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Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Yankee Clipper
Hotel Description
The Sheraton Yankee Clipper is a first class hotel, located on the beach. With 23 miles of sun kissed beaches, 300 miles of navigable waterways, spectacular sports and cultural venues, championship golf, and world-class shopping Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to forget about the world for a while. The Sheraton Yankee Clipper, located on Fort Lauderdale Beach, has 501 guest rooms and suites many with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway. Guests can dine at the Clipper Steakhouse, featuring Certified Angus steaks or enjoy unique beverage service at the Wreck Bar with underwater views into the main swimming pool and live entertainment nightly. The hotel offers a daily, supervised, recreation program and a variety of water sports and sightseeing excursions are available. The hotel is minutes to fine dining, shopping and entertainment.

Webcams:
  Ft.Lauderdale Beach Webcam

2006 AVP QUERVO GOLD CROWN SERIES
FT. LAUDERDALE OPEN

Schedule of Events

Register for 2006 AVP QUERVO GOLD SERIES
*Registration requires a credit card and the fee is $50.

EVENT REGISTRATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES: All players ranked in the Top 16 prior to an event will need to register by noon the Monday of the week preceding the Event (i.e., approximately 1-1/2 weeks before the start of the event). All other players will have until noon Monday the week of an event to register. The only valid method of entry for AVP events is online. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED WITH PAYMENT (VISA/MC/AMEX/DISCOVER) along with an accurate address, phone number, email address, and playing partner's name. Phone and facsimile entries will not be accepted

2006 AVP QUERVO GOLD SERIES FORT LAUDERDALE OPEN
Schedule of Events
AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open
South Beach Park, March 31 - April 2, 2006
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Preview | Recap | Live Scores

What:
AVP 2006 Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open

Where:
 South Beach Park

When:

Friday March 31 --
Qualifier
Gates Open 8am - 6pm

Saturday April 1 --
Main Draw Competition
Gates Open 8:30am - 6pm

Sunday April 2 -- Main Draw / Finals
Gates Open 8:30am - 5:30pm

Tickets:

Click Here to Purchase Tickets
General Admission - $15
Courtside Seating - $35
Student/Youth General Admission - $10
Group Ticket Discounts Available
Children Under 5 are Free


Television Coverage
Check Back Soon For TV Times
Catch all the Men's and Women's 2006 AVP Finals action on FSN.
Click here to find AVP broadcast times on your local FSN provider.

Event
Air Date
Broadcast Time
Network

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
April 8
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
April 18
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Tempe, Ariz.
May 13
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Santa Barbara, Calif.
May 20
4:30-6:00PM EST
FOX Network

Tempe, Ariz.
May 20
1:00-2:00 PM EST
Fox Sports Net

Huntington Beach, Calif.
June 3
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Huntington Beach, Calif.
June 10
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Sacramento, Calif.
June 11
4:30-6:00PM EST
FOX Network

Hermosa Beach, Calif.
June 17
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Hermosa Beach, Calif.
June 24
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Seaside Heights, NJ
July 8
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Atlanta, Ga.
July 15
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Birmingham, Al.
July 22
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Chicago, Ill.
July 23
4:00-6:00 PM EST
NBC

Seaside Heights, NJ
July 29
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Atlanta, Ga.
Aug. 5
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Aug. 12
4:30-6:00PM EST
NBC

Birmingham, Al.
Aug. 12
1:00-2:00 PM
Fox Sports Net

Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Aug. 13
4:30-6:00PM EST
NBC

Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island)
Aug. 19
4:30-6:00PM EST
NBC

Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island)
Aug. 20
4:30-6:00PM EST
NBC

Cincinnati, Ohio
Sept. 2
4:30-6:00 PM EST
NBC

Boulder, CO
Sept. 2
Time TBD
Fox Sports Net

Cincinnati, Ohio
Sept. 3
1:30-3:00PM EST
NBC

Boulder, Colo.
Sept. 9
Time TBD
Fox Sports Net

Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 16
Time TBD
Fox Sports Net

Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 23
Time TBD
Fox Sports Net

Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Sept. 30
Time TBD
Fox Sports Net

Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Oct. 7
Time TBD
Fox Sports Net
* All air times are regional.

AVP Fort Lauderdale Open History

2005 Champions: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh defeated Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs. Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb defeated Jeff Nygaard and Dax Holdren.
Fort Lauderdale Facts: Opening Day will take place in Fort Lauderdale for the fourth consecutive year. Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh are the three time defending champions having only dropped one game in their Fort Lauderdale playing history. The Men have only had one repeat winner in Fort Lauderdale history as John Hanley / John Stevenson won the first two Fort Lauderdale Opens in 1984 and 1985. Linda Hanley / Nina Matthies won the inagural Women's Fort Lauderdale Open in 1986.
 
Maps and Parking:
 
AVP Site address:
North side of Yankee Clipper Hotel
700 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Parking Locations:

AVP Event Site (1) – 700 Seabreeze Blvd.
$6/day M-F - $10/day Sat. & Sun

Radisson Bahia Mar (2)- 801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Call 954.764.2233 for info - $10/day parking fee

New River Center Garage (3)- SW 1st & Andrews
Park and take Water Taxi
 
Friday, April 1st


Saturday, April 2nd

Sunday, April 3rd

Tickets For All Events
AVP BEACH CLUB

Join the most unforgettable beach party and sit courtside as the nation's hottest pro beach superstars battle for number one!
An entire weekend packed with hot volleyball action, food and fun--all for only $100
 
Member Benefits
Become an exclusive member of the AVP Beach Club and receive:
-best seats on the beach, Saturday and Sunday
-superb hospitality in the AVP Beach Club
-food and beverage
-limited edition commemorative t-shirt
-laminated credential for exclusive access
-rights to purchase valet parking
-priority for renewal
-and much, much, more!!!
Membership is only $100
Space is limited so Sign Up Online Now or Call AVP Beach Club Hotline (310) 426-7171
 
Event Dates
2006 AVP Tour Schedule
Date Event Prize Site Tickets Info

   
How To Get There 
Beach, North side of Yankee Clipper Hotel
1140 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316
From the Fort Lauderdale airport, go North on US1 for approximately three miles.  Go right on the 17th St. Causeway (A1A).  You will go over a bridge and continue to stay on the Causeway all the way to the site (total trip approximately 5 miles)
Join the most unforgettable beach party this summer and sit courtside to watch the nation's hottest pro beach volleyball superstars battle for number one! 

Featured Players
Holly McPeak & Nicole Branagh
Elaine Youngs & Rachel Wacholder
Eric Fonoimoana &  Dain Blanton
Kevin Wong & Scott Wong
Karch Kiraly & Larry Witt
Mike Lambert & Stein Metzger
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
 
*Ian Clark will not be attending the Ft. Lauderdale event due to a prior comittment  

Sponsor Activities


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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Pick up a safety kit and other special premiums - you can even get henna tattoos!


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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.


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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.


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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.   

                                                           
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

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Look for the Gatorade at all AVP events!

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Wilson the official volleyball of the AVP!

Event Links:                                                                      
                                                                                             
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(Format: Double Elimination)

*IAN CLARK WILLNOT BE  PLAYING THIS YEAR'S  2006 AVP FLL OPEN DUE TO PRIOR COMMITMENTS

*IAN CLARK'S RESULTS FROM THE PAST 2004 FT.LAUDERDALE OPEN

13th - Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield             $1,050

2004 AVP Pro Beach Tour
Date Tournament Partner Seed Finish Winnings
4/2-4 Fort Lauderdale Open Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield 16thSeed Finish 13th Winnings $525 (ea)
Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield     d. Matt Heath/Adam Roberts  21-18, 16-21, 18-16 (50)  
Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield     l. Canyon Ceman/Mike Whitmarsh  21-19, 15-21, 11-15 (47)  
Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield     d. Scott Hill/Dan Mintz  21-16, 21-12 (38)  
Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield     l. Brent Doble/Jose Loiola  17-21, 13-21 (42)
 
Season Stats Matches Won-Lost:  2-2 Points Scored-Allowed:  174-180

-With (2 wins/2 losses) Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield finish 13th at the 2004 AVP Paul Mitchell Ft Lauderdale Open


(REGISTRATION HAS STARTED)

Your credit card will be charged $50. Each player should submit this form. If you have questions please contact the AVP. Player registration for 2006 AVP Ft. Lauderdale Open will close at 12:00:00 PM PDT, Monday, March 27, 2006.

Click here to register for the Ft. Lauderdale Open

Click here to view Entry Points for the Ft. Lauderdale Open

AVP 2006 Ft. Lauderdale Open
3/31-4/2
Qualifier-3/31
Main Draw - 4/1-4/2

Men/Women:
--32 team main draw
--20 automatic entries
--4 wild card spots. Any wild card spots not used will be added to the automatic entries.
--8 teams through the qualifier

In addition, we will be having a player's meeting in Ft. Lauderdale on 3/31. Attendance is mandatory at this meeting in order to participate in the event and will be strictly enforced. Therefore any player in the main draw who fails to attend this will be disqualified from the event. We will send out the location and time of the meeting in your registration email.

QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT:
Registration and check in will take place starting at 7:00 AM. ALL players must register and check in by 10:00 AM. Check in must be completed before your first match. If you do not check in before the first game in your first match, you will forfeit your first game. If you fail to check in 10 minutes after your match is called up, you forfeit your match. Competition play will start at 8:00 AM. ?

APPAREL GUIDELINES:
 All qualifier participants must be in matching apparel. Specifically, all playing partners are required to wear the same color swimwear. This means the same color shorts for the men and the same color suits for the women. The apparel can be different in design and can be from any manufacturer but must be the same color. Please remember in the case of patterned swimwear, all colors in the pattern must match your partner. Players who do not adhere to this guideline will forfeit their match.

EVENT REGISTRATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES:
The only valid method of entry for AVP events is online at www.avp.com. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED WITH PAYMENT (VISA/MC/AMEX/DISCOVER) along with an accurate address, phone number, email address, and playing partner's name. Any player who does not have access to a computer or the internet may register in person at the AVP offices. Phone and facsimile entries will not be accepted. To have a valid entry, BOTH players must sign up.
NO ENTRY FEES SHALL BE REFUNDED IN THE EVENT OF A WITHDRAWAL, APPROVED OR OTHERWISE.

If you have questions, please contact AVP at avpreg@avp.com.


Lauderdale bracket Men's and Women's, pdf format

2006 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
$245,000 AVP Ft. Lauderdale Open
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. · March 31 - April 2, 2006
Men's Qualification Tournament
1 Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola
64 Heath Griffin / Donnell Malone #65
#2
65 Darren Baker / Matthew Baker 33 C.J. Denk / Robert Jackson #97
#66
81 Chase Andrews / Dave Merrill 32 Tony Epie / Steve Van Zwieten
#6 17 Scott Kiedaisch / Mark Kirunchyk #113
48 Pete DiVenere / James Fellows #67
49 Bryan Gibson / Keith Jones #98 Qualifier To Main Draw
#7 #68
80 Sean Mackin / Paul McDonald 16 Jake Blair / Mike Desjardins
73 Donovan Dana / Andrew Mack 9 Ivan Mercer / Justin Phipps
#10 #69
56 Cabil Gibbs / Bobby Jones
41 Juan Cabeza / Ian Gallagher #99
#11 #70
88 Cory Anfinson / Thea Chaplin 24 Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski
89 Donny Bass / Garrett Rasmussen 25 Lucas Black / Russ Marchewka #114
#14 #71
40 Dave Roberson / Curtis Rollins
57 Jeff Long / Joey Shimkonis #100 Qualifier To Main Draw
#15 #72
72 Chris Sweat / Nicholas Sweat 8 Art Barron / Mike Szymanski
69 Jason Greenlaw / Jeff Skipper 5 Brad Keenan / John Mayer
#18 #73
60 Alex Padilla / Tim Ryan
37 Kevin Craig / David DiPierro #101
#19 #74
92 Mike Morales / Joe Rohr 28 Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa
85 David Ferroulo / John Krejczyk 21 Richard Crouse / Travis Regner #115
#22 #75
44 Leon Lucas / Jay Mears
53 Steve Laubenberg / Randy Meador #102 Qualifier To Main Draw
#23 #76
76 Mark Addy / Jerry Graham 12 Gaston Macau / Eric Wurts
77 Robert Brennan / Eric Leeseberg 13 Caleb Cook / Danny Cook
#26 #77
52 Brian Kramer / Mark Lau
45 Mika Hunkin / Casey Winn #103
#27 #78
84 Josh Acree / Michael Landis 20 Keawe Adolpho / Andre Melo
93 Robert Hoffman / Tom Kapron 29 Erik Gomez / Yariv Lerner #116
#30 #79
36 Jason Lefevre / John Savage
61 Ossie Barreras / Matt Henderson #104 Qualifier To Main Draw
#31 #80
68 Robert Horneman / Scott Terry 4 Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols
67 Pete Guthy / Marc Lowe 3 David Fischer / Scott Hill
#34 #81
62 Wayne Holly / Peter Weremay
35 Robert deAurora / Bob Massee #105
#35 #82
94 David Gardella / Mike Schmitz 30 Peter Jordan / Jon Thompson
83 Michael McAllister / Jason Stefon 19 Kevin Gregan / Matt Heagy #117
#38 #83
46 Brian Olsen / Steven Stacy
78 Brian Vahjen / Michael Vahjen #106 Qualifier To Main Draw
#39 #84
51 Paul Araiza / Jeff Conover 14 Casey Brewer / Jason Wight
75 Scott Harris / Mike Kuk 11 John Braunstein / Dan Mintz
#42 #85
54 Jerod Davis / Ranse Jones
86 Matthew Key / John Mertins #107
#43 #86
43 Tyson Baker / Andy Shean 22 Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn
91 Jackson Benjumea / William Chenoweth 27 John Michelau / Jed Stotsenberg #118
#46 #87
38 Henry Russell / Eddie Stokes
59 Wayne Bopp / Chris Clark #108 Qualifier To Main Draw
#47 #88
70 Jeremy Ayers / Gary Moore 6 Mike Bruning / Chris Magill
71 Jason Fuller / Erik Laverdiere 7 Daniel Cardenas / Pepe Delahoz
#50 #89
58 Shane Nelson / Brian Post
39 Jon Mackey / Bill Maik #109
#51 #90
90 Cullum Miller / Mike Van Dyke 26 Rico Becker / Vince Zanzucchi
87 Paul Facin / Patrick McAneeny 23 Drew Brand / Jesse Webster #119
#54 #91
42 Thom Huggins / Dan Stubinski
55 Michael Hayward / Bill Schultz #110 Qualifier To Main Draw
#55 #92
74 Michael Jonas / Brian Kobasa 10 Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins
79 Jack Delehanty / Phil St. Pierre 15 Tyler Lesneski / Billy Strickland
#58 #93
50 Brett Benfield / Craig Cromwell
#111
47 Brent Crouch / David Maitlen #94
#59 18 Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten
82 Jonathan Berkey / David Reese 31 Ryan Cronin / Shawn Essert #120
95 Matt Ogin / Todd Strassberger #95
#62
34 Dana Camacho / Tony Zapata #112 Qualifier To Main Draw
63 Tim Haeffner / Brad Stephens #96
#63 2 Jake Elliott / Jim Walls
66 Brett Becker / Joseph Middlebrooks
Friday Friday Friday To Main Draw Friday

Seeding:

Seed Name           Points            Ranking             Qualifying Status
$245,000 JOSE' CUERVO GOLD CROWN 2006 AVP FT. LAUDERDALE  BEACH OPEN - MEN'S ENTRIES
March31st-April 2nd, 2006
Men's Main Draw Entries:
2006 AVP Teams at Ft. Lauderdale Beach

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AVP Men's Main Draw Entries and Qualifiers

Men's AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open
March 31-April 2, 2006 
Finish Player Partner Seed
 
Mike Lambert Stein Metzger 1
  Dax Holdren Sean Scott 2
  Jake Gibb Sean Rosenthal 3
  Phil Dalhausser Todd Rogers 4
  Karch Kiraly Larry Witt 5
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 6
  John Hyden Jeff Nygaard 7
  Nick Lucena Mark Williams 8
  Kevin Wong Scott Wong 9
  Paul Baxter Fred Souza 10
  Jason Ring George Roumain 11
  Albert Hannemann Adam Jewell 12
  Dain Blanton Eric Fonoimoana 13
  Matt Heath Jason Lee 14
  Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 15
  Hans Stolfus Aaron Wachtfogel 16
  Canyon Ceman Scott Lane 17
  Aaron Boss Matt Olson 18
  Scott Davenport Brad Torsone 19
  Anthony Mihalic Chad Mowrey 20
  Ben Koski Jeff Minc 21
  Jeff Carlucci Anthony Medel 22
  Ed Ratledge Adam Roberts 23
  Mike DiPierro Steve Grotowski  
  Eduardo Bacil Jose Loiola Q1
  Jake Elliott Jim Walls Q2
  David Fischer Scott Hill Q3
  Mike Morrison Jim Nichols Q4
  Brad Keenan John Mayer Q5
  Mike Bruning Chris Magill Q6
  Daniel Cardenas Pepe Delahoz Q7
  Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q8
  Ivan Mercer Justin Phipps Q9
  Kevin Dake Jeremie Simkins Q10
  John Braunstein Dan Mintz Q11
  Gaston Macau Eric Wurts Q12
  Caleb Cook Danny Cook Q13
  Casey Brewer Jason Wight Q14
  Tyler Lesneski Billy Strickland Q15
  Jake Blair Mike Desjardins Q16
  Scott Kiedaisch Mark Kirunchyk Q17
  Jim Van Zwieten Mark Van Zwieten Q18
  Kevin Gregan Matt Heagy Q19
  Keawe Adolpho Andre Melo Q20
  Richard Crouse Travis Regner Q21
  Seth Burnham Jack Quinn Q22
  Drew Brand Jesse Webster Q23
  Austin Rester Lucas Wisniakowski Q24
  Lucas Black Russ Marchewka Q25
  Rico Becker Vince Zanzucchi Q26
  John Michelau Jed Stotsenberg Q27
  Reuben Danley Shigetomo Sakugawa Q28
  Erik Gomez Yariv Lerner Q29
  Peter Jordan Jon Thompson Q30
  Ryan Cronin Shawn Essert Q31
  Tony Epie Steve Van Zwieten Q32
  C.J. Denk Robert Jackson Q33
  Dana Camacho Tony Zapata Q34
  Robert deAurora Bob Massee Q35
  Jason Lefevre John Savage Q36
  Kevin Craig David DiPierro Q37
  Henry Russell Eddie Stokes Q38
  Jon Mackey Bill Maik Q39
  Dave Roberson Curtis Rollins Q40
  Juan Cabeza Ian Gallagher Q41
  Thom Huggins Dan Stubinski Q42
  Tyson Baker Andy Shean Q43
  Leon Lucas Jay Mears Q44
  Mika Hunkin Casey Winn Q45
  Brian Olsen Steven Stacy Q46
  Brent Crouch David Maitlen Q47
  Pete DiVenere James Fellows Q48
  Bryan Gibson Keith Jones Q49
  Brett Benfield Craig Cromwell Q50
  Paul Araiza Jeff Conover Q51
  Brian Kramer Mark Lau Q52
  Steve Laubenberg Randy Meador Q53
  Jerod Davis Ranse Jones Q54
  Michael Hayward Bill Schultz Q55
  Cabil Gibbs Bobby Jones Q56
  Jeff Long Joey Shimkonis Q57
  Shane Nelson Brian Post Q58
  Wayne Bopp Chris Clark Q59
  Alex Padilla Tim Ryan Q60
  Ossie Barreras Matt Henderson Q61
  Wayne Holly Peter Weremay Q62
  Tim Haeffner Brad Stephens Q63
  Heath Griffin Donnell Malone Q64
  Darren Baker Matthew Baker Q65
  Brett Becker Joseph Middlebrooks Q66
  Pete Guthy Marc Lowe Q67
  Robert Horneman Scott Terry Q68
  Jason Greenlaw Jeff Skipper Q69
  Jeremy Ayers Gary Moore Q70
  Jason Fuller Erik Laverdiere Q71
  Chris Sweat Nicholas Sweat Q72
  Donovan Dana Andrew Mack Q73
  Michael Jonas Brian Kobasa Q74
  Scott Harris Mike Kuk Q75
  Mark Addy Jerry Graham Q76
  Robert Brennan Eric Leeseberg Q77
  Brian Vahjen Michael Vahjen Q78
  Jack Delehanty Phil St. Pierre Q79
  Sean Mackin Paul McDonald Q80
  Chase Andrews Dave Merrill Q81
  Jonathan Berkey David Reese Q82
  Michael McAllister Jason Stefon Q83
  Josh Acree Michael Landis Q84
  David Ferroulo John Krejczyk Q85
  Matthew Key John Mertins Q86
  Paul Facin Patrick McAneeny Q87
  Cory Anfinson Thea Chaplin Q88
  Donny Bass Garrett Rasmussen Q89
  Cullum Miller Mike Van Dyke Q90
  Jackson Benjumea William Chenoweth Q91
  Mike Morales Joe Rohr Q92
  Robert Hoffman Tom Kapron Q93
  David Gardella Mike Schmitz Q94
  Matt Ogin Todd Strassberger Q95

Men's $245,000 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open
March 31-April 2, 2006 

Qualifier Bracket
 
Round 1
Match 2: Darren Baker / Matthew Baker (Q65) def. Heath Griffin / Donnell Malone (Q64) 21-15, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 6: Pete DiVenere / James Fellows (Q48) def. Chase Andrews / Dave Merrill (Q81) 21-17, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 7: Sean Mackin / Paul McDonald (Q80) def. Bryan Gibson / Keith Jones (Q49) 21-18, 21-18 (0:49)
Match 10: Cabil Gibbs / Bobby Jones (Q56) def. Donovan Dana / Andrew Mack (Q73) 21-15, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 11: Juan Cabeza / Ian Gallagher (Q41) def. Cory Anfinson / Thea Chaplin (Q88) 21-8, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 14: Dave Roberson / Curtis Rollins (Q40) def. Garrett Rasmussen / Donny Bass (Q89) 21-14, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 15: Jeff Long / Joey Shimkonis (Q57) def. Chris Sweat / Nicholas Sweat (Q72) 21-18, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 18: Jason Greenlaw / Jeff Skipper (Q69) def. Alex Padilla / Tim Ryan (Q60) 23-21, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 19: Kevin Craig / David DiPierro (Q37) def. Joe Rohr / Mike Morales (Q92) by Forfeit
Match 22: Leon Lucas / Jay Mears (Q44) def. David Ferroulo / John Krejczyk (Q85) 0-21, 21-14, 15-5 (0:29)
Match 23: Mark Addy / Jerry Graham (Q76) def. Steve Laubenberg / Randy Meador (Q53) 21-9, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 26: Brian Kramer / Mark Lau (Q52) def. Robert Brennan / Eric Leeseberg (Q77) 21-12, 23-21 (0:45)
Match 27: Mika Hunkin / Casey Winn (Q45) def. Michael Landis / Josh Acree (Q84) 21-19, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 30: Jason Lefevre / John Savage (Q36) def. Tom Kapron / Robert Hoffman (Q93) 21-10, 21-10 (0:32)
Match 31: Ossie Barreras / Matt Henderson (Q61) def. Scott Terry / Robert Horneman (Q68) 17-21, 21-8, 15-5 (0:47)
Match 34: Pete Guthy / Marc Lowe (Q67) def. Wayne Holly / Peter Weremay (Q62) 21-18, 22-20 (0:48)
Match 35: Mike Schmitz / David Gardella (Q94) def. Robert deAurora / Bob Massee (Q35) 21-16, 13-21, 15-10 (0:54)
Match 38: Brian Olsen / Steven Stacy (Q46) def. Jason Stefon / Michael McAllister (Q83) 21-9, 17-21, 15-7 (1:01)
Match 39: Paul Araiza / Jeff Conover (Q51) def. Brian Vahjen / Michael Vahjen (Q78) 21-10, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 42: Jerod Davis / Ranse Jones (Q54) def. Mike Kuk / Scott Harris (Q75) 21-7, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 43: Tyson Baker / Andy Shean (Q43) def. Matthew Key / John Mertins (Q86) 21-10, 21-19 (0:36)
Match 46: Henry Russell / Eddie Stokes (Q38) def. Jackson Benjumea / William Chenoweth (Q91) 21-18, 23-21 (0:51)
Match 47: Wayne Bopp / Chris Clark (Q59) def. Jeremy Ayers / Gary Moore (Q70) 21-23, 21-16, 15-11 (1:08)
Match 50: Erik Laverdiere / Jason Fuller (Q71) def. Shane Nelson / Brian Post (Q58) 21-14, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 51: Jon Mackey / Bill Maik (Q39) def. Cullum Miller / Mike Van Dyke (Q90) 21-12, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 54: Patrick McAneeny / Paul Facin (Q87) def. Thom Huggins / Dan Stubinski (Q42) 21-17, 21-16 (0:44)
Match 55: Michael Jonas / Brian Kobasa (Q74) def. Michael Hayward / Bill Schultz (Q55) 21-18, 24-26, 15-13 (1:10)
Match 58: Brett Benfield / Craig Cromwell (Q50) def. Jack Delehanty / Phil St. Pierre (Q79) 22-20, 21-18 (0:48)
Match 59: Brent Crouch / David Maitlen (Q47) def. Jonathan Berkey / David Reese (Q82) 21-16, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 62: Dana Camacho / Tony Zapata (Q34) def. Todd Strassberger / Matt Ogin (Q95) 21-14, 21-14 (0:35)
Match 63: Brett Becker / Joseph Middlebrooks (Q66) def. Tim Haeffner / Brad Stephens (Q63) 21-19, 21-12 (0:37)

Round 2
Match 65: Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (Q1) def. Darren Baker / Matthew Baker (Q65) 21-11, 21-13 (0:34)
Match 66: Tony Epie / Steve Van Zwieten (Q32) def. C.J. Denk / Robert Jackson (Q33) 21-15, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 67: Scott Kiedaisch / Mark Kirunchyk (Q17) def. Pete DiVenere / James Fellows (Q48) 21-18, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 68: Jake Blair / Mike Desjardins (Q16) def. Sean Mackin / Paul McDonald (Q80) 21-16, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 69: Ivan Mercer / Justin Phipps (Q9) def. Cabil Gibbs / Bobby Jones (Q56) 21-17, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 70: Juan Cabeza / Ian Gallagher (Q41) def. Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q24) 21-11, 21-17 (0:45)
Match 71: Lucas Black / Russ Marchewka (Q25) def. Dave Roberson / Curtis Rollins (Q40) 16-21, 21-17, 15-12 (1:07)
Match 72: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q8) def. Jeff Long / Joey Shimkonis (Q57) 20-22, 21-12, 15-8 (1:02)
Match 73: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q5) def. Jason Greenlaw / Jeff Skipper (Q69) 18-21, 21-7, 15-8
Match 74: Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q28) def. Kevin Craig / David DiPierro (Q37) 16-21, 21-16, 15-12 (0:59)
Match 75: Richard Crouse / Travis Regner (Q21) def. Leon Lucas / Jay Mears (Q44) 21-19, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 76: Gaston Macau / Eric Wurts (Q12) def. Mark Addy / Jerry Graham (Q76) 22-20, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 77: Caleb Cook / Danny Cook (Q13) def. Brian Kramer / Mark Lau (Q52) 22-20, 21-16 (0:49)
Match 78: Keawe Adolpho / Andre Melo (Q20) def. Mika Hunkin / Casey Winn (Q45) 21-13, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 79: Erik Gomez / Yariv Lerner (Q29) def. Jason Lefevre / John Savage (Q36) 21-19, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 80: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q4) def. Ossie Barreras / Matt Henderson (Q61) 21-19, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 81: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q3) def. Pete Guthy / Marc Lowe (Q67) 21-15, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 82: Peter Jordan / Jon Thompson (Q30) def. Mike Schmitz / David Gardella (Q94) 21-14, 21-11 (0:41)
Match 83: Kevin Gregan / Matt Heagy (Q19) def. Brian Olsen / Steven Stacy (Q46) 21-14, 21-19 (0:52)
Match 84: Casey Brewer / Jason Wight (Q14) def. Paul Araiza / Jeff Conover (Q51) 21-19, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 85: John Braunstein / Dan Mintz (Q11) def. Jerod Davis / Ranse Jones (Q54) 21-18, 24-22 (0:58)
Match 86: Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q22) def. Tyson Baker / Andy Shean (Q43) 21-17, 21-11 (0:42)
Match 87: Henry Russell / Eddie Stokes (Q38) def. John Michelau / Jed Stotsenberg (Q27) 21-17, 22-20 (0:50)
Match 88: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q6) def. Wayne Bopp / Chris Clark (Q59) 21-11, 21-7 (0:34)
Match 89: Daniel Cardenas / Pepe Delahoz (Q7) def. Erik Laverdiere / Jason Fuller (Q71) 19-21, 21-6, 15-9 (1:04)
Match 90: Jon Mackey / Bill Maik (Q39) def. Rico Becker / Vince Zanzucchi (Q26) 9-21, 21-13, 15-13 (0:56)
Match 91: Drew Brand / Jesse Webster (Q23) def. Patrick McAneeny / Paul Facin (Q87) 21-12, 21-8 (0:41)
Match 92: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) def. Michael Jonas / Brian Kobasa (Q74) 21-10, 21-7 (0:31)
Match 93: Tyler Lesneski / Billy Strickland (Q15) def. Brett Benfield / Craig Cromwell (Q50) 21-7, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 94: Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (Q18) def. Brent Crouch / David Maitlen (Q47) 21-18, 21-8 (0:44)
Match 95: Dana Camacho / Tony Zapata (Q34) def. Ryan Cronin / Shawn Essert (Q31) 19-21, 21-19, 15-13 (1:14)
Match 96: Jake Elliott / Jim Walls (Q2) def. Brett Becker / Joseph Middlebrooks (Q66) 21-18, 21-10 (0:36)

Round 3
Match 97: Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (Q1) def. Tony Epie / Steve Van Zwieten (Q32) 21-17, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 98: Jake Blair / Mike Desjardins (Q16) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Mark Kirunchyk (Q17) 21-18, 21-5 (0:38)
Match 99: Ivan Mercer / Justin Phipps (Q9) def. Juan Cabeza / Ian Gallagher (Q41) 16-21, 21-11, 21-19 (1:11)
Match 100: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q8) def. Lucas Black / Russ Marchewka (Q25) 27-25, 21-17 (1:00)
Match 101: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q5) def. Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q28) 24-22, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 102: Gaston Macau / Eric Wurts (Q12) def. Richard Crouse / Travis Regner (Q21) 21-19, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 103: Keawe Adolpho / Andre Melo (Q20) def. Caleb Cook / Danny Cook (Q13) 21-11, 16-21, 15-6 (0:47)
Match 104: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q4) def. Erik Gomez / Yariv Lerner (Q29) 21-15, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 105: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q3) def. Peter Jordan / Jon Thompson (Q30) 21-17, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 106: Casey Brewer / Jason Wight (Q14) def. Kevin Gregan / Matt Heagy (Q19) 21-18, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 107: John Braunstein / Dan Mintz (Q11) def. Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q22) 21-14, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 108: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q6) def. Henry Russell / Eddie Stokes (Q38) 19-21, 21-14, 15-11 (1:07)
Match 109: Daniel Cardenas / Pepe Delahoz (Q7) def. Jon Mackey / Bill Maik (Q39) 18-21, 21-14, 15-10 (1:01)
Match 110: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) def. Drew Brand / Jesse Webster (Q23) 21-16, 21-15 (0:49)
Match 111: Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (Q18) def. Tyler Lesneski / Billy Strickland (Q15) 21-17, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 112: Jake Elliott / Jim Walls (Q2) def. Dana Camacho / Tony Zapata (Q34) 21-19, 17-21, 22-20 (1:23)

Round 4
Match 113: Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (Q1) def. Jake Blair / Mike Desjardins (Q16) 22-24, 21-18, 15-11 (1:04)
Match 114: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q8) def. Ivan Mercer / Justin Phipps (Q9) 21-12, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 115: Gaston Macau / Eric Wurts (Q12) def. Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q5) 21-17, 21-15 (0:46)
Match 116: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q4) def. Keawe Adolpho / Andre Melo (Q20) 23-21, 21-17 (0:54)
Match 117: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q3) def. Casey Brewer / Jason Wight (Q14) 21-14, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 118: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q6) def. John Braunstein / Dan Mintz (Q11) 21-15, 17-21, 21-19 (1:07)
Match 119: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) def. Daniel Cardenas / Pepe Delahoz (Q7) 20-13 retired (0:36)
Match 120: Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (Q18) def. Jake Elliott / Jim Walls (Q2) 21-19, 21-15 (0:39)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (32, Q18) 21-17, 21-19 (0:38)
Match 2: Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (16) def. Canyon Ceman / Scott Lane (17) 21-13, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 3: Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (24, Q1) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (9) 13-21, 26-24, 15-12 (1:09)
Match 4: Mark Williams / Nick Lucena (8) def. Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (25) 21-16, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 5: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Chris Magill / Mike Bruning (28, Q6) 21-18, 21-15 (0:50)
Match 6: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21) def. Albert Hannemann / Adam Jewell (12) 18-21, 21-15, 15-12 (1:16)
Match 7: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (13) def. AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (20) 13-21, 21-15, 15-13 (1:08)
Match 8: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (4) def. Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (29, Q8) 21-11, 21-11 (0:45)
Match 9: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. Eric Wurts / Gaston Macau (30, Q12) 21-13, 21-13 (0:22)
Match 10: Jason Lee / Matt Heath (14) def. Scott Davenport / Brad Torsone (19) 21-18, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 11: Jason Ring / George Roumain (11) def. Jeff Carlucci / Anthony Medel (22) 21-16, 21-11 (0:47)
Match 12: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (6) def. Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (27, Q4) 21-13, 21-12 (0:34)
Match 13: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (26, Q3) 21-11, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 14: Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (10) def. Ed Ratledge / Adam Roberts (23) 21-19, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 15: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (15) def. Aaron Boss / Matt Olson (18) 25-23, 21-18 (1:10)
Match 16: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (31, Q10) 21-16, 21-5 (0:36)

Round 2
Match 17: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (16) 21-12, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 18: Mark Williams / Nick Lucena (8) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (24, Q1) 21-16, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 19: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21) 21-10, 21-9 (0:34)
Match 20: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (13) def. Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (4) 21-18, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 21: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. Jason Lee / Matt Heath (14) 20-22, 21-14, 15-9 (0:55)
Match 22: Jason Ring / George Roumain (11) def. Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (6) 21-19, 16-21, 15-13 (1:17)
Match 23: Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (10) def. John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) 15-21, 21-16, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 24: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (15) 21-18, 21-17 (0:55)

Round 3
Match 25: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Mark Williams / Nick Lucena (8) 21-16, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 26: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (13) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) 21-18, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 27: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (11) 21-18, 21-12 (0:48)
Match 28: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (10) 21-19, 21-19 (0:48)

Round 4
Match 29: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (13) 18-21, 21-11, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 30: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) 27-25, 21-19 (1:04)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Canyon Ceman / Scott Lane (17) def. Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (32, Q18) 22-20, 16-21, 15-10 (0:54)
Match 32: Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (25) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (9) 24-22, 18-21, 17-15 (1:39)
Match 33: Albert Hannemann / Adam Jewell (12) def. Chris Magill / Mike Bruning (28, Q6) 21-23, 21-19, 18-16 (1:12)
Match 34: AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (20) def. Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (29, Q8) 16-21, 21-17, 15-8 (1:06)
Match 35: Scott Davenport / Brad Torsone (19) def. Eric Wurts / Gaston Macau (30, Q12) 21-13, 19-21, 15-13 (1:11)
Match 36: Jeff Carlucci / Anthony Medel (22) def. Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (27, Q4) 21-17, 21-15 (0:50)
Match 37: Ed Ratledge / Adam Roberts (23) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (26, Q3) 24-22, 21-15 (0:54)
Match 38: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (31, Q10) def. Aaron Boss / Matt Olson (18) 17-21, 21-17, 15-13 (0:59)

Round 2
Match 39: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (15) def. Canyon Ceman / Scott Lane (17) 11-21, 22-20, 15-11 (1:08)
Match 40: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (25) 21-18, 21-16 (0:49)
Match 41: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (6) def. Albert Hannemann / Adam Jewell (12) 21-17, 21-17 (0:51)
Match 42: Jason Lee / Matt Heath (14) def. AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (20) 21-19, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 43: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (4) def. Scott Davenport / Brad Torsone (19) 21-15, 21-18 (0:47)
Match 44: Jeff Carlucci / Anthony Medel (22) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21) 21-17, 14-21, 15-10 (1:10)
Match 45: Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (24, Q1) def. Ed Ratledge / Adam Roberts (23) 21-17, 20-22, 15-7 (0:56)
Match 46: Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (16) def. Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (31, Q10) 21-15, 21-19 (0:50)

Round 3
Match 47: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (15) 21-15, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 48: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (6) def. Jason Lee / Matt Heath (14) by Forfeit
Match 49: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (4) def. Jeff Carlucci / Anthony Medel (22) 21-11, 22-20 (0:49)
Match 50: Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (16) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (24, Q1) 21-15, 17-21, 15-9 (0:54)

Round 4
Match 51: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) 18-21, 23-21, 15-13 (1:11)
Match 52: Mark Williams / Nick Lucena (8) def. Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (6) 18-21, 21-17, 15-12 (0:52)
Match 53: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (4) def. Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (10) 21-18, 18-21, 15-11 (1:02)
Match 54: Jason Ring / George Roumain (11) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (16) 21-19, 16-21, 15-12 (1:01)

Round 5
Match 55: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Mark Williams / Nick Lucena (8) 21-14, 21-10 (0:39)
Match 56: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (4) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (11) 21-16, 19-21, 18-16 (1:24)

Round 6
Match 57: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) 21-18, 21-16 (1:05)
Match 58: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (13) def. Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (4) 26-28, 21-19, 15-13 (1:29)

Semifinals
Match 59: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) 18-21, 21-19, 15-13 (1:07)
Match 60: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (13) 21-18, 21-13 (0:43)

Finals
Match 61: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) 25-23, 21-16 (0:58)

2006 Men's Ft.Lauderdale Tournament Champions >> Sean Rosenthal / Jake Gibb

  .                                             
                              Sean Rosenthal                                                                                               Jake Gibb

Men's $122,500 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open
March 31-April 2, 2006 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Jake Gibb Sean Rosenthal 2 $50,000.00 360.0
2 Mike Lambert Stein Metzger 1 $13,400.00 324.0
3 Dax Holdren Sean Scott 3 $8,500.00 270.0
3 Dain Blanton Eric Fonoimoana 13 $8,500.00 270.0
5 Karch Kiraly Larry Witt 4 $5,500.00 216.0
5 John Hyden Jeff Nygaard 7 $5,500.00 216.0
7 Nick Lucena Mark Williams 8 $4,250.00 180.0
7 Jason Ring George Roumain 11 $4,250.00 180.0
9 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 5 $2,450.00 144.0
9 Phil Dalhausser Todd Rogers 6 $2,450.00 144.0
9 Paul Baxter Fred Souza 10 $2,450.00 144.0
9 Hans Stolfus Aaron Wachtfogel 16 $2,450.00 144.0
13 Matt Heath Jason Lee 14 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 15 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Jeff Carlucci Anthony Medel 22 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Eduardo Bacil Jose Loiola 24, Q1 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Albert Hannemann Adam Jewell 12 $600.00 72.0
17 Canyon Ceman Scott Lane 17 $600.00 72.0
17 Scott Davenport Brad Torsone 19 $600.00 72.0
17 AJ Mihalic Chad Mowrey 20 $600.00 72.0
17 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 21 $600.00 72.0
17 Ed Ratledge Adam Roberts 23 $600.00 72.0
17 Mike DiPierro Steve Grotowski 25 $600.00 72.0
17 Kevin Dake Jeremie Simkins 31, Q10 $600.00 72.0
25 Kevin Wong Scott Wong 9 $300.00 36.0
25 Aaron Boss Matt Olson 18 $300.00 36.0
25 David Fischer Scott Hill 26, Q3 $300.00 36.0
25 Mike Morrison Jim Nichols 27, Q4 $300.00 36.0
25 Mike Bruning Chris Magill 28, Q6 $300.00 36.0
25 Art Barron Mike Szymanski 29, Q8 $300.00 36.0
25 Gaston Macau Eric Wurts 30, Q12 $300.00 36.0
25 Jim Van Zwieten Mark Van Zwieten 32, Q18 $300.00 36.0
33 Jake Elliott Jim Walls Q2 $.00 18.0
33 Brad Keenan John Mayer Q5 $.00 18.0
33 Daniel Cardenas Pepe Delahoz Q7 $.00 18.0
33 Ivan Mercer Justin Phipps Q9 $.00 18.0
33 John Braunstein Dan Mintz Q11 $.00 18.0
33 Casey Brewer Jason Wight Q14 $.00 18.0
33 Jake Blair Mike Desjardins Q16 $.00 18.0
33 Keawe Adolpho Andre Melo Q20 $.00 18.0
41 Caleb Cook Danny Cook Q13 $.00 12.0
41 Tyler Lesneski Billy Strickland Q15 $.00 12.0
41 Scott Kiedaisch Mark Kirunchyk Q17 $.00 12.0
41 Kevin Gregan Matt Heagy Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Richard Crouse Travis Regner Q21 $.00 12.0
41 Seth Burnham Jack Quinn Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Drew Brand Jesse Webster Q23 $.00 12.0
41 Lucas Black Russ Marchewka Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Reuben Danley Shigetomo Sakugawa Q28 $.00 12.0
41 Erik Gomez Yariv Lerner Q29 $.00 12.0
41 Peter Jordan Jon Thompson Q30 $.00 12.0
41 Tony Epie Steve Van Zwieten Q32 $.00 12.0
41 Dana Camacho Tony Zapata Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Henry Russell Eddie Stokes Q38 $.00 12.0
41 Jon Mackey Bill Maik Q39 $.00 12.0
41 Juan Cabeza Ian Gallagher Q41 $.00 12.0
57 Austin Rester Lucas Wisniakowski Q24 $.00 8.0
57 Rico Becker Vince Zanzucchi Q26 $.00 8.0
57 John Michelau Jed Stotsenberg Q27 $.00 8.0
57 Ryan Cronin Shawn Essert Q31 $.00 8.0
57 C.J. Denk Robert Jackson Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Lefevre John Savage Q36 $.00 8.0
57 Kevin Craig David DiPierro Q37 $.00 8.0
57 Dave Roberson Curtis Rollins Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Tyson Baker Andy Shean Q43 $.00 8.0
57 Leon Lucas Jay Mears Q44 $.00 8.0
57 Mika Hunkin Casey Winn Q45 $.00 8.0
57 Brian Olsen Steven Stacy Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Brent Crouch David Maitlen Q47 $.00 8.0
57 Pete DiVenere James Fellows Q48 $.00 8.0
57 Brett Benfield Craig Cromwell Q50 $.00 8.0
57 Paul Araiza Jeff Conover Q51 $.00 8.0
57 Brian Kramer Mark Lau Q52 $.00 8.0
57 Jerod Davis Ranse Jones Q54 $.00 8.0
57 Cabil Gibbs Bobby Jones Q56 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Long Joey Shimkonis Q57 $.00 8.0
57 Wayne Bopp Chris Clark Q59 $.00 8.0
57 Ossie Barreras Matt Henderson Q61 $.00 8.0
57 Darren Baker Matthew Baker Q65 $.00 8.0
57 Brett Becker Joseph Middlebrooks Q66 $.00 8.0
57 Pete Guthy Marc Lowe Q67 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Greenlaw Jeff Skipper Q69 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Fuller Erik Laverdiere Q71 $.00 8.0
57 Michael Jonas Brian Kobasa Q74 $.00 8.0
57 Mark Addy Jerry Graham Q76 $.00 8.0
57 Sean Mackin Paul McDonald Q80 $.00 8.0
57 Paul Facin Patrick McAneeny Q87 $.00 8.0
57 David Gardella Mike Schmitz Q94 $.00 8.0
89 Robert deAurora Bob Massee Q35 $.00 4.0
89 Thom Huggins Dan Stubinski Q42 $.00 4.0
89 Bryan Gibson Keith Jones Q49 $.00 4.0
89 Steve Laubenberg Randy Meador Q53 $.00 4.0
89 Michael Hayward Bill Schultz Q55 $.00 4.0
89 Shane Nelson Brian Post Q58 $.00 4.0
89 Alex Padilla Tim Ryan Q60 $.00 4.0
89 Wayne Holly Peter Weremay Q62 $.00 4.0
89 Tim Haeffner Brad Stephens Q63 $.00 4.0
89 Heath Griffin Donnell Malone Q64 $.00 4.0
89 Robert Horneman Scott Terry Q68 $.00 4.0
89 Jeremy Ayers Gary Moore Q70 $.00 4.0
89 Chris Sweat Nicholas Sweat Q72 $.00 4.0
89 Donovan Dana Andrew Mack Q73 $.00 4.0
89 Scott Harris Mike Kuk Q75 $.00 4.0
89 Robert Brennan Eric Leeseberg Q77 $.00 4.0
89 Brian Vahjen Michael Vahjen Q78 $.00 4.0
89 Jack Delehanty Phil St. Pierre Q79 $.00 4.0
89 Chase Andrews Dave Merrill Q81 $.00 4.0
89 Jonathan Berkey David Reese Q82 $.00 4.0
89 Michael McAllister Jason Stefon Q83 $.00 4.0
89 Josh Acree Michael Landis Q84 $.00 4.0
89 David Ferroulo John Krejczyk Q85 $.00 4.0
89 Matthew Key John Mertins Q86 $.00 4.0
89 Cory Anfinson Thea Chaplin Q88 $.00 4.0
89 Donny Bass Garrett Rasmussen Q89 $.00 4.0
89 Cullum Miller Mike Van Dyke Q90 $.00 4.0
89 Jackson Benjumea William Chenoweth Q91 $.00 4.0
89 Mike Morales Joe Rohr Q92 $.00 4.0
89 Robert Hoffman Tom Kapron Q93 $.00 4.0
89 Matt Ogin Todd Strassberger Q95 $.00 4.0


 2006
Women's $245,000 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open
March 31st-April 2nd, 2006 

 



Lauderdale bracket Men's and Women's, pdf format

2006 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
$245,000 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Ft. Lauderdale Open
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. · March 31 - April 2, 2006
Women's Qualification Tournament
1 Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet
33 Heather Alley / Hilde Schjerven #33
#2
32 Melissa Calata / Ashley Regner
17 Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo #49
#3
48 Amber Heimann / Tricia Winter
49 Becca Smith / Rachel Smith #34 Qualifier To Main Draw
#4
16 Helen Reale / Carrie Wright
9 Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe
41 Valerie Duringer / Pamela Lubben #35
#6
24 Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez
25 Johanna Lehman / Vladia Vignato #50
#7
40 Karla Dettling / Jeanine Valiquet
#36 Qualifier To Main Draw
8 Meri-de Boyer / Krystal McFarland Jackson
5 Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst
37 Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder #37
#10
28 Sara Fredrickson / Cherry Simkins
21 Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters #51
#11
44 Michele DeSantis / Bonnie Levin
53 Dene Clayton / Shawn Roscoe #38 Qualifier To Main Draw
#12
12 Erin Byrd / Paige Davis
13 Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman
#13
52 Kimberly Lovett / Colleen Smith
45 Amy Castro / Shannon Whitehead #39
#14
20 Joy Akins / Amber Willey
29 Jennifer Lombardi / Maggie Philgence #52
#15
36 Charnette Fair / Rosalinda Masler
#40 Qualifier To Main Draw
4 Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli
3 Kerri Eich / Jenny Griffith
35 Cindy Phillips / Lynda Street #41
#18
30 Karen Hoyt / Sheri Leverrette
19 Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks #53
#19
46 Becky Henderson / Val Wieck
51 Rebecca Beilstein / Lisa Jenkins #42 Qualifier To Main Draw
#20
14 Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara
11 Gina Kirstein / Franci Van Zwieten
#21
54 Kristy Hartley / Deana Newman
43 April Chapple / Hope Erickson #43
#22
22 Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin
27 Leilani Kamahoahoa / Natacha Nelson #54
#23
38 Melanie Caron / Renee Powell
#44 Qualifier To Main Draw
6 Kimberly Coleman / Lael Fresenius
7 Silvia Bottazzi / Suzana Manole
39 Erin Galli / Teri Van Dyke #45
#26
26 Carol Killeen / Barb Letts
23 Erin Pryor / Barb Sanson #55
#27
42 Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney
#46 Qualifier To Main Draw
10 Holly Reisor / Dagmara Szyszczak
15 Karen Reitz / Josie Youngblood
#29
50 Capri Hilgendorf / Brandi Tenlen
47 Elsa Binder / Sarah Dukes #47
#30
18 Jessie Cooper / Laura Ratto
31 Michelle Hart / Jennifer Walker #56
#31
34 Ella Harley / Stacy Millichap
#48 Qualifier To Main Draw
2 Lisa Gathright / Jeannette Hecker
Friday Friday Friday To Main Draw

Women's $245,000 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open
March 31st-April 2nd, 2006 
Finish Player Partner Seed
  Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1
  Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2
  Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 3
  Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 4
  Semirames Marins Tatiana Minello 5
  Carrie Dodd Barbra Fontana 6
  Nicole Branagh Holly McPeak 7
  Jennifer Boss Nancy Mason 8
  Brooke Hanson Sarah Straton 9
  Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson Heidi Ilustre 10
  Angie Akers Brittany Hochevar 11
  Angela Lewis Priscilla Lima 12
  Pat Keller Saralyn Smith 13
  Ashley Ivy Jenelle Koester 14
  Jenny Pavley Paula Roca 15
  Ella Vakhidova Ann Windes 16
  Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 17
  Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 18
  Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 19
  Courtney Guerra Heather Lowe 20
  Lauren Fendrick Diane Pascua 21
  Mary Baily Julie Romias  
  Tara Burton Chara Harris  
  Jill Changaris Patti Cook  
  Catie Vagneur Beth Van Fleet Q1
  Lisa Gathright Jeannette Hecker Q2
  Kerri Eich Jenny Griffith Q3
  Nicki Fusco Alicia Zamparelli Q4
  Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst Q5
  Kimberly Coleman Lael Fresenius Q6
  Silvia Bottazzi Suzana Manole Q7
  Meri-de Boyer Krystal McFarland Jackson Q8
  Cinta Preston Kelly Rowe Q9
  Holly Reisor Dagmara Szyszczak Q10
  Gina Kirstein Franci Van Zwieten Q11
  Erin Byrd Paige Davis Q12
  Sarah White Chrissie Zartman Q13
  Lisa Marshall Marla O'Hara Q14
  Karen Reitz Josie Youngblood Q15
  Helen Reale Carrie Wright Q16
  Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q17
  Jessie Cooper Laura Ratto Q18
  Makalani Hovey Stacy Nicks Q19
  Joy Akins Amber Willey Q20
  Kirstin Olsen Kristi Winters Q21
  Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q22
  Erin Pryor Barb Sanson Q23
  Claire Robertson Tiffany Rodriguez Q24
  Johanna Lehman Vladia Vignato Q25
  Carol Killeen Barb Letts Q26
  Leilani Kamahoahoa Natacha Nelson Q27
  Sara Fredrickson Cherry Simkins Q28
  Jennifer Lombardi Maggie Philgence Q29
  Karen Hoyt Sheri Leverrette Q30
  Michelle Hart Jennifer Walker Q31
  Melissa Calata Ashley Regner Q32
  Heather Alley Hilde Schjerven Q33
  Ella Harley Stacy Millichap Q34
  Cindy Phillips Lynda Street Q35
  Charnette Fair Rosalinda Masler Q36
  Janelle Ruen Jennifer Snyder Q37
  Melanie Caron Renee Powell Q38
  Erin Galli Teri Van Dyke Q39
  Karla Dettling Jeanine Valiquet Q40
  Valerie Duringer Pamela Lubben Q41
  Wendy Martin Kim Whitney Q42
  April Chapple Hope Erickson Q43
  Michele DeSantis Bonnie Levin Q44
  Amy Castro Shannon Whitehead Q45
  Becky Henderson Val Wieck Q46
  Elsa Binder Sarah Dukes Q47
  Amber Heimann Tricia Winter Q48
  Becca Smith Rachel Smith Q49
  Capri Hilgendorf Brandi Tenlen Q50
  Rebecca Beilstein Lisa Jenkins Q51
  Kimberly Lovett Colleen Smith Q52
  Dene Clayton Shawn Roscoe Q53
  Kristy Hartley Deana Newman Q54

Women's $245,000 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open
March 31st-April 2nd, 2006 
Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Melissa Calata / Ashley Regner (Q32) def. Hilde Schjerven / Heather Alley (Q33) 21-14, 21-10 (0:41)
Match 3: Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q17) def. Amber Heimann / Tricia Winter (Q48) 21-0, 21-5 (0:13)
Match 4: Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q16) def. Becca Smith / Rachel Smith (Q49) 21-15, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 6: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q24) def. Valerie Duringer / Pamela Lubben (Q41) 17-21, 21-13, 15-12 (0:53)
Match 7: Johanna Lehman / Vladia Vignato (Q25) def. Jeanine Valiquet / Karla Dettling (Q40) 21-18, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 10: Jennifer Snyder / Janelle Ruen (Q37) def. Sara Fredrickson / Cherry Simkins (Q28) 21-13, 21-12 (0:30)
Match 11: Bonnie Levin / Michelle DeSantis (Q44) def. Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters (Q21) 21-10, 21-17 (0:34)
Match 12: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q12) def. Shawn Roscoe / Dene Clayton (Q53) 21-9, 21-11 (0:34)
Match 13: Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q13) def. Kimberly Lovett / Colleen Smith (Q52) 22-20, 21-9 (0:47)
Match 14: Joy Akins / Amber Willey (Q20) def. Shannon Whitehead / Amy Castro (Q45) 21-15, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 15: Jennifer Lombardi / Maggie Philgence (Q29) def. Charnette Fair / Rosalinda Masler (Q36) 21-12, 22-20 (0:37)
Match 18: Karen Hoyt / Sheri Leverrette (Q30) def. Lynda Street / Cindy Phillips (Q35) 17-21, 21-18, 15-8 (1:02)
Match 19: Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q19) def. Becky Henderson / Val Wieck (Q46) 21-8, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 20: Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q14) def. Rebecca Beilstein / Lisa Jenkins (Q51) 21-7, 21-6 (0:38)
Match 21: Gina Kirstein / Franci Van Zwieten (Q11) def. Deana Newman / Kristy Hartley (Q54) 21-17, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 22: Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q22) def. April Chapple / Hope Erickson (Q43) 21-18, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 23: Leilani Kamahoahoa / Natacha Nelson (Q27) def. Melanie Caron / Renee Powell (Q38) 21-14, 21-10 (0:37)
Match 26: Erin Galli / Teri Van Dyke (Q39) def. Carol Killeen / Barb Letts (Q26) 21-15, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 27: Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney (Q42) def. Erin Pryor / Barb Sanson (Q23) 21-15, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 29: Karen Reitz / Josie Youngblood (Q15) def. Capri Hilgendorf / Brandi Tenlen (Q50) 16-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:56)
Match 30: Sara Dukes / Elsa Binder (Q47) def. Jessie Cooper / Laura Ratto (Q18) 21-23, 21-12, 15-10 (0:58)
Match 31: Michelle Hart / Jennifer Walker (Q31) def. Ella Harley / Stacy Millichap (Q34) 21-16, 21-14 (0:37)

Round 2
Match 33: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q1) def. Melissa Calata / Ashley Regner (Q32) 21-11, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 34: Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q16) def. Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q17) 21-13, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 35: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q24) def. Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q9) 21-17, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 36: Meri-de Boyer / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q8) def. Johanna Lehman / Vladia Vignato (Q25) 21-17, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 37: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q5) def. Jennifer Snyder / Janelle Ruen (Q37) 21-12, 20-22, 15-13 (0:53)
Match 38: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q12) def. Bonnie Levin / Michelle DeSantis (Q44) 21-15, 21-11 (0:46)
Match 39: Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q13) def. Joy Akins / Amber Willey (Q20) 20-22, 21-11, 16-14 (0:58)
Match 40: Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q4) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Maggie Philgence (Q29) 21-11, 22-20 (0:52)
Match 41: Karen Hoyt / Sheri Leverrette (Q30) def. Kerri Eich / Jenny Griffith (Q3) 26-24, 13-21, 15-13 (1:01)
Match 42: Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q14) def. Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q19) 21-19, 16-21, 15-12 (0:53)
Match 43: Gina Kirstein / Franci Van Zwieten (Q11) def. Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q22) 16-21, 21-9, 15-10 (0:59)
Match 44: Kimberly Coleman / Lael Fresenius (Q6) def. Leilani Kamahoahoa / Natacha Nelson (Q27) 21-19, 21-10 (0:41)
Match 45: Silvia Bottazzi / Suzana Manole (Q7) def. Erin Galli / Teri Van Dyke (Q39) 21-19, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 46: Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney (Q42) def. Holly Reisor / Dagmara Szyszczak (Q10) 21-15, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 47: Sara Dukes / Elsa Binder (Q47) def. Karen Reitz / Josie Youngblood (Q15) 23-21, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 48: Lisa Gathright / Jeannette Hecker (Q2) def. Michelle Hart / Jennifer Walker (Q31) 21-16, 21-12 (0:37)

Round 3
Match 49: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q1) def. Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q16) 21-12, 21-10 (0:40)
Match 50: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q24) def. Meri-de Boyer / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q8) 21-17, 21-11 (0:44)
Match 51: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q5) def. Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q12) 21-14, 21-10 (0:34)
Match 52: Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q4) def. Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q13) 21-16, 21-9 (0:39)
Match 53: Karen Hoyt / Sheri Leverrette (Q30) def. Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q14) 21-6, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 54: Kimberly Coleman / Lael Fresenius (Q6) def. Gina Kirstein / Franci Van Zwieten (Q11) 21-11, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 55: Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney (Q42) def. Silvia Bottazzi / Suzana Manole (Q7) 21-9, 22-20 (0:42)
Match 56: Sara Dukes / Elsa Binder (Q47) def. Lisa Gathright / Jeannette Hecker (Q2) 21-17, 13-21, 18-16 (1:00)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Sara Dukes / Elsa Binder (32, Q47) 21-9, 21-11 (0:30)
Match 2: Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (17) def. Ann Windes / Ella Vakhidova (16) 21-9, 21-19 (1:06)
Match 3: Brooke Hanson / Sarah Straton (9) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (24) 21-11, 21-11 (0:33)
Match 4: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (8) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (25, Q1) 21-11, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 5: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (5) def. Tara Burton / Chara Harris (28) 21-15, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 6: Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (12) def. Courtney Guerra / Heather Lowe (21) 19-21, 22-20, 15-12 (1:06)
Match 7: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (20) def. Pat Keller / Saralyn Smith (13) 21-10, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 8: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (29, Q24) 21-16, 21-11 (0:32)
Match 9: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Karen Hoyt / Sheri Leverrette (30, Q30) 21-10, 21-15 (0:30)
Match 10: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (19) def. Jenelle Koester / Ashley Ivy (14) 21-16, 19-21, 15-12 (1:13)
Match 11: Angie Akers / Brittany Hochevar (11) def. Lael Fresenius / Kimberly Coleman (22, Q6) 21-15, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 12: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (6) def. Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (27, Q5) 21-17, 21-13 (0:34)
Match 13: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (7) def. Alicia Zamparelli / Nicki Fusco (26, Q4) 21-12, 21-8 (0:37)
Match 14: Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (23) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (10) 21-18, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 15: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) def. Diane Pascua / Lauren Fendrick (18) 19-21, 21-12, 15-5 (0:54)
Match 16: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney (31, Q42) 21-11, 21-12 (0:32)

Round 2
Match 17: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (17) 21-17, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 18: Brooke Hanson / Sarah Straton (9) def. Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (8) 21-16, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 19: Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (12) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (5) 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 (1:07)
Match 20: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (20) def. Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) 15-21, 21-14, 15-10 (0:54)
Match 21: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (19) 21-17, 21-12 (0:35)
Match 22: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (6) def. Angie Akers / Brittany Hochevar (11) 21-19, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 23: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (7) def. Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (23) 21-16, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 24: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) 21-11, 21-11 (0:35)

Round 3
Match 25: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Brooke Hanson / Sarah Straton (9) 21-8, 21-14 (0:30)
Match 26: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (20) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (12) 21-18, 21-11 (0:38)
Match 27: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (6) 24-22, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 28: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (7) 21-18, 29-31, 15-10 (1:18)

Round 4
Match 29: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (20) 21-7, 21-15 (0:32)
Match 30: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) 18-21, 21-11, 15-12 (0:57)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Ann Windes / Ella Vakhidova (16) def. Sara Dukes / Elsa Binder (32, Q47) 22-20, 15-21, 15-9 (1:03)
Match 32: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (24) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (25, Q1) 14-21, 21-18, 15-13 (1:02)
Match 33: Courtney Guerra / Heather Lowe (21) def. Tara Burton / Chara Harris (28) 21-14, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 34: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (29, Q24) def. Pat Keller / Saralyn Smith (13) 21-15, 21-18 (0:34)
Match 35: Jenelle Koester / Ashley Ivy (14) def. Karen Hoyt / Sheri Leverrette (30, Q30) 21-14, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 36: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (27, Q5) def. Lael Fresenius / Kimberly Coleman (22, Q6) 21-16, 21-19 (0:34)
Match 37: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (10) def. Alicia Zamparelli / Nicki Fusco (26, Q4) 21-12, 19-21, 20-18 (1:01)
Match 38: Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney (31, Q42) def. Diane Pascua / Lauren Fendrick (18) 21-16, 21-11 (0:39)

Round 2
Match 39: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) def. Ann Windes / Ella Vakhidova (16) 21-15, 21-12 (0:47)
Match 40: Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (23) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (24) 21-23, 21-8, 15-9 (0:54)
Match 41: Angie Akers / Brittany Hochevar (11) def. Courtney Guerra / Heather Lowe (21) 21-17, 21-19 (0:31)
Match 42: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (19) def. Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (29, Q24) 21-10, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 43: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Jenelle Koester / Ashley Ivy (14) 21-15, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 44: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (5) def. Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (27, Q5) 21-16, 21-17 (0:35)
Match 45: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (8) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (10) 21-14, 21-12 (0:45)
Match 46: Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (17) def. Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney (31, Q42) 21-8, 21-18 (0:37)

Round 3
Match 47: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) def. Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (23) 29-27, 21-16 (0:56)
Match 48: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (19) def. Angie Akers / Brittany Hochevar (11) 21-17, 13-21, 15-8 (0:58)
Match 49: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (5) 21-18, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 50: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (8) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (17) 25-23, 21-17 (0:47)

Round 4
Match 51: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (12) 21-10, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 52: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (19) def. Brooke Hanson / Sarah Straton (9) 21-18, 17-21, 15-9 (0:45)
Match 53: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (7) by Forfeit
Match 54: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (8) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (6) 21-18, 20-22, 17-15 (1:03)

Round 5
Match 55: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (19) 21-15, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 56: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (8) def. Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) 21-0, 21-18 (0:23)

Round 6
Match 57: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) 22-20, 21-14 (0:44)
Match 58: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (8) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (20) 21-18, 24-22 (0:54)

Semifinals
Match 59: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) 25-27, 21-17, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 60: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (8) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 10-21, 21-16, 16-14 (0:52)

Finals
Match 61: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (8) 19-21, 21-19, 15-9 (1:05) 

2006 Women's Ft.Lauderdale Tournament Champions >> Misty May / Kerri Walsh

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Misty May                                                            Kerri Walsh

Women's $122,500 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open
March 31st-April 2nd, 2006 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1 $50,000.00 360.0
2 Jennifer Boss Nancy Mason 8 $13,400.00 324.0
3 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2 $8,500.00 270.0
3 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 3 $8,500.00 270.0
5 Jenny Pavley Paula Roca 15 $5,500.00 216.0
5 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 20 $5,500.00 216.0
7 Semirames Marins Tatiana Minello 4 $4,250.00 180.0
7 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 19 $4,250.00 180.0
9 Carrie Dodd Barbra Fontana 6 $2,450.00 144.0
9 Nicole Branagh Holly McPeak 7 $2,450.00 144.0
9 Brooke Hanson Sarah Straton 9 $2,450.00 144.0
9 Angela Lewis Priscilla Lima 12 $2,450.00 144.0
13 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 5 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Angie Akers Brittany Hochevar 11 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 17 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Jill Changaris Patti Cook 23 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson Heidi Ilustre 10 $600.00 72.0
17 Ashley Ivy Jenelle Koester 14 $600.00 72.0
17 Ella Vakhidova Ann Windes 16 $600.00 72.0
17 Courtney Guerra Heather Lowe 21 $600.00 72.0
17 Mary Baily Julie Romias 24 $600.00 72.0
17 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst 27, Q5 $600.00 72.0
17 Claire Robertson Tiffany Rodriguez 29, Q24 $600.00 72.0
17 Wendy Martin Kim Whitney 31, Q42 $600.00 72.0
25 Pat Keller Saralyn Smith 13 $300.00 36.0
25 Lauren Fendrick Diane Pascua 18 $300.00 36.0
25 Kimberly Coleman Lael Fresenius 22, Q6 $300.00 36.0
25 Catie Vagneur Beth Van Fleet 25, Q1 $300.00 36.0
25 Nicki Fusco Alicia Zamparelli 26, Q4 $300.00 36.0
25 Tara Burton Chara Harris 28 $300.00 36.0
25 Karen Hoyt Sheri Leverrette 30, Q30 $300.00 36.0
25 Elsa Binder Sara Dukes 32, Q47 $300.00 36.0
33 Lisa Gathright Jeannette Hecker Q2 $.00 18.0
33 Silvia Bottazzi Suzana Manole Q7 $.00 18.0
33 Meri-de Boyer Krystal McFarland Jackson Q8 $.00 18.0
33 Gina Kirstein Franci Van Zwieten Q11 $.00 18.0
33 Erin Byrd Paige Davis Q12 $.00 18.0
33 Sarah White Chrissie Zartman Q13 $.00 18.0
33 Lisa Marshall Marla O'Hara Q14 $.00 18.0
33 Helen Reale Carrie Wright Q16 $.00 18.0
41 Kerri Eich Jenny Griffith Q3 $.00 12.0
41 Cinta Preston Kelly Rowe Q9 $.00 12.0
41 Holly Reisor Dagmara Szyszczak Q10 $.00 12.0
41 Karen Reitz Josie Youngblood Q15 $.00 12.0
41 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q17 $.00 12.0
41 Makalani Hovey Stacy Nicks Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Joy Akins Amber Willey Q20 $.00 12.0
41 Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Johanna Lehman Vladia Vignato Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Leilani Kamahoahoa Natacha Nelson Q27 $.00 12.0
41 Jennifer Lombardi Maggie Philgence Q29 $.00 12.0
41 Michelle Hart Jennifer Walker Q31 $.00 12.0
41 Melissa Calata Ashley Regner Q32 $.00 12.0
41 Janelle Ruen Jennifer Snyder Q37 $.00 12.0
41 Erin Galli Teri Van Dyke Q39 $.00 12.0
41 Michelle DeSantis Bonnie Levin Q44 $.00 12.0
57 Jessie Cooper Laura Ratto Q18 $.00 8.0
57 Kirstin Olsen Kristi Winters Q21 $.00 8.0
57 Erin Pryor Barb Sanson Q23 $.00 8.0
57 Carol Killeen Barb Letts Q26 $.00 8.0
57 Sara Fredrickson Cherry Simkins Q28 $.00 8.0
57 Heather Alley Hilde Schjerven Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Ella Harley Stacy Millichap Q34 $.00 8.0
57 Cindy Phillips Lynda Street Q35 $.00 8.0
57 Charnette Fair Rosalinda Masler Q36 $.00 8.0
57 Melanie Caron Renee Powell Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Karla Dettling Jeanine Valiquet Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Valerie Duringer Pamela Lubben Q41 $.00 8.0
57 April Chapple Hope Erickson Q43 $.00 8.0
57 Amy Castro Shannon Whitehead Q45 $.00 8.0
57 Becky Henderson Val Wieck Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Amber Heimann Tricia Winter Q48 $.00 8.0
57 Becca Smith Rachel Smith Q49 $.00 8.0
57 Capri Hilgendorf Brandi Tenlen Q50 $.00 8.0
57 Rebecca Beilstein Lisa Jenkins Q51 $.00 8.0
57 Kimberly Lovett Colleen Smith Q52 $.00 8.0
57 Dene Clayton Shawn Roscoe Q53 $.00 8.0
57 Kristy Hartley Deana Newman Q54 $.00 8.0
 
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AVP ANNOUNCES 2006 SCHEDULE
January 25, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
LOS ANGELES - January 26, 2006 - AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC: AVPI.OB), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, today officially announced its 2006 Tour season schedule, which includes two new events, five new cities, and a record $3.5 million in prize money. The prize money is split equally between the men and the women and represents a 17% increase from last year's purse of $3.0 million.

This season, the AVP Tour will visit 16 cities, including five new additions - Birmingham, Ala. Sacramento, Calif., Atlanta, Ga., Brooklyn, N.Y, and Lake Tahoe, Nev.:

March 31-April 2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 5-7 - Tempe, AZ
May 18-21 - Santa Barbara, CA
May 26-28 - Huntington Beach, CA
June 9-11 - Hermosa Beach, CA
June 15-18 - Sacramento, CA
June 29-July 2 - Seaside Heights, NJ
July 6-9 - Atlanta, GA
July 13-16 - Birmingham, AL
July 20-23 - Chicago, IL
August 10-13 - Manhattan Beach, CA
August 17-20 - Brooklyn (Coney Island), NY
August 25-27 - Boulder, CO
August 31-Sept 3 - Cincinnati, OH
September 6-9 - Las Vegas, NV
September 14-17 - Lake Tahoe, NV

Tickets will become available shortly
All events will be televised with coverage on NBC and FOX Sports Net (FSN). A detailed broadcast schedule will be released soon.
The expanded 2006 schedule comes on the heels of a very successful 2005 season. The AVP Tour experienced healthy growth last season, including a 48% increase in its fan base, according to Scarborough Sports Marketing, which compares favorably to the growth in other sports properties for the same time period.
In addition, AVP has developed several promoter relationships to help bring tournaments to cities that might not otherwise host such events. Local organizers are responsible for selling all local revenue for the tournament, including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality. Event cities with local promoters include: Sacramento (Sacramento Sports Commission), Atlanta (Atlanta Sports Council), Birmingham-Hoover (Bruno Event Team), Brooklyn (Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment) and Cincinnati (Reach Event Marketing). AVP's strategic alliances with top local promotion companies allows the AVP Tour to have a strong presence in new markets without the standard upfront capital resources as well as gaining year-round, aggressive marketing and outreach for each event.
"We are thrilled at the success and expansion of the AVP Tour and we are looking forward to coming into these new markets and returning to several of our 2005 Tour stops" said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "We are pleased that, through successful promoter alliances, we are able to bring the excitement of beach volleyball inland, expanding beach volleyball and reaching a larger audience. With our fan base continually growing and a record amount for prize money, this looks to be the best AVP season yet."

Crossing Over
Ryan Casey
March 2, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
Indoor volleyball may be king in the Pacific 10 Conference, but that doesn't mean Pro Beach Volleyball is far from the minds of some of the members of its extensive volleyball community. From former Stanford Cardinal Kerri Walsh to former UCLA Bruin Stein Metzger, the mark of Pac-10 schools can be seen across the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
A conference that has won 13 of the 25 women's National Championships awarded, its recent history isn't too shabby either, as the conference has taken the title five years running, including this past season in San Antonio, when Washington swept Nebraska. Filled with interesting and successful characters across the board, it's no wonder the 'P' in AVP metaphorically stands for 'Pac-10.'
Take Dave Rubio for example. In his fourteen seasons as the head coach of the University of Arizona women's Division I volleyball team, he's seen a lot: Four Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eights and a trip to the program's first-ever Final Four. And that's just in the past six years.
Named Volleyball Magazine's National Coach of the Year following 2001's Final Four run, Rubio has accumulated 400 career wins, and just as players struggle to make the transition from the indoor game to its outdoor counterpart, he struggles to explain why that is.
"Because the games are so different, it just takes time to learn the nuances of the outdoor game," Rubio says from his office in Arizona's McKale Center.
Sure the average fan may note the glaringly obvious sand-court-versus-hardwood-court, and the difference in the physical area that lies within each (by NCAA guidelines, all indoor courts should measure 59-feet by 29-feet, 6-inches; AVP sets their standard at 52-feet, 6-inches by 26-feet, 3-inches) in the two games, but that's merely the beginning of the discrepancies.
"One, you've got to cover court" on the beach, Rubio explains, "you have only two players versus six." That in itself, Rubio says, requires the person making the transition "to be a complete player.
"You have to be able to perform well, and execute all the skills of the game of volleyball on a very consistent, very high-level basis."
Another member of the University of Arizona's volleyball community, men's player Clay Carroll, who's team basically had a rule levied against it because it won so many National Championships at the club level, further explains the differences: "In order to really get good at things, you have to play it a lot," he explains. "It's harder to jump in sand. Why? You lose about 50-75 percent of your vertical.
"You have to imagine jumping to block or hit anything, it's very challenging."
The differences aren't limited to the physical court, however, as the six-year vet of volleyball explains: "A lot of it is mind game. If you can get in their head and if you can guess as to what their next moves going to be, that's what makes a really good sand team."
Two of Rubio's players, Kim Glass and Jennifer Abernathy-who are currently playing professionally overseas-have openly expressed their aspiration to follow in the footsteps of the preceding Pac's. Glass, currently playing in Santeramo, Italy, for Sport Society Alfieri Volley Santeramo, finished her time as a Wildcat as just the fourth Pac-10 player to go over 2,000 kills in her career, a fact that becomes all the more impressive when considering those that have come before her-Walsh among them. Not to be overlooked, Abernathy, currently playing for a team in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, was ranked seventh in active career kills when her eligibility expired.
"We both knew that we wanted to go play overseas for a while now," Abernathy says from Puerto Rico, "and we know that we're going to [one day] play beach doubles."
"We've both kind of always wanted to do it and playing it together would just be awesome."
Adds Rubio: "They certainly have the talent and the athleticism, but what they don't have is the experience, and it just requires much more in depth instincts to play (the beach) game."
Though separated by thousands of miles-Abernathy lists her phone bill in the "Gazillion"-dollar range with all the phone calls she makes daily to Glass in Italy-the two remain focused on their ultimate goal.
"I'm probably the biggest competitor the whole world," Abernathy says, her unseen smile evident over the phone, "and the fact that I love the sport is just my drive. I'm a competitor, I love the sport.
"That's the only thing I see myself doing. What would I do with myself if I didn't have volleyball?"
Though no Wildcat has yet to make a name for herself on the tour, fans might recognize the impact the Pac-10 has had on the sport. Of the top six players in women's individual points last season, four of them went to Pac-10 schools. In women's team points, at least one player from each of the top four pairs attended a Pac-10 school.
From Walsh (Stanford) to Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak (UCLA), Jennifer Kessy (USC) to Makare Wilson (Washington), the mark left by the Pac-10 on the women's side is simply astonishing. Equally as impressive is the men's side, with the top three men's pairs points-wise last season having at least one connection to the conference. Individually, UCLA Bruin alums Metzger and Jeff Nygaard finished tied for first and third, respectively.
"It's very encouraging," Abernathy says of her former conference's success. "I remember when Kerri Walsh first started playing beach volleyball, my mom made such a big deal out of it, like, I cannot believe this girl is so good.'"
So well rounded are outdoor players for having to cover so much ground with the support of only one other teammate as opposed to indoor's five, it makes sense that those players who grew up playing on the beach usually come highly recruited.
"You'd rather have your younger players playing a lot of outside ball, because it develops your instincts for the game and it develops the player completely," Rubio says. "Whereas in the indoor game, you can be completely specialized and only have one or two skills that you can perform at a very high level, in the outdoor game you have to perform all the skills at an extremely high level.
"If you are young, (the outdoor game) is advantageous for you early because it translates into the indoor game."
Even if they begin their career in the sand, a major roadblock in the path of a young player wanting to crack his or her way into the world's top Pro Beach Volleyball tour is the dedication required to do so, and rightfully so, as the tour accepts only the best and brightest players on the planet.
"For beach, you just have to have a really high-level of volleyball aptitude," Abernathy says. "You have to train differently and be smarter. It's not about how high you jump, how hard you hit, if you should hit it over the block or around the block or anything like that. Its ball placement, how smart of a volleyball player you are.
"I think you need to be way more skillful to be a successful beach player than indoor," she continues. "To me, from what I've played and from what I've watched, the only way you win is by being smart."
With that in mind, Rubio believes his former duo of Glass and Abernathy will eventually find their way to the shores of the AVP: "When you're as talented as they are, they'll have those opportunities."

Dig For Kids
Colleen Murray
March 7, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
Eric Fonoimoana isn't satisfied yet. Even with a gold medal from the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and a 2002 AVP Most Valuable Player award under his belt, Fonoi, as most people call him, is anxiously awaiting another momentous occasion in his life: when one of the teenagers that he helped in his Dig for Kids foundation returns to tell Fonoi his or her success story.
"Some kids are just graduating from college, but I'm waiting until they've gotten a job and come and find us," Fonoi said. "I want them to come back and say, 'You remember when I was 16? You really helped me.' That'll inspire me to keep doing what I'm doing."
Fonoi has been helping students with Dig for Kids since he established the non-profit foundation in the spring of 2000. DFK began as an opportunity to enhance volleyball programs in inner-city schools but became centered around a three-hour-a-week program called Digging Education that stresses the importance of school.
"We're more into education. Education allows you to play a sport, and we picked volleyball," Eric said.
The sport seems like a logical choice, considering Fonoi, a staple on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, is aided by DFK's vice president and program director Albert Hannemann, better known to beach volleyball aficionados as Al-B. Al-B, who has been playing professionally on the AVP for 13 years, may be most recognizable from his modeling duties and television appearances. But Al-B didn't get involved with Dig For Kids to pad his resume.
"I've always done clinics for kids and always helped grow the sport in areas where it's needed," Al-B said.
To help volleyball grow in the inner cities, the foundation has a deal with the Carson High School volleyball teams. DFK provides an assistant coach for the team, as well as uniforms, new nets, and volleyballs. The volleyball team, in turn, volunteers and helps the DFK program. The high school athletes mentor fifth and sixth graders for three hours on Wednesdays for 10 weeks.
In light of his and Al-B's volleyball backgrounds, Fonoi thinks that outsiders might be surprised to see all the schoolwork that's emphasized on these Wednesday's.
"I don't want the volleyball stereotype. If you came to watch us, you'd say, 'Wow, you guys stress education,'" Fonoi said. "We talk about going to college-- it helps (the high school athletes) as well."
"They're brainwashed to going to college," Fonoi jokes.
But this brainwashing wasn't always in Fonoi's game plan. DFK started with Fonoi trying to cover what he perceived as a hole in the beach volleyball community.
"I'm just a big sports fan. Every major sport has a foundation. And beach volleyball did not have anything," Fonoi said. "Instead of waiting for someone else to start it, I just decided to do it myself."
In looking for a good cause, Fonoi found glaring inequities between volleyball programs in communities with different income levels. As a result, Fonoi created DFK to help the programs in the lower-income areas.
Fonoi and Al-B are making the most of the opportunity, spending every Wednesday during the DFK program working with the kids.
After six years and 14 programs, Al-B can see DFK's impact.
"We''ve made such a big difference. When we got to Carson, no one was trying out for the volleyball team," Al-B said. "Now they're getting over 100 kids (trying out)."
The program reached a milestone this year: a student that participated in the program has earned a full-ride scholarship to play volleyball in college.
"It's huge for us," Al-B said.
The city of Carson has embraced Dig For Kids. Fonoi said that the principals have been helpful in picking out dedicated students and weeding out any potential troublemakers to maximize the experience for everyone.
"The city backs us up. The parents back us up. It's a great city to have this program in,"Al-B concurred.
Although Carson has been a good site, being the president of DFK isn't a cakewalk for Fonoi.
"If I think about all the money and time I put in, I might not think it was a good idea. So I don't think about it. I just do it," Fonoi said.
Fonoi's determination to get things done added to Al-B's willingness to volunteer has equaled one strong program, and the two show no signs of ending this winning equation anytime soon.
Dig For Kids' Annual Charity Event takes place April 7, 2006 at Sangria Restuarant in Hermosa Beach, CA. For more information on attending the charity event call 310-350-5594.
For more information on Dig For Kids visit Digforkids.org.

Nancy Mason Answers Your Questions
March 10, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
The Player's Corner: AVP Star Nancy Mason is a regular contributor to The Player's Corner. Nancy's columns give insight into the life of an AVP Pro. Besides the columns Nancy writes, Nancy answers questions from the fans. To ask Nancy or one of the other Player's Corner Pros a question visit The Player's Corner.
Hi Nancy,
My name is Caitlin and I am a sophomore at South Western High School in Hanover, Pa. The summer before this past season I was playing with the girls on varsity and I went to a team camp with them and we won, so I thought that I was doing well but when the season came around I was put on JV. Do you have any tips on how to impress my coaches and make sure that this doesn't happen again? They said I need to work on my speed. Do you have any drills or suggestions?
Caitlin,
First of all, being on the JV isn't such a bad thing. You probably get more playing time than you would as a sophomore on Varsity so you'll gain valuable experience. When you say you need to work on your speed, your coaches probably mean your footwork. One of the best suggestions I can make (and one of the easiest for you to do) is to jump rope. Start out with a few sets of 30 seconds each. Work your way up until you are doing 8 - 10 sets at one minute each. Be creative with your jumps, one foot, criss-cross, front to back, etc.
Good Luck!
Nancy

Hi Nancy,
OK, so you've just trained on the beach for 2-3 hours and now want to hit the gym. Cardio or weights or a mixture of both? How do you do it?
Gray Davis

Hi Gray,
You aren't the former Governor of California are you? Although volleyball is not an aerobic sport, you are still getting some good interval cardio training during a 3 hour practice session. Go for the weights.
Thanks for your question,
Nancy

Hi Nancy,
My name is Linda and I love volleyball. I would like to be more of a competitive player but don't know how to go about it. I haven't played in a while but when I did I was pretty good. I would like to get back into it but probably rough around the edges. How is the best way to get back into it and how can I become a great player like you?
Linda

Hi Linda,
The only way to get back into it is to be pro-active and find some groups to play with on a regular basis. I'm not sure if you are talking about beach or indoor, but the beach is easy. Rally at least 3 others and commit to a regular time each week. Indoor is a bit more difficult, but you should be able to find leagues in your area. Check the community calendar or even the local YMCA. Volleyball has become such a popular sport and there are lots of junkies that can't get enough. Find a group and jump in!
Good luck,
Nancy

Dear Nancy,
I know it takes a lot of preparation to get into shape for the volleyball season. What are some things you do in the gym or at practice to get ready? Also what are some things that are good to eat in order to get ready for the season? What do you do in between matches? Best of luck to you in the 2006 season! I am sure you will do great.
Sincerely,
Jenna

Hi Jenna,
You are right, the preparation is the key to being successful on the beach. My off season involves strength training, plyometrics and cardio conditioning 2 days a week with my trainer. The days I am on my own are also spent lifting, stretching, and conditioning, and I try to get in at least 2 days of yoga. My 2 main goals in preparing for the season are strength and health. Our bodies take a beating during the season so it's important to go in healthy. Once May hits, we'll be competing for something like 18 weeks straight; including 7 - 8 international events.
The length of time we have between matches pretty much dictates what I do. If it's early on Saturday, we will probably be sitting around for a couple of hours. I'll get a little food and find some shade. We have a players area where most of the players chill. I actually prefer to be out of the tent by myself (or with partner and/or coach) under an umbrella. On Sundays, we don't have much time between matches basically time for a Gatorade and a bar.
Thanks for your questions,
Nancy

AVP Announces New Sponsorship Agreement With Interactive Health, Inc.
Tuesday March 21, 7:05 am ET
Courtesy Of AVP 
Sponsorship Agreement Makes iJoy 130 'Official Massage Chair of the AVP Tour' ~
LOS ANGELES, March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI - News), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball announced today a one-year sponsorship agreement with Interactive Health, Inc., making the iJoy 130 the "official massage chair of the AVP Tour."
The iJoy 130, a robotic massage chair, will have a presence at all 16 of the AVP Tour events. Each tournament will feature an "iJoy 130 Comfort Zone," located adjacent to the Stadium Court at each event, and feature multiple massage chairs on-site. iJoy will conduct contests selecting fans to utilize the massage chairs during each tournament.
"We are thrilled about our newest sponsorship agreement with iJoy and are happy to add them to our already robust list of sponsors," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "The presence of iJoy at the tournaments will help create even more excitement for our fans and players. We believe our fans will appreciate iJoy's offering and we look forward to a successful relationship with them during the 2006 season."
"The AVP Tour, featuring our iJoy 130 robotic massage chair, creates the perfect venue to give millions of volleyball fans a chance to personally experience therapeutic, robotic massage, from a chair!" states Craig P Womack, CEO, Interactive Health. "The excitement of nationwide competitions combined with the pure athleticism of the pros, makes these 'must-see' AVP events a natural partner for our soothing iJoy 130 massage chairs. While the AVP provides thrills and spills, iJoy will provide the comfort zones courtside to thousands of fans!"
AVP is also happy to announce that tickets for all 2006 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour events are now available for purchase through AVP's website (www.avp.com/tickets). AVP has partnered with ExtremeTix, a developer and marketer of innovative ticketing solutions for entertainment, fairs, festivals, sporting events, and attractions, to utilize its ClicknPrint ticketing system for all AVP managed and operated events (including Atlanta tournament in July). Customers can buy and print their own tickets for AVP events, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With ExtremeTix, AVP tickets are printed instantly on a customer's printer, making the purchase process hassle-free for any AVP fan.

About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will hold 16 Tour events throughout the United States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

About iJoy
The iJoy 130 Robotic Massage Chair® by Interactive Health is ranked in the top of its class, with a "best buy" approval rating by Consumers Digest Magazine and the "Member Tested and Recommended" Seal of Approval from the National Health and Wellness Club of America.
Inside every iJoy 130 Robotic Massage Chair are the "hands" of a trained massage professional -- just waiting to provide you with a soothing back massage. The multi-patent Human Touch Technology® massage system so closely replicates the therapeutic techniques used by back and spinal care professionals that it is the preferred technology of the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists. It is designed to follow the natural contour of your spine and move three-dimensionally in four different massage modes. Sleek and stylish, the iJoy 130 is upholstered in a soft, plush micro suede fabric available in four colors -- red, cashew, bone, and black. To learn more about the iJoy 130 Massage Chair, please visit www.iJoy.com.

About Interactive Health®
Interactive health is the U.S. market leader of upscale robotic massage products. Through the Company's superior design capabilities and strategic dealer relationships, Interactive Health delivers high-quality robotic massage products, zero gravity chairs and other massage products that are generations ahead of its competitors.
Interactive Health® currently sells products to various specialty retailers as well as fine furniture stores across the country, in addition to international retailers and distributors in more than 28 countries worldwide.
Interactive Health owns an exclusive multi-patent robotic massage system called Human Touch Technology. The Company sells various products under the following 2 brands: Human Touch and iJoy(TM).
    For more information, please visit:  www.interhealth.com

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    Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.
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Source: AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.

From Hardwood To Sand
Dargan to participate in Collegiate Beach Volleyball All-Star Camp
All-American setter Renata Dargan will try her hand at beach volleyball at the AVP Collegiate All-Star Camp this weekend.
Courtesy Of Purduesports.collegesports.com
Springing Into Action
March 21, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - All-American setter Renata Dargan has garnered many accolades in her four-year career as a Purdue volleyball player, but the New Lenox, Ill., native will get a chance to try her hand at the beach game this weekend at Association of Volleyball Professionals Beach Volleyball All-Star Camp in Los Angeles.
Dargan and several other players from across the country will learn the principles and fundamentals of the beach game and the transition from the indoor hardwood game to the beach. They will attend philosophy sessions with the AVP professional players and staff, participate in training and skills competitions and play in actual beach games. AVP stars Karch Kiraly, Kerri Walsh and Holly McPeak will be providing the skill instruction, while AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato will teach the classroom sessions on the transition to the beach game.
"It is exciting to have been chosen by the AVP as an athlete they think has the potential to transition from playing indoors to outdoors," Dargan said. "I am looking forward to the challenge of it. Beach volleyball is a lot different. They say that on the beach you develop your game as a whole. You have to learn the whole game, not just your position, because there are a lot of different aspects to playing on the beach as opposed to being indoors.
"I am looking forward to playing with new people and developing relationships with them, because it will be a new experience for all of us. It will be a learning experience, a trial run for me, and maybe give me something else I can do in the future in addition to playing indoors."
At the end of the camp, the AVP and CSTV: College Sports Television will announce that eight all-stars will be advancing in teams of two to play in the CSTV Collegiate Nationals to be held in Reno, Nevada on April 20-23. After that competition, the winning team of two will be named as College Beach Volleyball National Championships and will be provided wild-card spots to compete during the 2006 competitive season on the AVP Tour.

Major Player Movement Entering 2006 AVP Season
March 22, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
As the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour nears opening day of the 2006 Season at the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open March 31 through April 2 many top pros prepare to line up next to new partners.
On the Men's side, nine of the top ten teams determined by points earned in 2005 are no longer. Only Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings, who finished third in points earned and won two titles in 2005, have remained constant. While on the Women's side, three new duos are set to make their mark in 2006.

New Men's Teams
Stein Metzger and Mike Lambert: Former high school teammates from Punahoe High School in Hawaii, Lambo and Stein have teamed up for the 2006 season. Combined the duo won seven events in 2005. Stein won in Fort Lauderdale, Tempe, Belmar and Manhattan Beach. Lambo won in Cincinnati, Huntington and Las Vegas. In Vegas, an individual event, Lambo chose Stein as his playing partner in the finals.

Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal: 2005 Most Valuable Player Jake Gibb and AVP Star Sean Rosenthal have paired for the 2006 season. The duo played together in the finals of the Las Vegas Shootout as Jake chose Rosie to battle Stein and Lambo. In 2005, Jake won in Fort Lauderdale, Tempe, Belmar and Manhattan Beach. Rosie had five top-three finishes in 2005.

Sean Scott and Dax Holdren: 2005 Most Improved Player Sean Scott and 2004 Olympian Dax Holdren are ready to take on the competition in 2006. Combined, the new duo won four events in 2005. Sean won the last three team events in Boulder, Chicago and Hawaii respectively. While Dax won in front of friends and family in Santa Barbara.

Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana: The 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana are back together on the beach. This duo has previously played in 37 AVP Events as partners winning three and finishing in the top three 18 times.

Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers: The top Offensive and Defensive players have teamed up for 2006. Todd Rogers, 2005 Best Defensive Player and winner of three events will partner with Phil Dalhausser, 2005 Best Offensive Player and winner of one event in 2005. Dalhausser and Rogers played in one FIVB event together in 2005 finishing in 7th.

Karch Kiraly and Larry Witt: Combined, this new team has won 150 Beach Titles. Karch won his 148th in the 2005 Huntington Beach Open, while Witt won once in 2003 and once in 2004. Karch is nearly 20 years older than Witt, yet this mix of youth and experience is sure to set the beach on fire in 2006.

Jeff Nygaard and John Hyden: In 2001, Jeff Nygaard and John Hyden entered their very first event, teaming up for the Hermosa Beach Open where they finished in 29th place. Six years and eight titles later, the duo is back together. In 2005, Jeff won the Santa Barbara Open and John won the Cincinnati Open, defeating Jeff in the finals.

Scott Wong and Kevin Wong: The Wong Brothers will be the first set of brothers to compete on the AVP Tour since Larry and Andy Witt in 2001. Scott and Kevin at 6'5" and 6'7" respectively, will also be one of the tallest teams on the beach. In 2005, both Scott and Kevin finished in the top three twice.

Jason Ring and George Roumain: After their 2004 campaign that included eight top-five finishes and the Huntington Beach Open title in just 11 events, the powerful duo of J-Ring and George did not suit up together in 2005. George suffered a back injury that kept him out for the season. The duo is now back and has high expectations for 2006.

New Women's Teams
Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh: The legend and the future have joined forces for the 2006 campaign. Holly McPeak and her 72 career titles will partner with Nicole Branagh, the 2005 AVP Rookie of the Year.

Carrie Busch and Barbra Fontana: Barbra Fontana, winner of 20 events, returns to the beach after a one-year hiatus. She joins Carrie Busch, who is one of just three players to be ranked in the top 10 in terms of points in each of the last four seasons (along with Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs).

Nancy Mason and Jen Kessy: Jen Kessy is coming off her best year on the beach, finishing in the top-five 11 times, while Nancy Mason claimed five top-five finishes. The duo partnered up for four FIVB events at the end of 2005 and finished in the top five in each one.

McPeak and Branagh set sights on 2006
Matt Zuvela
March 22, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
In 1987, the 2005 AVP Rookie of the Year Nicole Branagh was just eight years old and attending Del Rey Elementary School, which was across the street from her house in Orinda, California. Volleyball was the last thing on her mind.
"I was running around at recess playing four-square or throwing the football around," she said.
That same year, 18 year old and recent High School graduate Holly McPeak played in her first beach volleyball tournament, which was the beginning of one of the most storied careers in beach volleyball history. Since becoming a full time pro in 1991, McPeak has earned eight Defensive Player of the Year awards, five Most Valuable Player awards, and holds the record for career titles with 72. She has been on every Olympic beach volleyball team since the sport's Olympic debut in Atlanta in 1996, and picked up her first medal, a bronze, at the 2004 Athens Games with partner Elaine Youngs.
In contrast to McPeak's long and successful career, Branagh's experiences as a beach volleyball player are just beginning. Branagh started off playing indoor for the University of Minnesota, and her only exposure to beach volleyball was through magazines.
"I remember in college always looking at all the beach pictures and reading about the beach circuit," she said. "There was always some sweet picture of Holly flying after a ball."
Playing on the beach looked like fun to Branagh, but she was a long way from ever setting foot in the sand.
"I was going to school in Minnesota - we had 10,000 lakes but no beach!" she said.
After graduating in 2002, Branagh went on to play for the US National indoor team before her mom gave her the idea of playing on the beach.
"I will give credit to my mom for saying that she could see my living down in LA playing beach volleyball," Branagh said. "She called this long before I ever even thought about it."
Last year Branagh partnered with Angie Akers and made her mark in the sand during her first full season on the tour. They placed in the top ten in eight of the nine tournaments they played together, with a highest finish of fifth. At the end of the season, Branagh was named the Rookie of the Year.
This season, Branagh's developing talent will combine with McPeak's extensive experience as the two join together as teammates. This powerful combo almost didn't get off the ground due to injuries that put McPeak's availability in question. While Branagh extended her season by playing in Australia with Akers, McPeak had both feet operated on to correct an injury that had been causing her problems for two years.
"I truly was not sure if I could come back and play," McPeak said. "Some doctors didn't think I could do it, but one did. I took it slow and started testing myself in January without jumping because my feet were not ready to do that."
Since then, McPeak's recovery has gone well and she has made the decision to play in 2006. As she began to search for a partner, Branagh was high on the list.
"When it came down to choosing someone, Nicole was playing great and I really think she can be a top player. She works hard, doesn't make excuses, and is dedicated," McPeak said.
With Branagh and McPeak playing on the same side of the net, opposing teams are going to have their work cut out for them. McPeak's defensive abilities have been proven throughout her career, and Branagh will add a strong presence on offense.
"My strength is being a big net player and Holly's strength is being the best defensive player," said Branagh.
"My experience and ball control will definitely help her game improve and her athleticism and great setting will help mine," adds McPeak.
With her foot problems corrected and her training back on track, McPeak is ready to keep adding to her long list of accomplishments with her new partner.
"I think that Nicole is a very good athlete and has the size and agility to challenge the players at the top. I am optimistic about the 2006 season and am looking forward to it. I am pain free post surgery and as fired up as I have ever been," she said.
For Branagh, being paired with a beach volleyball legend is a long way from games of four-square on the playground, but she is grateful for the chance to play with McPeak.
"I am excited to be learning from Holly and appreciate this opportunity to play with her," she said. "It should be an exciting year!"

Rogers and Dalhausser to Team Up in 2006
March 22, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP
The best offensive and defensive player from AVP 2005 are joining forces in 2006. 2005 Offensive Player of the Year Phil Dalhausser and 2005 Defensive Player of the Year Todd Rogers have decided to partner for the 2006 AVP Season.
Rogers ends his partnership with Sean Scott, his regular playing partner since 2002. Rogers and Scott played in 30 AVP Tournaments as partners. The duo finished 9th or better in 29 of the tournaments, including four victories, five runner-up finishes and five third-place finishes.
The split comes as a surprise to some as Rogers and Scott ended the 2005 season as the hottest team on tour winning the last three team events. Rogers and Scott won in Boulder, Chicago and Honolulu. In 2004, the duo won their first title together at the Tempe Open.
Dalhausser is coming off his best season as an AVP Pro. He leaves behind Nick Lucena, his regular partner since 2003. 2005 was a breakthrough season for Lucena and Dalhausser as they captured their first career win in Austin. In 2005, the duo finished in the top ten in 12 of the 13 team events, including a second in the Historic Manhattan Beach Open, two thirds and three fifths.
Dalhausser and Rogers have played together once before, teaming up in the 2005 Swatch-FIVB World Championships powered by Smart. The duo entered the tournament as the 26th seed and in route to a seventh place finish, Dalhausser and Rogers knocked off the 5th and 7th seed. Rogers and Dalhausser came together for the FIVB event after Scott became a late scratch due to a broken hand he suffered in the AVP San Diego Open two weeks earlier. "I felt very comfortable playing with Phil in Germany this past year, particularly for never having even practiced together," said Rogers.
Breaking down his new partner and expectations for 2006, Rogers stated, "Phil is a great setter with a sweet set of hands. He is not afraid to take anything with his hands. That will help my game as I need a good consistent set. Defensively he is a massive blocker with the ability to take over games. I think once we figure out our defensive strategies it will be tough to get balls down against us. Guys will have to be very crisp with their shots and very powerful and precise with their hits."
While Dalhausser has a four-inch height advantage on Scott, Dalhausser will have big shoes to fill as Scott finished the 2005 season leading the Tour in hitting percentage (.454) while ranking second in kills (1,322), seventh in blocks (287), ninth in aces (48) and 10th in kill percentage (.579). Meanwhile, Dalhausser led the Tour in blocks (405) and was sixth in kill percentage (.588).
Discussing the switch, Rogers said, "Since the court shrunk, the guys at the net are just getting bigger and bigger. It was time to go to one of those bigger and bigger guys. It also gives me time to assess how Phil and I are doing in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. I am very much looking forward to a new challenge and look very optimistically toward the next couple of years."

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News about the AVP
AVP 2006 Season Kickoff
March 22, 2006
Los Angeles, CA
The AVP Media Day 2006 Press Conference took place on March 22, 2006 to kickoff the 2006 AVP season that starts with the opening tournament in Ft. Lauderdale on March 31.  Some of the top men’s and women’s teams of the AVP were present and many of the men’s teams were comprised of players teaming up for the first time on the AVP tour.
Anticipation is ramping up for what is sure to be an interesting start to the AVP season with 9 of the top 10 men’s team splitting up to form new partnerships.  Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer are the only top ten team staying together and looking to keep their winning chemistry growing for the 2006 season.
On the women’s side the top teams to watch are still Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, and Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs.  However, there are some new partnerships that expect to be contenders, plus some returning teams that will be looking to challenge the top 2 teams from last year.   Two of the new partnerships to watch are Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh, and Jennifer Kessy and Nancy Mason.  Another team that is expected to contend this season is Makare Wilson and Tyra Turner, though they will miss the first event of the year.  However, you can expect to see them back in action at the second AVP tour event in Tempe, AZ.
Leonard Armato, AVP Commissioner, was on hand to present the facts and figures on the “fastest growing sport in the entire country” and to give a taste of the excitement of the AVP.  Chris “Geeter” McGee introduced the AVP players to the media and provided the “news” of one unexpected  partnership:  Karch Kiraly and Geeter. [Okay, this isn't going to happen, but Geeter couldn’t pass up the opportunity to offer, in jest, to be Karch's partner at Ft. Lauderdale since Karch’s new partner, Larry Witt, wasn't at the press conference.]
Fun, excitement, drama, and humor - that's the AVP.
In 2006, over a million people around the country will experience the AVP. We have 16 events, including new markets like Brooklyn, New York, where I had diapers on as a child at Coney Island, and including markets like Atlanta for the first time.

Leonard Armato
Armato: We're going to be taking the East Coast by storm -Brooklyn, New York, on the beaches of Coney Island. Our partners there are the New Jersey Nets, soon to be the Brooklyn Nets, so we'll have great partnership in the local community there. We're transforming Coney Island back to its glory days, so that should be exciting.
Armato: In Las Vegas, we are going to be bringing AVP Pro Beach Volleyball right to the Strip for the first time, right out in front of Caesars Palace.

Eric Fonoimoana/Dain Blanton
Chris "Geeter" McGee: They are back together this year for the first time since 2001, and the year 2000 they went to Sydney, Australia and they represented the United States and they took home a gold medal. And they are finally back together here in 2006. I'm talking about Eric Fonoimoana and Dain Blanton. Dain, you have played in both Olympics, 2000 and 2004. Is 2008 out of the question?
Dain Blanton: No, it's not out of the question. You play it by ear each year and qualification won't start until 2007. After 2000, obviously, I was really fired up to go back and defend what Eric and I did, and then after the major disappointment in 2004 I'd like to go back and end on a lot higher note than that.
Geeter: E, finally back with Dain. I think the volleyball world is very excited. Now you're finally back together. How did that all go down?
Eric Fonoimoana: Well, I want to have fun this year. I think we both, last year, were a little disappointed with what happened. I wanted someone that I'm going to go out there and grovel and fight and battle with against these big teams that are out there, and Dain and I are going to be it.

Jen Kessy/Nancy Mason
Geeter: On the women's side, they partnered up at the end of last season to play in a couple of international events and this will be the first time that they've been together on the AVP Tour in 2006, Jen Kessy and Nancy Mason. Jen, talk to me about the chemistry you and Nancy have developed together over the past few months.
Jen Kessy: We've had a blast playing together in the last international tournament. Hopefully we're going to do great this year.
Geeter: Nancy, I know you're still looking for that first win. How do you feel about your chances with Jen this year?
Nancy Mason: I feel good about them. I think Jen is a phenomenal player and I'm lucky to partner up with her this year and I think we're going to have some great results.

Todd Rogers/Phil Dalhausser 
Geeter: Our next team, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, from Santa Barbara. Teaming up for the first time this year. Todd, you are a veteran now. What's it like to take a young, big guy with all this potential. Talk to me about your role and how things are going.
Todd Rogers: Things are going pretty well. I stopped coaching at UCSB this year and now I can get to coach him, and he's been very receptive so it's been cool.
Geeter: Phil, a chance to play with a great defender Todd Rogers, a chance to win some tournaments. How do you feel heading into 2006?
Phil Dalhausser: I feel pretty good. I'm just learning a lot these last couple months and he's been teaching a lot.

Tyra Harper/Makare Wilson 
Geeter: Makare, everyone saw you on CSI Miami, you were so good. But we are going to skip that and jump right to the volleyball. Makare, two years ago you broke through, everyone found out who you were. Last year, you had some success. Talk about taking it to that next level and hoping capturing that crown this year.
Makare Wilson: First of all, we're slow learners so it's taken us, yeah, three years. We're both busting our butts real hard this year. We're really looking forward to doing the best that we can but there's a lot of great competition out there. Basically, you take it one day at a time, one tournament at a time, and just kind of learn and move on from there.
Geeter: Tyra, how confident are you heading into your third season now that you've kind of gone through all the stuff you got to go through to get to this point?
Tyra Harper: I'm really confident, with success we've had in the past and the success we're going to have in the future. Our first two years, we took tremendous strides going forward and I expect nothing less this year.
 
Karch Kiraly/Larry Witt
Geeter: The winningest player of all time, the greatest player in the history of professional beach volleyball, or any other volleyball, Karch Kiraly.
Geeter: And I will be playing with Karch in the first tournament since Larry (Karch's new partner Larry Witt) is not here. Karch's dream partner come true. Karch, congratulations you get to play with me. We're guaranteed a 25th or better.
Geeter: We know that you are in your early forties, maybe late. You continue to be out here and do what you do. You're so great for the sport and you continue to win. I'm going to ask you one question…is this the last year or not?
Karch Kiraly: I go into each year thinking it my last year so this is my tenth last year in a row. Hopefully, I can make it 11 or 12 but we'll see how this year goes. Training has been going well with Larry .
Geeter: You went from Lambo (Mike Lambert) and now you have Larry so it's going to be a different dynamic. Are you more of a coach and a leader out there for him?
Karch Kiraly: He (Larry Witt) already knows how to win. He's had some great wins with Sean Rosenthal. He's a great competitor and has a ton of volleyball experience, both indoors and out. I'm trying to help him more with his block a little bit just because nobody can be a Mike Lambert as a blocker. But the more he blocks the better it will help me on defense.
 
Holly McPeak/Nicole Branagh
Geeter: Another new team on tour this year. I'm talking about Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh. Nicole, you had a great indoor career, you came out to the beach, you learned the ropes and now only in your second year. You're playing with Holly McPeak, who is the winningest player of all time. Talk to me about how great that is and yet how much pressure you're feeling.
Nicole Branagh: I'm thrilled. I'm excited for the opportunity. I've just been smiling for the last two months. I think it's going to be an exciting season, and we've been working really well together and hard. It's the chance of a lifetime so I'm really excited.
Geeter: Now Holly, as you move into another season, how are you feeling, especially with a new partner? Rejuvenated, feeling good?
Holly McPeak: I had a rough year last year. I was not healthy and I had foot surgery on both of my feet, so that was my main concern coming back this year. I am healthy now. I have a new, young partner who is working really hard. She pushes me at Vert (McPeak's gym), it's unbelievable. She's strong. So I'm having a lot of fun. We're really confident and I think we're going to have a great season.

Matt Fuerbringer/ Casey Jennings
Geeter:  Matt, as everyone is switching and finding new partners, you and Casey are great friends off the court and on. You guys decided to stick together.
Matt Fuerbringer: Seemed like a no-brainer. We've had good success the last couple years and we just want to keep getting better and keep winning more tournaments each year.
Geeter: Now Casey, you had a lot of success last year, you won the Hermosa Open. What's next for you two?
Casey Jennings: We'd like to end the season No. 1. Three years in a row, we've been the No. 3 team. So, if he keeps paying me the way he does, I'll stay with him another four years.

Jenny Johnson-Jordan/Annett Davis
Geeter: Making their way back to the AVP Tour after a year off because they both had child No. 2, I'm talking about Jenny Johnson-Jordan and Annett Davis. Jenny, what's it like to finally be back in 2006?
Jenny Johnson-Jordan: Well, we each had kids. I had a son and Annett had a daughter. We had a great time. We took a year off so that we could at home with our kids and we're excited about being back on the tour and competing again.
Geeter: Now Annett, the last time you played you were Queen of the Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii so how are you going to carry that over into 2006?
Annett Davis: I'm very excited to get back out there. Just really fired up to get back on the beach this season and we'll see what happens. I think we'll do well.

Dax Holdren/Sean Scott.
Geeter: Our next team, teaming up for the first time this year, out of Santa Barbara, Dax Holdren and, out of Hawaii, Sean Scott. Dax, this year you've got another blocker in Sean Scott. How do you feel now with Sean going into 2006?
Dax Holdren: I feel really great. Sean finished up winning the last three tournaments so we're going to carry that over into this year and hopefully go for four or five for him.
Geeter: Now Sean, you did win the last three tournaments. You were rewarded at the end of the year. Everyone on tour knows you're a great player. You started to get that respect. How confident are you and how do you take that into this season?
Sean Scott: I'm very confident going into this season. I've put in a lot of time and hard work this offseason with my trainer and I'm excited to see what can happen. Dax is such a great player. He's won on the big court. He's won on the small court. He's won internationally, domestically. A very good, experienced player. I'm excited to get out there and see what we can do.

Rachel Wacholder/Elaine Youngs
Geeter: Last year, finishing No. 2 on Tour, winning three domestic events, Rachel Wacholder and E.Y., Elaine Youngs. Let's start with you Rachel. You had a lot of pressure on you. You're playing with E.Y., whose won so many times and been to the Olympics. And you had that special season; Defensive Player of the Year and all those awards. How do you feel now, confidence-wise, coming into 2006?
Rachel Wacholder: I think it's a lot easier this year just because we've proven what we're capable of. Last year, it was that big question, like, 'Can I do this? This is my big opportunity.' So I feel more relaxed. We're just going to build on what we did last year.
Geeter: And last year we saw a relaxed E.Y. An MVP-type season. How do you feel coming into 2006 with a year under your belt with Rachel after she played so well?
Elaine Youngs: I feel great, I feel 10 years younger. I'm ready to go. I think too that one of the great things for Rachel and I is we're starting our season with Liz as a coach, Liz Masakayan. So, that's going to help a lot. We just got going, we've only been training for a few weeks. We went to Brazil at the end of February. Tournaments are coming up quick and we're looking forward to a great AVP summer with the new cities. I love playing with Rachel. I think we complement each other well, we have a lot a fun and just going to continue it in 2006.

Stein Metzger/Mike Lambert
Geeter: The new team, they kind of started this domino effect. They got together right at the end of last international season. They grew up together in Hawaii, they went to high school together. Now the best friends are finally together on the AVP Tour and I'm talking about Stein Metzger and Mike Lambert. Steino, you've been doing a lot of sailing in the off-season and you got married, so let's touch on that.
Stein Metzger: Well, I'm always looking for something new to do in the offseason, learn a little more about something. So I've been into sailing and it's been incredible. I did my first solo to Catalina a few days ago, but really what I'm looking forward to is having a new partner this year and playing some beach.
Geeter: Mike Lambert was an MVP two seasons ago. You finally are playing with one of your best friends. You guys had talked about it since you were youngsters. How's that going and what's the feeling out here?
Mike Lambert: It's going really good. There is a lot of good energy with Steino. Back in the day I was his water boy on the JV team and to be playing alongside him is something we've always talked about. It just feels really good. Teams are good on paper but you have to have that good chemistry and I just think he and I have that for sure from all the time we spent together in Hawaii.

Sean Rosenthal/Jake Gibb
Geeter: Jake Gibb, a kid out of Utah, the reigning MVP, and his new partner, Sean Rosenthal. Rosie, with some new lettuce on top, a little longer look for you, a little more mature look for Sean. [Referring to Rosenthal's longer hair.
Geeter: Rosie, I'm going to start with you. You two teamed up in Vegas last year. Jake was in the final and he got to pick a partner. He couldn't pick Stein, so he picked you. And I think everyone on the stage starting saying, 'hmm, this could be the team.' Were you thinking all the way back then 'I want to get this guy as my partner?'
Sean Rosenthal: Well, I was hoping. He's a great  blocker. I've never really played behind one of the top blockers on tour so it's a great opportunity for myself and I had a lot of fun in Vegas. So I was super-stoked he picked me.
Geeter: Now Jake Gibb, 2005 MVP, Manhattan Beach Open winner. How do you top that here in 2006?
Jake Gibb: Well, I got a great partner so I think the sky's the limit. You never know. We got a couple more events this year so we're excited.
Geeter: How did you handle the fame of now becoming the MVP of the AVP? Has your life changed, from a small town in Utah to here in Hollywood?
Jake: The same. Well, like Mike Rangel will now talk to me, so it's good.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh
Geeter: And our last team, I think you know them. They are the gold medalists in 2004, the Olympics, representing the USA. The greatest team in the entire world, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. Kerri was married in December to Casey Jennings. Misty, you get married, you win a gold medal. You're looking forward to 2008. How do you guys, after such a busy schedule, come back re-fired up and ready to take the world again?
Misty May-Treanor: I was just rehabbing from a surgery so I am fired up to get back. I know Kerri's anxious. She had a big year last year. She got married to Casey (fellow AVP athlete Casey Jennings). Actually, we sat down and went over our goals and where we want to be and what we want to do so I think that's how you get back and refocus. You have certain goals that you want to achieve. It all starts next week.
Geeter: Please just share one goal with me?
Misty May-Treanor: We want to win a gold medal in 2008.
Geeter: I think we are all happy to hear that, that's very nice. And how is your golf game?
Misty May-Treanor: I can get out of the sand traps now. I'm excited- I chipped in 2 birdies, my first 2 birdies.
Geeter: Now Kerri, you got married in December, honeymoon, all that fun stuff. Now it's time to sit down and get ready for the new season. How excited are you and how do you feel about you and Misty going in for another year?
Kerri Walsh: I am fired up. I am so happy now that I am Casey's wife. I love being a Jennings. Anyhow, we are so excited. Like Misty said, we got together and we have been working out butts off since Jan. 1. We are fired up for this season. There are new teams. Every year we start with a clean slate. What's happened in the past is in the past. We want to come out and establish ourselves as one of the great teams on Tour and in the world, and it all starts next weekend so we want to kick butt in Ft. Lauderdale.

AVP Tour Announces 2006 Television Broadcast Schedule
Courtesy Of AVP           
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to be Broadcast on NBC, FOX Network and FOX Sports Net
LOS ANGELES, March 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball
Tour, a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI), a
lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach
volleyball, today officially announced its 2006 television broadcast schedule.
Over 75 hours of AVP Tour action will be broadcast on three different
networks: NBC, the FOX Network and FOX Sports Net.
    The 2006 Tour includes two new events, five new cities, and a record $3.5
million in prize money.  The prize money is split equally between the men and
the women and represents a 17% increase from last year's purse of $3.0
million.  This season, the AVP Tour will visit 16 cities, including the new
additions of Birmingham, Ala., Sacramento, Calif., Atlanta, Ga., Brooklyn,
N.Y, and Lake Tahoe, Nev.
    The expanded 2006 schedule comes on the heels of a very successful 2005
season.  The AVP Tour experienced healthy growth last season, including a 48%
increase in its fan base, according to Scarborough Sports Marketing, which
compares favorably to the growth in other sports properties for the same time
period.
    The 2006 broadcast schedule includes four events on NBC, two events on FOX
and 10 events on FSN.  In addition, all NBC and FOX events will be
re-broadcast on FSN.
    "We are thrilled about the continued increase of exposure for both the
sport of professional beach volleyball and the elite AVP athletes," said
Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner.  "We are glad to be working with
NBC and FSN again this year and we are looking forward to our first year on
FOX."
    In addition, AVP has developed several promoter relationships to help
bring tournaments to cities that might not otherwise host such events.  Local
organizers are responsible for selling all local revenue for the tournament,
including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality.  Event cities
with local promoters include: Sacramento (Sacramento Sports Commission),
Atlanta (Atlanta Sports Council), Birmingham-Hoover (Bruno Event Team),
Brooklyn (Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment) and Cincinnati (Reach Event
Marketing).  AVP's strategic alliances with top local promotion companies
allow the AVP Tour to have a strong presence in new markets without the
standard upfront capital resources as well as gaining year-round, aggressive
marketing and outreach for each event.
                     Event                   Air Date              Network
        Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.            April 8            FOX Sports Net
        Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.            April 18           FOX Sports Net
            Tempe, Ariz.                May 13             FOX Sports Net
        Santa Barbara, Calif.           May 20              FOX Network
            Tempe, Ariz.                May 20             FOX Sports Net
      Huntington Beach, Calif.          June 3             FOX Sports Net
      Huntington Beach, Calif.          June 10            FOX Sports Net
         Sacramento, Calif.             June 11             FOX Network
        Hermosa Beach, Calif.           June 17            FOX Sports Net
        Hermosa Beach, Calif.           June 24            FOX Sports Net
         Seaside Heights, NJ            July 8             FOX Sports Net
            Atlanta, Ga.                July 15            FOX Sports Net
           Birmingham, Al.              July 22            FOX Sports Net
            Chicago, Ill.               July 23                 NBC
         Seaside Heights, NJ            July 29            FOX Sports Net
            Atlanta, Ga.                Aug. 5             FOX Sports Net
       Manhattan Beach, Calif.          Aug. 12                 NBC
           Birmingham, Al.              Aug. 12            FOX Sports Net
       Manhattan Beach, Calif.          Aug. 13                 NBC
     Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island)        Aug. 19                 NBC
     Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island)        Aug. 20                 NBC
          Cincinnati, Ohio              Sept. 2                 NBC
             Boulder, CO                Sept. 2            FOX Sports Net
          Cincinnati, Ohio              Sept. 3                 NBC
           Boulder, Colo.               Sept. 9            FOX Sports Net
           Las Vegas, Nev.              Sept. 16           FOX Sports Net
           Las Vegas, Nev.              Sept. 23           FOX Sports Net
          Lake Tahoe, Nev.              Sept. 30           FOX Sports Net
          Lake Tahoe, Nev.              Oct. 7             FOX Sports Net
 *  All air times are regional.
 ** Live / Same Day Coverage on FSN is possible for all FSN Events.  Check
       local listings

    About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
    AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a lifestyle sports entertainment
company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional
beach volleyball events worldwide.  AVP operates the industry's most prominent
volleyball tour in the United States, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which
was organized in 1983.  Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and
women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United
States in 2005 and has expanded the Tour to 16 events for the 2006 season.  In
2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the
Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals
won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball.  For more information,
please visit http://www.avp.com.
    Contact:
    Kimberly Moran                     Amy Cozamanis
    Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.   Financial Relations Board
    (818) 344-6195 ext. 121            (310) 854-8314
    kimberlym@bzapr.com                acozamanis@financialrelationsboard.com

SOURCE AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.avp.com

McPeak still around, gets new partner
Olympic medalist pairs with Branagh. Gibb-Rosenthal, Metzger-Lambert and reunited Fonoimoana-Blanton are other new AVP teams of note.
By Phil Collin
Daily Breeze
Those hours of grueling matches in the summer sun are one thing, but the real drama of beach volleyball can happen in the offseason.
So with the hint of a spring sun overhead, several of the top teams showed up to meet the media a little more than a week away from the first AVP event of the season.
Sure, there were the usual partner changes -- of course, they all look good on paper right now -- and the comebacks from injury and the anticipation of upcoming stops in those volleyball hot spots like Brooklyn, N.Y. and Birmingham, Ala.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. The real news worth hearing was how Holly McPeak got to have surgery on both her big toes, with McPeak describing how she had to have the effects of arthritis scraped off her bones.
Or how Sean Rosenthal actually walked into a gym with the intention of working out.
And how Stein Metzger is a Manhattan Beach neighbor of Maria Sharapova.
McPeak, the all-time record holder with 72 career titles, went without a tournament victory of any kind last year for the first time since 1992. Playing with Jen Kessey, McPeak couldn't get past the pain of arthritis that eventually left her without the use of 80 percent of either big toe by the time the season ended.
Doctors recommended surgery only after she retired. That is until she found the right doctor after four tries.
"I was waiting for the right answer,'' the former Mira Costa High star said. "To be honest, if the surgery didn't work, I probably would have had to retire. But it did. I'm not ready to retire.
"I didn't want to give up like that. I felt like I could still have a lot of good volleyball left in me and I just didn't want to give up like that. I didn't want to be forced out because of my big toes. ...
"I fought it for two years.''
So McPeak, 36, is ready to fight again, this time with 27-year-old Nicole Branagh, the 2005 AVP Rookie of the Year. At 6-foot-1, Branagh can be the force at the net that perfectly suits McPeak's defensive talents.
The women's tour still has the top two teams together, led by Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, with Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder back after winning three tournaments in 2005.
Coming back after dual maternity leave is the team of Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis, who took 2005 off. After their first dual maternity hiatus in 2002, they came back to have their best season, winning two times.
Rosenthal (Redondo High) not only hit the gym for the first time, he was recruited by the tour's reigning MVP, Jake Gibb.
"I was hoping to recruit him, but I got recruited,'' Rosenthal said. "We played in Las Vegas last year, so right after that tournament, I was kind of waiting around. I knew he and Stein had a great year but I knew (Mike) Lambert was trying to grab Stein, and I really didn't think they were going to split up. And when they did, I got a call from the MVP to play. I was on it in a heartbeat.''
Other significant pairings: The 6-9 Phil Dalhausser has joined with Todd Rogers, the tour's best defensive player in 2004 and '05, and 2000 Olympic gold medalists Eric Fonoimoana and Dain Blanton have reunited.
This year's pairing of Metzger 33, and the 31-year-old Lambert, the 2004 MVP, is like a reunion even if they haven't played together before. They are both Hawaii natives and attended Punahou High at the same time.
With the 6-6 Lambert, Metzger didn't deny he just became a better player.
"Well, we had practice today, and I didn't have to do much, I can say that,'' he said, smiling. "I served in, I sided out when they served me and I did a lot of cheering.''
Not only is Metzger a neighbor of Sharapova, he is also friends and neighbors with the family of Kevyn Murphy, the Daily Breeze Runner of the Year as a freshman at Mira Costa.
"I got delegated. I'm like No. 3 on the sports celebrity list on that street,'' Metzger said. "Kevyn Murphy -- she slaughters everybody. She's getting more covers than I am. What's the deal? They come over and tease me all the time.''
At least he has his brushes with fame to lean back on.
"We have kind of a narrow street so you have to get out of the way, you can't just pass each other in your car,'' he said. "(Sharapova) was nice enough to get out of my way. She pulled aside. Isn't that sweet?''
2006 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open: Pro Beach Volleyball's Season Opening Event
 The AVP Season kicks off in Fort Lauderdale March 31 through April 2 with the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open. Tickets are available now.
(PRWEB) March 28, 2006 -- The AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open kicks off the 2006 AVP Season. For the fourth consecutive year, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will open its season in beautiful Florida, at Fort Lauderdale’s South Beach Park. Tickets are available now at http://AVP.com. Television coverage of the Men’s and Women’s finals will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net. Check local listings for broadcast times.
More than 150 of the top professional beach volleyball athletes in the world will descend into Florida for the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown. The Women’s side features 2004 Olympic gold medal winners Misty May and Kerri Walsh, 2004 Olympic bronze medal winners Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, and AVP’s reigning defensive player of the year Rachel Wacholder. The 2006 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown will also welcome back AVP Great Barbra Fontana and 2000 Olympians’ Jenny Johnson-Jordan and Annett Davis.
The AVP Men’s side is deeper than ever as 2005 AVP Fort Lauderdale Champions and AVP Team of the Year Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb have split. Metzger will team with 2004 AVP MVP Mike Lambert, while Gibb, the 2005 MVP, will partner with AVP Star Sean Rosenthal. Three-time Olympic gold medal winner Karch Kiraly enters his 28th season on the beach, partnering with AVP Star Larry Witt. And 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana have reunited for the 2006 AVP season.
Golden Girls May and Walsh enter the 2006 season on the verge of many milestones. With a win in Fort Lauderdale, Walsh will earn her 50th career title and move into a tie for fifth place on the all time win list. While May needs seven more titles to move into third place all-time. May currently has 53 career titles.
Several milestones will be reached during the 2006 AVP Season. 2004 Bronze Medalist Elaine Youngs is just $60,000 away from reaching $1,000,000 in career earnings, while 2000 Gold Medalist Eric Fonoimoana is just $24,000 away from the $1,000,000 mark. Log on to http://avp.com to see what other milestones the AVP Pros will reach in 2006.
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/tickets today to purchase your tickets to the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open, March 31 – April 2.
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Many happy returns
Roumain and Lucena are back home, playing on the AVP tour.
By Sharon Robb
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted March 30 2006
George Roumain was babysitting his 2-year-old niece, Kai, in Delray Beach on Tuesday.
Nick Lucena spent most of Tuesday driving to Orlando to play in a friend's beach volleyball tournament before returning home to practice.
The former local indoor high school and college standouts, who now live in beach volleyball heaven California, have come home to play in this weekend's AVP season opener Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open on the same Fort Lauderdale beach courts they grew up on.
Roumain, whose parents live in Davie, returns to the AVP after a year's absence. He turned 30 on Tuesday and said he is "100 percent healthy" after sitting out the 2005 season with a career-threatening back injury.
After two early-career knee operations and shoulder surgery, the 2000 Olympian and 2004 AVP Rookie of the Year was determined to get healthy. He rehabbed and got back into shape by surfing in El Salvador and biking near his Calabasas, Calif. home
"I just recycled the body I had," Roumain said. "My body needed a rest. I laid around and let myself go, got close to 300 pounds and healed. I needed the time off. When you take that much time off you do realize it is just a game, but I did miss it.
"I'm just happy to be healthy and to be able to compete again and to be with my family. I know a lot of people down here and hopefully they will give me support and provide a few heckles, I'm sure."
The last time Roumain, a former Douglas and St. Thomas Aquinas player, competed in Fort Lauderdale, he and his partner, Jason Ring of Bend, Ore., made it to the semifinals of the AVP opener. He hadn't even met his niece. His sister, Gina, was nine months pregnant "and about to give birth any minute."
Roumain, at 6 feet 7 and 260 pounds, and Ring, with a 47-inch vertical leap, will be a formidable team to beat. In 2004, they had eight top-five finishes and Huntington Beach Open title in just 11 events.
"Your expectations are always high when you play a tournament -- the goal is always to win," Roumain said. "I just want to see how I can compete and go from there.
"I am not focused on the competition as much as I am myself and what I need to do. I have my confidence back for practice. Now I need to get my competitiveness back."
Lucena, 26, a former Western standout, made his way to the AVP tour the hard way -- through qualifiers.
After graduating from Florida State, he started playing full-time.
Lucena will play with new partner Mark Williams, an Olympian from Australia.

Herbalife Signs Volleyball Pro Sean Scott To Season Sponsorship
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 30, 2006--Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) announced the signing of volleyball professional Sean Scott to its roster of sponsored volleyball athletes.
Former Olympic bronze medallist Elaine Youngs and her partner Rachel Wacholder are also sponsored by Herbalife. The players will be featured in various promotions for Herbalife and its Liftoff(TM) brand, which is the Official Energy Drink of the AVP Volleyball Tour through 2007.
Scott, 32, considers himself one of the shorter players at 6 feet 5 inches. He began playing volleyball at 15 and continued to play while attending the University of Hawaii. A native of Kailua, Hawaii, Scott was awarded the AVP Most Improved Player 2005. He won his first Tour title in 2004 at the Tempe Open with partner Todd Rogers. The duo also won the "Best of the Beach" in Honolulu in 2005.
Herbalife continues its multi-year sponsorship as nutritional advisor of the AVP Tour which kicks off March 31st in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., followed by tournaments in Tempe, Ariz., several locations in Calif., Brooklyn, N.Y., Boulder, Colo., Las Vegas, Nev., and Lake Tahoe, Nev. The AVP Tour is a national touring series that features more than 150 of the nation's top male and female professional beach volleyball players. Herbalife will have a presence at all Tour events with guaranteed rotational signage and static center court banners. Herbalife will also receive commercial units during AVP broadcasts on NBC and Fox Sports Net. Additionally, Herbalife independent distributors will sample several of the company's brands at all events.
"Sean is a great athlete whose personality brings the Liftoff(TM) and Herbalife brands to life for the health-minded audience the sport attracts," said Greg Probert, Herbalife's president and chief operating officer. "Through Sean, Elaine and Rachel we are able to reach out to a new audience who might not otherwise be introduced to our brand."
In June 2005, Herbalife and the AVP announced a multi-million dollar sponsorship through the 2007 season. The agreement was extended the following August making Herbalife the "Official Health and Wellness Partner" as well as the "Official Nutritional Advisor" of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
About Herbalife
Herbalife is a global network marketing company that sells weight-management, nutritional supplements and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in 62 countries (including Costa Rica which opens April 25, 2006) through a network of more than one million independent distributors. More information can be found at www.herbalife.com.

AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open Preview
Courtesy Of AVP

The 2006 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour gets underway this week, and the hottest place in Ft. Lauderdale's South Beach Park will be the tournament board. Fans, refs, and maybe the players themselves will need to frequently consult the tournament board to keep straight all the changes that have occurred going into this season. Since last season ended almost five months ago, there have been partner changes, name changes, different sponsors, a new television network, and an additional half a million dollars in prize money.

The AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open marks the initial event on the schedule for the fourth straight year. If tournament entries are any indication, this year is poised to be the biggest in history. A combined total of 197 teams signed up to play, equaling the record total that played in Hermosa Beach last year. The 119 men's teams to participate will set a new mark, but one that might not last too long.

The men's field is littered with partner changes, as only Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings stuck together from last year's top 10 ranked teams. Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger, who won last year's event in Florida to jump start their four-win season, the most of any men's teams last year, have gone their separate ways. A team from Florida, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, claimed its first career title in 2005, and this year decided to face each other across the net. Also splitting was the team with the most momentum, as Todd Rogers and Sean Scott had won the final three tournaments of 2005, marking the most consecutive wins by any team in three years.

Of the 119 men's teams, 75 are playing together for the first time ever. On top of that, a pair of notable teams is reuniting; Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana will try to revive the magic that helped the win the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal while Jason Ring and George Roumain will again pair up as one of the most physically dominant teams. This means that by Saturday, Tournament Director Matt Gage will need to put Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger in the top spot on the bracket board, and Dax Holdren and Sean Scott as the number two seeds. The referees will need to correctly fill out the score-sheet with Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal on one side and Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers on the other side. Karch Kiraly and Larry Witt will have to roll off the tongue of Chris "Geeter" McGee, the AVP Tour announcer, as will the pairing of John Hyden and Jeff Nygaard. The P.R. people will have to remember that Nick Lucena is playing with Mark Williams, while for the first time the Wong brothers, Scott and Kevin, will team together.

The women had fewer shakeups from last season, but perhaps kept pace with the men in terms of confusion with a number of name changes and players returning from absences. Plus, in terms of percentages, even more women's teams are playing for the first time in their current partnerships, as 52 of the 78 tandems are making their debut on the court. The biggest news was that Jennifer Kessy and Holly McPeak, the third-ranked team in 2005, went their separate ways. McPeak, the all-time wins leader with 72 titles, chose last year's Rookie of the Year, Nicole Branagh, as her partner for this season. Kessy, who married fellow pro beach volleyball player Aaron Boss in the off-season and is now Jennifer Boss elected to play with veteran Nancy Mason. Three top players are back on the circuit after having babies last year. The duo of Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan will try to repeat, if not improve on, their performance in 2002 when they also returned from pregnancies. That season they showed no repercussions of taking a year off, advancing to the semifinals in each of the seven events while winning twice. Barbra Fontana is also returning from having her second child, and will be playing for the first time with Carrie (Busch) Dodd.

The top-seeded team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh can consider this a bit of a homecoming given that May-Treanor lives part of the year in Coral Springs, Florida. Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs, seeded second, have already gotten the chance to experience tough competition this year. Last month the two players traveled to Rio de Janeiro for an exhibition match pitting the U.S. against Brazil, and the Americans won in three games. Those two teams hope those intangibles will be enough to preserve the streak of 41 consecutive team tournaments on the AVP Tour that have been won by either the first or second seeds. One has to go all the way back to August 2001 for the last time that a team seeded lower than that won an AVP event.

People who have been fans of the AVP for more than 10 years will recognize the title sponsor of this event, as Cuervo makes its return to the beach scene. One of beach volleyball's first corporate sponsors, this is the first of three tournaments that comprise the Cuervo Gold Crown. With the highest first-place prize money this season, these tournaments offer even more incentive for players to take the title.

In this season-opening tournament, history has shown that on the women's side, beginning the year with a win bodes well for a team. Since 2001, the team that won the opener went on to win the most events of any team during the year, and all but once finished as the top-ranked team. Here is a look at how teams who have won the previous season openers fared that year:

2001 - Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak, finished season ranked first (tied), only win (tied for most on the tour) but were in three finals (most of any team)

2002 - McPeak and Elaine Youngs, finished season ranked first, won five events (most)

2003 - Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, finished season ranked first, won eight events (most)

2004 - May-Treanor and Walsh, finished season ranked second, won seven events (most)

2005 - May-Treanor and Walsh, finished season ranked first, won 10 events (most)

The results of the men's teams who win the first event of the year are more sporadic. Only twice in the last five years has the team who won to start the year ended the season with the most victories on the Tour. Twice in that span the top-seeded team won, but they ended up finishing the year ranked seventh and eighth.

Fuerbringer and Jennings, the sixth seeds in this year's tournament, should not despair if they should lose a match before the semifinals. The last two years in Ft. Lauderdale the men's winner has been not only seeded sixth, but has come through the contender's bracket to take the title. Here's a look at how the past five men's teams who have won season openers did the rest of that year:

2001 - Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers, finished season ranked seventh, only win (in three events as they played mostly FIVB)

2002 - Eric Fonoimoana and Holdren, finished season ranked first, won four events (most of anyone on the Tour and the only one to win multiple times)

2003 - Fonoimoana and Holdren, finished season ranked eighth, was their only win as they split after six events

2004 - Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt, finished season ranked third, was their only win

2005 - Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger, finished season ranked first, won four events (most)

Due to the partnership changes, a new men's team will win in Ft. Lauderdale for the fourth consecutive season. Meanwhile Gold Medalists May-Treanor and Walsh will try to win their fourth consecutive season opener. Walsh will be playing her first tournament since marrying Jennings, and the newlyweds will vie to join Mike and Patty Dodd as married couples who won pro beach titles on the same weekend.

Regardless of whether you are attending the tournament in person or following along via the web or on Fox Sports Net, you'll want to have a bracket and entry list handy to keep all the teams straight. Gage, Geeter and the refs will be doing it!

AVP ANNALS

Ft. Lauderdale was the site of some significant wins for some prominent players. In 1990, Karch Kiraly won with Kent Steffes in what was their second tournament playing together. The win was the first ever for this team, which would go on to produce 75 wins. The 1991 event was won by Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, who notched his 100th career victory. In 2003, the tandem of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh made their AVP debut, winning the Ft. Lauderdale Open en route to completing a perfect season with a 39-0 match record.

AVP's Opening Weekend Kick Starts Great Week in Sports
By Ryan Casey
March 30, 2006
The next few days will be busy ones for the May-Treanor household. While Misty gears up for the AVP's Opening Weekend in the Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open at South Beach Park in Florida, her husband, Matt, is slated to catch for the MLB's Florida Marlins.
Misty and her longtime partner, Kerri Walsh, will look to capture the Fort Lauderdale Open, which begins Friday and runs through Sunday, for the fourth straight year. And the new-look men's side will undoubtedly kick off in exciting fashion as nine of the top ten men's pairs have split, meaning anything can happen.
April 1 will officially mark Misty and Kerri taking to the sand for the first time in 2006, as they will battle a surviving team from Friday's AVP Qualifier. Following a full day of action on the beach, tip-off on the hardwood continues what promises to be a very exciting week in the wide world of sports. The 67th men's Final Four in Indianapolis will get underway, with No. 2 seed UCLA taking on No. 4 LSU, and surprising 11th-seeded George Mason gearing up for No. 3 seed Florida.
A day later, Sunday April 2, the action continues on the beach as AVP Legend Karch Kiraly shoots for his 149th career title alongside new partner Larry Witt. Karch and Larry must first defeat some new teams including Stein Metzger / Mike Lambert, Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal, Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana, Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser and Sean Scott / Dax Holdren to earn the Fort Lauderdale title.
Following the AVP action will be the start of the 25th women's Final Four in Boston, with No. 2-seeded Maryland facing top-seeded North Carolina, and No. 1 LSU taking on top-seeded Duke.
Though Misty's husband Matt Treanor does not start his season until April 3 in Houston, Major League Baseball's season officially kicks off on Sunday when the defending World Series Champion Chicago White Sox host the Cleveland Indians on the league's 131st Opening Day.
A day after the AVP Trophies are raised above the sand on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, the wonderful week of sports will continue. On Monday, the nets will come down in Indianapolis as a new champion will be crowned in men's NCAA tournament. On Tuesday, the NCAA Women's Champs will cut down their nets. And on Thursday, Tiger Woods will return to Augusta to defend his green jacket at the 70th annual Masters Tournament.
One thing is for sure, from the AVP's Opening Weekend to the Masters' final round, the next week in the wide world of sports promises to keep fans busier than any other week in 2006.

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Kicks Off 2006 AVP Season
March 31, 2006
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. Mar. 31, 2006 - The main draw of the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Ft. Lauderdale Open begins Saturday, April 1 and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST at South Beach Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will play 32nd seed Sarah Dukes and Elsa Binder in the first match of the main draw on Stadium Court on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The 2004 Olympic gold medalists enter the first tournament of the 2006 AVP Tour coming of a victorious 2005 season, winning 10 of 13 team events and claiming the AVP Championship Series title. Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder enter the season ranked second and will look to challenge May-Treanor and Walsh as the top team on the Tour. Olympians Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan are returning to the Tour after a one-year hiatus. The duo ranked third on the Tour in 2004.
Sarah Dukes and Elsa Binder qualified for the main draw of the tournament in just their first AVP pro beach volleyball event. Dukes is a 2003 alumna of Stanford University, the same alma mater as her opponent Walsh, who graduated in 1999.
2004 AVP MVP Mike Lambert and Olympian Stein Metzger, the top seed of the men's draw, will face no. 32 seed Jim Van Zwieten and Mark Van Zwieten, on feature court one at 8:30 a.m. Like many of the new men's pairings on the AVP Tour, the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Ft. Lauderdale Open will be the first time playing together for the new duo. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly will partner with Larry Witt and will look for his 149th career win. 2000 Olympic gold medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana will reunite Saturday. The duo has not played together on the AVP Tour since 2001.
Main draw competition will take place on Saturday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. Main draw competition and the men's and women's final are on Sunday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Ft. Lauderdale Open are available by logging onto www.avp.com.
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

Gold Medalists to Highlight Sunday's Play at Cuervo Gold Crown Ft. Lauderdale Open
April 1, 2006

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 1, 2006 - Top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger were dominant during Saturday play of the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Ft. Lauderdale Open. Lambert, the 2004 AVP MVP, and new partner, 2004 Olympian Metzger, defeated each of their three opponents in two games, advancing to Sunday play in the first event of the 2006 AVP season.

Newly reunited partners and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana also had a strong finish Saturday. Blanton and Fonoimoana, the No. 13 seed defeated No. 4 seed Karch Kiraly and Larry Witt, 21-18, 21-18, and No. 5 seed Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings, 21-18, 21-16. Blanton and Fonoimoana will face Lambert and Metzger in their first match Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The winner will advance to the men's semifinals. Kiraly and Witt will play at 8:30 a.m. Sunday against No. 11 seed Jason Ring and George Roumain.

On the women's side, top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh breezed through their first three matches of the tournament, winning all three of their matches in two games. The duo and top-seeded women's team will play Sunday at 8:30 a.m. against No. 20 seed Michelle More and Suzanne Stonebarger. The winner of that match will advance to the women's semifinal.

No. 2 seed Elaine Youngs and Racher Wacholder will play Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The duo won each of their matches Saturday and defeated No. 7 Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh in their third and final match of the day. Youngs and Wacholder split the first two games with McPeak and Branagh, but dominated in the third game to win the match, 21-18, 29-31, 15-10. Youngs and Wacholder will face No. 3 seed Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in their first match Sunday. McPeak and Branagh forfeited their match after they played Youngs and Walcholder. Branagh, the 2005 AVP Rookie of the Year, could not compete as she was cramping. The tandem finished the tournament in 9th place.

Main draw competition continues Sunday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. EST. The men's final starts at 2:30 p.m. and the women's final begins at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Ft. Lauderdale Open are available by logging onto www.avp.com.

About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh continue winning ways in Fort Lauderdale
April 2, 2006
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 2, 2006 - Top seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won the first ever women's finals of the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Ft. Lauderdale Open. May-Treanor and Walsh rebounded from a first game loss to defeat No. 8 seed Nancy Mason and Jen Kessy-Boss, 19-21, 21-19, 15-9. May-Treanor and Walsh take home $50,000 with the win, the most ever for a women's team domestically.
"We're starting the year at a high point," May-Treanor said. "Everybody is gunning for us so we wanted to do well in the first tournament of the year."
This was the duo's first win of the season and the first time the 2004 Olympic gold medalists have faced Mason and Kessy-Boss in the finals of an AVP tournament. May-Treanor and Walsh entered the finals after defeating No. 2 seed Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder in the semifinal, 25-27, 21-17, 15-12. Mason and Kessy-Boss defeated No. 3 seed Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in the other women's semifinal, 18-21, 21-19, 15-13.
On the men's side, No. 2 seed Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal swept No. 1 seed Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger to win the men's final. The 2005 AVP MVP Gibb and new partner Rosenthal beat Lambert and Metzger, 27-25, 21-16. A No.1 and No. 2 seeded men's team has not faced each other in a final since the Santa Barbara Open in 2004.
The win in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is the first team win for Gibb and Rosenthal. While Gibb and Rosenthal are new partners for the 2006 season, they played together once before at the 2005 AVP Las Vegas Shootout, a round-robin individual event. Gibb and Rosenthal lost to Lambert and Metzger in the final of the Shootout and Lambert won the men's individual title.
"I have wanted my shot at them since Vegas," Rosenthal said. "I wanted to play them in this tournament and get another chance against them. This time the outcome was different."
Gibb and Rosenthal entered the finals after defeating No. 13 seed and 2000 Olympic gold medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana in the semifinals, 21-18, 21-13. In the other semifinal, Lambert and Metzger defeated No. 3 seed Dax Holdren and Sean Scott, 18-21, 21-19, 15-13. A No.1 and No. 2 seeded men's team has not faced each other in a final since the Santa Barbara Open in 2004.
This was the first event of the 2006 AVP Tour and the first of three Cuervo Gold Crown events. The Cuervo Gold Crown is comprised of three AVP beach volleyball tournaments this season that offer more first-place prize money than every other tournament on the AVP Tour. The Tour continues at the AVP Tempe Open presented by Bud Light, May 5-7.

Brazilian Domestic Tour Continues, Americans Open 2006 Beach Volleyball Season 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons 

Some of the world’s best Beach Volleyball players were in action this past weekend at sites in Brazil and the United States with one reigning SWATCH-FIVB World Champion winning an American women’s domestic title with another being upset in the Brazilian men’s final.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh opened their 2006 United States domestic season by defeating Jen Kessy Boss and Nancy Mason 19-21, 21-19 and 15-9 in Sunday’s final in Fort Lauderdale as the pair won their 27th title in 33 domestic starts. "We're starting the year at a high point," said May-Treanor after the match. "Everybody is gunning for us, so we wanted to do well in the first tournament of the year."
The two-time SWATCH-FIVB World Champions and Athens 2004 Olympic gold medalists, May-Treanor and Walsh won six-straight matches on the South Florida sand, including a 25-27, 21-17 and 15-12 victory over second-seeded Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs.
Kessy Boss and Mason, who finished the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour with a fourth and three fifth-place finishes, advanced to the finals with a 10-21, 21-16 and 16-14 victory over Olympians Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, who missed the 2005 season due to childbirth.
Alex Acco and Hevaldo Moreira became a two-time winner on the Brazilian men’s tour by upsetting Macio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes15-18, 18-12 and 15-10 in the Porto Alegre. Alex and Hevaldo won last month when Curitiba hosted the second stop of the season.
"Except for the semi-finals, all our matches this week were three-setters,” said Hevaldo, who had never played in a semi-final before this season. “I was very tired in the final. Today’s victory is very important since it proved that our win last month in Curitiba was not a fluke," said Hevaldo.
Marcio Araujo and Fabio, who won the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships last June in Berlin, were placing second for the second-straight domestic event after losing the Guarulhos title two weeks ago to Athens Olympic champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos (19-17, 18-16). Emanuel and Ricardo were eliminated Saturday after losing to Benjamin Insfran and Harley Marques (18-16, 18-15).
The third-ranked team on the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour behind Emanuel/Ricardo and Marcio Araujo/Fabio, Benjamin and Harley claimed third-place Sunday with an 18-13 and 18-8 win over Lula Barbosa and Adriano Garrido. Alex and Hevaldo defeated Benjamin and Harley 24-22 and 18-15 in the semifinals after Marcio Araujo and Fabio posted an 18-13 and 18-9 win over Lula and Adriano.
Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, the 2005 women’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour point’s champions, won their third-straight Brazilian women’s domestic stop by defeating Renata Ribeiro and Talita Antunes 18-12 and 19-17 Sunday. Renta and Talita upset Juliana and Larissa in February’s season opener (16-18, 18-14 and 15-13) to capture Joinville title.
“With this title, we have already improved our results in comparison with the first four stages last year," remembered Juliana as she and Larissa won twice in the first four events in 2005. "All athletes work hard about victories. Our merit is to always look forward more and more,” added Larissa.
Agatha Bednarczuk and Shaylyn Bede, who dropped a 16-18, 18-16 and 26-24 semi-final decision to Juliana and Larissa, placed third with a 19-17 and 18-4 win over the Salgado sisters (Carolina and Maria). Renata and Talita posted a 20-22, 18-16 and 15-8 semifinal with over the Salgado.
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal upset top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger 25-23 and 21-16 to win the first men’s domestic event on the 2006 American tour. Gibb and Metzger were the top men’s team on the 2005 American tour and ranked 11th internationally last season. Gibb was also the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour co-Rookie-of-the-Year with Matteo Varnier of Italy.
Gibb and Rosenthal scored a 21-18 and 21-13 semi-final win over Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana after Lambert and Metzger eliminated Dax Holdren and Sean Scott 18-21, 21-19 and 15-13. The Fort Lauderdale title is the first Gibb/Rosenthal. However, the two teams met once last season at a round-robin individual event last year in Las Vegas. "I have wanted my shot at them since Vegas," Rosenthal said of their 21-18 and 21-18 setback to Lambert and Metzger. "I wanted to play them in this tournament and get another chance against them. This time the outcome was different."
Prior to the 2006 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour women’s season opener in Modena, Italy (Mayy 10-14), the Brazilian tour will feature events in Niterói (April 19-23) and Várzea Grande (May 5-7). The United States women will also compete May 5-7 in Tempe, Ariz., before traveling to Italy for the first SWATCH stop. The men’s SWATCH season opens in China when Shanghai hosts the first 2006 double gender event May 23-28.

AVP Brooklyn Open Presented by Cushman & Wakefield
April 4, 2006
BROOKLYN, NY - Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, in partnership with Atlantic Yards, and the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC: AVPI.OB), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, announced today that they are joining forces to bring the ultimate sports and entertainment experience to Brooklyn this summer for the AVP Brooklyn Open, presented by Cushman & Wakefield, August 17-20. The action will take place adjacent to the Coney Island Amusement Park along the famed boardwalk.
The announcement was made at a press conference on the boardwalk which was attended by Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President; Bruce Ratner, President and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies and principal owner of the Nets; Adrian Benepe, Parks & Recreation Commissioner; Ken Podziba, New York City Sports Commissioner; Brett Yormark, CEO of Nets Sports & Entertainment; Joe Harbert, New York Metro Region Chief Operating Officer for Cushman & Wakefield; Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh, and AVP volleyball stars Holly McPeak and Dain Blanton; local elected officials; the Nets Drumline, the Nets Dancers and volleyball players from Coney Island's Lincoln High School. The emcee for the press conference was Marv Albert, the legendary Nets broadcaster.
The AVP Brooklyn Open, in partnership with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York City Sports Commission, marks the first time the AVP will hold a tournament in New York City. It also features a promoter partnership with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which will be responsible for selling all local sponsorships, tickets, hospitality and concessions for the tournament.
More than 150 of the top professional beach volleyball athletes will compete in the tournament which will be televised live on NBC Sports. The AVP Brooklyn Open will kick off with a qualifier on Thursday, August 17 and continue through the weekend with the men's and women's finals on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20. The AVP will construct a temporary 4,000-seat stadium, as well as 12 outer courts that will offer general admission seating.
"We are thrilled to welcome the AVP Brooklyn Open and the world's premier beach volleyball players to Coney Island," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "The AVP Brooklyn Open will showcase the renovations taking place in Coney Island as part of the $83.2 million redevelopment plan that will transform Coney Island into a year-round visitor destination. New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the nation's fastest-growing sports while soaking up the natural waterfront beauty of Coney Island. I can think of no better way to spend a summer weekend in New York City than enjoying a Nathan's hot dog, taking a stroll on the boardwalk and then being treated to exciting volleyball action on the beach."
"We are thrilled to bring the excitement of AVP to New York," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "Brooklyn is a great market with some of the most loyal and enthusiastic sports fans and we look forward to introducing AVP, its fans and its sponsors to this high-energy sports environment. The involvement of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment in the promotion of this event is very significant for AVP as we see their desire to participate as a great proof point to the growing popularity of beach volleyball and the success of AVP. Our organizations will both be working hard to make sure that this is one of the premiere stops on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour."
"It is incredibly exciting for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment to be teaming with the AVP to bring the thrill of volleyball to one of the most celebrated spots in Brooklyn," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Nets Sports & Entertainment. "We will strive to make this tournament an historic event for the borough and to put on a great show for current and future volleyball fans on the beach. This is also an important opportunity for Brooklyn to be showcased on NBC in a significant way."
Said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz: "Beach volleyball may have had its origins on the west coast, and its Olympic premiere in Atlanta, but with an AVP tournament coming to Coney Island, the sport's hit the big time -- Brooklyn, USA!"
"Cushman & Wakefield is excited about sponsoring the AVP and helping to bring this world-class sport to New York and, especially to Brooklyn," said Bruce Mosler, president and chief executive officer of Cushman & Wakefield. "As a global real estate services firm founded in New York City in 1917, we see AVP's being here as another indication of our belief that Brooklyn's development is increasingly dynamic, making it one of the greatest places to live, work and play anywhere."
"Coney Island is synonymous with summer sports and recreation here in New York City," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "We are thrilled to be able to host such a celebrated event in one of our landmark locations by teaming up with the AVP. This summer's tournament will offer New Yorkers the ultimate Coney Island beach experience and mark the union of the hottest, most contemporary summer sports and one of the country's oldest, most beloved public beaches."
"We are thrilled to welcome the AVP Tour to Coney Island and thank Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment for their efforts to bring this spectacular event to Brooklyn," said NYC Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba. "There is no better place to showcase the world's finest beach volleyball players than on the world's greatest stage--New York City."
Tickets for the five ticketed sessions will be available for purchase beginning today on Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171 or at www.brooklynavp.com.
Following today's press conference, the four players, Misty May, Kerri Walsh, Holly McPeak and Dain Blanton, this afternoon will attend the unveiling of a giant-size AVP Brooklyn Open billboard that will be draped alongside a building on 42st Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. Later this evening, the players will attend the Nets-Atlanta Hawks game at the Continental Airlines Arena. Click here to see the billboard.
To date, local sponsors that have committed to the AVP Brooklyn Open include New York Sports Clubs, ANM Funding and Apple Bottoms Jeans.
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP staged 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

Stonebarger and More Begin AVP Season With Career Best
By Ken and Nina Delgado
Posted April 07, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA -   It is easy to take notice of Suzanne Stonebarger and Michelle More for their beauty alone, as their appearance in the 2006 AVP Calendar clearly shows.  Now their on the court results are attracting attention that is equally warranted.  Suzanne and Michelle have come a long way since they first hit the beach together in 2004. 
"Our first season we came out we didn't train at all since we didn't know what we were doing at all on the beach then," said More. "A few gracious people came into our lives and helped us."
One of these people is Danalee Corso, who is coaching Michelle and Suzanne.
"Danalee has been awesome. She's taught us so many things," said More. "We were total indoor, neither one of us had played beach ever until we came out and tried to play. Danalee has been a great role model, a great coach and teacher."
"And we got a taste of confidence, by our main sponsor who invested time and money into us as well- Op [Ocean Pacific]," said Stonebarger. "That kind of boosted our confidence to train extra hard in the off-season and to work with Danalee."
Back in 2004 they rarely made it out of the qualifier into the main draw as they were learning the skills needed to compete on the AVP. Last season they made significant strides and regularly played in the main draw.  They moved up 20 places in the team rankings and 32 places in the individual rankings by the end of the 2005 season.   Suzanne and Michelle had a season and career best 9th place at Austin in 2005, but 13th or 17th was a more typical result and they were still playing in the qualifier at the next to last open tournament at Boulder.  Not too bad, but certainly not anything that would foretell their hot start to begin the 2006 season.    
At Ft. Lauderdale last week they came out strong and had a surprising career-best 5th place finish. Even Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh took note of Stonebarger and More. 
"They had a fantastic tournament this weekend," said May-Treanor. "We ended up playing them this morning and they beat some very good teams."
However, though it may have been surprising to many people, the result was exactly what Suzanne and Michelle were striving for and was the payoff for a lot of hard work they put in during the off-season.
"We had high expectations," said Stonebarger. "We were hoping for seventh or better and we reached fifth."  More added, "we exceeded our expectations, which is always good."
"We've been training really hard," said More. "We've been going to the gym, lifting and so it's being like a true professional athlete should be."
"Danalee has an off-season training program that's really helpful and includes plyometrics and lifting and then a lot of beach volleyball, and sand foot work," said Stonebarger.
"And we're not going out as much as we used to," said Stonebarger.  [Laughter]
With their great results at Fort Lauderdale as a sign of more good things to come, we're sure to see a lot more of Michelle and Suzanne on Sundays this AVP season.

'Feisty' Boss/Mason duo off to a great start
By Ryan Casey
April 7, 2006
Nancy Mason and Jen Boss made a statement in Fort Lauderdale that they will be one of the teams to keep an eye on in 2006. The duo, which made their AVP debut at the Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open April 1 and 2, pushed the Olympic Gold Medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh to three games in the finals. Boss and Mason had their work cut out for them to reach the finals after a Saturday morning setback in the second round. That loss forced them to play a total of five matches on Saturday, then another four on Sunday, with six of their matches against teams seeded 10th or better. As the eighth seed entering the tournament, Boss/Mason became the lowest seeded women's team to play in an AVP finals since 2003. See how the duo came together below:
"Nowadays, it's harder for the medium sized players to match-up with teams with the likes of EY (Elaine Youngs), (Kerri) Walsh, (Jen) Boss, etc." - Nancy Mason, May 25, 2005. The Player's Corner.
The newly formed Women's partnership between Nancy Mason and Jen Boss isn't without the ultimate sense of irony, as evidenced by Mason's discussion of difficult match-ups on the tour last season.
So is it safe to say Mason's pleased with her new partner?
"Anytime you can be on the same side of the court with someone that you feel was a tough match-up, or that you have a lot of respect for, is great," the Redondo Beach resident says now.
For the 35-year-old Mason, who played with five different partners on the AVP last season - ranging from long-time partner Carrie Busch to Dianne DeNecochea and Jennifer Meredith - the knowledge that she won't have to change partners every weekend is comforting.
"It's not the easiest thing in the world," Mason says of playing with a range of partners throughout a season, but adds that, "it gave me a great chance to really focus on myself and the things I needed to work on and the things I needed to change."
As far as the partnership itself between Mason and Boss goes, both insist it was something a long time in the works.
"We've known for years that we would probably end up playing together at some point," says the 28-year-old Boss, who resides in San Clemente, "just because I think we know the type of players that we are and we knew that we would probably mesh well together."
"We're similar type players I think in terms of our attitudes towards how we approach the game," Mason adds. "We're on the same page in most of the things that we do, in most of the ways that we approach it, so that helps."
That style of play - dubbed "feistiness" by Boss, who competed last season with Holly McPeak - is something the duo hopes to use to their advantage in 2006.
"We're both kind of feisty, fiery players. It's an attitude both of us have," Boss says. "So when we played each other, it was like butting heads, which is fun. Now we're playing together, we're just trying to combine that feistiness and maybe make other people a little bit more uncomfortable."
Last season, Mason made it no secret that her split with Busch had a lot to do with size, as both players stood less than six feet tall, saying they were having difficulty matching up with teams whose size gave them an advantage both blocking and hitting.
"I'm very lucky to be playing with Jen, she's a great player, and she's a great person," Mason says of the 6-foot tall Boss, who finished third in the AVP with 176 blocks last season, "but physically, in terms of her being a big girl out there, she's got a lot of the skills that some of the medium range girls have, which makes her even that much harder to match up with."
The partnership got a jump-start last season in FIVB play, when the two played in four tournaments together, going 21-8 in matches, outscoring opponents 1,214-1,071, and never finishing below fifth place.
"It's great because we know we can do well," Boss says when asked how their experiences together late last year will help them in during the 2006 AVP season. "Those tournaments, they're actually pretty long, they're like four-to-five days long, so I feel like we've played like 10 tournaments together."
"It's good to know already how we are in a competitive situation, so there won't be any surprises or things that we were unaware of," Mason said. "We've got that handled."
As a major influence on a partnership, chemistry - and whether or not it develops between the duo - is an essential factor in how the Boss/Mason season will play out.
"It's important when you travel so much, and you're on the road a lot and you have back-to-back weekends where there's not a lot of time to dissect what's going on," Mason says. "Being on the same page is pretty important."
"I really think it's pretty important, on all the little plays," Boss adds. "You could be the two best players in the world, and if you don't have good chemistry, if you don't enjoy playing with each other, and you don't feed off each other, then you not a very exciting team to watch."
Suffice to say, both Kessy and Mason believe the four FIVB tournaments last year planted a seed for that chemistry to be in full bloom this season.
Just like any other tandem on tour, this partnership has its sights set firmly on success.
"I'm really excited," Boss says of the approaching season. "Every weekend we're going out there to win it."
"We want to win tournaments, we want to be there on Sunday in the finals," Mason adds. "As long as we feel like we can take care of our side of the court, then good things will happen."




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Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal heat up the sand with new partnership
By Matt Zuvela
April 11, 2006
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal kick started their partnership with a victory in the Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open. The duo came from behind to edge Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger in the first game, 25-23, then cruised to a 21-16 game two win. That win was just like their previous five in this season-opening tournament; it was a sweep. Since the start of 2002 there have been only two teams able to sweep every opponent en route to the title, with the other one being Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong in Huntington Beach in 2004.
In the midst of several partner swaps during the off-season, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal will be one of the new teams to watch on the 2006 AVP tour. In a move that surprised many in the volleyball community, Stein Metzger opted not to continue playing with Gibb after their successful season in 2005. Metzger and Gibb won four events, the most out of any men's team last season, and Gibb went on to take the 2005 AVP Most Valuable Player award.
When Gibb realized he needed to find a new partner, his mind drifted to the 2005 Las Vegas Shootout where individual players team up with several partners to determine the best of the beach. He teamed up with Rosenthal in the finals against Metzger and his new partner Mike Lambert, and although they didn't win the match, Gibb and Rosenthal felt a strong connection on the court.
"I liked the feel I got with him," Gibb said of their match in Vegas. "I liked his court energy, which is a huge thing for me"
Rosenthal, known as 'Rosie' on the tour, was without a partner at the end of last season as well, and despite the fact that he enjoyed playing with Gibb in Vegas he never thought he would actually get the chance to be partnered up with him.
"I didn't know if Stein and Jake were going to leave each other," Rosie said. "They had a great season last year and I really was not expecting them to split up."
When Gibb realized he would need a new partner for 2006, he went straight to Rosie.
"Once they split up," Rosie said, "he gave me a call and said 'Partner!' There was no doubt in my mind."
Making their partnership even more intriguing are the varied backgrounds Gibb and Rosie have as volleyball players. Gibb grew up in Bountiful, Utah and didn't start playing volleyball until after he graduated from the University of Utah, where he played golf and basketball. Rosie was quite the opposite. He was raised in Redondo Beach, California, where he started playing on the beach when he was 14 and qualified for the Manhattan Open when he was 16. Although Gibb and Rosie found their way to beach volleyball on different paths, both are looking forward to playing with each other this year.
"My strong point was never my blocking," Rosie said. "Last year I split with Larry [Witt] - he blocked half and I blocked half. This year I get to totally focus on defense, and [Gibb] is one of the best blockers on the tour. I think we're going to compliment each other really well."
Rosie is one of the fittest athletes on the AVP tour, something Gibb is looking forward to having on his side of the net this season.
"He's maybe the most athletic volleyball player in the world," Gibb said. "I'm just excited to be able to compete with him and see what he's capable of."
Another benefit for Gibb will be the crowd support he will get from Rosie's devoted fan base, Rosie's Raiders.' The Raiders are a staple at Rosie's matches on the AVP tour and are famous for making Rosie's opponents sweat.
"That never hurts," Gibb said. "You have a built in heckling crowd."
It may have been a lucky roll of the dice that brought Gibb and Rosenthal together for the first time last season in Las Vegas, but the new teammates will only have to rely on themselves to beat the house in 2006. With Rosie's Raiders providing lots of background noise for two of the best players on the AVP tour, their partnership is going to be a safe bet.

Geeter: Worming His Way to the Top
By Amy Kaufman
April 13, 2006
"This guy," Chris 'Geeter' McGee says, pointing towards a smiling 8th grader, "this guy just made the school's All Star team."
"Don't be too excited, buddy!" McGee chuckles, patting his student on the back.
Geeter is seated in the lounge of the Wildwood School in West Los Angeles, the small Charter school at which he has run the school's athletic program for the past ten years. Dressed in a red warm-up tee and sneakers, Geeter exudes an almost classic 'Sports Coach' aura. While speaking, McGee will often pause to intermittedly offer a student a high five or remind another to bring an extra pair of cleats to practice. One can easily imagine him on the sidelines at Sports Shack, the girls volleyball team he brought to the National Championships this past year, offering up endless enthusiasm for his one true love: the art of the sports game.
After all, Geeter defines enthusiasm. As the spokesperson and voice of AVP for the past 8 seasons, McGee and his unique personality have become synonymous with the pro beach volleyball tour. As a child growing up in California's San Fernando Valley, McGee's passion for sports was evident from an early age.
"When I was a little kid, I would always play games in my backyard. Basketball. Baseball. Football. I used to keep scores to the games and announce them to myself as I was playing. I thought no one was watching, but apparently the whole neighborhood was in on my little secret," he laughs, recalling the antics.
Chris later went on to become a volleyball player himself while attending the California State University at Northridge. The team, Geeter says, became its own sort of fraternity.
"At Northridge it was athlete first, athlete second, student third," McGee admits. He ranks his team experience playing in 1993's Final Four game as one of the most 'phenomenal' moments of his life.
It was at Northridge that Geeter began his connections not only to volleyball but to the AVP as well, through fellow teammate Matt Unger. When Unger became involved with AVP's tour, the player discovered that the tournament was in need of an announcer and suggested McGee for the job.
"I guess I was known as the funny guy. People saw me as an outgoing type, someone with a personality," Geeter says. After sidelining with former announcers Sam Laguna and Jim Arico, Geeter was asked to become AVP's primary announcer.
"That was 8 years ago. I haven't stopped since."
Indeed Geeter barely ever stops -- he possesses a sense of tireless energy which, to any onlooker, seems almost an impossibility to muster. During the tour's notoriously long 10-hour days, McGee can be found center court, red-faced under the beating sun, commentating on the games and revving up the crowd. And not only can Chris do a mean 'Worm,' but he can even get an entire audience (once including USC Trojan Football quarterback Matt Leinart) to participate in 'the Wave.' Twice.
"A sense of humor is everything. I can't let my personal life affect my job. I mean, I'm up there 10 hours a day on the stage with no breaks. It can be gnarly. You're gonna be down sometimes, you're gonna be tired, or it's gonna be hot out -- but you have to make it fun."
Geeter is a master at not only controlling but sensing the crowd's vibe. His mantra: You have to know your audience, and then you have to know your city.
"Some things work in certain cities and some things don't," Geeter insists. "This year, Birmingham, Alabama will certainly give off a different vibe than Hermosa Beach. Different people have different passions for sports different outlooks."
So where does he come up with his seemingly endless, impromptu material? The answer eludes even Geeter himself.
"I can't prepare for a shtick. I mean, yeah, when I'm running on the beach or working out or driving, sometimes something will come me and I'm like, 'hey, I should use that!'" he laughs.
"And you try it out. But a lot of the preparation comes from just knowing the players well. They're my friends. I've been in their weddings; they've been in mine..."
Geeter says he has been fortunate enough to always have the players 'on his side.' Their support not only offers a sense of acceptance for McGee, but can also provide validation about his performance. Geeter credits much of his success to Leonard Armato, the owner of the AVP tour who knows how to get Chris 'fired up.' Armato has even called Geeter the greatest announcer in the sports world today.
"The players and the game come first. They are more important than I am. Entertainment comes second. I consider a tournament successful if an audience member can walk away from the court with something other than the game itself. If someone can walk away and say, 'hey, that was fun!' then I'm a part of that."
Geeter's favorite part of the AVP events ultimately include the time he's able to spend down on the sand, dialoguing with the crowd.
"20 minutes before finals and I'm down on the sand walking around I have the microphone and I'm just talking. About everything. Everything from this guy to that guy, making stuff up -- making fun of people, even! I heckle everybody." Despite his teasing, Geeter says he has formed good relationships with many members not only of the AVP family but AVP fanbase as well.
"People e-mail you all the time. People just want to be friends. It's all about the audience -- if they're not having fun, there's nothing there."
McGee has also become the host of Fox's 'Dig!' television program, a weekly show on which McGee interviews players and allows audience members a glimpse into the volleyball world. Additionally, Chris was recently featured on "CSI: Miami" alongside players Misty-May Treanor and Kerri Walsh.
"I even got my own little trailer!" Geeter smiles.
While his career continues to evolve, McGee says that for now, he's in love with his job.
"The AVP has given me an identity. I think it will be over for me when they need someone younger and fresher. But I think I still have a few good years in me," he jokes.
"When it's all said and done, I want to be remembered as the guy who brought his a-game every time. When it was show time and the lights were on and I needed to be at my best, I was. I want to be the guy who made everyone involved with beach volleyball, those who watch it or play it, have an experience that was a little bit better, a little bit more fun or more memorable. If I can be remembered as that guy, then I would I would say I'm a pretty lucky guy."

Determined duo snag men's crown
By Rhiannon Potkey, rpotkey@VenturaCountyStar.com
April 17, 2006
While many of his friends made plans to attend egg hunts and religious services, Chad Mowrey had only one destination in mind for his Easter celebration.
He wanted to be sprawling in the sand at San Buenaventura State Beach on Sunday afternoon playing for a title.
"My girlfriend is out of town and I can visit my brother's kids later," Mowrey said. "I didn't come here for anything else but to win this tournament."
Mowrey delivered on his proclamation, teaming with Anthony Mihalic to capture the men's championship with a 21-14, 21-17 victory over Jon Mesko and Billy Allen at the inaugural Ed Whipple Pierpont Open on the San Pedro Street beach volleyball courts.
A few hours earlier, Port Hueneme's Jill Changaris and Santa Barbara's Patti Cook captured the women's title with a 23-21, 21-8 victory over Tiffany Rodriguez and Clare Robertson.
The tournament was part of the AVPNext circuit — the developmental program of the Association of Volleyball Professionals. The winning teams received a $600 prize check and a wild card into the main draw of the AVP Santa Barbara Open on May 18.
"It's always nice to win and have no travel expenses," said Cook, 24, a Westmont College graduate. "Usually if you make $100 profit at the end of the season, you're doing pretty good. This will help."
Mowrey and Mihalic were out for revenge in the final. The Hermosa Beach duo had lost to Mesko and Allen in the previous two meetings, including a three-game setback Saturday in the opening rounds.
When they arrived home Saturday night, Mihalic's wife, Janet, couldn't resist the urge to taunt them about their winless streak, which stoked the competitive fire in Mowrey.
"I guarantee you we are not going to lose to them again," Mowrey told her. "It's not going to happen."
With Mowrey diving for digs and Mihalic ranging for blocks, the tandem managed a comfortable margin throughout the opening game and staged an early rally in the second game to walk off the sand with the title.
"We wanted to beat them really badly, which I think helps, and I think the pressure of the wild card final got to them," said Mihalic, a New Jersey native. "They may have been a little nervous. They played well, but we were just on fire."
The women's final was played in the morning so the teams could spend Easter with their families.
After a tight opening game, Changaris and Cook relied on their steady passing, strong serving and aggressiveness to close out the match.
"We were both happy with the way we played," said Changaris, 30, the athletic trainer at Oxnard College. "We took care of business on our side of the court and served really well. That makes your job defensively so much easier."
Although Changaris and Cook ran through the draw undefeated, they were pushed to the limit in many matches.
"Nothing came easy," Cook said. "There was not one bad team out here. Everyone was solid. That says something about the quality."
With the tournament making its debut, many players received their first exposure to the San Pedro courts and were anxious to return.
"I heard lot of people commenting on the location and saying how nice it was. I hope that doesn't mean everyone comes up and crowds it all the time," Changaris said with a laugh. "It's just awesome to have a local tournament. I wish we could have more."
The event received a touch of the holiday spirit when someone drove up on a motorcycle wearing an Easter Bunny costume.
"This city is awesome, and I really like the setup here," said Mowrey, an Olympic hopeful for the Philippines national team. "I had never been here before, and the people are really energetic and into volleyball. I even had some Filipino fans come up to me, which was great."
While the men still had several hours remaining on the court, Changaris was able to dash off to Marina Del Rey and have brunch with her boyfriend's family.
"We were about five minutes late, but we made it," she said. "I was famished by the time we got there, though, so that was good."
Time was of little concern for Mowrey on Sunday. He would have stayed until darkness fell to get the result he wanted.
"The one reason we play here is to learn how to win," he said. "I could care less if we finish second, third or fourth. We want to win."
 
AVP Signs Title Sponsorship Deal with CROCS, Inc., Creating the ``AVP CROCS TOUR'' and the ``CROCS CUP''
 LOS ANGELES & NIWOT, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 17, 2006--
 The Agreement integrates CROCS throughout the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and designates CROCS as the Exclusive Footwear Company of the AVP Tour   

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTCBB:AVPI) and CROCS, Inc. (Nasdaq:CROX) announced today a three-year deal establishing CROCS as the title sponsor and official footwear of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Beginning with this year's 2006 season, the tour will be known as the "AVP CROCS Tour." The AVP CROCS Tour will be the nation's most prominent professional beach volleyball tour, featuring more than 150 of the top beach volleyball players in the world.

CROCS, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of a new breed of comfort footwear. All CROCS shoe models feature its exclusive Croslite(TM) material, which warms and softens with body heat, while molding to the foot. The sculpted footbed has been ergonomically enhanced for maximum cushion and comfort. The company's product suite, ranging from flip-flops to ballet flats to the traditional Beach model, has made CROCS a phenomenon all its own, loved by boaters, athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, celebrities and families alike.

In addition to becoming the title sponsor, CROCS will sponsor the "CROCS Cup," which will be awarded to the AVP men's and women's teams that accumulate the most CROCS Cup Points throughout the AVP season. CROCS Cup Points will be awarded in a weighted format based on performance in AVP events. At the conclusion of the season, the men's and women's leaders will receive the CROCS Cup, which is a trophy exclusively designed and crafted for the AVP CROCS Tour by Tiffany & Co.

Other highlights of the deal include:

-- Three-year exclusivity as the title sponsor of the AVP Tour as well as "Official Footwear of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour"

-- Major television presence, including commercial units, vignettes and billboards

-- Major on-site presence with signage, product sales and an interactive volleyball court that will feature skill challenges, clinics, tournaments and media events

-- Use of AVP imagery in CROCS' national print advertising campaigns

-- A multi-faceted licensing agreement covering the development and sale of AVP branded footwear that will be available through CROCS' wholesale and retail networks

"We are thrilled to have CROCS as the AVP Tour Title Sponsor," stated Leonard Armato, CEO and Commissioner of AVP. "We could not ask for a more perfect brand and cultural fit. CROCS combines technology with comfort to produce one-of-a-kind lifestyle products. The AVP Tour, which features some of the greatest athletes in the world surrounded by an infectious beach lifestyle, will blend perfectly with CROCS to create a marketing platform that we believe has unlimited potential for both companies."

"We are excited to announce our new affiliation with this world-class, high profile tour and we are pleased to become the title sponsor for the next three years," said Ron Snyder, CEO of CROCS. "The tremendous growth and demographic footprint of the AVP make this partnership an excellent fit for the CROCS brand. The AVP Tour experienced 48% growth in its fan base in 2005 and the demographics of its fans are ideal to help us continue to grow our brand. The AVP Tour's rich history and exciting future make this title sponsorship attractive to a strong and growing company like CROCS."

As both the CROCS and the AVP brands rapidly evolve, the AVP CROCS Tour will help both companies establish themselves as growing lifestyle brands.

AVP is happy to announce that tickets for all 2006 AVP CROCS Tour events are now available for purchase through AVP's website (www.avp.com/tickets).

About AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP CROCS Tour, which was originally organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will hold 16 AVP CROCS Tour events throughout the United States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

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AVP Announces Three-Year Extension With Bud Light
April 18, 2006
LOS ANGELES, April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball announced today a three-year extension of its agreement with Bud Light, making it the 'alcohol and non-alcohol' official malt beverage of the AVP Tour.
Bud Light will continue to be a vital marketing partner of AVP and will serve as the title sponsor for the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open, as well as, the presenting sponsor for the Tempe, Hermosa Beach, Seaside Heights, and Manhattan Beach Open.
Parent company Anheuser-Busch has been a long-time supporter of the AVP Tour, beginning in 2001 with sponsorship by Michelob Light and ultimately Bud Light.
"We are thrilled to extend our successful relationship with Bud Light," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "Bud Light and Anheuser-Busch have been very supportive of the AVP Tour over the last several years, with Bud Light's active and robust marketing campaigns, helping us to reach a larger audience creating even more excitement around our events. We not only appreciate Bud Light's involvement to date, but enthusiastically look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship over the next three years."
"AVP is one of the fastest-growing, contemporary sports in the U.S. that showcases some of the world's best professional volleyball players," said Kathy Casso, Anheuser-Busch's senior director of sports marketing and Bud productions. "Its energetic, fun and outgoing fan base of both male and female beer drinkers is a great fit for Bud Light and we're excited to continue our support in helping the Tour to grow."

About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will stage 16 events throughout the United States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

About Bud Light/Anheuser-Busch
Brewed by Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light is the world's best-selling light beer, and the best selling beer in the United States. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding nearly 50 percent share of U.S. beer sales. The company brews the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer, and a 27 percent share in Tsingtao, the No. 1 brewer in China. Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine's Most Admired U.S. and Global Companies lists in 2006. Anheuser-Busch is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and is America's top recycler of aluminum cans. For more information, visit www.Anheuser-Busch.com.

In My Own Words: Karch Kiraly
April 18, 2006
Los Angeles - FSN PRIME TICKET and FSN WEST deliver the second and third installments of "In My Own Words" with volleyball legend Karch Kiraly and Los Angeles Laker great Earvin "Magic" Johnson. In its portrayal, each half-hour episode of "In My Own Words" is devoted to one subject and centers on and pivots off of a sit-down interview with that person. The program then fosters an even clearer picture of the athlete or coach by adding previously unaired interviews, locker room sound bites, and candid footage to the mix.
"In My Own Words: Karch Kiraly" debuts Wednesday, April 19 at 9:00 PM on FSN PRIME TICKET. "In My Own Words" sits down with Kiraly as he reflects on being the first ever Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball - with then partner Kent Steffes  as well as the only athlete to have won Olympic gold in both the indoor and outdoor game. The UCLA graduate and three-time Olympic medalist goes on to share early childhood memories of growing up in Santa Barbara while learning the game from his father. Karch then describes past victories over athletes half his age and his continued competitiveness after his contemporaries had retired. Additional airings of "In My Own Words: Karch Kiraly" are as follows on FSN PRIME TICKET: April 21 at 4 PM, April 22 at 4:30 PM, April 23 at 9:30 PM, April 24 at 11:30 AM, May 4 at 10 AM, May 6 at 1:30 PM and May 7 at 6:30 PM.
"In My Own Words: Magic Johnson" debuts Monday, April 24 at 10:00 PM on FSN WEST. "In My Own Words" travels with Magic as he looks back on playing with the Lakers during the "Showtime" era and how Chick Hern helped to shape the organization. The 12-time NBA All-Star then reflects on his journey toward breaking the NBA all-time assist record. Finally, Johnson discusses being diagnosed with HIV, how it changed his life and the magnitude with which Lakers fans embraced him. Repeat airings of "In My Own Words: Magic Johnson" are scheduled on FSN WEST for April 25 at 1 AM, April 30 at 10:00 PM and May 1 at 1:00 AM. Then on FSN PRIME TICKET April 25 at 10:00 PM, April 26 at 11:00 AM, April 27 at 11:30 AM, April 29 at 10:30 PM, May 3 at 9:30 AM, May 4 at 11:30 AM and May 6 at 12:30 PM.
The "In My Own Words" series will debut eight to 10 times a year with upcoming episodes to include famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden; the "best female beach volleyball player of all time," Olympian Kerri Walsh; and the Los Angeles Kings' leading goal scorer, left wing Luc Robitaille.

Ed Whipple Pierpont Open for ALS: Great Volleyball, a Great Time, and a Great Cause
By Ken and Nina Delgado
Posted April 19, 2006
VENTURA, CALIFORNIA - I first heard about the inaugural Ed Whipple Pierpont Open for ALS through a posting by Art Barron on the AVP forum. It was going to take place on April 15th and 16th at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura and I thought, since we live up the road in Santa Barbara, it might be interesting to see some teams battling for an AVP wildcard spot for the AVP Santa Barbara Open.
My wife got interested because Jeff Minc and Ben Koski, our local Santa Barbara team who play on the AVP, were entered.  Our plan was to spend just a few hours at the beach and watch them play.  Watching some tournament volleyball sounded like a good way to spend a little time at the beach to satisfy our cravings until the AVP hits Santa Barbara in mid-May. Well, it turned out to be a great time and it was one of those events that when it was over we left with a desire for more and with lots of great memories. And our intention to spend just a few hours there was soon abandoned as we got caught up in the friendliness and the intimacy of the event. (We ended up spending the entire day there and watched Mesko/Allen win a very close contest over Mowrey/Mihalic in the last men's match on Saturday around 7 pm.  And of course we decided that we had to come back on Sunday to see the outcome and enjoy some more volleyball.)
Maybe it's something about local tournaments and all the work and dedication that the locals put into making it happen that make you feel connected with everyone.
We met Art Barron, who greeted us with a huge grin, at the event and found out that he was a busy man who was up at dawn getting things ready for the tournament.  Fortunately he also seems to have plenty of energy and enthusiasm because not only was he the promoter for the tournament, he was also competing in it.
"Finding sponsors for the event; taking care of permits with the state; working with the AVP in regards to rules and regulation; promoting the tournament to players, community, and friends of Ventura County; advertising the tournament locally in the newspaper as well as other publications like the VC Reporter," were some of the tasks handled in order to operate the inaugural Ed Whipple Pierpont Open said Art Barron. "We also had to revitalize the courts as well as the sand with the help of many local community members: John Moore, John Carmen, Marty Harder and Billy Luhrs."
Even with all the teamwork from the many people involved it still was hard to believe that Art was able to juggle all the tournament activities and also compete in the tournament.
"Well as far as balancing the prep and work I had a lot of help. Tournament director Billy Luhrs did an excellent job keeping the tournament going and flowing at a good pace. It was easy for us because I am a player and know what the players want," said Barron. "My motivation for throwing the event was a combination of helping both of the communities I spend most of my time with—  Ventura County and beach volleyball players from all over the country."
While it is great for the spectators to see such friendly banter and good humor during the competition, it is a tough business for players on the cusp of the AVP main draw who don't reap the financial rewards (prize money and sponsorships) attained by the top AVP teams. "I like what they got going on the East coast with the Toyota Tour. Medium size events that will cater to more of the regional players as well as up and coming young athletes," said Barron.
The level of competition was quite high and among the teams competing in the event were some AVP teams. "The quality was definitely there, we had a couple of [AVP] main draw teams on both the women's and men's side," said Barron.
While the number of teams in the tournament may not have met the minimum required to grant the winners the automatic wildcard berth into the main draw of the AVP Santa Barbara Open, they certainly are deserving of the wildcards based on the quality of competition. Jill Changaris and Patti Cook won the women's final over Tiffany Rodriquez and Clare Robertson. On the men's side Chad Mowrey and Anthony Mihalic captured the title over Jon Mesko and Billy Allen.  Hopefully the AVP decides to award the wildcards since they would be well-deserved.
There was much camaraderie between the players, but even more noticeable, they were so warm and friendly with the fans. There was friendly banter aplenty and everyone was so engaging and easy-going. It was great to see such good sportsmanship and respect between the players, as was evidenced by players (exemplified by Austin Rester) calling a "net" on themselves that no one else had seen. 
(After striking up spontaneous conversations throughout the day, Nina ended up with several new "favorite" players to cheer for: Lucas Wisniakowski and Austin Rester (both from Texas); on court comedian Tony Pray and his very serious partner Chris Harger; non-stop color commentator and player Jack Quinn and his intense partner Seth Burnham; and part-time Santa Barbara local David Fischer, who stood out for his "running" dialogue of crisp court communication with his partner Scott Hill. Unfortunately it left Nina in conflict when her new "favorites" competed against each other.)
We struck up a conversation with Ivan Mercer (inadvertently, since I had walked away from my wife and the "husband" standing behind her that she was talking to turned out to be Ivan).  After expressing her embarrassment to her "husbands", real and inadvertent, we ended up having a great conversation with Ivan.   And this was just one of many conversations we had with people we met at the event and is one of the things that made the day so enjoyable.
But besides all the great competition and the nice feeling of being part of an intimate group, it was also to benefit the ALS Association (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease) and it was a very worthwhile endeavor. "The most rewarding aspect was that we raised about $7,000 for ALS," said Barron.
Among the many friendly and gracious people we met for the first time was local photographer John Carman, who donated an award winning action photograph of Brian Lewis (that he shot last year at the AVP Santa Barbara Open) for the silent auction to benefit the ALS Association.  (We're happy to say that we can now enjoy this photograph everyday since we had the winning bid.)
It wasn't just the effort of a single individual, but many people from the local community. Though certainly Art was a very visible part of the effort and it isn't often you see a player pause in the middle of his match to tell someone where to find the prize money to present to the women who had just competed in the women's final.
"I just want to thank many of my sponsors on the AVP tour that sponsored the Ed Whipple Pierpont Open event: Home Saving Mortgage, Helen Yunker Realty, Dr. Osland Chiropractic and Monkeybutt Boardshorts" said Barron. "I would like to thank everyone that participated and hope to see them next year at our 2nd Annual Ed Whipple Pierpont Open."
We certainly will be looking forward to next year's Ed Whipple Pierpont Open, for the great volleyball matches, and for the great camaraderie among players and spectators.

Meet the Lindquist Sisters
By Colleen Murray
April 20, 2006
If Tracy Lindquist could find time between her two careers, she might want to take a side job as a planner-not just for weddings or events, but for people's entire lives. Tracy could be her own testimonial in an advertisement for her life-planning skills. At a young age, she had already mapped out her own future.
"Maybe in second grade, it was my plan to be a teacher and a pro beach volleyball player," said Tracy, who now, at 25, teaches as a substitute and plays on the AVP tour. "My dad was a teacher and he played volleyball during the summers. I think that's where a lot of it came from."
It might be in the Lindquist genes, then, to tackle both the beach and the classroom because Tracy's older sister and AVP partner, Katie, manages the two tasks as well. The Lindquist sisters have learned the value of balance-they balance not only volleyball and teaching careers but their partnership with their sisterhood, too.
However, having the latter relationship has been a benefit to the women; Katie and Tracy are the first to say that the fact that they are sisters boosts their abilities on the beach, rather than complicating their relationship.
"I think a huge advantage is that we know each other really well. And we know how to react and interact with each other in different situations," Tracy said. "We know how to interact with each other to bring out the best in us."
Katie, 28, who is the middle child of three girls, wholeheartedly agrees. She's been playing with her younger sister for as long as she can remember.
"It gives us an advantage early in the season after people switch partners," Katie said.
After an off-season full of partner switches, that advantage was evident in Fort Lauderdale. Over the course of the open, which took place from March 31-April 2, the Lindquist sisters came in as the 19th seed, but placed seventh.
This feat is even more amazing considering the restraints on the women's practice schedule. With their teaching commitments, Katie and Tracy can only hit the beach twice during the week and on the weekend. Although that is a taxing schedule, Tracy also puts it in perspective of the practice schedules of other partners.
"Katie and I don't play as much as other girls do," Tracy said.
Moreover, since Katie teaches kindergarten and Tracy substitute teaches, both come after a long day of work.
"It's draining. I've been on my feet and chasing my kids all day," said Katie. "But Saturday and Sunday are always great. We both always have fresh legs."
The weekend practices provide a glimpse of the damage these women can do on the sand. Katie and Tracy are second in amount of career AVP tournaments played as a team. In 2005, Katie was 10th in digs with 553, while Tracy finished ninth in hitting percentage (.436).
Even with all this talent, the Lindquist sisters never really thought about touring. No wonder, considering the time commitment involved in teaching, but the sisters took on the challenge after a friend convinced them to enter a tournament. The sisters qualified. The next tournament was in Michigan and the ball was officially in motion.
"We've been able to stay in the main draw since then," said Katie.
As an added advantage for the sisters, they grew up in Southern California, meaning they had an alternate place to practice and an early leg up on the competition.
"We just played pick up games (on the beach). So I got my sand legs quicker than a lot of girls do," Katie said.
This has proved to be beneficial to the women, who have to use all the tools at their advantage to offset the fact that they can't practice as much as other teams.
"Teaching takes up so much time," Katie said.
As for Tracy's potential side job as a planner, she is just happy to be fulfilling the wishes of the seven-year-old that is still inside her.
"It's amazing that something you just always dreamed of could happen," Tracy said.

Former High School Teammates Reunite for 2006 Run
By Colleen Murray
April 21, 2006
Punahou High School in Hawaii might not have known it at the time, but some years back, it was home to two beach volleyball stars in the making. Stein Metzger and Mike Lambert, who is better known as "Lambo," starred for the Punahou boys' volleyball team. Well, if you ask Lambo, he might not exactly say they "starred" together.
"Back in the day, I was his water boy on the JV team," Lambo joked. "And to be playing alongside him is something we've always talked about."
In 2005, these talks came to fruition. In the best of the beach event in Las Vegas, Lambo picked Stein to be his partner in the finals. After that, the two became a team, just like old times. Even after their paths split after high school, both had illustrious and strikingly parallel careers, while remaining friends. The two have had a partnership in mind for years, but now they are finally working together, the two don't bother to conceal their excitement.
"It just feels really good," Lambo said. "Teams are good on paper, but you also have to have that good chemistry. I just think that we have that for sure from all the time we spent together in Hawaii."
After their high school days, both Stein and Lambo moved onto California and the Pac-10. Stein headed to UCLA, where, during his tenure, the Bruins won three National Championships. Stein was named an All-American for three straight seasons and the 1996 NCAA MVP.
Meanwhile, Lambo wasn't doing too shabby either. He went to Stanford and was also a three-time All-American. While playing for the Cardinal, Lambo, along with AVP player Matt Fuerbringer, led his team to the 1997 National Championship, the first and only men's volleyball championship for the school.
They both eventually transitioned to the beach, and as a competitor, it was less than comforting for Stein to see Lambo's face on the other side of the net.
"I've been watching him since 9th grade," Stein said. "There aren't too many surprises. I know that he's so good."
During their respective careers, Lambo and Stein couldn't help but notice each other's successes. Stein and then-partner Jake Gibb were the 2005 Team of the Year, an award won the previous year by none other than Lambo and his then-partner, the legendary Karch Kiraly. In the same year, 2004, Lambo earned AVP Most Valuable Player honors.
Lambo also did well in Las Vegas in 2005. After finishing first in the pool play, Lambo picked Stein to be his partner in the finals. Stein embraced the opportunity.
"The biggest thing was I felt was that it was nice not having to see him on the other side of the net," Stein said.
Lambo said that playing in Vegas solidified his decision to have Stein as a permanent partner.
"Steino and I have always kind of connived one day we'd play together. With Beijing in mind, it's kind of now or never," Lambo said.
Neither Lambo nor Stein are strangers to the Olympics. Before joining the AVP, both Stein and Lambo competed in the Olympics. Lambo appeared in 1996 and 2000, while Stein made his debut in 2004.
Whether it is seeing each other on a worldwide scale or just being around each other for so many years, it has gotten to a point where there are few things that surprise Stein or Lambo about each other. But because the two have never been partners before, Stein's practice ethic did catch Lambo a bit off-guard.
"I've always played against him. I was surprised at how competitive he is in practice," Lambo said. "His coach knows him really well. All his coach has to say is, 'Lambo's a lot better than you.' He knows what buttons to push."
Just a hint at being second-best gets Stein going. But Stein doesn't think that being the best this season will be an easy feat.
"We feel like we have to tools to win. The level of talent this year will be higher. Changes have made for better combinations," Stein said.
Stein, who describes his personality as "overly competitive," is ready to take on these challenges.
"What I'm looking forward to is having a new partner this year and playing some beach," Stein said.
Now that Lambo and Stein are on the same side of the net, Lambo doesn't have to worry about serving water to Stein, just serving the volleyball.


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2006 AVP CROCS SERIES
Tempe Arizona AVP OPEN

Tempe Beach Park
May 5th-7th 2006
The city of Tempe will once again play host to the second beach volleyball tournament of the AVP Nissan Series. The nation's top male and female competitors will battle it out in what promises to be the most compelling season yet as they gear up for the summer Olympics in Athens.
Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists Eric Fonoimoana, Dain Blanton, three-time Olympic Gold Medallist Karch Kiraly, 2003 Tempe Open champions Canyon Ceman/Mike Whitmarsh and top men's teams Scott Ayakatubby/Brian Lewis and Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard.
Top women's teams include undefeated Misty May & Kerri Walsh, 2000 Olympic team members Holly McPeak, Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis.

Event Description
 
When:


Friday May 5 -- Qualifier
Gates Open 8am - 6pm

Saturday May 6 -- Main Draw
Gates Open 8am - 6pm

Saturday Night May 6 -- Main Draw
Gates Open 7:30pm - 10pm

Sunday May 7 -- Main Draw / Finals
Gates Open 8:30am - 5:30pm

After a highly successful inaugural event, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour looks to enjoy another enthusiastic welcome by the residents of the greater Phoenix area. Without a real ocean nearby, the Tour builds sand volleyball courts near the campus of Arizona State University, on the banks of Tempe Town Lake to create a true oasis for beach volleyball fans and top local talent.
EVENT PURSE
$183,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
2003 - Men's Defending Champions: Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh
2003 - Women's Defending Champions: Misty May/Kerri Walsh
2004 - Men's Defending Champions: Todd Rogers and Sean Scott
Sean Scott and Todd Rogers: Sean Scott, playing with partner Todd Rogers, won his first-ever title in a pro beach event against the legendary Karch Kiraly and relative newcomer Mike Lambert. Rogers and Scott arrived in the finals after coming through the contenders' bracket and defeating Jake Gibb and Adam Jewell 21-13, 21-14. Kiraly and Lambert defeated newcomers Jason Ring and George Roumain earlier in the day 21-16, 21-18

2004 - Women's Defending Champions: Misty May/Kerri Walsh
Kerri Walsh and Misty May: The world's top-ranked women's team, May and Walsh, extended their record-setting unbeaten streak by sweeping all five matches at the April 23-25, 2004 AVP Tempe Open. By winning the second stop of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series, the duo can now boast of victories in each of the 10 AVP tournaments they've competed in. The women's final pitted the top two seeds against each other, as May & Walsh and Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs met for the ninth time in an AVP championship match. WHEN

AVP Tempe Open History

2005 Champions: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh defeated Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs. Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb defeated Jeff Nygaard and Dax Holdren.

Tempe Facts: 2005 was the AVP's third visit to Tempe. Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh have won all three visits, dropping just two games in 15 career Tempe matches. The men have had three different winners since 2003. Canyon Cemen / Mike Whitmarsh won in 2003. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott won their first career tournament together in Tempe in 2004. And Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb made it two for two in 2005 with their win over Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard.

When:

Friday May 5 -- Qualifier
Gates Open 8am - 6pm

Saturday May 6 -- Main Draw
Gates Open 8am - 6pm

Saturday Night May 6 -- Main Draw
Gates Open 7:30pm - 10pm

Sunday May 7 -- Main Draw / Finals
Gates Open 8:30am - 5:30pm

WHERE
Tempe Beach Park
54 West Rio Salado, Tempe Az.
South Side of Mill Street Bridge

OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES



Party with the Pros! Stick around for the AVP party starting immediately after the Saturday matches of the Tempe Open event.
Party is on site. Enjoy live music, frosty beverages, and of course the scenery.
Party gets started at 6pm.
Fans have the chance to win prizes and get autographs from the AVP pros all weekend! Fans can also check out the  henna tattoos, Bud Light Beer Garden, Aquafina Skills Court and Serving Accuracy Challenge, Xbox Gaming Tent, Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, Halls Fruit Breezers exhibit, Gillette

Where to play in the area:
AVPNext sanctioned Volleyball Arizona Organization offers a wide selection of outdoor volleyball for all levels. Check out www.volleyballarizona.com for more information.
Scottsdale Ranch Park
Victory Lanes Sports Complex
 
Top local players to watch:
Men:
Timothy Cornelissen, Tom Witt, Pat Brown
Women:
Heather Alley, Vikki Moran, Shonnie Hodges

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Register for 2006 AVP NISSAN SERIES
*Registration requires a credit card and the fee is $50 per player

EVENT REGISTRATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES: All players ranked in the Top 16 prior to an event will need to register by midnight the Monday of the week preceding the Event (i.e., approximately 1-1/2 weeks before the start of the event). All other players will have until noon Monday the week of an event to register. The only valid method of entry for AVP events is online. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED WITH PAYMENT (VISA/MC/AMEX/DISCOVER) along with an accurate address, phone number, email address, and playing partner's name. Phone and facsimile entries will not be accepted.

2006 AVP NISSAN SERIES TEMPE OPEN

Tickets For All Events

MAY 5th - 7th, 2006
TEMPE, AZ
SEATING SECTION DESCRIPTION
General Admission - Includes access to AVP Event as well as bleacher seating surrounding Stadium Court. All bleacher seating is first-come-first-served.
Courtside Seating - Includes access to AVP Event as well as Premium seating along the sideline / endline at Stadium Court (first five rows beginning at sand level). Seating is provided in chairs with backing and is the perfect way to get up-close and enjoy all of the action of the AVP.
Beach Club - Includes access to AVP event site as well as Premium seating located along the Player sideline at Stadium Court (sand level). Seating provided at round tables with chairs, as well as Courtside seats along the endline. AVP Beach Club ticket holders also receive lunch, snacks and beverages inside of the exclusive Beach Club Tent located along the sideline.

TICKET PRICING DETAILS

Stadium opens 30 minutes prior to Event start time
Free General Admission for all children under 12
$5 General Admission with valid Student ID for Day of Event sales
Group General Admission prices valid for groups of 15 or more
No refunds or exchanges

Buy General Admission and Reserve Tickets HERE!!!

AVP BEACH CLUB

Join the most unforgettable beach party and sit courtside as the nation's hottest pro beach superstars battle for number one!
An entire weekend packed with hot volleyball action, food and fun--all for only $100
 
Member Benefits
Become an exclusive member of the AVP Beach Club and receive:
-best seats on the beach, Saturday and Sunday
-superb hospitality in the AVP Beach Club
-food and beverage
-limited edition commemorative t-shirt
-laminated credential for exclusive access
-rights to purchase valet parking
-priority for renewal
-and much, much, more!!!
Membership is only $100
Space is limited so Sign Up Online Now or Call AVP Beach Club Hotline (310) 426-7171

AVP ANNOUNCES 2006 SCHEDULE
January 25, 2006
Courtesy Of AVP

LOS ANGELES - January 26, 2006 - AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC: AVPI.OB), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, today officially announced its 2006 Tour season schedule, which includes two new events, five new cities, and a record $3.5 million in prize money. The prize money is split equally between the men and the women and represents a 17% increase from last year's purse of $3.0 million.
This season, the AVP Tour will visit 16 cities, including five new additions - Birmingham, Ala. Sacramento, Calif., Atlanta, Ga., Brooklyn, N.Y, and Lake Tahoe, Nev.:

March 31-April 2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 5-7 - Tempe, AZ
May 18-21 - Santa Barbara, CA
May 26-28 - Huntington Beach, CA
June 9-11 - Hermosa Beach, CA
June 15-18 - Sacramento, CA
June 29-July 2 - Seaside Heights, NJ
July 6-9 - Atlanta, GA
July 13-16 - Birmingham, AL
July 20-23 - Chicago, IL
August 10-13 - Manhattan Beach, CA
August 17-20 - Brooklyn (Coney Island), NY
August 25-27 - Boulder, CO
August 31-Sept 3 - Cincinnati, OH
September 6-9 - Las Vegas, NV
September 14-17 - Lake Tahoe, NV

Tickets will become available shortly
All events will be televised with coverage on NBC and FOX Sports Net (FSN). A detailed broadcast schedule will be released soon.
The expanded 2006 schedule comes on the heels of a very successful 2005 season. The AVP Tour experienced healthy growth last season, including a 48% increase in its fan base, according to Scarborough Sports Marketing, which compares favorably to the growth in other sports properties for the same time period.
In addition, AVP has developed several promoter relationships to help bring tournaments to cities that might not otherwise host such events. Local organizers are responsible for selling all local revenue for the tournament, including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality. Event cities with local promoters include: Sacramento (Sacramento Sports Commission), Atlanta (Atlanta Sports Council), Birmingham-Hoover (Bruno Event Team), Brooklyn (Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment) and Cincinnati (Reach Event Marketing). AVP's strategic alliances with top local promotion companies allows the AVP Tour to have a strong presence in new markets without the standard upfront capital resources as well as gaining year-round, aggressive marketing and outreach for each event.
"We are thrilled at the success and expansion of the AVP Tour and we are looking forward to coming into these new markets and returning to several of our 2005 Tour stops" said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour Commissioner. "We are pleased that, through successful promoter alliances, we are able to bring the excitement of beach volleyball inland, expanding beach volleyball and reaching a larger audience. With our fan base continually growing and a record amount for prize money, this looks to be the best AVP season yet."
 
How To Get There
54 West Rio Salado
Tempe Beach Park
Tempe, AZ 85281

From the airport, take 24th Street North to Washington and go right. Go to Mill Ave. and take another right. Cross the Mill Street Bridge, go to Rio Salado and take another right. Proceed approximately three quarters of a mile and the Tempe Beach Park parking lot will be on your right.
Join the most unforgettable beach party this summer and sit courtside to watch the nation's hottest pro beach volleyball superstars battle for number one!

Tempe Area Map & Parking

Featured Players
Holly McPeak & Nicole Branaugh
Jen Kessey & Nancy Mason
Eric Fonoimoana & Dain Blanton
Karch Kiraly & Larry Witt
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
Elaine Youngs & Rachel Wacholder
Jake Gibb &  Sean Rosenthal
Stein Metzger & Mike Lambert
Casey "The Kid" Jennings & Matt Fuerbringer

Sponsor Activities


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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Test drive the Nissan Road Rally remote control cars and race against your friends and AVP athletes.  Don't forget to pick up a safety kit and other special give-away items - you can even get henna tattoos! 


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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.


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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.


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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.   

                                                           
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

ChapStick
Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities. 

Wrigley's
Longer lasting flavor - Extra's got it!  Stop by the Wrigley's booth to enjoy delicious Winterfresh gum and have cool fresh breath all weekend long. 

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Look for the Gatorade at all AVP events!

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Wilson the official volleyball of the AVP!

AVP Fan Parties

Event Links:                                                                      
                                                                                             
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Click on the link above for real time scoring during the event

(Format: Double Elimination)

*IAN CLARK NOT PLAYING THIS YEAR'S  2005 AVP TEMPE OPEN DUE TO PRIOR COMMITMENTS
*IAN CLARK'S RESULTS YEAR'S 2004 AVP TEMPE OPEN

13th - Ian Clark/Chip McCaw             $ 1,050

Match Results
Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 4: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 21-13, 26-24 (0:43)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 26: Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (3) by Forfeit

Round 2
Match 32: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 21-13, 21-9 (0:31)

With a record of (1) win and (2) losses  Ian Clark / Chip McCaw finish 13th at the 2004 AVP Tempe Open.

Men's Entries:


Men's AVP $91,500 Tempe Open presented by Bud Light
May 5-7, 2006 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
1 Phil Dalhausser Todd Rogers 4 $19,000.00 360.0
2 Jake Gibb Sean Rosenthal 2 $13,400.00 324.0
3 Mike Lambert Stein Metzger 1 $8,500.00 270.0
3 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 5 $8,500.00 270.0
5 Hans Stolfus Aaron Wachtfogel 15 $5,500.00 216.0
5 Ty Loomis Ed Ratledge 19 $5,500.00 216.0
7 Dax Holdren Sean Scott 3 $4,250.00 180.0
7 Chad Mowrey Larry Witt 10 $4,250.00 180.0  
9 Paul Baxter Fred Souza 8 $2,600.00 144.0
9 Jason Ring George Roumain 11 $2,600.00 144.0
9 Canyon Ceman Matt Olson 18 $2,600.00 144.0
9 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 21, Q2 $2,600.00 144.0
13 John Hyden Jeff Nygaard 6 $1,550.00 108.0
13 Dain Blanton Eric Fonoimoana 7 $1,550.00 108.0
13 Kevin Wong Scott Wong 9 $1,550.00 108.0
13 Matt Heath Jason Lee 14 $1,550.00 108.0
17 Nick Lucena Sean Rooney 12 $750.00 72.0
17 Jose Loiola Mark Williams 13 $750.00 72.0
17 Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 16 $750.00 72.0
17 Albert Hannemann Scott Lane 17 $750.00 72.0
17 AJ Mihalic Brad Torsone 20, Q3 $750.00 72.0
17 Scott Davenport Chip McCaw 22 $750.00 72.0
17 Mike DiPierro Adam Roberts 23, Q9 $750.00 72.0
17 Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser 24, Q4 $750.00 72.0
25 Jeff Carlucci Anthony Medel Q1 $.00 36.0
25 David Fischer Scott Hill Q5 $.00 36.0
25 Steve Delaney John Moran Q11 $.00 36.0
25 Vincent Robbins Jason Wight Q23 $.00 36.0
29 Mike Morrison Jim Nichols Q6 $.00 18.0
29 Mike Bruning Chris Magill Q7 $.00 18.0
29 Brad Keenan John Mayer Q8 $.00 18.0
29 Chris Harger Tony Pray Q12 $.00 18.0
29 Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q13 $.00 18.0
29 Jake Blair Leonardo Moraes Q14 $.00 18.0
29 Jim Van Zwieten Mark Van Zwieten Q17 $.00 18.0
29 Ryan Cronin Ivan Mercer Q18 $.00 18.0
37 Brian Corso Jeremie Simkins Q10 $.00 12.0
37 Caleb Cook Danny Cook Q15 $.00 12.0
37 Bill Maik Justin Phipps Q16 $.00 12.0
37 Drew Brand Casey Brewer Q19 $.00 12.0
37 Nate Michael Will Paulson Q20 $.00 12.0
37 Kevin Gregan Matt Heagy Q21 $.00 12.0
37 Lucas Black Russ Marchewka Q22 $.00 12.0
37 Reuben Danley Shigetomo Sakugawa Q24 $.00 12.0
37 Rico Becker Eric Burness Q25 $.00 12.0
37 John Michelau Jed Stotsenberg Q26 $.00 12.0
37 Matt Osburn Jerry Stevens Q28 $.00 12.0
37 Austin Rester Lucas Wisniakowski Q29 $.00 12.0
37 Esteban Escobar Jeff Smith Q31 $.00 12.0
37 Scott Kiedaisch Tom Witt Q32 $.00 12.0
37 Danko Iordanov William Lesho Q35 $.00 12.0
37 Brent Crouch Adam Zuffinetti Q38 $.00 12.0
53 Peter Jordan Jon Thompson Q27 $.00 8.0
53 Timothy Cornelissen Brian Genthe Q30 $.00 8.0
53 Seth Burnham Jack Quinn Q33 $.00 8.0
53 Paul Lourick Brent Reger Q34 $.00 8.0
53 Cody Cowell Mark Kirunchyk Q36 $.00 8.0
53 Sean Mackin Dustin Townsend Q37 $.00 8.0
53 Jon Barnes Robert deAurora Q39 $.00 8.0
53 Joshua Cannon Jeff Murrell Q40 $.00 8.0
53 Erik Gomez Tom Slauterbeck Q41 $.00 8.0

Men's AVP $91,500 Tempe Open presented by Bud Light
May 5-7, 2006 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Scott Kiedaisch / Tom Witt (Q32) def. Jack Quinn / Seth Burnham (Q33) 21-19, 14-21, 15-13 (1:09)
Match 6: Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q24) def. Tom Slauterbeck / Erik Gomez (Q41) 21-13, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 7: Rico Becker / Eric Burness (Q25) def. Jeff Murrell / Joshua Cannon (Q40) 14-21, 27-25, 15-12 (1:26)
Match 10: Matt Osburn / Jerry Stevens (Q28) def. Sean Mackin / Dustin Townsend (Q37) 21-19, 21-15 (0:48)
Match 15: Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q29) def. Cody Cowell / Mark Kirunchyk (Q36) by Forfeit
Match 18: Danko Iordanov / William Lesho (Q35) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Brian Genthe (Q30) 21-13, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 23: Brent Crouch / Adam Zuffinetti (Q38) def. Peter Jordan / Jon Thompson (Q27) 21-19, 21-16 (0:55)
Match 26: John Michelau / Jed Stotsenberg (Q26) def. Jon Barnes / Robert deAurora (Q39) 21-19, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 31: Esteban Escobar / Jeff Smith (Q31) def. Paul Lourick / Brent Reger (Q34) 21-14, 21-15

Round 2
Match 33: Jeff Carlucci / Anthony Medel (Q1) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Tom Witt (Q32) 21-15, 21-18
Match 34: Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (Q17) def. Bill Maik / Justin Phipps (Q16) 21-17, 19-21, 22-20 (1:08)
Match 35: Mike DiPierro / Adam Roberts (Q9) def. Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q24) 21-14, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 36: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q8) def. Rico Becker / Eric Burness (Q25) 21-13, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 37: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q5) def. Matt Osburn / Jerry Stevens (Q28) 21-12, 19-21, 15-6
Match 38: Chris Harger / Tony Pray (Q12) def. Kevin Gregan / Matt Heagy (Q21) 21-13, 26-24 (0:57)
Match 39: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q13) def. Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q20) by Forfeit
Match 40: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q4) def. Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q29) 11-21, 21-16, 15-11 (0:58)
Match 41: AJ Mihalic / Brad Torsone (Q3) def. Danko Iordanov / William Lesho (Q35) 21-10, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 42: Jake Blair / Leonardo Moraes (Q14) def. Drew Brand / Casey Brewer (Q19) 21-13, 18-21, 15-6 (0:55)
Match 43: Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q11) def. Lucas Black / Russ Marchewka (Q22) 21-17, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 44: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q6) def. Brent Crouch / Adam Zuffinetti (Q38) 21-17, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 45: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q7) def. John Michelau / Jed Stotsenberg (Q26) 21-12, 21-10 (0:35)
Match 46: Vincent Robbins / Jason Wight (Q23) def. Brian Corso / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) 21-18, 21-14
Match 47: Ryan Cronin / Ivan Mercer (Q18) def. Caleb Cook / Danny Cook (Q15) 21-19, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 48: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q2) def. Esteban Escobar / Jeff Smith (Q31) 24-22, 21-15 (0:48)

Round 3
Match 49: Jeff Carlucci / Anthony Medel (Q1) def. Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (Q17) 21-15, 21-10 (0:45)
Match 50: Mike DiPierro / Adam Roberts (Q9) def. Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q8) 17-21, 21-17, 15-10
Match 51: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q5) def. Chris Harger / Tony Pray (Q12) 21-13, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 52: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q4) def. Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q13) 21-19, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 53: AJ Mihalic / Brad Torsone (Q3) def. Jake Blair / Leonardo Moraes (Q14) 21-12, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 54: Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q11) def. Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q6) 22-20, 19-21, 21-19 (1:16)
Match 55: Vincent Robbins / Jason Wight (Q23) def. Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q7) 22-20, 12-21, 20-18 (1:08)
Match 56: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q2) def. Ryan Cronin / Ivan Mercer (Q18) 21-13, 21-14

Round 4
Match 57: Mike DiPierro / Adam Roberts (Q9) def. Jeff Carlucci / Anthony Medel (Q1) 26-24, 29-27 (1:16)
Match 58: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q4) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q5) 21-18, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 59: AJ Mihalic / Brad Torsone (Q3) def. Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q11) 30-28, 21-18 (0:58)
Match 60: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q2) def. Vincent Robbins / Jason Wight (Q23) 21-9, 21-14 (0:37)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1

Match 1: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (16) def. Albert Hannemann / Scott Lane (17) 22-20, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 2: Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (9) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (24, Q4) 19-21, 21-14, 15-10 (1:02)
Match 3: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21, Q2) def. Nick Lucena / Sean Rooney (12) 21-17, 21-19 (0:38)
Match 4: Jose Loiola / Mark Williams (13) def. Brad Torsone / AJ Mihalic (20, Q3) 21-19, 25-23 (0:45)
Match 5: Ty Loomis / Ed Ratledge (19) def. Jason Lee / Matt Heath (14) 21-17, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 6: Jason Ring / George Roumain (11) def. Scott Davenport / Chip McCaw (22) 21-12, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 7: Larry Witt / Chad Mowrey (10) def. Mike DiPierro / Adam Roberts (23, Q9) 21-17, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 8: Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (18) def. Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (15) 21-17, 21-18 (0:43)

Round 2
Match 9: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (16) 21-19, 23-25, 15-12 (1:10)
Match 10: Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (8) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (9) 23-21, 22-20 (0:48)
Match 11: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21, Q2) 21-17, 19-21, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 12: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (4) def. Jose Loiola / Mark Williams (13) 21-13, 19-21, 15-13 (1:06)
Match 13: Ty Loomis / Ed Ratledge (19) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) 21-17, 17-21, 15-10 (1:02)
Match 14: Jason Ring / George Roumain (11) def. John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (6) 18-21, 21-18, 17-15 (0:59)
Match 15: Larry Witt / Chad Mowrey (10) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (7) 21-14, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 16: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (18) 21-16, 21-16 (0:41)

Round 3

Match 17: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (8) 19-21, 23-21, 15-10 (1:08)
Match 18: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (4) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) 21-16, 20-22, 17-15 (1:10)
Match 19: Ty Loomis / Ed Ratledge (19) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (11) 21-13, 15-21, 15-12 (0:58)
Match 20: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Larry Witt / Chad Mowrey (10) 21-12, 21-19 (0:41)

Round 4
Match 21: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (4) def. Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) 21-19, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 22: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Ty Loomis / Ed Ratledge (19) 21-12, 21-12 (0:34)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (18) def. Albert Hannemann / Scott Lane (17) 21-16, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 24: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (7) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (24, Q4) 22-20, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 25: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (6) def. Nick Lucena / Sean Rooney (12) 21-15, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 26: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. Brad Torsone / AJ Mihalic (20, Q3) 21-17, 21-15 (0:48)
Match 27: Jason Lee / Matt Heath (14) def. Jose Loiola / Mark Williams (13) 18-21, 24-22, 18-16 (1:01)
Match 28: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21, Q2) def. Scott Davenport / Chip McCaw (22) 21-17, 16-21, 15-13 (0:56)
Match 29: Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (9) def. Mike DiPierro / Adam Roberts (23, Q9) 27-25, 21-14 (0:49)
Match 30: Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (15) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (16) 21-18, 21-19 (0:58)

Round 2
Match 31: Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (18) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (7) 36-34, 16-21, 19-17 (1:30)
Match 32: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (6) 21-16, 21-19 (0:58)
Match 33: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21, Q2) def. Jason Lee / Matt Heath (14) 21-19, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 34: Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (15) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (9) 21-19, 21-15 (0:47)

Round 3
Match 35: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (18) 21-17, 18-21, 15-9 (1:01)
Match 36: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (8) 21-12, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 37: Larry Witt / Chad Mowrey (10) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21, Q2) 24-26, 21-15, 16-14 (1:03)
Match 38: Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (15) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (11) 21-18, 21-19 (0:41)

Round 4
Match 39: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) 21-17, 21-18 (0:55)
Match 40: Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (15) def. Larry Witt / Chad Mowrey (10) 21-18, 11-21, 15-10 (1:18)

Round 5
Match 41: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Ty Loomis / Ed Ratledge (19) 21-16, 25-23 (0:50)
Match 42: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (15) 22-20, 21-18 (0:44)

Semifinals
Match 43: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (4) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) 21-13, 21-18 (0:47)
Match 44: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) 21-18, 21-18 (0:49)

Finals
Match 45: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (4) def. Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) 28-26, 21-9 (1:01) 

2006 Men's Tempe,Arizona Tournament Champions >> Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers
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                 Phil Dalhausser                                                                          Todd Rogers                     

Women's Entries:



Women's AVP $91,500 Tempe Open presented by Bud Light
May 5-7, 2006 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
1 Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1 $.19,000.00 360.0 
2  Jennifer Boss Nancy Mason 7 $.13,400.00 324.0 
3 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2 $8,500.00 270.0
3 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 3 $8,500.00 270.0
5 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 4 $5,500.00 216.0
5 Semirames Marins Tatiana Minello 6 $5,500.00 216.0
7 Carrie Dodd Barbra Fontana 9 $4,250.00 180.0
7 Brooke Hanson Sarah Straton 10 $4,250.00 180.0  
9 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 5 $2,600.00 144.0    
9 Nicole Branagh Holly McPeak 8 $2,600.00 144.0
9 Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson Heidi Ilustre 11 $2,600.00 144.0
9 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 13 $2,600.00 144.0
13 Jenny Pavley Paula Roca 15 $1,550.00 108.0
13 Angie Akers Heather Lowe 16 $1,550.00 108.0
13 Brittany Hochevar Logan Tom 20 $1,550.00 108.0
13 Lauren Fendrick Ann Windes 21, Q1 $1,550.00 108.0
17 Angela Lewis Priscilla Lima 12 $750.00 72.0
17 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 14 $750.00 72.0
17 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 17 $750.00 72.0
17 Saralyn Smith Ella Vakhidova 18 $750.00 72.0
17 Ashley Ivy Jenelle Koester 19 $750.00 72.0
17 Sarah White Chrissie Zartman 22, Q10 $750.00 72.0
17 Catie Vagneur Beth Van Fleet 23, Q3 $750.00 72.0
17 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst 24, Q5 $750.00 72.0
25 Jill Changaris Patti Cook Q2 $.00 36.0
25 Cinta Preston Kelly Rowe Q9 $.00 36.0
25 Erin Byrd Paige Davis Q11 $.00 36.0
25 Keao Burdine April Ross Q29 $.00 36.0
29 Meri-de Boyer Krystal McFarland Jackson Q8 $.00 18.0
29 Lisa Marshall Marla O'Hara Q12 $.00 18.0
29 Claire Robertson Tiffany Rodriguez Q13 $.00 18.0
29 Makalani Hovey Stacy Nicks Q15 $.00 18.0
29 Kirstin Olsen Kristi Winters Q16 $.00 18.0
29 Bonnie Levin Franci Van Zwieten Q19 $.00 18.0
29 Angie Hall Laura Ratto Q26 $.00 18.0
29 Leilani Kamahoahoa Angela Knopf Q27 $.00 18.0
37 Kerri Eich Suzana Manole Q4 $.00 12.0
37 Nicki Fusco Alicia Zamparelli Q6 $.00 12.0
37 Kimberly Coleman Lael Fresenius Q7 $.00 12.0
37 Helen Reale Carrie Wright Q14 $.00 12.0
37 Heather Alley Barb Sanson Q17 $.00 12.0
37 Jennifer Lombardi Amber Willey Q18 $.00 12.0
37 Charnette Fair Anne McArthur Q20 $.00 12.0
37 Maggie Philgence Teri Zartman Q21 $.00 12.0
37 Wendy Martin Kim Whitney Q22 $.00 12.0
37 Gabriela Roney Lenka Urbanova Q23 $.00 12.0
37 Sara Fredrickson Jean Mathews Q24 $.00 12.0
37 Dana Schilling Caroline Skacel Q25 $.00 12.0
37 Veronique Baudon Jana Monello Q30 $.00 12.0
37 Michelle Hart Jennifer Walker Q31 $.00 12.0
37 Janelle Ruen Jennifer Snyder Q32 $.00 12.0
37 Kris Bredehoft Shayla Glendenning Q37 $.00 12.0
53 Pamela Lubben Dawn Tischauser Q28 $.00 8.0
53 Elsa Binder Sara Dukes Q33 $.00 8.0
53 Shannon Christianson Laura Jong Q34 $.00 8.0
53 Laurel Riechmann Shannon Sneed Q35 $.00 8.0
53 Angela McHenry Lisa Rutledge Q36 $.00 8.0
53 Tanya Bond Valerie Duringer Q38 $.00 8.0
53 Antoinette Cocco Marla Gomez Q39 $.00 8.0
53 Carrie Bowers Erica Lott Q40 $.00 8.0
53 Brandy Kosty Sandy Martin Q41 $.00 8.0
 
Women's AVP $91,500 Tempe Open presented by Bud Light
May 5-7, 2006 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder (Q32) def. Sara Dukes / Elsa Binder (Q33) 21-18, 21-15 (0:41)
Match 6: Sara Fredrickson / Jean Mathews (Q24) def. Brandy Kosty / Sandy Martin (Q41) 21-17, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 7: Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q25) def. Carrie Bowers / Erica Lott (Q40) 21-7, 21-7 (0:32)
Match 10: Kris Bredehoft / Shayla Glendenning (Q37) def. Pamela Lubben / Dawn Tischauser (Q28) 21-19, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 15: Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q29) def. Angela McHenry / Lisa Rutledge (Q36) 19-21, 21-11, 17-15 (0:59)
Match 18: Veronique Baudon / Jana Monello (Q30) def. Shannon Sneed / Laurel Riechmann (Q35) 21-6, 21-8 (0:35)
Match 23: Leilani Kamahoahoa / Angela Knopf (Q27) def. Valerie Duringer / Tanya Bond (Q38) 16-21, 21-13, 15-13 (1:02)
Match 26: Angie Hall / Laura Ratto (Q26) def. Antoinette Cocco / Marla Gomez (Q39) 21-18, 21-12 (0:42)
Match 31: Michelle Hart / Jennifer Walker (Q31) def. Shannon Christianson / Laura Jong (Q34) 21-7, 21-19 (0:38)

Round 2
Match 33: Lauren Fendrick / Ann Windes (Q1) def. Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder (Q32) 21-10, 21-7 (0:32)
Match 34: Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters (Q16) def. Heather Alley / Barb Sanson (Q17) 21-15, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 35: Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q9) def. Sara Fredrickson / Jean Mathews (Q24) 21-18, 21-9 (0:37)
Match 36: Meri-de Boyer / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q8) def. Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q25) 23-21, 18-21, 15-12 (0:59)
Match 37: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q5) def. Kris Bredehoft / Shayla Glendenning (Q37) 21-12, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 38: Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q12) def. Maggie Philgence / Teri Zartman (Q21) 15-21, 21-19, 15-11 (0:58)
Match 39: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q13) def. Charnette Fair / Anne McArthur (Q20) 21-19, 21-9 (0:43)
Match 40: Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q29) def. Kerri Eich / Suzana Manole (Q4) 21-18, 21-8 (0:42)
Match 41: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Veronique Baudon / Jana Monello (Q30) 21-18, 21-11 (0:45)
Match 42: Bonnie Levin / Franci Van Zwieten (Q19) def. Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q14) 12-21, 21-18, 16-14 (1:00)
Match 43: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q11) def. Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney (Q22) 21-19, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 44: Leilani Kamahoahoa / Angela Knopf (Q27) def. Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q6) 20-22, 21-12, 17-15 (0:58)
Match 45: Angie Hall / Laura Ratto (Q26) def. Kimberly Coleman / Lael Fresenius (Q7) by Forfeit
Match 46: Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q10) def. Gabriela Roney / Lenka Urbanova (Q23) 21-19, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 47: Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q15) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Amber Willey (Q18) 21-13, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 48: Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (Q2) def. Michelle Hart / Jennifer Walker (Q31) 21-10, 21-11 (0:40)

Round 3
Match 49: Lauren Fendrick / Ann Windes (Q1) def. Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters (Q16) 21-17, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 50: Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q9) def. Meri-de Boyer / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q8) 21-16, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 51: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q5) def. Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q12) 21-11, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 52: Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q29) def. Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q13) 21-19, 14-21, 15-9 (0:58)
Match 53: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Bonnie Levin / Franci Van Zwieten (Q19) 21-13, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 54: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q11) def. Leilani Kamahoahoa / Angela Knopf (Q27) 21-19, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 55: Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q10) def. Angie Hall / Laura Ratto (Q26) 21-11, 21-10 (0:34)
Match 56: Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (Q2) def. Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q15) 21-11, 21-14 (0:38)

Round 4
Match 57: Lauren Fendrick / Ann Windes (Q1) def. Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q9) 21-14, 19-21, 15-9 (0:47)
Match 58: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q5) def. Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q29) 21-19, 20-22, 15-12
Match 59: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q11) 17-21, 21-15, 15-9 (0:59)
Match 60: Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q10) def. Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (Q2) 21-19, 21-15 (0:42)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (16) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (17) 15-21, 21-15, 19-17 (0:44)
Match 2: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Jennifer Fopma (24, Q5) 21-12, 21-17 (0:33)
Match 3: Lauren Fendrick / Ann Windes (21, Q1) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (12) 21-17, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 4: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (13) def. Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (20) 21-11, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 5: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) def. Ashley Ivy / Jenelle Koester (19) 21-14, 21-14
Match 6: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (11) def. Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (22, Q10) 21-15, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 7: Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (23, Q3) 21-19, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 8: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) def. Saralyn Smith / Ella Vakhidova (18) 21-15, 21-16 (0:35)

Round 2
Match 9: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (16) 21-16, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 10: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (8) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) 21-19, 21-18
Match 11: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (5) def. Lauren Fendrick / Ann Windes (21, Q1) 21-16, 21-14 (0:35)
Match 12: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (13) 21-15, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 13: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 21-17, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 14: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (11) def. Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (6) 21-16, 26-24 (0:45)
Match 15: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) def. Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) 21-19, 21-17
Match 16: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) 21-15, 21-14 (0:40)

Round 3
Match 17: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (8) 21-11, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 18: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (5) 21-19, 29-27 (0:49)
Match 19: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (11) 21-19, 21-18 (0:48)
Match 20: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) 19-21, 27-25, 15-13 (1:10)

Round 4
Match 21: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) 21-14, 15-21, 20-18 (0:53)
Match 22: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) 21-18, 21-16 (0:39)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (17) 21-13, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 24: Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Jennifer Fopma (24, Q5) 21-8, 21-17 (0:31)
Match 25: Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (6) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (12) 21-19, 22-20 (0:51)
Match 26: Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (20) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 18-21, 21-17, 15-12 (0:48)
Match 27: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (13) def. Ashley Ivy / Jenelle Koester (19) 21-18, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 28: Lauren Fendrick / Ann Windes (21, Q1) def. Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (22, Q10) 21-13, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 29: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (23, Q3) 21-15, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 30: Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (16) def. Saralyn Smith / Ella Vakhidova (18) 21-10, 18-21, 15-9 (0:41)

Round 2
Match 31: Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (15) 17-21, 21-17, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 32: Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (6) def. Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (20) 19-21, 21-11, 15-8 (0:51)
Match 33: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (13) def. Lauren Fendrick / Ann Windes (21, Q1) 21-13, 17-21, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 34: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) def. Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (16) 21-23, 21-19, 15-10 (1:03)

Round 3
Match 35: Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (5) 27-25, 21-13 (0:50)
Match 36: Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (6) def. Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (8) 21-19, 21-16 (0:44)
Match 37: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (13) 19-21, 21-13, 15-5 (0:57)
Match 38: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (11) 21-15, 21-18 (0:30)

Round 4
Match 39: Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (6) def. Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) 21-16, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 40: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) 21-13, 21-18 (0:40)

Round 5
Match 41: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (6) 23-21, 19-21, 15-11 (1:02)
Match 42: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) 21-15, 21-15 (0:38)

Semifinals
Match 43: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) 21-17, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 44: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 21-14, 21-16 (0:40)

Finals
Match 45: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) 21-19, 21-8 (0:45)     
 
2006 Women's Tempe,Arizona Tournament Champions >>Misty May/Kerri Walsh

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           Misty May                                                                              Kerri Walsh


Articles 2006:

Nick Lucena Is Fired Up For Tempe

By Colleen Murray
April 25, 2006
Nick Lucena doesn't have any kind of pre-game ritual. He doesn't listen to a particular song before a match. He doesn't put on eye black. He doesn't yell into a mirror or jump up and down in excitement. The way Nick gets himself fired up before hitting the sand is pretty simple: he looks at his former partner, Phil Dalhausser.
"I get pumped up every time I play against him. I do a little trash talking," Nick admits. "It's not that big of a deal. I just do it for fun."
Keeping things fun embodies Nick's personality. However, while maintaining his humor and sarcasm, Nick has proven himself to be a serious opponent. Only playing in the AVP since 2003, he has already registered a first-place finish and racked up some impressive statistics, and this year, he has embarked on a new partnership with volleyball prodigy Sean Rooney.
"I'm excited to be playing with [Sean]. He's a 6'10, 22-year-old kid with all this potential," Nick, 26, said about his new partner. "He's a hard worker and he's already achieved a lot in indoor. He's kind of like my old partner; Phil."
Before this season, Nick played all but three matches with Phil. In Austin in 2005, the two notched their first title. They won three times in the contenders bracket and defeated the three top teams to take home first place.
"In the back of my mind, I always thought we could win a tournament," Nick said. "Did I think it would happen last year? As the season progressed, I got more and more confident."
Nick's self-assurance has shown. In 2005, he ranked first in kills with 1,417 and fifth in digs (803). His confidence may have been boosted when he returned to his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open. There, Nick played with Mark Williams. Although Mark is not going to have an active role on the tour this summer because he intends to become a police officer in Irvine, Calif., he and Nick took advantage of their opportunity to play together in Florida, coming in as the eighth seed.
Along with playing on the same side of the net as Mark, the first tournament of 2006 marked another fun moment for Nick: he got to use his trash-talking skill when he faced off against Phil and Phil's new partner, Todd Rogers. After the verbal sparring across the net, Nick and Mark won the match and placed seventh in the tournament.
With a solid finish under his belt, Nick is looking forward to starting to play with Sean, who won the 2005 NCAA player of the year award and a national championship in his senior season at Pepperdine. Less than a month later, Sean transitioned to the beach and made the main draw four times. With Sean and Nick's talent, the two make a formidable opponent.
"The only thing is we don't have any experience. All these older teams have that, but it's a long season, we'll get better," Nick said.
Despite his optimism, Nick, by no means, thinks that his season will be a walk in the park. Because Sean spent four months playing overseas in Korea, he and Nick weren't able to practice right away. Nick sees this slight disadvantage along with the fact that teams are not only maturing, but partners are switching to maximize their potential.
"It's getting harder and harder. The teams are getting better and better," Nick said.
Although the partnership is fairly green -- the two won't see much practice before they debut as partners in the Tempe Open --Nick, however, isn't too worried.
"We'll probably just whip through it with our athleticism," Nick said.
Nick knows what his athleticism has been able to do and has the first place title to prove it. Until he and Sean get a chance to prove themselves, Nick is just taking his fun-loving attitude and enjoying life as a beach volleyball player.
"It's better than any other job," Nick said.

Michelle More and Suzanne Stonebarger are ready for a big run in 2006
By Matt Zuvela
April 27, 2006
At Michelle More and Suzanne Stonebarger's apartment in Redondo Beach, there isn't much conversation between the two roommates. Even when they cook breakfast together before heading to the beach for practice, they hardly say a word to each other. But these two rising stars on the AVP tour aren't mad at each other -- in fact it's quite the opposite.
"We don't talk much at home because we've got nothing to talk about! We know everything about each other!" says More after a practice at the Hermosa Beach Pier with Stonebarger.
To the average spectator watching them practice, More and Stonebarger look like any of the other teams out on the beach training that day. At 6'1", More takes the role of the tall blocker, and the 5'9" Stonebarger is the quicker defensive player. But as soon as they step off the court and into a restaurant near the beach to be interviewed for this story, it is clear that they share a very close friendship as well.
They regularly crack themselves up with mere glances at each other, and they even order the same thing for lunch -- soup and a salad. The two have been living and playing together for a long time, and their solid friendship is the core of their beach volleyball careers. Without each other, it is likely they would never have set foot on a beach court.
"If we weren't playing together we probably wouldn't be playing," said Stonebarger.
The two friends met in college at the University of Nevada, Reno as teammates on the Wolf Pack's indoor volleyball team. More was a dominant presence at the net, setting all three of Nevada's career block records and the single season kill record. Behind More on defense was Stonebarger, who holds the record for career digs and has the top two single season dig totals.
Stonebarger graduated a year before More in 2002 and went on to join the US National training team in Colorado Springs. The two reunited after More graduated in 2003 and they moved together to Southern California.
Initially the plan was to live and work in California and enjoy the beach lifestyle. Neither of them had any previous experience playing on the beach, and playing volleyball was the last thing on their minds. It was Stonebarger's father who gave them the idea to try and continue playing together on the sand.
"You never know unless you give it a shot," Stonebarger's father told her.
With nothing to lose, More and Stonebarger entered their first tournament at the Fort Lauderdale Open in 2004. They worked their way through the qualifiers and after entering the main draw were matched up against Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, who went on to win the Olympic Gold medal in Athens later that summer. Walsh and May-Treanor made short work of the two newcomers, but it was the beginning of a career that has taken off for More and Stonebarger.
During the 2005 season More and Stonebarger routinely matched up with some of the tour's top teams and did surprisingly well, with a highest finish of ninth. After the season, they realized they might be able to make something of themselves as beach players and began to take their training more seriously.
"The first season we did not train at all. We were just playing for fun," More said. "Then we realized we could actually play and do well. Last off season was the first year we took it seriously and trained hard."
Part of the reason has been a sponsorship with OP Apparel, which has given them the ability to focus more of their attention on volleyball.
"I think a support system backing you and making you want to come through is a big deal. That pushes us to work really hard in the off season and take it seriously," More said.
"We've prioritized volleyball as number one," adds Stonebarger.
This season is the first time More and Stonebarger have trained under a coach. Danalee Corso has helped their game as they make the transition from indoor players to beach players.
"Having a coach has helped us so much. It's been very key in our success," More said. "Both of us are such indoor players. We didn't really think like beach players, and you really need to make that transition. It's a hard transition to change your whole volleyball mindset."
Their hard work in the off season paid off when the two returned to Fort Lauderdale for this year's AVP tour opener.
More and Stonebarger took fifth place overall, only losing to the two teams who ended up in the finals: Walsh and May-Treanor, and Nancy Mason and Jennifer Boss.
Their approach to the game has changed and they have set their sights high for the 2006 season.
"We're a lot more focused this year than in the past because our expectations are a lot higher than they have ever been," Stonebarger said. "We expect a lot more from ourselves."
Although they have been taking their game more seriously and are gaining more exposure on the AVP tour (including an appearance as models in the 2006 AVP calendar) their friendship is still most important to More and Stonebarger.
"Our friendship is first and foremost," said More. "We could have maybe gone with more experienced and better [partners], but we wanted to do it together and we wanted to grow together."

AVP Tempe Open Presented by Bud Light Preview
By Doug Strauss
May 2, 2006
The Tempe Open Presented by Bud Light is the second pro beach volleyball tournament of the year, but in several ways it is the true season opener. While the first event was in Florida a month ago, the four weekends off since then nearly equals the combined number of weekends off until the season ends in mid-September. And after all, since CROCS signed on in mid-April to become the title sponsor of the tour, this will literally be the first event of the 2006 AVP CROCS Tour.
If history repeats itself, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, along with Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, will be the ones once again hoisting the oversized checks at the end of the tournament on Sunday afternoon. Both of those teams won in Florida, and they also have some Tempe history on their sides. May-Treanor and Walsh have won each of the last three tournaments in this college town, all three times being seeded first as they will be this year. And on the men's side the last three winners have all been seeded second, as will Gibb and Rosenthal for this event.
Both genders have had some shake-ups since the Florida event, but perhaps the biggest effect will be seen on the women's side. Tyra Turner and Makare Wilson, the fourth-ranked team last year, missed the season opener but will be playing in Tempe. They will be looking to show exactly how far they've come in a short period of time, as just two years ago they did not even make it out of the qualifier in Tempe, their only domestic event not making it to the main draw. Since then, though, Turner and Wilson have finished fifth or higher 12 times.
Logan Tom will be making her pro beach volleyball debut. Tom, a four-time first-team All-American, a two-time NCAA Player of the Year, and a two-time Olympian, is hoping to translate all of her indoor achievements into success on the sand. She will be playing someone one day younger than her, Brittany Hochevar. Hochevar has experience in four main draws, with three different partners. She too has experienced success indoors, having been a second-team All-American for Long Beach State, an alternate on the 2004 Olympic team, and a professional outside of the U.S.
With Tempe being a smaller event in terms of number of courts used and therefore the number of teams that can participate, this added depth will make for a challenging road for the eventual winner. In the Ft. Lauderdale Open, three women's teams seeded 15th or lower pulled upsets and finished in seventh place or better. One of those teams was Michelle More and Suzanne Stonebarger, former college teammates who placed a career-best fifth place after knocking off three teams in a row seeded above them.
Also registering three upsets was the tandem of Jennifer (Kessy) Boss and Nancy Mason, who were playing together domestically for the first time. In four international events together last year, the duo finished fifth three times and fourth once. A second-round defeat in Ft. Lauderdale sent them to the contender's bracket, where they battled all the way back to the championship match. Boss and Mason won the first game, but were unable to put away the eventual champions, May-Treanor and Walsh.
Another sign of how the women's field is strengthening is the fact that Holly McPeak, the all-time wins leader with 72 victories and the fifth-ranked individual last season, is seeded eighth this event with her partner Nicole Branagh. That seed marks her lowest in a domestic event since the 1995 season opener, in part due to their having to forfeit the ninth-place match in Florida because of the heat. Each of the three years the AVP has visited Tempe, McPeak has advanced to the semifinals, and this season she will be looking to do so with her third different partner.
Despite all the partner changes that occurred on the men's side during the off-season, the top seeds in Ft. Lauderdale performed pretty much as expected; the top four teams all finished in fifth place or better despite each team playing together for the first time. Gibb and Rosenthal swept through all of their competition, including top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger in the finals. One of the biggest surprises was 13th-seeded Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, the gold medalists from the 2000 Olympics, advancing to the semifinals, though perhaps it should not have been.
Helped by their strong finish in Ft. Lauderdale, Blanton and Fonoimoana worked their way up to a coveted spot for Tempe, a top eight seed. With a 24-team bracket being used for both the men's and women's fields, the top eight seeds in both genders receive a bye in the first round. That could play a big part in this event, as those teams would have to play just two matches on Saturday (assuming they win both), helping to avoid all of the heat-related problems that players encountered in Florida last month.
In addition to Blanton and Fonoimoana, the only other main draw team in Tempe that has played together in more than 12 events is the team of Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer. They won two tournaments last year and will be looking to, if not win the tournament, at least advance to the semifinals, which they have yet to do in three previous outings in Tempe. Tempe has not been a good place for repeat performances though. In the three years the AVP has held an event there, no team has been able to participate in more than one semifinal; there have been 12 different teams advancing to the Final Four.
Due to a knee injury, the men's career victory leader, Karch Kiraly, will not be playing. Kiraly, who has played in eight career finals in the state of Arizona, will have to wait until a future tournament to build upon the fifth-place finish he got in his first tournament with Larry Witt. Witt will compete in Tempe with Chad Mowrey instead.
Mike Lambert won three events in 2005, and two of them came in events played partially under the lights. In Cincinnati in July, Lambert and John Hyden teamed together for the first time, and won in an event which, like Tempe this year, featured some night matches. In Las Vegas, another tournament held under the lights, Lambert claimed victory in the individual format event that gave him his seventh career victory. The AVP Tempe Open Presented by Bud Light will feature two matches under the lights on Saturday night and live music by The Chadwicks. Nine of the 14 open events this season will include play at night.
All the new partnerships also mean that a new winner is likely. Only four men's teams entered in Tempe have won a title; Blanton and Fonoimoana have won five, Fuerbringer and Jennings three, Gibb and Rosenthal one, and Jason Ring and George Roumain one. Just three women's partnerships have yielded tournament titles; May-Treanor and Walsh have a record-best 48 wins, Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan have eight, and Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs have won three times.
With the tournament in the same town as Arizona State, Tammy Leibl will feel right at home. Leibl, formerly Tammy Liley, enjoyed an outstanding career at ASU, getting elected into the ASU Hall of Fame. She is teaming with Dianne DeNecochea, and as a top eight seed will have a first-round bye in the main draw. At least four other former Sun Devils will be striving to reach the main draw; as Shannon Sneed, Timothy Cornelissen, Tom Slauterbeck and Tom Witt all are playing in the qualifier.
AVP ANNALS
For the fourth straight year, the AVP is including Tempe on the schedule. The men have had 12 unique teams reach the semifinals, with Jake Gibb, Jeff Nygaard, and Dax Holdren the only individuals to appear in two Final Fours. The 2003 event marked Mike Whitmarsh's final career victory, while the next season Sean Scott logged his first career win. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh have won all three events, defeating three different teams. Twice the women's championship match went three games, but May-Treanor and Walsh swept all other opponents leading up to the finals.

On the Same Side of the Net
By Colleen Murray
May 1, 2006
To hear Sean Scott tell it, beach volleyball seems to be set up like the sports world's version of "Temptation Island." Imagine beaches, filled with the best beach volleyball players in the nation. All are already paired up but each of these pairs face off against each other sooner or later, whether it's in practice or at a scheduled event. If a team suffers a few bad games or even a few bad matches, switching partners seems like a lucrative possibility.
"You play the same teams over and over. You get to know people's strengths, and you get to know people's weaknesses," Sean said. "There are a lot of guys that have done well but then they say, 'If I play with this guy, here's this possibility.'"
Sean, the 2005 AVP Most Improved Player, is one of those guys. Sean and partner Todd Rogers, who at the end of 2005 had played in more tournaments together than any other then-active U.S. team, decided to part ways. Todd paired up with Phil Dalhausser and Sean was left looking for a partner.
"I'm more of a blocker, so I was looking for someone who was a good defender," Sean said. "You kind of have an idea of guys who you'd like to play with, so it's kind of dominoes from there."
Funny enough, out of all the people on the metaphoric beach volleyball island, Dax Holdren, Todd's former partner, sat at the top of Sean's list. Dax, whose 11 victories are the most for an American man this century, ended his most recent partnership with Jeff Nygaard and was also on the market for someone with whom to play.
"I got in contact with Dax," Sean said. "Some people practice a few times and see how it works out. For us, it was just a decision we made. We were like, 'Hey, let's give it a shot.'"
Despite the seeming ease of this decision-making process, Sean noted that some adjustments have had to be made.
"Todd is right-handed and Dax is left-handed, so I've had to adjust my angles to get used to that," Sean said.
But playing with Dax has also offered up some pleasant surprises.
"(Dax) sides out well," Sean said.
Sean and Dax aren't the only set of new partners this year. In fact, of the top 10 teams in points earned in 2005, only Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer are slated to play together during the 2006 season.
According to Sean, the possibility of seeing Beijing in 2008 has incited all the switching.
"This is a good year to make that change (in partners). The Olympics are in 2008 and the qualifying process is in 2007. 2006 is a test year," Sean said.
Like Sean, Dax has Olympic dreams in mind. He even says that was a motivating factor for the switch.
"I feel like Sean and I have the best chance to win and get to the 2008 Olympics," Dax said.
Although he is optimistic, Dax is also realistic about adjusting to life with a new partner.
"I expect that we will be in a position to win every tournament, but I do think it might take a few tournaments to be hitting on all cylinders," Dax said.
If Dax and Sean gel sooner rather than later, they may just be the envy of the rest of the beach volleyball island.

Lucena pairs up with Rooney for Tempe
Published May 4, 2006
Courtesy Of Sun Sentinel
Former Western player Nick Lucena has a new partner for this weekend's AVP Beach Volleyball Pro Tour stop in Tempe, Ariz.
Lucena of Davie, ranked first in kills (1,417) and fifth in digs (803) during the 2005 season, will play with 2005 NCAA MVP Sean Rooney.
At last month's AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale, he and Australian Olympian Mark Williams finished seventh. One of the wins was against former partner Phil Dalhausser and his new partner Todd Rogers.
After a four-week break, the tour resumes for the nation's top men and women pro beach volleyball players including top-ranked Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor of Coral Springs at the AVP Tempe Open. Qualifying for top local men and women from South Florida is Friday.

Volleyball career amazes ASU grad
Tammy Leibl went on to Olympic, pro fame
Cameron Eickmeyer
The Arizona Republic
May. 4, 2006 12:00 AM
When Tammy Leibl stands in front of her son's kindergarten to speak about her career, she rattles off a resume far different from that of most parents.
The former Arizona State University volleyball star has represented the United States in three Olympics, won a bronze medal, played in 400 international matches and made a living in professional beach volleyball.
But the children will likely look at her career with as much amazement as Leibl still does. advertisement 
"I think all of my career was a surprise," she said.
Leibl will be one of the stars at the 2006 AVP Crocs Tempe Open, beginning Friday at Tempe Beach Park. Playing close to her college stomping grounds is a bonus for the one-time All-America selection.
"Just because I went to school there I think it's great," she said.
Leibl played for the Sun Devils from 1984-88 and put together one of the best volleyball careers in school history. She earned All-Pac-10 honors as a junior and senior and was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame in 1996.
Debbie Brown, who coached Leibl at ASU and now heads the Notre Dame program, said the 5-foot-11 star didn't turn heads early in her college career. Leibl didn't start playing volleyball until her sophomore year of high school and was a late bloomer in college.
Brown joked that coaches from outside the Pac-10 didn't know who Leibl was during her first two years of college but knew everything about her by the time she graduated.
"During her junior and senior season every team knew that if they were going to beat us they were going to have to stop Tammy," Brown said.
Leibl said she never looked at volleyball as a career option and took each level of competition as a gift.
"Every step that I took, everybody was so good," she said. "I think I just played hard and loved to compete and that got me to the next level. Once I got there I couldn't believe it."
After college, Leibl set off on a tear through the international ranks and made her mark with the U.S. National team in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Each of the three Games had a different meaning to Leibl.
"All of them really meant something different because you're at a different part of your life," she said.
The Seoul Games were special because they were her first, in Barcelona she won a bronze medal and then she played in front of a home crowd in Atlanta.
Leibl, who lives in Del Mar, Calif., now makes her name and her money on the AVP Tour. She earned $30,750 last season with partner Dianne DeNecochea.
Leibl, 41, was named AVP Rookie of the Year in 2004 despite being the tour's oldest player at 39. Leibl said she and DeNecochea, 38, have challenges that most of the other pairs on the tour don't face.
The two compete against younger athletes and also balance training with raising their families.
"To still compete at this level should be commended somehow," Leibl said, stressing that she loves being a mother and enjoys the perk of seeing her oldest of two boys beginning to keep score at events such as the Tempe Open.
"It's a really neat combination that we're able to (raise children) and that's overlooked because of (beach volleyball's) connection to the beach and the young beautiful image that's connected to it."

Beach volleyball tournament hits Tempe sand
Jahna Berry
The Arizona Republic
May. 5, 2006 12:00 AM
The superstars of the professional beach volleyball world will arrive today to compete at the AVP Tempe Open, kicking off three days of stargazing, athleticism and skin at Tempe Town Lake.
The Association of Volleyball Professionals event, which visits 16 cities this year, is also an important tourist draw for Tempe.
Tourism officials expect this year's tournament to bring thousands of spectators and more than $2 million of economic impact to the city. A 2004 study of the event said that the average group of tournament visitors included 2.4 people who spent $226 a day. advertisement 
"Obviously, to have a event of that stature is a big plus for the community," said Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau President Stephanie Nowack, who was part of initial talks to bring the tour to Tempe.
It's an annual tradition to transform Tempe Beach Park into a real beach for the tournament, but it wasn't always so.
Rewind to three years ago. Tempe Town Lake was still in its infancy and the AVP was emerging from financial insolvency. The organization was looking to re-energize its pro volleyball tour and was looking for a home in the Valley after a six-year absence, said Leonard Armato, CEO and commissioner of the 16-city tour. Around the same time, Armato acquired the tour and was making changes to try and strengthen the event.
The group had held previous tournaments in Scottsdale, but AVP took an interest in Tempe, Armato said.
"It has a lot of qualities that we were looking for. It's a health-minded community. It's a sports-minded community," said Armato, who is married to three-time beach volleyball Olympian Holly McPeak, who will compete this weekend.
Since the city was losing the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, it was more likely that the city would "embrace" the AVP tour, he added.
The 2003 inaugural Tempe event was popular: even during early tournament play, which typically draws smaller crowds, the 3,000-seat stadium court was packed.
In 2004, an estimated 16,000 people attended and larger numbers are expected this year. Organizers hope that night matches, which have been added to the lineup, will bring spectators who don't want to brave the desert heat.
While Tempe doesn't draw the largest crowds on the tour, the Valley event has a lot of potential to grow, Armato said.

Lights, volleyball, action 
By Al Bravo, For the Tribune
May 5, 2006
Auto racing has tried it. Football has been doing it on Monday for years. Now it's volleyball's turn to experiment with playing under the lights.
The Tempe Open, the second stop on the Association of Volleyball Players tour begins today at Tempe Beach Park.
With temperatures approaching triple digits during the day, the Saturday night matches will be a welcome change of pace.
“I guess I won’t wear my dark sunglasses,” said Sean Rosenthal, who teamed with new partner Jake Gibb for a season opening win at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a month ago. “But it should be a lot of fun.”
Reigning AVP most valuable player Gibb hopes to get to Sunday's afternoon final but said numerous partner changes in the offseason have everyone guessing who will be the team to beat.
“There will be maybe six or eight teams that should be better than everyone else. We just want to be one of them,” Gibb said from his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
“Something like nine of 10 of the top teams from a year ago switched but that’s just the way volleyball is — it’s cutthroat,” said Rosenthal, a 25-year-old tour veteran. “This year there are a lot of teams gearing up for the (2008 Beijing) Olympics and trying to see if they mesh together.”
Gibb has a score to settle. Despite his MVP season, partner Stein Metzger — with whom he won the Tempe stop last year — switched partners this year. Gibb and Rosenthal beat Metzger and Mike Lambert in Florida, so a rivalry may be brewing.
The AVP stop in Tempe is in its fourth year and could witness the continued dominance of 2004 Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.
The popular team won 10 of 13 events in 2005 and was runner-up in the other three. They’ve won all three Tempe tournaments and have more than double the victories (25) than the second-place team (12). But does that mean the rest of field simply competes for second place?
“I think we’re all trying to win, and they’ve shown some vulnerabilities,” 10-year veteran Nancy Mason said. “There are ways to beat them.”

Dumped MVP Gibb enjoys taste of revenge
José E. Garcia
The Arizona Republic
May. 5, 2006 12:00 AM
The tall, attractive ones sometimes think they won't get dumped.
Jake Gibb didn't think he would. Gibb is the reigning MVP of the Association of Volleyball Professionals, and his height (6 feet 7) helps him raise one of beach volleyball's best blocks.
Gibb teamed up with one of the best defenders, Stein Metzger, for the first time last year, and they won AVP Team of the Year honors and $217,900 in combined prize money, but it wasn't enough to keep them together. Metzger dumped Gibb for childhood friend and 2004 MVP Mike Lambert.
Gibb didn't mope for long, and it didn't take him long to beat his former partner. Gibb teamed up with one of the AVP's rising stars, Sean Rosenthal, and they beat Metzger and Lambert in the AVP season opener last month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. After a month off, Gibb, Rosenthal and the AVP visit Tempe this weekend to continue one of the intriguing story lines at the Tempe Open beach volleyball tournament.
"It's strange," said Gibb of the breakup. "It was the first time in many years that an MVP got dumped. It was somewhat of a shocker for that reason. It's unusual."
While it's strange for an MVP to get dumped, partner swapping is pretty much an annual rite on the tour.
The Gibb-Metzger break-up led to the split of nine of the AVP's top-10 teams last season. The shakeup may begin to taper off, though. Players are gearing up for the 2008 Olympics, and teams need to start earning points to earn one of the Olympic team's spots.
Gibb and Metzger won the Tempe Open last year. Metzger-Lambert are the top seeds this week, with Gibb and Rosenthal No. 2, just as in Fort Lauderdale. When these teams met in last month's final, it was the first time the top two seeds of an AVP tournament reached the final since the 2000 season.
"It was a very friendly match," Gibb said. "(Metzger) is still a good friend, but I've never wanted to win a match more than that one."
Gibb and Rosenthal fell behind early in that match, but they held on for a two-game championship sweep. They became the first team to sweep six matches in a tournament since the 2002 season.
The April final was a rematch of a tournament last season in Las Vegas that pairs players who don't normally play together. Metzger-Lambert won.
"I was waiting to get my hands on them again after Vegas," Rosenthal said. "Everybody knows that this game is real cut-throat. It's part of the game. There are definitely no bad feelings, though. We are still good friends."
Gibb, 30, calls his partnership with Rosenthal "the odd couple" for different reasons. Unlike most players on the tour, Gibb and Rosenthal, who live in Southern California, didn't play volleyball or any organized sports in high school or college.
This is the first time Rosenthal, 25, is working with a coach, who just happens to be a sport legend, Mike Dodd. Teaming up with Gibb has allowed the athletic Rosenthal - the "Kobe Bryant of the tour," Gibb said - to strictly play in the back row, where he feels more comfortable.
When needed, Rosenthal can still use his 36- to 40-inch vertical jump to crush the ball.
"I can't wait to see how good we can get with our coaching," Rosenthal said. "We got a little taste in the last tournament, and it was a good taste."

Kerri and Misty, Jake and Rosie Look to Secure Second Consecutive Tour Victory
May 5, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. (May 5, 2006) - Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor look to capture their fourth consecutive victory in Tempe, Ariz. and the second consecutive Tour stop victory of the 2006 season. In the 2005 Tempe Open finals, Walsh and May-Treanor defeated Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs 20-22, 21-18, 15-13. Walsh and May-Treanor play on stadium court at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6.
On the men's side, Jake Gibb looks to return to the finals of the Tempe Open for the second consecutive year in Tempe, Ariz. but this time with new partner Sean Rosenthal. Gibb and Rosenthal dominated the first 2006 Tour stop in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. going undefeated throughout the entire tournament and eventually defeated Mike Lambert and former partner Stein Metzger in the finals 25-23, 21-16. Gibb and Rosenthal play at 10 a.m. on feature Court 1.
Logan Tom, one of the most accomplished indoor volleyball players ever, makes her professional beach volleyball debut Saturday, May 6 at the 2006 AVP Crocs Cup Tempe Open. Logan is a two-time Olympian in indoor volleyball, an NCAA Champion at Stanford in 2001, a four-time NCAA All-American and two-time AVCA National College Player of the year. She will pair up with high school friend and US Nationals teammate Brittany Hochevar. Logan will play her first match at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
Four teams from the qualifier men and women have advanced to the main draw Saturday morning. Women: Lauren Fendrick/Ann Windes, Jennifer Fopma/Stacy Rouwenhorst, Catie Vagneur/Beth Van Fleet and Sarah White/Chrissie Zartman. Men: Mike DiPierro/Adam Roberts, Ran Kumgisky/Matt Prosser, A.J. Mihalic/Brad Torson and Ben Koski/Jeff Minc.
The main draw of the AVP Crocs Cup Tempe Open begins Saturday, May 6 beginning at 8:00 a.m. and closing with the AVP's first ever night session here in Tempe, Ariz. at the Tempe Open from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Ariz.
Men and women's finals are on Sunday, May 7 with the men's final at 2:30 p.m. with the women following at 4:00 p.m.

New pair aiming to build on success
José E. Garcia
The Arizona Republic
May. 6, 2006 12:00 AM
Nancy Mason and Jennifer Boss are hoping for a better Saturday than the last.
In the Association of Volleyball Professional's 2006 tournament opener, Mason and Boss lost in the second round, knocking them into the contender's bracket after their second AVP match as a team. It was a pivotal moment that would test their partnership during April's Fort Lauderdale Open.
Mason and Boss rebounded, reaching that tournament's final, where they pushed the tour's dominant forces, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, to three games before losing. It's still too early to tell if one of the tour's newest experiments can consistently compete with May-Treanor and Walsh, but Mason and Boss will continue to find out today when they take the sand at Tempe Town Lake in the Tempe Open. advertisement 
Mason and Boss became the lowest seeded team (No. 8) to reach an AVP final since 2003. After losing in the second round, the duo said they didn't lose faith in each other. But it received a stern test in the semifinals, when they played third-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan. Mason and Boss didn't threaten Davis and Jordan in the first game, dropping a 21-10 decision.
"We looked at each other and said, 'We battled all the way back to get to the semifinals. We are here to win and be in the finals,' " Mason said.
They did just that, then jumped on May-Treanor and Walsh for a 21-19 win in the first game of the final. But they blamed a lost aggressiveness for losing the next two games, 21-19, 15-9.
It was unusual for two competitors known for their intensity. Mason admits that when she's in tournament mode, it can carry over beyond the court, creating a perception that she doesn't want to talk to anybody.
"It's hard to turn it off," she admitted.
Boss is also known for her fierceness, but Mason has discovered a hidden side to her new partner.
"She is surprisingly sweet," Mason said.
That could be because Boss isn't as bogged down with the high expectations she carried last year. She said she wanted to be so perfect last year that she didn't enjoy her most successful season as a pro while playing with the AVP's all-time wins leader, Holly McPeak.
"I'm more free spirited now," Boss, 28, said. "Everything doesn't have to be perfect."

Tempe Open notes
A knee injury will keep Karch Kiraly, the AVP's career victory leader, out of the tournament.
• Arizona State Hall of Famer Tammy Liley Leibl, 41, and partner Dianne DeNecochea are seeded No. 5. Other former Sun Devils include Shannon Sneed, Timothy Cornelissen, Tom Slauterbeck and Tom Witt.
• Other locals in the field are John Moran (Phoenix), Brian Genthe (Chandler), Rico Becker (Phoenix), Sandy Martin (Mesa) and Heather Alley (Scottsdale).

The Stars Came Out Saturday Night to Play Under the Lights
May 6, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. (May 6, 2006) - Top seeded Olympic Gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh advanced undefeated through Saturday's competition in a hard fought three set match 21-14, 15-21, 21-18 against forth seeded Tyra Turner and Makare Wilson. This is the first time Turner and Wilson have won a game when facing May-Treanor and Walsh. May-Treanor and Walsh moved onto the semi-finals of the AVP Tempe Open and will be on Stadium Court at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
"It feels good to come out here and win all three of our matches today" said Walsh. "We wanted to come out and win so that we can be well rested leading into the semi-finals and hopefully make it all the way to the finals."
On the men's side, second seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal continue their undefeated season having swept every opponent this season. The fierce duo face 19th seeded Ty Loomis and Ed Ratledge Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. Gibb and Rosenthal remain on a collision course to meet up again with top seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger, who also advance undefeated in Saturday's play. Gibb and Rosenthal faced Lambert and Metzger in the finals of the first Tour stop in Ft. Lauderdale and defeated them 25-23, 21-16.
The third seeded team of Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan upset second seeded Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs in the first match under the lights in the Tempe night session. Both Davis and Johnson Jordan took time off during the 2005 AVP Tour season to have their second children.
"Coming back after having the second baby was much easier then after the first," said Davis. "We knew what to expect, came back slowly, and gradually worked back into competition shape."
Wacholder and Youngs fall into the contender's bracket facing an uphill battle back to the finals. Jordan Johnson and Davis advance into semi-finals and play at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Fan favorite and indoor volleyball icon Logan Tom (20) finished 13th in her beach volleyball debut on the AVP Crocs Tour. Tom's defeat of the 14 seed and her three game match against the number six seed clearly shows she will be one to watch in the coming AVP events.
Main draw competition starts up again on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and finishes with the men's finals at 2:30 p.m. and the women's finals at 4:00 p.m. The Women's final will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Arizona and FSN West. Tickets for the AVP Crocs Cup Tempe Open are available at www.avp.com.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Dominate the Sand with Second Consecutive Tour Victory
May 7, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz., May 7, 2006 - Top seeded Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh defeated seventh seeded Jen Kessy-Boss and Nancy Mason 21-19, 21-8. The victory was a repeat of the first event's finals, the AVP Fort Lauderdale Open. May-Treanor and Walsh have won all four years in Tempe dropping just three games along the way.
"We always have fun playing and winning in Tempe," Walsh said. "The crowd really gets behind us and that always makes us play better."
On the men's side, fourth seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers upset second seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. The win snapped Gibb and Rosenthal's 20-game win streak to start the 2006 Crocs Tour and their partnership. Rogers, the first male to win the Tempe Open twice, won back in 2004 with former teammate Sean Scott. Dalhausser and Rogers became partners before the 2006 season.
Rogers commenting on their success early in the tournament stated, "I didn't expect to be winning quite this soon. I knew that Phil had raw talent but didn't think it was going to come around this quickly."
In a rematch of the 2006 Fort Lauderdale finals, top seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger faced Gibb and Rosenthal in the semi-finals. Gibb and Rosenthal were victorious again, defeating Lambert and Metzger 21-18, 21-18.
The Women's Tempe Open final was broadcast live on Fox Sports Net. The next stop of the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour is in Santa Barbara, Calif., May 18-21 for the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open.
The Santa Barbara women's final will be the first time the AVP Tour will be shown live on FOX network following an MLB game May 20 (4:30-6 p.m.) after Major League Baseball.

Dynamic duo dominates Tempe 
By Kyle Odegard, For the Tribune
May 8, 2006
Misty May-Treanor thinks she and Kerri Walsh are playing their best volleyball since the pair’s gold medal run in the 2004 Olympics. That’s not good news for the rest of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
 May-Treanor and Walsh continued their string of dominance Sunday, cruising to a 21-19, 21-8 victory over Nancy Mason and Jennifer Boss in the women’s finals of the AVP Tempe Open at Tempe Beach Park.
They have now won the Tempe Open in all four years of its existence and are 2-for-2 on the tour season.
“(Sunday) was fun. It was so fun,” Walsh said. “Winning like that means you are playing great defense and playing together as a team.”
Mason and Boss had a chance to tie the score in the first game at 20, but a kill attempt by Boss went into the net to give May-Treanor and Walsh the 21-19 win.
The second game was May-Treanor and Walsh at their best, dazzling a packed house with eye-opening digs and kills. The eight points allowed in Game 2 was the fewest ever by May-Treanor and Walsh in one of their title matches.
“I would hit the ball on the line (with May-Treanor) leaning (the opposite) way, and she’s diving and getting the dig,” Boss said.
The convincing win comes after May-Treanor and Walsh survived a three-set scare in main-draw action Saturday night. And while May-Treanor said she looks forward to playing in every match, playing in an electric atmosphere like the final gives her and Walsh that extra boost.
“It’s always fun when the crowd is rowdy, especially here in Tempe,” May-Treanor said. “The crowd is nuts, and the turnout is just amazing.”
In the men’s final, an improbable comeback in the first game propelled Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers to the tournament title over Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal.
Fourth-seeded Dalhausser and Rogers, who have only played together in two tournaments, rallied back from a 17-10 deficit in the first game to pull out a 28-26 victory. They followed that up with an easy 21-9 win for the title.
“If that happens to anybody, they’re most likely going to lose the next game,” Dalhausser said. “It’s just such a huge momentum swing.”
Second-seeded Gibb and Rosenthal were trying to open up the season with back-to-back titles after winning the Fort Lauderdale Open on April 2. The Game 1 loss snapped the pair’s 20-game win streak to begin the season.
“We had a letdown,” Gibb said.
“I think we got complacent. You try never to do that.”

AVP Signs Speedo as Official Licensing Partner
Monday May 8, 5:09 pm ET
~ Partnership Creates New 'AVP & AVP Pro Series Apparel by Speedo' Merchandise
LOS ANGELES, May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI - News), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, announced today a three-year licensing agreement with Speedo, the top-selling swimwear brand in the world. As part of the new deal, which runs through 2009, Speedo will manufacture, market and distribute the new "AVP and AVP Pro Series apparel by Speedo" line of merchandise to be sold at all AVP Crocs Tour events as well as through retail distribution.

    Highlights of the deal include:

    * Speedo will develop performance apparel products targeted to a young,
      active consumer; products will include volley shorts, women's
      performance swimwear, outerwear, casual wear, hats, visors and
      backpacks

    * All items will bear the distinctive AVP "spiker" logo and be marketed as
      the "AVP and AVP Pro Series by Speedo"

    * Speedo will distribute the line to specialty, surf, sporting goods and
      department stores

    * AVP will market and sell the line onsite in AVP's merchandise stores and
      tents at each AVP Crocs Tour event and online through avp.com

"We are excited to announce this new licensing agreement with Speedo, a long-time supporter of the AVP Tour," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour commissioner. "With this new line of licensed products from Speedo, our fans and consumers can wear AVP-branded apparel just like their favorite Tour stars. It is an exciting new extension of the AVP brand."

"For over 20 years, Speedo has supported the AVP Tour and beach volleyball through sponsorships of stars like Karch Kiraly, Kerri Walsh, and Holly McPeak, Speedo has had a strong presence within the AVP Tour over the years," said Roger Williams, president, Warnaco Swimwear Group, the exclusive licensee of the SPEEDO® brand in North America and the Caribbean. "We are excited to grow our relationship with the AVP Crocs Tour through this new line of licensed apparel. We continue to see in the AVP a great platform to connect with our consumers and the growing loyal AVP fan base on both a local and national level."

SPEEDO® is a registered trademark of and used under license from Speedo International Ltd.

Warnaco Swimwear, Inc., a division of The Warnaco Group Inc. (Nasdaq: WRNC - News), is the authorized licensee of the SPEEDO® trademark in North American and the Caribbean.

About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP CROCS Tour, which was originally organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will hold 16 AVP CROCS Tour events throughout the United States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

About Speedo®

Born on Bondi Beach near Sydney, Australia in 1928, SPEEDO® is the world's top-selling swimwear brand. The brand's heritage derives from its leadership in competitive swimming, where more Olympic Gold Medals have been won in Speedo® than any other brand. Eight-time Olympic Medalist Michael Phelps and seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard are among the elite swimmers who wear SPEEDO® FASTSKIN® technology. Building on its authentic base, the SPEEDO® product line has dramatically expanded over the years. It now includes women's fashion and fitness swimwear, men's water shorts, kid's swimwear, active wear, footwear, and a comprehensive collection of aquatic and fitness equipment. For more information visit, www.SpeedoUSA.com.

AVP to Present at the Jefferies Gaming, Lodging, Media & Entertainment Conference
Monday May 8, 8:36 pm ET
LOS ANGELES, May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI - News), a lifestyle sports entertainment company that owns the AVP Crocs Tour, the premier beach volleyball tour in the United States, announced today Leonard Armato, Chief Executive Officer, and Andy Reif, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, will be presenting at the Jefferies Gaming, Lodging, Media & Entertainment Conference on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 8:50 a.m. PDT/11:50 a.m. EDT at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
A webcast of the presentation will be available at AVP's Web site at www.avp.com/investors in the 'Upcoming Investor Events' section. A replay of the webcast will be available on the site for ninety days.

About AVP, Inc.

AVP, Inc. is a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent volleyball tour in the United States, the AVP Crocs Tour. Featuring more than 200 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will hold 16 AVP Crocs Tour events throughout the United States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

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Former WOT Players Burdine And Ross Team Up At AVP
 
Newly-created team finishes 25th at stop in Tempe. 
May 9, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- Former USC women's volleyball players Keao Burdine and April Ross finished in 25th place at last weekend's AVP Tour event in Tempe, Arizona. This is the first time that the former teammates, who both played on USC's 2002 and 2003 national championship squads, have paired up to play on the beach.
Two other former USC players also competed last weekend: Jennifer (Kessy) Boss (1995-98) finished second while Tracy Lindquist (1999-2002) finished seventh. Boss has five second-place finishes in her AVP career, earning $177,110 during that time.
 
AVP Tempe Open Presented by Bud Light - Recap
May 9, 2006
The desert usually makes people thirsty, not hungry. But at the AVP Tempe Open presented by Bud Light, the desert setting apparently made Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh hungry. Those two were not satisfied just to win the event, they wanted to make a statement while doing it. The three-time AVP Team of the Year set a record for the largest point differential in a championship game, doing so just a few hours after the men had set the same record.
May-Treanor and Walsh were playing the successful new tandem of Jennifer Boss and Nancy Mason, who were making their second finals appearance in as many AVP events. The first game was tight; Boss and Mason scored the first two points and held that margin until the score was 6-4. May-Treanor and Walsh went on a 4-1 run to take a lead they would not relinquish. While there were 11 ties in the game, the last coming at 17-17, May-Treanor and Walsh were the better team down the stretch, ending the game on a 4-2 run to make it 21-19.
The second game was where the gold medalists made their point; they're not here to win, they're here to dominate. May-Treanor and Walsh jumped out to leads of 5-1 and 14-4, making this a game that was never in doubt. The final score of 21-8 marked the fewest points scored in a final ever. The previous low was 10 points, in game one of the final in Chicago in 2004, when May-Treanor / Walsh beat Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan.
Boss and Mason played four international events together last year, getting three fifths and fourth-place finish while never losing to any team seeded lower than sixth. This new duo apparently likes pressure matches - an early round loss in most of their tournaments has meant that of their 45 matches together, 31 were potential tournament-ending matches. In both of their AVP tournaments this season they lost the second match of the event, and had to come back through the contender's bracket to play for the title.
Like Boss and Mason, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers first played together overseas, and experiencing success on the international tour was the impetus to play together on the AVP. Dalhausser and Rogers rebounded from a ninth place showing in the season opener to go undefeated in Tempe.
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, who formed a partnership before the season opener in Ft. Lauderdale, swept their first 10 opponents. However, their 11th foe was Dalhausser and Rogers, who were happy to play the spoiler role. While both teams were unbeaten in Tempe, Gibb and Rosenthal had not lost a single game, Dalhausser and Rogers went three games with each of the first two opponents.
In the first game of the championship match, Gibb and Rosenthal played the way they had been all year, with a pair of early blocks by Gibb and rally-extending digs by Rosenthal giving them an 11-5 lead. They increased their lead by another point in taking a 17-11 lead and needed just four points to win their 21st straight game. Dalhausser and Rogers scored eight of the next 11 points to knot the game at 20-20, including saving two game points. In all, Dalhausser and Rogers denied the Ft. Lauderdale champs on six straight game point tries, and then won the game 28-26 on their third attempt for game point.
In a very similar match to the women's final, after a two-point first game, the second game was a record-setting game for fewest points allowed. Just like the women's final, the winner of the first men's game jumped out to a 5-1 lead. The teams played even until the score was 11-7 in favor of Dalhausser and Rogers, and was still anybody's game. But Dalhausser and Rogers outscored Gibb and Rosenthal 10-2 to eclipse the previous finals low output of 10 points in the final in Manhattan Beach last year. In that game, Dalhausser, with partner Nick Lucena, mustered only 10 points against Gibb, who was playing with Stein Metzger.
Replacing his own name in the record book for fewest points scored with Gibb's, Dalhausser took another step in what is becoming an intriguing rivalry between these two big men. One of the tallest players on the AVP CROCS Tour at 6'9", Dalhausser has battled the 6-7 Gibb in many facets.
The 2005 AVP Team of the Year, Gibb and Metzger began last year by winning the first two tournaments and were bidding for a third straight win until being defeated by Dalhausser and Lucena. In Gibb's first 21 matches of the 2005 season, Dalhausser was on the only team to beat him, and he did it twice. Coming into Tempe, the two big men had split their all-time meetings against each other, with each having won four times. Included in that was a split in the two finals they had been pitted against each other, so Tempe served as the most recent tiebreaker.
Gibb might actually be happy that Rogers and Dalhausser have paired up this season; last year in open events Gibb had a 58-15 match record, with four losses coming to Dalhausser and four coming to Rogers.
Gibb and Dalhausser also battled each other last season for bragging rights as the Tour's best blocker. At the end of the season, Dalhausser had recorded a mere seven more blocks than Gibb, who had 64 more blocks than the third place player. In the Tempe finals this year, Dalhausser registered six blocks compared to Gibb's three which completely evened the two players' totals in matches against each other, as both players have 38 blocks in those nine matches.
Five men's players recorded their best finish ever, with three of them playing on a Sunday for the first time in their careers. The team of Hans Stolfus and Aaron Wachtfogel was seeded 15th, and lost their first round match. But the duo came back to win four straight contender's matches, three of which were upsets, before barely falling to the tournament's top-seeded team of Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger in placing fifth. Ty Loomis also placed fifth for a personal best, as he and partner Ed Ratledge, seeded 19th, pulled off their three upsets right out of the gate, including a win over third-seeded Dax Holdren and Sean Scott.
Ben Koski and Jeff Minc got the most from their entry fee; they played (and won) three matches in the qualifier on Friday. On Saturday they played five more matches, with their second loss coming to 10th-seeded Chad Mowrey and Larry Witt in a 16-14 tiebreaker game in the ninth place match.
On the women's side, the only two players with their best career main draw finishes were the two players who were in the main draw for the first time. Two-time indoor Olympian Logan Tom was making her pro beach volleyball debut, with partner Brittany Hochevar. They were swept by their first opponents, and lost game one of the next match. But on the verge of being sent home with an 0-4 game record, the duo battled back to win their next three games before falling to the sixth-ranked tandem of Semirames Marins and Tatiana Minello in taking 13th place. Chrissie Zartman made it to her first main draw, taking a 17th with partner Sarah White.
Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana were coming off a third-place finish in Ft. Lauderdale, but finished a disappointing 13th place. The 2000 gold medalists did, however, manage to put their names in the record book. Their 90-minute match against Canyon Ceman and Matt Olson went down as the ninth-longest match in AVP history. Ceman and Olson won 36-34, 16-21, 19-17 en route to a ninth place finish.
For the fourth straight year, there were four unique men's teams in the Final Four in Tempe. And while no team has been able to have repeat appearances in the semifinals in Tempe, Rogers became the first men's player to win twice here, after having done so in 2004 with Sean Scott. On the women's side, May-Treanor and Walsh won for the fourth consecutive year in Tempe, with the four victories coming against four different teams.

AVP ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH CAESARS PALACE
May 11, 2006
LOS ANGELES - May 11 - AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC: AVPI.OB), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, and Harrah's Entertainment announced today a multi-year agreement that moves the Las Vegas stop of the AVP Tour to the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. AVP Crocs Tour will hold its 'Gods and Goddess' tournament, featuring the best of AVP's individual athletes, in front of Caesars Palace, on The Las Vegas Strip. The new name of the event is designed to integrate the resort's distinctive brand. Harrah's Entertainment will also support AVP through various promotional activities across its other properties in Las Vegas and beyond.
Harrah's will promote the three-to-four day AVP Tour event for the next three seasons. The event will include an elite field of AVP's top athletes and will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net. This year's event will be held from September 7-9.
"We are thrilled to have reached this agreement with Harrah's Entertainment and see it as a significant and exciting step in the AVP Tour's development" said AVP CEO and Commissioner, Leonard Armato. "The prestige of Caesars Palace combined with the resources of Harrah's result in a powerful team to promote the Tour. Holding our event at Caesars Palace offers our fans the excitement of the Las Vegas Strip coupled with the thrill of competitive professional beach volleyball. Jeffrey Pollack has a great vision for this relationship and AVP's association with Harrah's various properties. We are looking forward to exploring that vision and realizing the potential of both of our brands."
"Caesars Palace has long been considered 'The Home of Champions' due in large part to the unique, signature special events held here since 1966," said Caesars Palace President, Gary Selesner. "As we celebrate our 40th anniversary we are very pleased to continue this legacy by welcoming the AVP's 'Gods and Goddesses' tournament to Caesars Palace and the Roman Plaza."
Harrah's will be responsible for selling all local revenue for the tournament, including tickets, concessions, sponsorships and hospitality, as well as extensive local marketing and advertising initiatives. AVP will maintain its control over all AVP and sponsor assets.
"The AVP is on the cutting edge of sports entertainment and a perfect addition to our growing sports portfolio," said Jeffrey Pollack, Vice President of Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. "We look forward to welcoming their loyal fan base for years to come and bringing the AVP to life on The Las Vegas Strip."
About AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent volleyball tour in the United States, the AVP Crocs Tour. Featuring more than 200 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will hold 16 AVP Crocs Tour events throughout the United States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
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Caesars Palace, a Harrah's Entertainment resort, is one of the world's best known resort-casinos celebrating the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome, in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury. Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace ranks among the world's top luxury resorts known for their originality and beauty and features 3,340 hotel guest rooms and suites, 26 unique restaurants and cafes, 4.5-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, world-class health spa and salon services and 240,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space. Its 4,100-seat Colosseum spotlights world-class entertainers such as Celine Dion, Elton John and Jerry Seinfeld, and sits just steps away from celebrity chef restaurants and The Forum Shops. For more information, visit www.caesarspalace.com or call (702) 731-7110 or (800) 634-6001. Journalists can download news releases and high-resolution photos at media.harrahs.com.
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Sean Rooney is back on the Beach
By Ryan Casey
May 11, 2006
Sean Rooney missed the United States -- notably the weather and the English -- while playing indoors in Korea, but more importantly, he was away from the beach.
So when the 6-foot-10 giant of a man showed up at Tempe Beach Park for the AVP Tempe Open presented by Bud Light in Arizona just a week after returning from Korea, it was no surprise that the Wheaton, Ill., native was happy to stick his feet in the sand.
"It's like a piece of heaven being back from overseas," he says while taking a mid-morning break between matches. "There (in Korea) it's so different, it's so difficult. I love it being back anywhere in the States, and being back on the AVP, it's just awesome.
"It's pretty interesting, they love volleyball there," he adds of his time in the far east, "but nobody on my team spoke English, I had a translator. It was pretty difficult."
One thing that wasn't very difficult for Rooney -- or so he made it seem -- was college, winning nearly every award there was to win, both individually and as a team. Less than a year after arriving on campus at Pepperdine, he was named National Freshman of the Year by the AVCA; and three year later, he won the AVCA's National Player of the Year in 2005 - the same year he led the Waves to a National Championship. And, oh yeah, Rooney was also a four-year All-American, a feat matched only by seven other men.
In Tempe, those awards were put to the test, as he was there to do more than provide an extraordinary amount of shade for those walking next to him. On Saturday morning, 12th-seeded Rooney and his speedy partner, Nick Lucena, were matched up with the No. 21-seeded tandem of Ben Koski and Jeff Minc, but fell 17 and 19.
Afterwards, Rooney said the difference between the indoor and outdoor games wasn't the only thing lost in translation to the beach.
"It's also difficult, because indoor in Korea, I'm the man, and I know exactly what I'm doing," he says, "but back here, I feel real green out there, there's a lot of room for improvement.
"I kind of got thrown in right away coming back like a week ago right out into a tournament."
The late return also translated into another thing: A lack of practice time on the court for Lucena and Rooney. Rooney says that being able to practice together "makes all the difference in the world."
But perhaps the biggest difference of all was the simple fact that Rooney was still searching for his beach legs.
"I think it makes more of a difference," he says, "that I wasn't able to train on the beach at all. I'm so rusty.
"The court is so small, I missed four or five shots by that far," he adds, bringing his hands together until they're inches apart. "It's just different."
The pair's play improved as the day wore on, but it wasn't enough as they drew a second-round consolation bracket match-up with 6th-seeded John Hyden and Jeff Nygaard and fell, 15 and 18.
Though early and still knocking off the rust, Rooney says the two-and-out day in Tempe isn't a day he plans to have often in the 2006 season.
"My expectation is to be up in the top eight by the end of the season, and at least play in a couple finals and pull out a tournament," he says. "I am not aiming low by any means."
Even still, Rooney realizes that he will need some time to fully adjust back to life on the tour.
"By the end of last year, I was ready to go," he says, "so hopefully these next two weeks, I can train hard, and be a little bit better by Santa Barbara, and after that, I think it's on.
"It's go time," he adds with a smile. "We're going to do some damage."

Fan has Ultimate Experience in Tempe
By Ryan Casey
May 12, 2006
When Amy Barragan found out that the AVP Crocs Tour would no longer be coming to her home state of Texas, she was bummed: There was no way she would be able to see the best athletes on the beach -- at least not in the foreseeable future.
So last month, Amy was more than ecstatic when she was contacted by the AVP who offered her a chance to attend the Tempe Open presented by Bud Light with media passes.
As the co-moderator of Yahoo!'s Misty May-Treanor Fanclub, Amy sleeps, eats, breathes -- and types -- pro beach volleyball.
"We basically put the word out there about Misty and about the AVP Tour," the 22-year-old says of the group that has a membership of nearly 2,000.
It sounds simple enough, but it also led to an email from the AVP.
"Out of the blue, we got a message from the AVP, wanting to work with a group of die-hard fans that help to promote the sport," she says, "and the AVP asked us if we were interested (in helping), and we said, 'Of course.'"
Together, they set up a contest in which members voted on who could make the best MySpace page involving the AVP.
"The winner also got personalized autographed balls - just different things that the AVP was going to hook us up with to get people interested," Amy says. "And the point of that was to create more MySpace pages for the AVP to get the word out, and that was a success."
It was then that the AVP asked Amy if she was planning on attending an event in person, which she wasn't - at least not yet.
"Eventually, I was just like, 'Well, ok, I'm not going to ever get another opportunity to be able to get these passes,'" she says of her decision to attend just two weeks before the Tempe Open. "So out of the blue, I was just like, 'Ok, I'll go.'"
But the AVP had even more up its sleeve, offering Amy a chance to have the Tour's first-ever Ultimate Fan Experience.
"I let them know," that she wanted to go, she says, "and that's when the AVP pulled the whole surprise on me as far as doing this whole Ultimate Fan deal."
Before Amy even got to Tempe, she found her picture on the AVP's MySpace page, www.myspace.com/avptour, along with a message that she would be the Tour's first-ever Ultimate Fan.
Once arriving in Tempe with her boyfriend, Jordan Austin, Amy got to encounter things she couldn't even imagine in her wildest dreams, posting about her experiences on the AVP's MySpace Blog - "For those people who don't get the chance to come out here to these tournaments, if they can live that for those few moments that they're reading that online, then I've done my job," she says - and meeting everyone from the Tour's commissioner, Leonard Armato, to her idol, May-Treanor.
"I met (Misty) in Austin, which was great, and all it was was a simple, 'Hi, can I have your autograph,' and a 'Thank you,'" she says. "That's about it. I was so star struck."
But in Tempe, as the Ultimate Fan, it was different.
"This time around, when she happened to walk by," she says with a smile as wide as the Arizona's Grand Canyon, recalling the moment, "an AVP Staffer brought her over to us, and formally introduced us, and said, 'Hey, this is Amy, she's a moderator for your fan group.'
"She didn't know that she had a fan group out there that had almost 2,000 fans," she continues. "I was just sitting there staring at her, I even dropped my hat on the floor, and I promised myself I wouldn't be that way."
Though the encounter didn't end without a promise -- "She said she'd have to check (the fan club) out and see what we're all about," Amy says -- it wouldn't be the last time the two would see each other that day.
"So when we got up into the VIP area for the reception (later than night), she came over and sat at our table for like 15 minutes," Amy says. "It was just a real big deal. It was a great experience.
"It was probably the highlight of my trip, being able to sit with her leisurely. That was great."
Her second-favorite moment of the experience would come the next night, in a quarterfinal match-up between May-Treanor and her partner, Kerri Walsh, and the fourth-seeded duo of Tyra Turner and Makare Wilson.
It was a match that she wrote, on the blog, would "stay imprinted in my head for the rest of this trip."
After May-Treanor/Walsh took the first game, 21-14, Turner/Wilson battled back to take the second game, 21-15.
"So we're on to game 3," she would write on the blog after the match, "and & was this last game one to witness. It was unreal with HUGE rallies."
The match would go to overtime, with Amy's favorite, May-Treanor, prevailing, 20-18, in the 53-minute match to advance to the semis.
"As a fan, only the finals are televised," Amy says, "so it's nice to be able to see something like that."
Now, as she reflects on her Ultimate Experience, Amy tries to find the words to describe what she's been through during the weekend.
"I think being able to actually have access to everything, it's a real big deal," she says. "It's like, 'Amy, come here, Amy come do this, Amy here's this, Amy have some free Croc shoes.'
"The things they're throwing at me are unbelievable, and I'm so, so grateful to be here," she adds. "It's just an amazing experience."

BEACH VOLLEYBALL -- Spiking fever
Saturday, May 13, 2006 By PAUL CHAVEZ
With fast-paced action and good looking men and women bearing plenty of skin, beach volleyball would seem like a can’t-miss attraction for American sports fans.
But AVP, the sport’s American pro league, has operated at a loss since 2001 when its current management team was installed. That includes losses of $9 million in 2005 and $2.9 million in 2004, according to an April filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Looking to improve its financial fortunes, the league recently picked up a new title sponsor in footwear company Crocs Inc. and expanded its lineup of venues to 16 from 14, including its first trips to New York’s Coney Island and Birmingham, Ala.
The moves were announced during a bash last week at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
“Crocs gets the lifestyle of the AVP and the culture of beach volleyball,” said league commissioner Leonard Armato, who as a sports agent represented Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar De La Hoya, Shaquille O’Neal and other top-caliber athletes.
Colorado-based Crocs brings financial support in the three-year deal and some marketing help, Armato said. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Right now, the sports landscape is just littered with events and leagues looking for sponsors, whether that’s motor sports, or action sports or events like the AVP,” said David Carter, executive director of the Sports Business Institute at the University of Southern California.
Carter said the partnership could work out because the league and the footwear share a similar image as lifestyle brands. The previous AVP sponsor was Nissan.
“When you marry them together as being part of a lifestyle, then you have a unique offering,” he said.
Sponsors are not only looking for the financial return on investment, but also for return on objective, which in this case could be branding and marketing for Crocs, Carter said.
“So far the best thing about them (Crocs) is they love beach volleyball and they think that it’s the perfect fit joining the AVP,” said Kerri Walsh, 27, part of the top-ranked women’s duo with fellow Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor. “They are going to have a huge presence on the AVP and it’s going to take us to the next level.”
But of course, the bash wasn’t all serious.
“Maybe instead of coming out on Nissans, we’ll come out on large shoes,” May-Treanor, 28, joked. “Or maybe we’ll ride a large crocodile in. It will be fun.”

Recognizable Roberts reels in victory
Lack of steady playing partner limits AVP tour potential of Myrtle Beach athlete
By David Wetzel
The Sun News
Over the years, Adam Roberts has become the beach volleyball icon of Myrtle Beach.
Considering he is the second-ranked player on the east coast and has made his beach house a top-notch workout facility to several players on the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) tour, he is the most recognizable player in the eastern United States in a sport that is dominated by west coast athletes.
"He's like the mayor or something in Myrtle Beach," said Hans Stolfus, who is the reigning AVP rookie of the year and was Roberts' teammate Saturday when the duo won the men's A division of the Corona Light Big Shot Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Ocean Annie's on Saturday. "He's legendary on the AVP for having his own little section because most of the guys are on the West Coast."
Roberts and Stolfus, playing as teammates for the first time, beat Jake Elliott and Josh Zuidena 21-17, 21-15 to win the event, which was a pro-am tournament sanctioned by AVPNext, the grass-roots organization for the AVP, and run by East End Volleyball.
Roberts began playing volleyball as a summer sport after his freshman year as point guard at Elon University. He kept playing, and when his basketball playing career was over, he decided to take a shot at making the AVP tour rather than trying to play basketball overseas.
"My parents had a little patio home here, so I moved down for the summer," Roberts said. "I just kind of played volleyball for fun because I loved to go to the beach. I can't stand laying out in the sun because it bores me to death, so I started playing volleyball."
Since then, Roberts has played pro-am events and is active on the AVP tour, where he has two 17th place finishes this year. His top finish in the AVP is ninth. Being an East Coast guy has made it difficult for him to get a permanent teammate, which makes it harder to have much success on the tour.
"Adam's in a weird situation because there's not a lot of guys that train out here," said Stolfus, whose regular partner is Aaron Wachtfogel. "He's kind of stuck. He's got a great life in Myrtle Beach and is he gonna give it all up to go to California to get a solid partner? That's a tough question."
Roberts said chemistry is a key and likens having a regular partner to being in a romantic relationship.
"When you first start playing you're like 'that's my fault,' ... 'no, no, no, that's my fault,'" Roberts said. "But when you get used to playing [with] them you're like, 'you should have been there,' or 'you're giving up on me,' like you know what they can do."
Roberts said he has considered moving to the West Coast, but because he travels so much anyway, he doesn't feel like he is much an East Coast guy.
"You travel so much, it's not like you're based anywhere," Roberts said.
Roberts is 30 years old, which isn't old by AVP standards, and he said he plans to continue on the tour as long as he can.
"Everybody always asks me when I'm going to stop playing and get a real job," Roberts said. "I think I'll stop playing when I feel like I'm not getting better. I'm still working out and improving."
And maybe that partner will surface. Having a home that is a volleyball facility shouldn't hurt.


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When: Thursday May 18 -- Qualifer 8:00am - 6:00pm
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Women: Misty May, Kerri Walsh

Past Glory
Kerri Walsh and Misty May: On the women's side, Misty May & Kerri Walsh became the United States' all-time winningest duo with their 31st career win together. In the championship match, Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs were leading 9-8 when May & Walsh went on a 7-2 run to take control of the game. A lot of their success in that first set came because of McPeak's accurate passes which allowed Youngs to go over on too frequently. The 21-14 score marked the worst loss for May & Walsh all season long. Early in the second game, Youngs injured her left ankle when coming down on Walsh's foot, but she quickly shook it off. Shortly thereafter, she needed to tape it for additional support. The score was tied 4-4 in game two when May & Walsh went on an 8-1 run. The two teams traded points following that, and May & Walsh won 21-14. In the third game, May & Walsh had a pair of three-point runs early, but McPeak & Youngs fought back to tie it 13-13 before falling 15-13. The win by May & Walsh was the 17th in a row in the series excluding a forfeited match in Hermosa Beach in July.

Eric Fonoimoana and Mike Lambert: In each of the last three seasons, there has been one team that has won a tournament while playing together for the first time, and Fonoimoana has been on all three of them. In 2002, Fonoimoana teamed up with Dax Holdren to win the event in Huntington Beach in the first of their five wins together. Then in 2003 he played with Kevin Wong for the first time, winning the Manhattan Beach Open, one of two titles that duo won together. This year he waited until the last event of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series to repeat that accomplishment. Only two other first-time tandems have won in their initial outing within the past five years, and those happened in 1999 and 2001. Lambert had three blocks early in game two to set the tone, as his team jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Rogers & Scott chipped away at the lead but could not get closer than two points as Fonoimoana & Lambert won 21-17 to claim the title. Lambert finished with eight blocks and equally as important, forced the number one seeds into 13 hitting errors in the match.

AVP Santa Barbara Open History

2005 Champions: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh defeated Holly McPeak and Jen Kessy. Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard defeated Sean Scott and Todd Rogers.

Santa Barbara Facts: The first Men's Santa Barbara Open took place in 1950 and was won by Bernie Holtzman / Manny Saenz. Holtzman / Saenz would repeat as champions in 1952. Gene Selznick and Sinjin Smith are the all-time victory leaders, both having won eight Santa Barbara titles. Selznick's won six consecutive titles 1960 - 1966 (there was no tournament in 1964). Selznick's son Dane won the title in 1981. Santa Barbara local Dax Holdren won the title in 2005. University of California at Santa Barbara Volleyball Coach and AVP Star Todd Rogers has finished second four times. Peely Wilson / Connie Keller won the first Women's Santa Barbara Open in 1953. Kathleen Gregory is the Women's All-Time Santa Barbara Wins leader with seven. Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh have won the last two Santa Barbara Opens.


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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.


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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.   

                                                           
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

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Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities. 

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Event Dates
2006 AVP Tour Schedule
Date Event Prize Site Tickets Info
March 31-April 2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 5-7 - Tempe, AZ
May 18-21 - Santa Barbara, CA
May 26-28 - Huntington Beach, CA
June 9-11 - Hermosa Beach, CA
June 15-18 - Sacramento, CA
June 29-July 2 - Seaside Heights, NJ
July 6-9 - Atlanta, GA
July 13-16 - Birmingham, AL
July 20-23 - Chicago, IL
August 10-13 - Manhattan Beach, CA
August 17-20 - Brooklyn (Coney Island), NY
August 25-27 - Boulder, CO
August 31-Sept 3 - Cincinnati, OH
September 6-9 - Las Vegas, NV
September 14-17 - Lake Tahoe, NV

Event Links:                                                                      

                                                                                             
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(Format: Double Elimination)

*IAN CLARK NOT PLAYING THIS YEAR'S  2006 AVP SANTA BARBARA  OPEN
 DUE TO PRIOR COMMITMENTS

MEN'S:

Men's AVP $125,000 Bud Light Santa Barbara Open
May 18-21, 2006 
Finish Player Partner Seed
1 Phil Dalhausser Todd Rogers 4 $25,000.00 520.0
2 John Hyden Jeff Nygaard 7 $18,000.00 468.0
3 Mike Lambert Stein Metzger 1 $12,000.00 390.0
3 Hans Stolfus Aaron Wachtfogel 11 $12,000.00 390.0  
5 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 5 $7,500.00 312.0
5 Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 18 $7,500.00 312.0
7 Nick Lucena George Roumain 8 $5,500.00 260.0
7 Ty Loomis Ed Ratledge 14 $5,500.00 260.0
9 Jake Gibb Sean Rosenthal 2 $3,300.00 208.0
9 Dax Holdren Sean Scott 3 $3,300.00 208.0
9 Karch Kiraly Larry Witt 6 $3,300.00 208.0
9 Dain Blanton Eric Fonoimoana 10 $3,300.00 208.0
13 Jason Ring Sean Rooney 13 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Matt Heath Jason Lee 16 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 21 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Eduardo Bacil Jeff Carlucci 24 $2,000.00 156.0
17 Paul Baxter Fred Souza 9 $800.00 104.0
17 Kevin Wong Scott Wong 12 $800.00 104.0
17 Canyon Ceman Matt Olson 15 $800.00 104.0
17 AJ Mihalic Chad Mowrey 17 $800.00 104.0
17 Aaron Boss Albert Hannemann 19 $800.00 104.0
17 Anthony Medel Brad Torsone 20 $800.00 104.0
17 Chip McCaw Matt Prosser 23 $800.00 104.0
17 Mike Morrison Jim Nichols 27, Q4 $800.00 104.0
25 Scott Davenport Scott Lane 22 $350.00 52.0
25 Mike DiPierro Steve Grotowski 25, Q1 $350.00 52.0
25 Brad Keenan John Mayer 26, Q7 $350.00 52.0
25 David Fischer Scott Hill 28, Q2 $350.00 52.0
25 Dana Camacho Will Strickland 29, Q21 $350.00 52.0
25 Austin Rester Lucas Wisniakowski 30, Q30 $350.00 52.0
25 Tyler Hildebrand Ty Tramblie 31, Q56 $350.00 52.0
25 Michael Thornton Eyal Zimet 32, Q86 $350.00 52.0
33 Steve Delaney John Moran Q5 $.00 24.0
33 Pepe Delahoz Dan Fisher Q6 $.00 24.0
33 Chris Harger Tony Pray Q8 $.00 24.0
33 Pedro Leal Leonardo Moraes Q13 $.00 24.0
33 Vincent Robbins Jason Wight Q18 $.00 24.0
33 Timothy Cornelissen Vince Zanzucchi Q23 $.00 24.0
33 Geoff Cryst Fernando Sabla Q51 $.00 24.0
33 Sean Allstot Braidy Halverson Q81 $.00 24.0
41 Mike Bruning Chris Magill Q3 $.00 18.0
41 Kevin Dake Jeremie Simkins Q10 $.00 18.0
41 Brian Duff Guy Hamilton Q20 $.00 18.0
41 Keawe Adolpho Ivan Mercer Q24 $.00 18.0
41 Reuben Danley Shigetomo Sakugawa Q25 $.00 18.0
41 Ryan Cronin Shawn Essert Q27 $.00 18.0
41 Scott Kiedaisch Mark Kirunchyk Q28 $.00 18.0
41 Blake Cantrell Tim Nestlerode Q32 $.00 18.0
41 Seth Burnham Jack Quinn Q34 $.00 18.0
41 Drew Brand Joshua Cannon Q36 $.00 18.0
41 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q39 $.00 18.0
41 Dane Jensen Mike Placek Q49 $.00 18.0
41 Jarett Jensen Peter Jordan Q50 $.00 18.0
41 Joe Hillman Casey Patterson Q75 $.00 18.0
41 Beau Daniels Lance Walker Q76 $.00 18.0
41 Gray Garrett James Ka Q83 $.00 18.0
57 John Braunstein Said Souikane Q9 $.00 12.0
57 Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q11 $.00 12.0
57 Caleb Cook Danny Cook Q12 $.00 12.0
57 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q14 $.00 12.0
57 Russ Marchewka Justin Phipps Q15 $.00 12.0
57 Casey Brewer Danko Iordanov Q16 $.00 12.0
57 Mark Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q17 $.00 12.0
57 Dan Mintz Jesse Webster Q19 $.00 12.0
57 Garrett Black Travis Regner Q22 $.00 12.0
57 John Michelau Jed Stotsenberg Q26 $.00 12.0
57 Matt Osburn Jerry Stevens Q29 $.00 12.0
57 Esteban Escobar Jeff Murrell Q31 $.00 12.0
57 Jon Barnes Dustin Townsend Q33 $.00 12.0
57 Kyle Denitz Arri Jeschke Q35 $.00 12.0
57 Erik Gomez Tom Slauterbeck Q37 $.00 12.0
57 Chris Seiffert Jon Thompson Q38 $.00 12.0
57 Gabe Burt Brad Powell Q42 $.00 12.0
57 Nate Michael Jake Weins Q44 $.00 12.0
57 Thom Huggins Brandon Lamb Q47 $.00 12.0
57 Matt Davis Kevin Gregan Q52 $.00 12.0
57 Chris Guigliano Matt Riley Q55 $.00 12.0
57 Sam Haghighi Brett Scharf Q57 $.00 12.0
57 Aaron Mansfield Donal McGraw Q62 $.00 12.0
57 Tim Ryan Travis Schoonover Q65 $.00 12.0
57 Martins Leikarts Jeff Robertson Q66 $.00 12.0
57 Kanani Leite-Ah Yo Cody Loggins Q68 $.00 12.0
57 Jamie Johansen Ed Lunnen Q69 $.00 12.0
57 David Maitlen Mike Umbro Q70 $.00 12.0
57 Scott Johnson Alex Lynch Q71 $.00 12.0
57 Geoffrey Berz Cole Cervantes Q84 $.00 12.0
57 Pete Rumford Matt Schroeder Q88 $.00 12.0
57 Clint Coe Jeff Wootton Q89 $.00 12.0
89 Juan Cabeza Ian Gallagher Q40 $.00 6.0
89 Yariv Lerner David Pryor Q41 $.00 6.0
89 Todd Hollenbeck Matt Wilkens Q43 $.00 6.0
89 Robert deAurora Andrew Mack Q46 $.00 6.0
89 Billy Allen Jon Mesko Q48 $.00 6.0
89 Paul Araiza Jeff Conover Q53 $.00 6.0
89 Alan Dawber Mika Hunkin Q54 $.00 6.0
89 Nicholas Ellis Kevin McColloch Q58 $.00 6.0
89 Bobby Jones Alex Padilla Q59 $.00 6.0
89 Richard Krutop Drew Pascua Q60 $.00 6.0
89 Sean Mackin Paul McDonald Q61 $.00 6.0
89 Peter Pua Patrick Ungeheuer Q63 $.00 6.0
89 Range Larson Brian Post Q64 $.00 6.0
89 Mark Addy Jerry Graham Q67 $.00 6.0
89 Samuel Brown Jared Godinez Q72 $.00 6.0
89 Andrew Cavanaugh Chris Larson Q73 $.00 6.0
89 Christian Love Brett Shellabarger Q74 $.00 6.0
89 Jim Alzina John Hancock Q77 $.00 6.0
89 Dan Terry Jesse Wheeler Q79 $.00 6.0
89 Alex Dale Matt French Q80 $.00 6.0
89 Eric Lassiter Hirohito Ushio Q82 $.00 6.0
89 Tim Hamann Phillip van Rooyen Q87 $.00 6.0
89 Colin Wellman Tony Zapata Q45 $.00 0.0
89 Randy Garcia John Viriyapunt Q78 $.00 0.0
89 Chris Castillo Curtis Oliver Q85 $.00 0.0

Men's AVP $125,000 Bud Light Santa Barbara Open
May 18-21, 2006 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Tim Ryan / Travis Schoonover (Q65) def. Range Larson / Brian Post (Q64) 21-14, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 6: Sean Allstot / Braidy Halverson (Q81) def. Billy Allen / Jon Mesko (Q48) 21-19, 16-21, 15-7 (0:58)
Match 7: Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q49) def. Alex Dale / Matt French (Q80) 21-8, 21-9 (0:32)
Match 10: Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (Q56) def. Andrew Cavanaugh / Chris Larson (Q73) 22-20, 21-11 (0:47)
Match 11: Matt Schroeder / Pete Rumford (Q88) def. Yariv Lerner / David Pryor (Q41) 21-17, 27-25 (0:51)
Match 14: Clint Coe / Jeff Wootton (Q89) def. Juan Cabeza / Ian Gallagher (Q40) 21-16, 19-21, 15-11 (1:07)
Match 15: Sam Haghighi / Brett Scharf (Q57) def. Samuel Brown / Jared Godinez (Q72) 0-21, 21-15, 15-13 (0:33)
Match 18: Jamie Johansen / Ed Lunnen (Q69) def. Richard Krutop / Drew Pascua (Q60) 21-6, 21-19 (0:38)
Match 22: Nate Michael / Jake Weins (Q44) def. Curtis Oliver / Chris Castillo (Q85) by Forfeit
Match 23: Lance Walker / Beau Daniels (Q76) def. Paul Araiza / Jeff Conover (Q53) 21-17, 21-15 (0:51)
Match 26: Matt Davis / Kevin Gregan (Q52) def. Jim Alzina / John Hancock (Q77) 21-16, 21-14 (0:31)
Match 27: Cole Cervantes / Geoffrey Berz (Q84) def. Colin Wellman / Tony Zapata (Q45) by Forfeit
Match 31: Kanani Leite-Ah Yo / Cody Loggins (Q68) def. Sean Mackin / Paul McDonald (Q61) 21-18, 10-21, 15-12 (0:52)
Match 34: Aaron Mansfield / Donal McGraw (Q62) def. Mark Addy / Jerry Graham (Q67) 19-21, 21-11, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 38: Gray Garrett / James Ka (Q83) def. Robert deAurora / Andrew Mack (Q46) 21-7, 21-7 (0:30)
Match 39: Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q51) def. John Viriyapunt / Randy Garcia (Q78) by Forfeit
Match 42: Joe Hillman / Casey Patterson (Q75) def. Alan Dawber / Mika Hunkin (Q54) 21-0, 21-16 (0:17)
Match 43: Eyal Zimet / Michael Thornton (Q86) def. Todd Hollenbeck / Matt Wilkens (Q43) 21-14, 21-10 (0:42)
Match 47: David Maitlen / Mike Umbro (Q70) def. Bobby Jones / Alex Padilla (Q59) 21-13, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 50: Alex Lynch / Scott Johnson (Q71) def. Nicholas Ellis / Kevin McColloch (Q58) 22-20, 21-23, 16-14 (1:05)
Match 54: Gabe Burt / Brad Powell (Q42) def. Phillip van Rooyen / Tim Hamann (Q87) 21-15, 21-16 (0:48)
Match 55: Chris Guigliano / Matt Riley (Q55) def. Christian Love / Brett Shellabarger (Q74) 21-11, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 58: Jarett Jensen / Peter Jordan (Q50) def. Dan Terry / Jesse Wheeler (Q79) 21-17, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 59: Thom Huggins / Brandon Lamb (Q47) def. Hirohito Ushio / Eric Lassiter (Q82) 21-18, 21-12 (0:47)
Match 63: Jeff Robertson / Martins Leikarts (Q66) def. Peter Pua / Patrick Ungeheuer (Q63) 21-16, 21-17 (0:45)

Round 2
Match 65: Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (Q1) def. Tim Ryan / Travis Schoonover (Q65) 21-15, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 66: Blake Cantrell / Tim Nestlerode (Q32) def. Jon Barnes / Dustin Townsend (Q33) 21-17, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 67: Sean Allstot / Braidy Halverson (Q81) def. Mark Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q17) 21-8, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 68: Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q49) def. Casey Brewer / Danko Iordanov (Q16) 21-14, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 69: Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (Q56) def. John Braunstein / Said Souikane (Q9) 19-21, 21-17, 15-11 (0:58)
Match 70: Keawe Adolpho / Ivan Mercer (Q24) def. Matt Schroeder / Pete Rumford (Q88) 21-16, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 71: Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q25) def. Clint Coe / Jeff Wootton (Q89) 27-29, 21-18, 15-9 (1:14)
Match 72: Chris Harger / Tony Pray (Q8) def. Sam Haghighi / Brett Scharf (Q57) 21-19, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 73: Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q5) def. Jamie Johansen / Ed Lunnen (Q69) 21-11, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 74: Erik Gomez / Tom Slauterbeck (Q37) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Mark Kirunchyk (Q28) 20-22, 23-21, 21-19 (1:12)
Match 75: Dana Camacho / Will Strickland (Q21) def. Nate Michael / Jake Weins (Q44) 21-15, 21-15 (0:34)
Match 76: Caleb Cook / Danny Cook (Q12) def. Lance Walker / Beau Daniels (Q76) 24-22, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 77: Pedro Leal / Leonardo Moraes (Q13) def. Matt Davis / Kevin Gregan (Q52) 25-23, 14-21, 15-10 (1:07)
Match 78: Brian Duff / Guy Hamilton (Q20) def. Cole Cervantes / Geoffrey Berz (Q84) 21-9, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 79: Drew Brand / Joshua Cannon (Q36) def. Matt Osburn / Jerry Stevens (Q29) 21-19, 21-17 (0:51)
Match 80: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q4) def. Kanani Leite-Ah Yo / Cody Loggins (Q68) 21-9, 21-8 (0:30)
Match 81: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q3) def. Aaron Mansfield / Donal McGraw (Q62) 21-15, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 82: Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q30) def. Kyle Denitz / Arri Jeschke (Q35) 21-18, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 83: Gray Garrett / James Ka (Q83) def. Dan Mintz / Jesse Webster (Q19) 21-17, 15-21, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 84: Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q51) def. Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q14) 21-16, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 85: Joe Hillman / Casey Patterson (Q75) def. Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q11) 27-25, 21-18 (0:51)
Match 86: Eyal Zimet / Michael Thornton (Q86) def. Garrett Black / Travis Regner (Q22) 21-15, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 87: Ryan Cronin / Shawn Essert (Q27) def. Chris Seiffert / Jon Thompson (Q38) 21-19, 21-17 (0:45)
Match 88: Pepe Delahoz / Dan Fisher (Q6) def. David Maitlen / Mike Umbro (Q70) 21-12, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 89: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q7) def. Alex Lynch / Scott Johnson (Q71) 21-19, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 90: Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q39) def. John Michelau / Jed Stotsenberg (Q26) 21-16, 14-21, 15-12 (1:02)
Match 91: Timothy Cornelissen / Vince Zanzucchi (Q23) def. Gabe Burt / Brad Powell (Q42) 19-21, 23-21, 15-11 (1:05)
Match 92: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) def. Chris Guigliano / Matt Riley (Q55) 21-12, 23-21
Match 93: Jarett Jensen / Peter Jordan (Q50) def. Russ Marchewka / Justin Phipps (Q15) 21-18, 18-21, 17-15 (1:13)
Match 94: Vincent Robbins / Jason Wight (Q18) def. Thom Huggins / Brandon Lamb (Q47) 21-7, 21-12 (0:32)
Match 95: Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q34) def. Esteban Escobar / Jeff Murrell (Q31) 21-18, 16-21, 15-10 (1:05)
Match 96: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q2) def. Jeff Robertson / Martins Leikarts (Q66) 21-10, 21-11 (0:36)

Round 3
Match 97: Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (Q1) def. Blake Cantrell / Tim Nestlerode (Q32) 21-17, 21-14 (0:56)
Match 98: Sean Allstot / Braidy Halverson (Q81) def. Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q49) 23-21, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 99: Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (Q56) def. Keawe Adolpho / Ivan Mercer (Q24) 21-18, 21-16 (0:54)
Match 100: Chris Harger / Tony Pray (Q8) def. Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q25) 19-21, 21-18, 15-13 (1:07)
Match 101: Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q5) def. Erik Gomez / Tom Slauterbeck (Q37) 21-16, 21-9 (0:46)
Match 102: Dana Camacho / Will Strickland (Q21) def. Caleb Cook / Danny Cook (Q12) 21-15, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 103: Pedro Leal / Leonardo Moraes (Q13) def. Brian Duff / Guy Hamilton (Q20) 21-13, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 104: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q4) def. Drew Brand / Joshua Cannon (Q36) 19-21, 21-13, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 105: Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q30) def. Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q3) 18-21, 21-15, 15-13 (1:09)
Match 106: Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q51) def. Gray Garrett / James Ka (Q83) 22-20, 13-21, 16-14 (1:01)
Match 107: Eyal Zimet / Michael Thornton (Q86) def. Joe Hillman / Casey Patterson (Q75) 21-9, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 108: Pepe Delahoz / Dan Fisher (Q6) def. Ryan Cronin / Shawn Essert (Q27) 21-18, 21-10 (0:43)
Match 109: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q7) def. Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q39) 21-14, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 110: Timothy Cornelissen / Vince Zanzucchi (Q23) def. Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) 21-19, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 111: Vincent Robbins / Jason Wight (Q18) def. Jarett Jensen / Peter Jordan (Q50) 21-18, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 112: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q2) def. Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q34) 21-17, 22-20 (0:52)

Round 4
Match 113: Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (Q1) def. Sean Allstot / Braidy Halverson (Q81) 21-18, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 114: Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (Q56) def. Sam Haghighi / Brett Scharf (Q57) 14-21, 24-22, 15-8 (1:15)
Match 115: Dana Camacho / Will Strickland (Q21) def. Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q5) 21-18, 21-19
Match 116: Jim Nichols / Mike Morrison (Q4) def. Pedro Leal / Leonardo Moraes (Q13) 21-19, 20-22, 15-10 (1:01)
Match 117: Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q30) def. Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q51) 21-15, 21-15 (0:50)
Match 118: Eyal Zimet / Michael Thornton (Q86) def. Pepe Delahoz / Dan Fisher (Q6) 21-14, 17-21, 15-8
Match 119: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q7) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Vince Zanzucchi (Q23) 21-16, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 120: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q2) def. Vincent Robbins / Jason Wight (Q18) 27-25, 21-18 (0:49)

Men's Main Draw

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Eyal Zimet / Michael Thornton (32, Q86) 22-20, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 2: Jason Lee / Matt Heath (16) def. AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (17) 24-22, 22-20 (0:52)
Match 3: Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (9) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (24) 18-21, 21-15, 15-11 (1:05)
Match 4: Nick Lucena / George Roumain (8) def. Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (25, Q1) 19-21, 21-13, 15-12 (0:49)
Match 5: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (28, Q2) 21-12, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 6: Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (12) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21) 21-19, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 7: Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (13) def. Brad Torsone / Anthony Medel (20) 21-11, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 8: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Dana Camacho / Will Strickland (29, Q21) 21-13, 21-10 (0:30)
Match 9: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. Lucas Wisniakowski / Austin Rester (30, Q30) 21-10, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 10: Ed Ratledge / Ty Loomis (14) def. Aaron Boss / Albert Hannemann (19) 21-17, 21-17 (0:49)
Match 11: Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (11) def. Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (22) 21-15, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 12: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (27, Q4) def. Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) 21-18, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 13: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. John Mayer / Brad Keenan (26, Q7) 23-21, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 14: Chip McCaw / Matt Prosser (23) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (10) 21-19, 16-21, 16-14 (1:01)
Match 15: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (18) def. Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (15) 21-19, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 16: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (31, Q56) 21-14, 21-12 (0:34)

Round 2
Match 17: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Jason Lee / Matt Heath (16) 21-15, 21-17 (0:37)
Match 18: Nick Lucena / George Roumain (8) def. Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (9) 21-12, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 19: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (12) 19-21, 21-16, 15-9 (1:08)
Match 20: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (13) 18-21, 21-15, 15-13 (1:02)
Match 21: Ed Ratledge / Ty Loomis (14) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) 21-18, 16-21, 15-10 (1:28)
Match 22: Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (11) def. Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (27, Q4) 21-17, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 23: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Chip McCaw / Matt Prosser (23) 21-18, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 24: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (18) def. Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) 22-20, 18-21, 15-9 (1:04)

Round 3
Match 25: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Nick Lucena / George Roumain (8) 21-16, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 26: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) 21-19, 21-14 (0:49)
Match 27: Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (11) def. Ed Ratledge / Ty Loomis (14) 19-21, 21-16, 15-13 (1:01)
Match 28: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (18) 12-21, 21-12, 16-14 (1:02)

Round 4
Match 29: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (4) 21-16, 18-21, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 30: Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (11) def. John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) 21-19, 21-17 (0:43)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (17) def. Eyal Zimet / Michael Thornton (32, Q86) 17-21, 21-14, 15-9 (0:49)
Match 32: Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (24) def. Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (25, Q1) 21-19, 20-22, 20-18 (1:07)
Match 33: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (28, Q2) 11-21, 21-19, 15-11 (0:50)
Match 34: Brad Torsone / Anthony Medel (20) def. Dana Camacho / Will Strickland (29, Q21) 21-18, 21-11 (0:41)
Match 35: Aaron Boss / Albert Hannemann (19) def. Lucas Wisniakowski / Austin Rester (30, Q30) 21-14, 19-21, 15-9 (0:59)
Match 36: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) def. Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (22) 21-17, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 37: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (10) def. John Mayer / Brad Keenan (26, Q7) 21-17, 22-20 (0:40)
Match 38: Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (15) def. Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (31, Q56) 21-14, 21-11 (0:30)

Round 2
Match 39: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (17) 21-17, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 40: Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (24) def. Chip McCaw / Matt Prosser (23) 23-21, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 41: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21) def. Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (27, Q4) 19-21, 21-17, 17-15 (0:47)
Match 42: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. Brad Torsone / Anthony Medel (20) 21-13, 21-11 (0:36)
Match 43: Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (13) def. Aaron Boss / Albert Hannemann (19) 21-16, 22-20 (0:45)
Match 44: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (12) 21-19, 19-21, 15-11 (1:03)
Match 45: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (10) def. Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (9) 21-16, 22-24, 18-16 (1:16)
Match 46: Jason Lee / Matt Heath (16) def. Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (15) 21-19, 18-21, 15-10

Round 3
Match 47: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (24) 21-16, 21-9 (0:41)
Match 48: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (21) 21-16, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 49: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) def. Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (13) 21-19, 21-16 (0:51)
Match 50: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (10) def. Jason Lee / Matt Heath (16) 21-19, 11-21, 15-13 (1:07)

Round 4
Match 51: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) 21-18, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 52: Nick Lucena / George Roumain (8) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (3) 23-21, 21-14 (0:50)
Match 53: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (18) def. Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) 22-20, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 54: Ed Ratledge / Ty Loomis (14) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (10) 19-21, 21-19, 16-14 (1:09)

Round 5
Match 55: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Nick Lucena / George Roumain (8) 21-15, 21-19 (0:33)
Match 56: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (18) def. Ed Ratledge / Ty Loomis (14) 21-18, 23-25, 15-13 (1:11)

Round 6
Match 57: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) 21-18, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 58: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (18) 21-13, 21-14 (0:42)

Semifinals
Match 59: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) 21-17, 21-10 (0:40)
Match 60: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Hans Stolfus / Aaron Wachtfogel (11) 21-17, 21-9 (0:39)

Finals
Match 61: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) 21-18, 21-15 (0:57)

2006 Men's Santa Barbara Open Tournament Champions >>Todd Rogers/Phil Dalhausser

    .                                             
                 Phil Dalhausser                                                                          Todd Rogers                     

                            
    

WOMEN:

Women's AVP $125,000 Bud Light Santa Barbara Open
May 18-21, 2006 
Finish Player Partner Seed
1
Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1 $25,000.00 520.0
2 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2 $18,000.00 468.0
3 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 3 $12,000.00 390.0
3 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 7 $12,000.00 390.0
5 Jenny Pavley Paula Roca 13 $7,500.00 312.0
5 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 15 $7,500.00 312.0
7 Nicole Branagh Holly McPeak 8 $5,500.00 260.0
7 Carrie Dodd Barbra Fontana 9 $5,500.00 260.0
9 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 5 $3,300.00 208.0
9 Semirames Marins Tatiana Minello 6 $3,300.00 208.0
9 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 12 $3,300.00 208.0
9 Courtney Guerra Jenelle Koester 20 $3,300.00 208.0
13 Jennifer Boss Nancy Mason 4 $2,400.00 156.0
13 Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson Heidi Ilustre 11 $2,400.00 156.0
13 Brittany Hochevar Logan Tom 16 $2,400.00 156.0
13 Lauren Fendrick Pat Keller 23 $2,400.00 156.0
17 Brooke Hanson Sarah Straton 10 $800.00 104.0
17 Angie Akers Heather Lowe 14 $800.00 104.0
17 Angela Lewis Priscilla Lima 17 $800.00 104.0
17 Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 18 $800.00 104.0
17 Diane Pascua Ella Vakhidova 19 $800.00 104.0
17 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 21 $800.00 104.0
17 Ashley Ivy Suzana Manole 22 $800.00 104.0
17 Jill Changaris Patti Cook 25 $800.00 104.0
25 Kimberly Coleman Jeannette Hecker 24, Q2 $350.00 52.0
25 Mary Baily Julie Romias 26, Q1 $350.00 52.0
25 Catie Vagneur Beth Van Fleet 27, Q3 $350.00 52.0
25 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst 28, Q4 $350.00 52.0
25 Erin Byrd Paige Davis 29, Q9 $350.00 52.0
25 Cinta Preston Kelly Rowe 30, Q10 $350.00 52.0
25 Lisa Marshall Marla O'Hara 31, Q12 $350.00 52.0
25 Janelle Ruen Jennifer Snyder 32, Q38 $350.00 52.0
33 Meri-de Boyer Cheri Fitzner Q5 $.00 24.0
33 Sarah White Chrissie Zartman Q7 $.00 24.0
33 Claire Robertson Tiffany Rodriguez Q13 $.00 24.0
33 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q15 $.00 24.0
33 Helen Reale Carrie Wright Q17 $.00 24.0
33 Joy Akins Amber Willey Q19 $.00 24.0
33 Jessie Cooper Anne McArthur Q22 $.00 24.0
33 Kim Kiefer Jana Monello Q40 $.00 24.0
41 Nicki Fusco Alicia Zamparelli Q6 $.00 18.0
41 Lisa Gathright Krystal McFarland Jackson Q8 $.00 18.0
41 Holly Reisor Dagmara Szyszczak Q11 $.00 18.0
41 Makalani Hovey Stacy Nicks Q14 $.00 18.0
41 Sara Dukes Kerri Eich Q18 $.00 18.0
41 Kirstin Olsen Kristi Winters Q21 $.00 18.0
41 Kathleen Madden Cherry Simkins Q23 $.00 18.0
41 Keao Burdine April Ross Q24 $.00 18.0
41 Maggie Philgence Teri Zartman Q26 $.00 18.0
41 Gabriela Roney Lenka Urbanova Q28 $.00 18.0
41 Rhonda Kottke Michelle Morse Q30 $.00 18.0
41 Dana Schilling Caroline Skacel Q31 $.00 18.0
41 Elsa Binder Charnette Fair Q33 $.00 18.0
41 Jennifer Janszen Lauren Mills Q36 $.00 18.0
41 Brynn Murphy Angie Simpson Q45 $.00 18.0
41 Shayna Breed Anna Parmely Q49 $.00 18.0
57 Karen Reitz Josie Youngblood Q16 $.00 12.0
57 Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q20 $.00 12.0
57 Heather Alley Barb Sanson Q25 $.00 12.0
57 Wendy Martin Kim Whitney Q27 $.00 12.0
57 Christine Pack Kamila Pavlaskova Q29 $.00 12.0
57 Angie Hall Laura Ratto Q32 $.00 12.0
57 Melissa Calata Ashley Regner Q34 $.00 12.0
57 Christina Hinds Stacy Millichap Q35 $.00 12.0
57 Michelle Hart Jennifer Walker Q37 $.00 12.0
57 Jennifer Lombardi Rosalinda Masler Q39 $.00 12.0
57 Laurel Riechmann Shannon Sneed Q41 $.00 12.0
57 Angela McHenry Lisa Rutledge Q42 $.00 12.0
57 Valerie Pryor Alicia Robinson Q43 $.00 12.0
57 Antoinette Cocco Marla Gomez Q44 $.00 12.0
57 Tina Damasco Amy Hvitfeldtsen Q46 $.00 12.0
57 Sara Fredrickson Heidi Munneke Q47 $.00 12.0
57 Carrie Bowers Erica Lott Q48 $.00 12.0
57 Tina Daly Therese Hilton Q50 $.00 12.0
57 Tracy Duffey Janine Laubacher-Cobian Q51 $.00 12.0
57 Kim Collins Desiree Partlow Q52 $.00 12.0
57 Kiah Fiers Zoe Garrett Q53 $.00 12.0
57 K.C. Collins Sandi Enriquez Q54 $.00 12.0
57 Rese McNatt Amanda Omar Q55 $.00 12.0
57 Amanda Richardson Christie Streeper Q56 $.00 12.0
57 Lindsey Berg Laura Greene Q57 $.00 12.0
57 Jennifer Corral Ashley Ebert Q58 $.00 12.0
  

Women's AVP $125,000 Bud Light Santa Barbara Open
May 18-21, 2006 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Charnette Fair / Elsa Binder (Q33) def. Angie Hall / Laura Ratto (Q32) 21-15, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 3: Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q17) def. Carrie Bowers / Erica Lott (Q48) 21-17, 25-23 (0:54)
Match 4: Shayna Breed / Anna Parmely (Q49) def. Karen Reitz / Josie Youngblood (Q16) 21-18, 17-21, 15-9 (0:57)
Match 5: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q9) def. Christie Streeper / Amanda Richardson (Q56) 21-16, 21-16
Match 6: Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q24) def. Shannon Sneed / Laurel Riechmann (Q41) 21-12, 21-9 (0:37)
Match 7: Jana Monello / Kim Kiefer (Q40) def. Heather Alley / Barb Sanson (Q25) 22-20, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 8: Lisa Gathright / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q8) def. Laura Greene / Lindsey Berg (Q57) 21-9, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 10: Gabriela Roney / Lenka Urbanova (Q28) def. Michelle Hart / Jennifer Walker (Q37) 21-15, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 11: Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters (Q21) def. Antoinette Cocco / Marla Gomez (Q44) 21-11, 21-14
Match 12: Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q12) def. Kiah Fiers / Zoe Garrett (Q53) 21-16, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 13: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q13) def. Desiree Partlow / Kim Collins (Q52) 21-10, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 14: Angie Simpson / Brynn Murphy (Q45) def. Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q20) 21-12, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 15: Jennifer Janszen / Lauren Mills (Q36) def. Christine Pack / Kamila Pavlaskova (Q29) 21-16, 21-16
Match 18: Rhonda Kottke / Michelle Morse (Q30) def. Christina Hinds / Stacy Millichap (Q35) 21-14, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 19: Joy Akins / Amber Willey (Q19) def. Tina Damasco / Amy Hvitfeldtsen (Q46) 21-11, 21-13 (0:34)
Match 20: Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q14) def. Janine Laubacher-Cobian / Tracy Duffey (Q51) 23-25, 21-11, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 21: Holly Reisor / Dagmara Szyszczak (Q11) def. Sandi Enriquez / K.C. Collins (Q54) 21-16, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 22: Jessie Cooper / Anne McArthur (Q22) def. Valerie Pryor / Alicia Robinson (Q43) 21-16, 12-21, 15-10 (0:56)
Match 23: Jennifer Snyder / Janelle Ruen (Q38) def. Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney (Q27) 21-17, 21-18
Match 25: Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q7) def. Jennifer Corral / Ashley Ebert (Q58) 21-15, 21-10 (0:34)
Match 26: Maggie Philgence / Teri Zartman (Q26) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Rosalinda Masler (Q39) 21-15, 21-12 (0:35)
Match 27: Kathleen Madden / Cherry Simkins (Q23) def. Angela McHenry / Lisa Rutledge (Q42) 19-21, 25-23, 18-16 (1:04)
Match 28: Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q10) def. Amanda Omar / Rese McNatt (Q55) 21-9, 21-9 (0:28)
Match 29: Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q15) def. Tina Daly / Therese Hilton (Q50) 21-8, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 30: Sara Dukes / Kerri Eich (Q18) def. Sara Fredrickson / Heidi Munneke (Q47) 21-18, 21-15
Match 31: Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q31) def. Melissa Calata / Ashley Regner (Q34) 21-16, 21-9 (0:34)

Round 2
Match 33: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q1) def. Charnette Fair / Elsa Binder (Q33) 21-19, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 34: Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q17) def. Shayna Breed / Anna Parmely (Q49) 21-15, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 35: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q9) def. Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q24) 21-16, 21-18
Match 36: Jana Monello / Kim Kiefer (Q40) def. Lisa Gathright / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q8) 16-21, 21-17, 15-9 (1:04)
Match 37: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q5) def. Gabriela Roney / Lenka Urbanova (Q28) 21-19, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 38: Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q12) def. Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters (Q21) 18-21, 22-20, 15-4 (1:00)
Match 39: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q13) def. Angie Simpson / Brynn Murphy (Q45) 21-16, 21-10 (0:34)
Match 40: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q4) def. Jennifer Janszen / Lauren Mills (Q36) 21-18, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 41: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Rhonda Kottke / Michelle Morse (Q30) 21-16, 21-18
Match 42: Joy Akins / Amber Willey (Q19) def. Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q14) 21-16, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 43: Jessie Cooper / Anne McArthur (Q22) def. Holly Reisor / Dagmara Szyszczak (Q11) 21-14, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 44: Jennifer Snyder / Janelle Ruen (Q38) def. Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q6) 18-21, 21-16, 15-7 (0:55)
Match 45: Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q7) def. Maggie Philgence / Teri Zartman (Q26) 21-9, 21-16 (0:32)
Match 46: Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q10) def. Kathleen Madden / Cherry Simkins (Q23) 22-20, 21-17 (0:31)
Match 47: Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q15) def. Sara Dukes / Kerri Eich (Q18) 21-16, 22-20 (0:44)
Match 48: Kimberly Coleman / Jeannette Hecker (Q2) def. Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q31) 21-14, 21-14 (0:37)

Round 3
Match 49: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q1) def. Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q17) 21-18, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 50: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q9) def. Jana Monello / Kim Kiefer (Q40) 21-19, 16-21, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 51: Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q12) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q5) 19-21, 21-15, 15-12 (0:53)
Match 52: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q4) def. Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q13) 21-13, 17-21, 15-11
Match 53: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Joy Akins / Amber Willey (Q19) 21-17, 21-10 (0:34)
Match 54: Jennifer Snyder / Janelle Ruen (Q38) def. Jessie Cooper / Anne McArthur (Q22) 21-12, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 55: Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q10) def. Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q7) 21-19, 19-21, 17-15 (0:53)
Match 56: Kimberly Coleman / Jeannette Hecker (Q2) def. Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q15) 21-17, 20-22, 15-13 (0:58)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Jennifer Snyder / Janelle Ruen (32, Q38) 21-23, 21-13, 15-6 (0:46)
Match 2: Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (16) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (17) 21-16, 25-23 (0:46)
Match 3: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) def. Jeannette Hecker / Kimberly Coleman (24, Q2) 21-9, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 4: Holly McPeak / Nicole Branagh (8) def. Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (25) 21-16, 22-20 (0:48)
Match 5: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (5) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Jennifer Fopma (28, Q4) 21-19, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 6: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (21) 21-17, 22-20 (0:45)
Match 7: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (13) def. Jenelle Koester / Courtney Guerra (20) 21-14, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 8: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (4) def. Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (29, Q9) 26-28, 21-8, 15-9 (0:55)
Match 9: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Kelly Rowe / Cinta Preston (30, Q10) 21-11, 21-10 (0:29)
Match 10: Diane Pascua / Ella Vakhidova (19) def. Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (14) 23-21, 16-21, 15-12 (0:45)
Match 11: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (11) def. Suzana Manole / Ashley Ivy (22) 21-18, 21-11 (0:36)
Match 12: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (6) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q3) 21-18, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 13: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (26, Q1) 21-12, 21-14 (0:44)
Match 14: Lauren Fendrick / Pat Keller (23) def. Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) 21-18, 11-21, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 15: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (15) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (18) 21-16, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 16: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (31, Q12) 21-10, 21-10 (0:30)

Round 2
Match 17: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (16) 21-13, 21-16 (0:30)
Match 18: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) def. Holly McPeak / Nicole Branagh (8) 21-12, 31-29 (0:56)
Match 19: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (5) 19-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 20: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (13) def. Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (4) 21-18, 21-17 (0:45)
Match 21: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Diane Pascua / Ella Vakhidova (19) 21-14, 19-21, 15-10 (0:43)
Match 22: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (6) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (11) 21-9, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 23: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) def. Lauren Fendrick / Pat Keller (23) 20-22, 21-17, 15-11 (0:53)
Match 24: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (15) 21-13, 21-14 (0:35)

Round 3
Match 25: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) 21-14, 21-17 (0:34)
Match 26: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (13) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) 24-22, 16-21, 15-8 (1:11)
Match 27: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (6) 14-21, 21-14, 15-12 (0:51)
Match 28: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) 21-19, 21-14 (0:35)

Round 4
Match 29: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (13) 21-14, 21-15 (0:33)
Match 30: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 21-13, 21-15 (0:44)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (17) def. Jennifer Snyder / Janelle Ruen (32, Q38) 21-19, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 32: Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (25) def. Jeannette Hecker / Kimberly Coleman (24, Q2) 21-11, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 33: Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (21) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Jennifer Fopma (28, Q4) 21-19, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 34: Jenelle Koester / Courtney Guerra (20) def. Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (29, Q9) 21-12, 21-13 (0:34)
Match 35: Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (14) def. Kelly Rowe / Cinta Preston (30, Q10) 21-18, 21-19 (0:34)
Match 36: Suzana Manole / Ashley Ivy (22) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q3) 21-18, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 37: Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (26, Q1) 21-16, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 38: Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (18) def. Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (31, Q12) 21-19, 21-16 (0:45)

Round 2
Match 39: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (15) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (17) 21-10, 21-15 (0:34)
Match 40: Lauren Fendrick / Pat Keller (23) def. Jill Changaris / Patti Cook (25) 27-25, 25-23 (0:52)
Match 41: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (11) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (21) 21-18, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 42: Jenelle Koester / Courtney Guerra (20) def. Diane Pascua / Ella Vakhidova (19) 25-23, 18-21, 15-11 (1:02)
Match 43: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (4) def. Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (14) 21-16, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 44: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (5) def. Suzana Manole / Ashley Ivy (22) 21-12, 21-11 (0:31)
Match 45: Holly McPeak / Nicole Branagh (8) def. Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) 21-23, 21-13, 15-12 (0:57)
Match 46: Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (16) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (18) 21-15, 15-21, 15-13 (0:52)

Round 3
Match 47: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (15) def. Lauren Fendrick / Pat Keller (23) 21-14, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 48: Jenelle Koester / Courtney Guerra (20) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (11) 21-19, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 49: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (5) def. Nancy Mason / Jennifer Boss (4) 21-14, 16-21, 15-8 (0:47)
Match 50: Holly McPeak / Nicole Branagh (8) def. Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (16) 21-11, 21-13 (0:30)

Round 4
Match 51: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (15) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) 21-13, 21-18 (0:34)
Match 52: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) def. Jenelle Koester / Courtney Guerra (20) 21-14, 21-8 (0:30)
Match 53: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (5) 21-14, 20-22, 15-12 (0:50)
Match 54: Holly McPeak / Nicole Branagh (8) def. Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (6) 26-24, 17-21, 16-14 (1:07)

Round 5
Match 55: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (15) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (9) 21-17, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 56: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) def. Holly McPeak / Nicole Branagh (8) 21-13, 21-17 (0:38)

Round 6
Match 57: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (15) 21-19, 21-14 (0:33)
Match 58: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (13) 16-21, 21-15, 15-10 (0:55)

Semifinals
Match 59: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 21-15, 21-13 (0:32)
Match 60: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) 21-9, 21-18 (0:36)

Finals
Match 61: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) 21-14, 21-14 (0:58) 


2006 Women's Santa Barbara Open Tournament Champions >>Misty May/ Kerri Walsh
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                             Misty May                                             Kerri Walsh

Articles 2006:

AVP, Inc. Announces 2006 First Quarter Results
                
 
    LOS ANGELES, May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin
Board: AVPI) today announced first quarter 2006 consolidated results for
AVP, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour,
Inc., a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional
beach volleyball events.
    "With the recent kickoff of our 2006 professional beach volleyball
tournament season which runs April through September, we remain very
enthusiastic about our outlook. We ended the first quarter with strong
momentum gained through sponsorship activity with a number of world-class
partners," said Leonard Armato, Chief Executive Officer of AVP.
    "Since the start of the 2006 season last month, we are thrilled to have
signed a three-year deal establishing Crocs, Inc. as our title sponsor and
official footwear, creating the newly branded 'AVP Crocs Tour' and the
'Crocs Cup.' We were also pleased to announce a three-year extension of our
marketing agreement with Bud Light as the official beer of our Tour, and a
new three-year licensing agreement with Speedo to create a new 'AVP & AVP
Pro Series Apparel by Speedo' line of clothing for sale at retail and AVP
events.
    "In addition, several new or extended marketing deals with major
commercial brands include a multi-year agreement making Nautica our
official apparel sponsor, a multi-year agreement with New Motion making
MobileSidewalk(TM) the official mobile marketing partner and content
provider for our Tour, and a return by Jose Cuervo Tequila as an official
sponsor.
    "Going forward, we intend to capitalize on recent positive trends
including a 48% increase in our fan base, increased on-site event exposure,
broader media coverage and multiple new national sponsors. We anticipate a
highly successful 2006 Tour with significant near term growth opportunity
commensurate with the growing popularity and commercial potential of our
sport," concluded Armato.
    First Quarter Results
    For the three months ended March 31, 2006, total revenue was $122,816,
compared to $103,956 for the same period prior year. The 18% increase in
the first quarter of 2006 primarily reflects higher trademark licensing
revenue in connection with volleyball and volleyball sales. During the
course of the entire year, the majority of AVP's revenues are derived from
sponsorship and advertising contracts with national and local sponsors
along with local event revenue. The Company's beach volleyball tournament
season customarily begins in early April and continues through late
September or early October and AVP recognizes sponsorship and advertising
revenue as well as event costs during the tour, as events occur. As a
result, the majority of AVP's revenues will be recognized in the second and
third quarters of the year. AVP did not produce any beach volleyball events
in the first quarters of 2006 or 2005 and therefore, did not recognize any
sponsorship or advertising revenue or any event costs during these periods.
    Total operating expenses were $1.6 million for the first quarter of
2006, compared with $4.9 million for the first quarter of 2005. The
decrease was due to lower stock compensation expense. For the period ending
March 31, 2005, operating expenses included a $3.5 million charge to stock
compensation for non-employee warrants valued under SFAS 123. This was
partially offset by higher marketing expenses associated with the expansion
of AVP's marketing department and other miscellaneous marketing expenses
during the first quarter of 2006.
    During the first quarter of 2006, the Company recorded total other
income of $12,926 compared to a total other expense of $55,202 for the same
period last year. The improvement was due primarily to lower interest
expense due to the elimination of short-term debt and bridge financing
related to the Company's February 28, 2005 merger.
    The Company's net loss narrowed to $(1.5) million for the first quarter
of 2006, compared to $(4.9) million for the first quarter of 2005. Basic
and diluted loss per share was $(0.12) for the first quarter, compared to
$(0.95) for the corresponding period in 2005.
    Mr. Armato continued, "Our strategy remains focused on increasing our
sponsor revenue, building upon our local partnerships, and taking advantage
of additional revenue generating opportunities such as our focus on new
media. AVP has experienced strong growth over the past four seasons and we
are looking forward to an even stronger 2006 season and beyond."
    About AVP, Inc.
    AVP, Inc. is a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the
production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball
events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent volleyball
tour in the United States, the AVP Crocs Tour. Featuring more than 200 of
the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will hold 16
AVP Crocs Tour events throughout the United States in 2006. In 2004, AVP
athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in
Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by
U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please
visit http://www.avp.com.
    All above mentioned trademarks are the property of their respective
owners.
    Contact:
    Lasse Glassen
    General Information and Investor Inquiries
    (310) 854-8313
    lglassen@financialrelationsboard.com

                          Financial Tables to Follow



                                  AVP, Inc.
                          Consolidated Balance Sheet
                                 (Unaudited)
                                                                  March 31,
                                                                    2006
    ASSETS
    CURRENT ASSETS
      Cash and cash equivalents                                   $759,892
      Accounts receivable, net of allowance for
       doubtful accounts of $49,232                                263,732
      Prepaid expenses                                           1,650,121
      Current portion of investment in sales-type lease            113,876
      TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                                       2,787,621

    PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net                                    306,279

    OTHER ASSETS
      Investment in sales-type lease                               387,020
      Other assets                                                  36,633
      TOTAL OTHER ASSETS                                           423,653

      TOTAL ASSETS                                               3,517,553

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES
      Notes payable                                               $183,334
      Accounts payable                                             296,769
      Accrued expenses                                           1,233,757
      Accrued interest                                              21,673
      Deferred revenue                                           2,731,915
      TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                                  4,467,448

    OTHER LIABILITIES
      Long-term deferred revenue                                   131,250

      TOTAL LIABILITIES                                          4,598,698

    COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

    STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY

      Preferred stock, 2,000,000 shares authorized:

        Series A convertible preferred stock, $.001 par
         value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, no shares
         issued and outstanding                                         --

        Series B convertible preferred stock, $.001 par
         value, 250,000 shares authorized, 74,708 shares
         issued and outstanding                                         74

        Common stock, $.001 par value, 80,000,000 shares
         authorized, 12,817,919 shares issued and outstanding       12,819

      Additional paid-in capital                                33,194,342

      Accumulated deficit                                      (34,288,380)

      TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY                            (1,081,145)

      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY             3,517,553



                                  AVP, Inc.
                    Consolidated Statements of Operations
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                Three Months Ended March 31,
                                                  2006               2005
    REVENUE
        Sponsorships                                 $--                $--
        Other                                    122,816            103,956
        TOTAL REVENUE                            122,816            103,956

    EVENT COSTS                                       --                 --
        Gross Profit                             122,816            103,956

    OPERATING EXPENSES
        Marketing                                555,950            411,600
        Administrative (includes stock-based
         compensation of $10,726 for 2006
         and $3,498,022 for 2005)              1,068,338          4,518,384
        TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES               1,624,288          4,929,984

        OPERATING LOSS                        (1,501,472)        (4,826,028)

    OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
        Interest expense                          (8,213)           (70,558)
        Interest income                           21,139             15,356
        TOTAL OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)              12,926            (55,202)

        LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES              (1,488,546)        (4,881,230)

    INCOME TAXES                                      --                 --

        NET LOSS                             $(1,488,546)       $(4,881,230)

    Basic and diluted loss per share              $(0.12)            $(0.95)

    Weighted average common shares
     outstanding                              12,468,848          5,135,713



                                  AVP, Inc.
                    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                Three Months Ended March 31,
                                                  2006               2005

    CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
      Net loss                                $(1,488,546)       $(4,881,230)
      Adjustments to reconcile net loss
       to net cash flows from operating
       activities:
         Depreciation and amortization of
          property and equipment                   36,545             22,101
         Interest income on investment
          in sales-type lease                     (12,843)           (15,356)
         Amortization of deferred
          commissions                                  --             63,335
         Gain on property and equipment            (9,864)                --
         Other amortization                         2,011              2,011
         Compensation from issuance of
          stock options and warrants               10,726          3,498,022
      Decrease (increase) in operating assets:
        Accounts receivable                       202,903           (453,706)
        Prepaid expenses                         (492,067)          (527,476)
        Other assets                                   (3)            (4,500)
      Increase (decrease) in operating
       liabilities:
        Accounts payable                         (414,534)           164,381
        Accrued expenses                         (341,742)           208,347
        Accrued interest                         (104,316)           (56,127)
        Deferred revenue                        2,597,165          2,969,847

        NET CASH FLOWS FROM
          OPERATING ACTIVITIES                    (14,565)           989,649


    CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
      Investment in property and equipment        (64,216)          (137,384)
      Investment in sales-type lease               92,400             39,600
      Proceeds from disposal of property
       and equipment                               19,665                 --

        NET CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING
         ACTIVITIES                                47,849            (97,784)



                                  AVP, Inc.
              Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Continued)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                  Three Months Ended March 31,
                                                    2006               2005
    CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
      Proceeds from sale of capital stock             $--         $5,000,061
      Offering costs                                   --           (753,038)
      Debt repayments                            (416,737)          (950,000)

        NET CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING
         ACTIVITIES                              (416,737)         3,297,023

        NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH
         AND CASH EQUIVALENTS                    (383,453)         4,188,888

        CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS,
         BEGINNING OF PERIOD                    1,143,345            631,933

        CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END
         OF PERIOD                               $759,892         $4,820,821

    SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW
     INFORMATION
      Cash paid during the period for:
      Interest                                   $110,447                $--
      Income taxes                                     --                 --

    SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH
     INVESTING AND FINANCING INFORMATION

      Net liabilities assumed in merger
        Cash                                          $--             $4,217
        Accounts payable                               --           (261,857)
        Accrued expenses                               --           (173,934)
                                                      $--          $(431,574)
      Conversion of Association redeemable
       preferred stock into common stock              $--         $3,657,600

      Conversion of 10% convertible notes
       payable in common stock                        $--         $2,290,348

      Payment of accrued registration
       penalty in common stock                       $935                $--

      Issuance of common stock to non-
       employees for services                  $1,000,000                $--
SOURCE AVP, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.avp.com

Logan Tom enjoys her first taste of the AVP
By Ryan Casey
May 15, 2006
It's hard to imagine a player as accomplished as Logan Tom getting nervous. But when she walked out onto Court 3 in Tempe Beach Park Saturday morning for what was her first-ever action on the AVP Crocs Tour, the two-time Olympian almost lost her breakfast.
"I thought my zucchini and walnut muffin was going to come up right before the match started," says Logan, who last October was one of six players - Kerri Walsh among them - named to the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Team after a storied collegiate career at Stanford.
Admittedly, Logan says nerves got the best of her and Brittany Hochevar, the second half of the 20th-seeded pair, in their first match against 13th-seeded Michelle More and Suzanne Stonebarger. Digging themselves an early 8-2 hole in the first game, the duo eventually fell 21-11. The second game was closer, 21-19, but Logan and Brittany still found themselves in the consolation bracket with a match-up against the Lindquist sisters, Katie and Tracy, looming.
"You have to get that first match in," Logan says after signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans who attended the AVP's Tempe Open presented by Bud Light. "I was hoping it would go better than that, but I think as the match went on, our nerves got better, and we started playing better."
That's not to say Logan, always a competitor, took the loss lightly.
"I was pissed," the Salt Lake City, Utah, native admits. "I made some errors that I'm not used to making.
"But even though we lost, I felt a lot better (after the first match)," she adds. "I calmed down a lot."
And it sure helped. Though Logan and Brittany dropped the first game to the Lindquists, 21-18, they rebounded to take the final two, 21-17 and 15-12. Afterwards, Logan displays her sense of sarcasm, saying, between smiles, that she would've considered calling it quits had her and Brittany not battled back.
With her first win on tour now under her belt, Logan makes the long trip back to the player's tent and reflects on just how much her life has changed in her one day as a professional beach volleyballer.
Arguably one of the greatest indoor players of all time, Logan was a four-time All American at Stanford, three-time member of All-Final Four teams, two-time National Player of the Year, and was named MVP of the 2001 Final Four when her Stanford Cardinal took home the National Championship.
But her success on the court isn't limited to wearing Cardinal and White. The summer after arriving on the Palo Alto, Calif., campus, Logan donned Red, White and Blue in the Olympics as the youngest member (by two years) of Team USA as a 19-year-old in Sydney's 2000 Olympic Games. In addition to another Olympic stop in Athens in 2004, she's played professionally in Brazil, Italy and Switzerland.
But all her accomplishments have come indoors, never before competing on the AVP.
"Probably the biggest thing for me is that I know what I can do indoors," Logan says of the discrepancies between the indoor and outdoor games. "Even if it's a big game, when I step on that court, I know what I can do. I have confidence in myself.
"Out here," she adds, gesturing towards the courts surrounding her on her walk back to the player's tent. "I don't."
In no better place was that evidenced than Saturday morning on Court 3 in Tempe, when Logan admits she was hesitant while searching for her confidence on the beach.
"I'm learning, but I feel like I don't have that confidence I'm used to having," she says. "So I hesitate a lot more than I usually do, which is really frustrating - that's my biggest pet peeve, when people don't go for balls."
In an effort to try and help the confidence come sooner rather than later, Logan says she worked out six days a week leading up to Tempe.
"I can't control how fast it's going to come," she says, "but I can control how much work I put in."
A pair that only recently started playing together on the beach - "I played with Brittany for a long time indoors," Logan says of her partner who's a mere one day younger - Tempe's 13th-place finish (the pair Would go on to lose 21-19, 11-21 and 8-15 to the 6th-seeded Brazilian pair of Semirames Marins and Tatiana Minello) is something to build on.
"Out here, it's only you and another girl, it's definitely more of an individual sport," Logan says. "You have to know your partner & every ball you touch, you're setting it for her. A week is (not enough) time."
Still, Logan has no regrets when it comes to making the transition to the beach.
"It was hard to actually come out here and play, but I'm happy that I did," she says, "and I'm happy I'm taking that step that a lot of indoor players don't take."

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Jake Gibb, 2005 AVP Most Valuable Player

It's hard to believe that the 2006 AVP season is already underway. I am excited about all that lies ahead and 2006 is already looking to be a big year for me...

First off, I have a new partner this season in Sean Rosenthal. Change can definitely be a good thing and Sean and I are already off to a great start winning the title at Ft. Lauderdale, the first stop of the 2006 AVP Tour.

I have to say that the win in Ft. Lauderdale is probably my favorite so far. As a player, you're always nervous heading into a new season - especially when you've got a new partner. But all the nervous energy and excitement helped us win and were so elated, and also relieved, to take home that top prize. What a perfect way to kick off the season!

Looking ahead, our goal is to be No. 1. I'd love to win the title at every event I play in, but Sean and I just taking things one tournament at a time. Tempe is up next and I'm really focused on playing my best there and coming home with a win.

As I said, change is good. Not only do I have a new partner this season, but I also have a new coach in Mike Dodd, a volleyball legend who won the silver medal at the Olympics in '96 and 75 Open titles in his career. He is an amazing player, and a great coach. He's already molded Sean and me into a pretty good team. We're going to keep working hard and with Mike's help I know we'll keep getting better and better.

In regards to training, I've started working out with Marcus Elliott, one of the top trainers in the country who has worked with the likes of the New England Patriots. He's put together a pretty extensive workout routine for me and I'm working out harder than I ever have in my life. In volleyball, core strength is very important so that's a big focus of my training this season. It's also a great workout for anyone who's looking to get ready for the fast-approaching swimsuit season!

Overall, to have the support of a brand like Speedo is really exciting. I am proud to be a part of Team Speedo alongside stars like Karch Kiraly, Kerri Walsh, Holly McPeak, Rachel Wacholder, Jen Kessy-Boss and Stein. And I don't know what I'd do without my favorite Speedo Waimea Watershorts! I wear them all the time, on and off the court.

Well that's all for now. Keep an eye out for me this AVP season and have a great summer!


Rachel Wacholder, AVP Defensive Player of the Year

Hi everyone!

It feels like the 2005 AVP season just ended – it’s hard to believe that 2006 is already underway.   

My partner Elaine Youngs and I had a great season last year in ’05 and we’re both looking forward to working hard and improving on our success in ‘06.  We won three tournaments last year but we really want to add to that this season and it is our goal to reach every final – and push Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor as much as possible. 

We’re off to a pretty good start so far.  Elaine and I finished third in Ft. Lauderdale, the first stop of the 2006 AVP Tour, and third at the Tempe Open this past weekend.  Next up is Santa Barbara the third weekend in May. 

For Elaine and me, the more we play together the better we get.  We have a whole year under our belt now and we continue to grow as partners.  I think we’re lucky because in many ways our skills compliment each other really well – she’s a great setter and blocker and that compliments my defense.  It’s a perfect match. 

We didn’t have much of an off-season last year finishing in South Africa around Thanksgiving and then starting up again in Brazil at the end of February.  Though it was a short off-season, I made sure to make good use of it.  I took some time to rest – as we all need a little break – and was sure to make time for the things I enjoy outside of volleyball.

I spent a lot of time with my family and friends.  They are so important to me.  My sister just had twins a few months ago and I also have a two-and-a-half year old niece.  We only live an hour away from each other so I’m always spending time with them.  Even during the season, I try to spend as much time with my family as possible.   

This is my first year as a member of Team Speedo and it’s something I’m really excited about!  I’m so happy to have the opportunity to work with the brand and be a part of the team with idols of mine like Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly, and off course Kerri, Jen Kessy-Boss, Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger. 

I’m also enjoying wearing Speedo on the court this season.  I’ve been really impressed with the fabric they use.  The fabric and the fit both make me feel really comfortable and because of that I feel even more confident on the court! 

Well I’m off to go train.  I hope everyone has a great summer and be sure to tune in to the 2006 AVP Tour – it is going to be a big season.  Maybe I’ll see you on the beach! 



Kerri Walsh, Olympic Gold Medalist
Hi everybody.  Thanks for checking out my blog entry on www.speedousa.com.  I’m glad to have the opportunity to catch up with everyone and let you know what I’ve been up to lately…

As you know, the 2006 AVP Tour season is underway and I’m playing with Misty May-Treanor again this year – it’s our sixth season together, can you believe it!  She’s such an amazing partner and I know we’ll be together on court for a long time.  

This is a huge year for us.  Of course 2005 was great but that was last year – there is still so much we want to accomplish and we continue to work really hard.  We both love winning and we love competition.  The competition this year on Tour is especially strong but we will rise to meet the challenge.  We’re going to keep improving, keep having fun, and ultimately keep winning It will definitely be an exciting season to watch! 

The off-season was pretty short but I made sure to take some time away from beach volleyball.  I think it’s really important step away from the sport a bit so that you can get that hunger back. 

I started training again in January and worked to put on some extra muscle mass.  We started lifting heavy weights and working to get our sand legs back with five days of training on the beach.  I’ve also been doing a lot of sprint work. 

Off the court, things have been going really well for me.  I got married in December which you may have heard.  It was a beautiful wedding on the beach!   

In February I flew to Torino were I was a special correspondent for NBCOlympics.com at the 2006 Winter Games.  It was a lot of fun and a great experience to be on the other side of things at the Olympics.  I even did an interview with Michael Phelps for the Today Show. 

I also shot a commercial for Gatorade which you may have already seen on TV.  They did an unbelievable job with that production.  It is so great for the sport to be featured in something as mainstream as a Gatorade commercial and I’m really proud to have been a part of it.  

This is my fourth year with Speedo and I have to say that every year, the suits get cuter and cuter.  We worked together to design the suit I’m wearing this season in a black-and-white floral pattern that I really love.  Misty and I got in the habit three years ago of wearing black suits in the finals – it makes us feel powerful and now it has become a sort of tradition with us.    I also really like Speedo’s line of Axcelerate activewear.  It’s great for working out in the gym.   

Well that’s all for now.  Hope everyone has a great summer and keep an eye out for me this AVP season!


Stein Metzger, AVP #1 Team
Hi everyone.  Thanks for checking out my blog on www.SpeedoUSA.com! 

As you all know, the 2006 AVP Tour season is underway.  I’m playing with Mike Lambert this year and though we go way back, it’s the first time we’re playing together on Tour.  We’ve actually known each other since we were kids at Punahou High School in Hawaii.  In 1991 when I was a senior and Mike was a junior, we won both the Hawaii State Championship – the 11th consecutive title for our school – and the volleyball title at the Junior Olympics.   My fellow AVP-ers Sean Scott and Kevin Wong were on that team too.  It was a good year! 

I’m excited about playing with Mike this season and getting back to our roots.  We reached the finals in Ft. Lauderdale last month and we were happy about that.  It was an interesting tournament.  There are so many new teams on Tour this year and it was really interesting to see how everyone played and how the teams matched up.  Mike and I met Sean Scott and Dax Holdren in the semis in Ft. Lauderdale and they are definitely going to be a top team on Tour this season.  We met Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in the finals and there is no question they are a top contender this season as well.  Jake played a flawless match. 

Our goal for the 2006 AVP season, first and foremost, is to win the AVP and be the No. 1 team at the end of the year.  But also on our radar are the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.  Olympic qualifying is just around the corner and it is our goal to have a very successful summer playing internationally which will put us in a good position to make the 2008 Olympic Team. 

Off court the court I have been busy training and working with coach Jeff Alzina.  He has us on the sand and playing four to five times a week for three hours at a time.  I’m also working with a trainer out of Santa Barbara – Marcus Elliot – who also works with Jake Gibb.  I’ve been really focused on getting strong and explosive for the season. 

The off-season was pretty short this year but I was sure to make good use of it.  Every year I pick something that I want to learn in the off-season and this time it was sailing.  I sailed in small boats when I was younger and I always wanted to get back in to it so I took a class and I’m now certified to sail mid-size 30-40 ft. sailboats.  We took a bunch of trips to Catalina Island which was great.   

As you can tell by what I wear on the court, I’m a big fan of Speedo’s line of boardshorts.  But I’m also really into their accessories right now like their mesh bags, goggles, and swim gear.  I’ve become much more active in swimming over the past few years and I’ve been working with former Olympic swimmer Matt Biondi – who also happens to be my brother-in-law – in the water a bit.  Swimming is a great way to cross train and for me in particular, it helps my shoulders stay stable and strong which is very important in the sport of beach volleyball. 

Well that’s all for now… I hope to see you on the beach this summer! 

Jen Kessy-Boss, AVP Ft. Lauderdale Finalist

It’s hard to believe that summer is right around the corner and the 2006 AVP Tour season is already underway!

I can already tell its going to be an exciting year.  My teammate Nancy Mason and I are off to a good start having reached the finals in both Tour events so far this season.  But it is our goal to win – both domestically on the AVP Tour and in international competition – and to have fun doing it!  There’s nothing more important than that. 

We head to Santa Barbara this weekend for the AVP Santa Barbara Open; it is one of my favorite events.  I made it to the finals there last year with then-partner Holly McPeak.  It is such a great city – in fact, I even thought about going to college there.  The nice thing about competing in Santa Barbara is that it’s a volleyball town and the fans there really support us – and it’s only a few hours drive from home so it’s easy for my friends and family to get there to watch us play.  

Partnering with Nancy this season has been great.  I am having a blast.  I get to play my style and do my own thing while Nancy does hers.  We compliment each other well with our styles of play and we have really good chemistry.  We don’t sweat the small stuff keeping focus on what’s important and I think that’s why we’re playing so well right now. 

When we’re not competing on the AVP Tour we’re competing internationally.  Beginning with the AVP Tempe Open two weeks ago we are on the road competing for 21 consecutive weekends including eight international tournaments.  There are a few other teams doing the same thing but it’s definitely a grueling schedule and a big commitment.   The overseas events count towards Olympic qualifying and making the Olympic Team is a big goal of ours.   

Off the court things have been going really well.  I got married in November – it was a beautiful wedding – and honeymooned in South Africa.  I played in a tournament during the first week of our honeymoon there but after that we really got to enjoy ourselves.  My husband and I went on a safari with Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger and their wives.   That was a blast!  Other than that, we bought a house in Ft. Lauderdale so that has been keeping us busy. 

I’ve also been busy with training.  Nobody particularly enjoys doing cardio but I have this 45-minute treadmill workout that I love.  It includes jogging, walking, shuffling, and incline work – it mixes it up.  You burn so many calories and its challenging but I look forward to doing it.  Diet is really important for me as I’m careful about what I put in my body to fuel it.  I stick with plenty of food but in smaller portions – that’s what works for me. 

I feel really honored to be a member of Team Speedo.  When I look at all the other athletes – like Karch, Holly, Kerri, Rachel, Stein and Jake – I am proud to be on a list with such amazing competitors.  Speedo has been a great support to me and to the sport itself.  They’re at every tournament and they really love the sport of beach volleyball. 

While you’re on www.speedousa.com, be sure to check out Speedo’s line of Axcelerate activewear.  I literally wear it all the time – when I travel, to and from the gym, around the house.  It’s so comfortable. 

Enjoy the summer and I hope to see you on the beach!


AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open Women's Preview
By Doug Strauss
May 16, 2006
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh have an incredible desire to be first. Not only do they have an insatiable yearning to win pro beach volleyball tournaments, they also long to make history by being the first team to accomplish certain goals. This weekend at the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalists will be going for their 50th tournament win as a team.
To put that amazing number into perspective, only three men's teams in the history of beach volleyball have won more than 50 times together, and there have been nearly twice as many men's events as women's. May-Treanor and Walsh are playing in their 75th event together, meaning they have won two out of every three tournaments they play. They currently have 16 more victories than the team with the next most wins, and they are still a couple years from turning 30 years old. May-Treanor and Walsh will also try to become the first women's team to win three consecutive titles in Santa Barbara, something that no other team has been able to accomplish despite the city hosting women's events on and off since 1953.
May-Treanor and Walsh will also be attempting to win the first AVP event on FOX. This tournament marks one of six network events, with the Sacramento Open next month also appearing on FOX. The women's final will be on Saturday, May 20th at 4:30pm nationwide.
The second-seeded team of Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs won three events last season and pose a definite threat to the dynamic duo. Wacholder and Youngs have shown remarkable consistencies in their short time together, having formed their partnership to start the 2005 season. They have played in 15 AVP events together, reaching the semifinals each time. In addition to their three wins, they have been in the finals of five other tournaments and have finished third seven times. Each of their AVP tournaments has ended playing the same team; May-Treanor and Walsh.
The 2001 Santa Barbara Open marked the last women's event that a team seeded lower than second won. That year it was the seventh-seeded duo of Dianne DeNecochea and Liz Masakayan, winning their first and last career titles, respectively. To achieve their win, DeNecochea and Masakayan had to bounce back from a third-round loss to win five straight matches. And to top it all off, they were playing together for the first time ever.
Jennifer Boss and Nancy Mason form another team which has shown consistency in their domestic history. Joining forces at the start of this year, they have played in both finals this season, despite losing their second match of both tournaments. The result is they have had to play five more matches than anyone else on the Tour. Boss and Mason were among five AVP teams which played last weekend in the season-opening FIVB tournament in Italy. The combined schedule of the two tours means "a weekend off" is not in any of the top players' vocabularies.
The only team among the top five seeds that did not travel overseas to play was the duo of Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan. Back from a year off after each had their second child, Davis and Johnson Jordan have yet to face the top seeds this season, but are probably looking forward to it. In their last five meetings with May-Treanor and Walsh, they have won twice and forced a deciding game in two of their losses. This season Davis and Johnson Jordan have beaten every team they have lined up against except one; both tournaments they have been eliminated by Boss and Mason in the semifinals.
The AVP is including a stop in Santa Barbara for the fifth time in the last six years, and two players have been fixtures in the semifinal matches. Holly McPeak, the all-time wins leader with 72 titles, has been in the Final Four each time in that span, as has Youngs. McPeak and Youngs were teammates in the 2004 Olympics, winning a bronze medal on the beach. For the second straight event, the AVP CROCS Tour will feature the professional beach volleyball debut of a 2004 indoor Olympian. Two-time Olympian Logan Tom had her inaugural beach tournament in Tempe, Ariz., while this week her former teammate Lindsey Berg will take to the sand for the first time. Berg, along with partner Laura Greene, will be attempting to claw their way through the qualifier in order to get their chance at pulling off some upsets.
Berg has the additional motivation of performing well in a city which she resides for part of the year. Former UCSB players competing include Brooke Niles Hanson, who is playing with Sarah Straton, and Courtney Guerra, whose partner is Janelle Koester. The first AVP event on FOX gives May-Treanor and Walsh yet another goal to shoot for, but Olympians and home-town favorites are but a few of the obstacles that stand in their way.
AVP ANNALS
This is the only site in which Misty May-Treanor and her late mother, Barbara May, both won titles, as Misty won the last two seasons and Barbara won her first title in 1973. Santa Barbara offers all teams a shot at the title - in the 27 years there has been a women's pro beach tournament here, 40 different teams have played in the finals with 19 unique teams winning.

  AVP LIVE on FOX, Saturday May 20th at 4:30pm
 
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Debuts on FOX following Major League Baseball on Saturday May 20th, 2006 at 4:30pm
(PRWEB) May 17, 2006 -- 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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AVP and John Paul Mitchell Systems Announce Multi-Year Official Hair Care Product Sponsorship Extension
 
Partnership to Run Through 2008 AVP Crocs Tour Season
  LOS ANGELES, May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball
Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:
AVPI), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional
beach volleyball, and John Paul Mitchell Systems, makers of the Paul
Mitchell line of hair care products, announced today a multi-year
sponsorship extension making John Paul Mitchell Systems the official hair
care product of the AVP Crocs Tour through the 2008 season. AVP's national
touring series features more than 150 of the nation's top male and female
professional beach volleyball players.
    John Paul Mitchell Systems, a long-time partner of the AVP, has been a
sponsor of the AVP Tour since 1999. The Santa Clarita, CA-based company,
which brings its passion for style and performance to the world of sports,
is a perfect match for the AVP whose players are strong, stylish and
world-class athletes.
    "We are proud to announce our sponsorship extension with John Paul
Mitchell Systems, one of AVP's longtime and premier partners," said Leonard
Armato, CEO and commissioner of AVP. "We see this new agreement as a great
sign of the confidence that John Paul Mitchell Systems has in the AVP
platform and the sport of beach volleyball. This season marks the eighth
year that AVP and John Paul Mitchell Systems have been working together,
and we look forward to growing our partnership, and our brands, this year
and beyond."
    "We're delighted to announce our expanded relationship with the AVP,"
said Julie Solwold, vice president, Sports Marketing, John Paul Mitchell
Systems. "Through our many years together, Paul Mitchell continues to
recognize that the AVP is not just an outstanding professional tour, but
one that is a valuable platform to personally connect with our consumers
and the growing and loyal AVP fan base, on both a local and national
level."
    As part of the agreement, John Paul Mitchell Systems will be included
in all 16 events during the 2006 season with prominent stadium and
outer-court signage and commercial units during AVP telecasts on both NBC
and FOX Sports Net. The brand will continue to have a presence within the
sponsor village and maintain rights to AVP images, footage and athletes
through the 2008 season.
    John Paul Mitchell Systems will also continue to leverage its
sponsorship by featuring the program in its quarterly magazine, "Cut &
Dry," sent to more than 90,000 distributing salons worldwide.
    On site at AVP Crocs Tour events, stylists at the Paul Mitchell booth
will continue the company's tradition of giving back to the community by
cutting hair for charity. Partnering for the fifth year with 2000 Olympic
Gold Medalist and AVP standout Eric Fonoimoana, all proceeds from the
cut-a-thons will be donated to Fonoimoana's non-profit organization, "Dig
For Kids," an after school mentoring and tutoring program for inner-city
youth. A selection of Paul Mitchell products specifically created for the
care of "summer beach hair" will be on hand for sampling, with professional
consultations available throughout the weekend.
    About AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
    AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a lifestyle sports entertainment
company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of
professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's
most prominent volleyball tour in the United States, the AVP Crocs Tour.
Featuring more than 200 of the top American men and women competitors in
the sport, AVP will hold 16 AVP Crocs Tour events throughout the United
States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United
States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze
medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach
volleyball. For more information, please visit http://www.avp.com.
    About John Paul Mitchell Systems
    Over 20 years ago, two friends had a vision -- to found a company by
hairdressers for hairdressers -- one that would provide tools of success
for hair care professionals, their salons, and the entire beauty industry.
It began in 1979, when John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell first decided to
launch their professional hair care system around a revolutionary new
styling method -- hair sculpting; and a revolutionary new styling product
-- hair sculpting lotion. By 1980 they had established a partnership that
become known as John Paul Mitchell Systems(R), with a product line named
for the stylist of the two partners, Paul Mitchell(R).
    Their dream flourished. Today, John Paul Mitchell Systems has annual
retail sales exceeding $700 million. The company currently produces over 90
products (including the brands Paul Mitchell, Modern Elixirs(TM), The Tea
Tree Collection, and JPMS the color(TM)) that are manufactured within the
United States. A professional salon line, Paul Mitchell products are
available in approximately 90,000 salons across the U.S., and in over 45
different countries. For more information, please visit the Paul Mitchell
website at http://www.paulmitchell.com.

AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open Men's Preview
By Doug Strauss
May 17, 2006
The AVP CROCS Tour has many storied stops on its 16-tournament schedule, but no locations date back as far as Santa Barbara. The first professional beach volleyball tournament in Santa Barbara occurred in 1950, with this year's AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open marking the 50th men's tournament on the sands of the "Pacific Riviera." And of course no other spot can lay claim to being the hometown of the greatest volleyball player in history, Karch Kiraly.
In the 1950s, when the pro volleyball tour consisted of just a handful of stops, Santa Barbara was consistently one of the locations. Perhaps that laid the groundwork for Dr. Laszlo Kiraly, who taught his son how to play volleyball around the age of six, and entered beach tournaments with him by the age of 11. If Kiraly had stopped playing when he turned 21, his 20 victories would still rank 16th on the career domestic charts. Three of Kiraly's first eight victories in his career came in Santa Barbara, and two of his last eight have happened there as well. His seven victories in his hometown have been spread out over four decades.
Locals attending AVP events in Santa Barbara have had plenty to cheer about; 1991 marked the last year that a tournament final did not include at least one player from Santa Barbara. In addition to Kiraly, 2004 Olympian Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers both hail from Santa Barbara. Every championship match in the new millennium has included one of the two and in 2005 the two faced off against each other, with Holdren claiming victory.
The prospects for this year's event having a local in the finals are good, as five of the top 10 seeds have either a player who is from Santa Barbara, went to school in Santa Barbara, or currently resides in Santa Barbara. In addition, two players who enjoyed their best career finish last tournament in Tempe, Ariz., Ben Koski and Jeff Minc, both hail from Santa Barbara. Both times the U.S. won a gold medal in beach volleyball, half of the team had ties to this city. Kiraly won the gold in 1996, while UCSB's Eric Fonoimoana duplicated that feat in 2000.
With action happening on 16 courts on West Beach, fans will be pulled in every direction in an attempt to not miss a single hit, dig or kill. Fans will not only be busy catching all the locals playing, fans will have a couple of new partnerships to examine. High flying Jason Ring will partner with 2005 NCAA MVP Sean Rooney, while Santa Barbara resident Nick Lucena will line up on the same side of the net Santa Ynez High School Alum George Roumain for the first time.
The top four seeds all offer their own intrigue as well. Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger are the top-seeded team. 17 of the last 24 AVP event finals have included at least one of the top-seeded duo. Second-seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal are pushing to become the top seeds, having played in both finals this year with one victory. Seeded third is the tandem of Holdren and Sean Scott, who were both involved in last year's Santa Barbara finale. Phil Dalhausser and Rogers form the fourth-seeded team, and look to win their second straight tournament.
For the first time this season, the main draw tournament will take place over three days as opposed to two. The format means that teams that proceed through the winner's bracket will only have to play two matches a day, giving them an edge over teams who have to play a more rigorous schedule in the contender's bracket. The last three championships in Santa Barbara have featured two undefeated teams, and this format favors those who can avoid an early loss.
With the highest total prize money of the year on the line, the Santa Barbara Locals aren't just playing to win the respect of the local fans.
AVP ANNALS
The combined 78 events (50 men's and 28 women's) mark the second-most that any one city has hosted, behind Manhattan Beach's 83 combined tourneys. Gene Selznick won eight times here, as did Sinjin Smith. Karch Kiraly has chalked up seven victories in his home city, one of eight current AVP players who have won here. In 49 previous tournaments, there have been 44 different players who have won.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Look to Win 50th Career Title
May 18, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (May 18, 2006) - 2004 Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh shoot for their third consecutive victory and 50th career title in Santa Barbara. May-Treanor and Walsh are undefeated on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour, winning in Fort Lauderdale and Tempe. The women's final will be shown on FOX Network for the first time following Major League Baseball , Saturday May, 20th at 4:30 p.m. nationwide.
Local players Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers will attempt to secure a second consecutive victory on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour. Dalhausser and Rogers snapped Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal's 20-game win streak in the finals of the Tempe Open.
Defending Santa Barbara Open champion and Santa Barbara resident Dax Holdren looks to win in front of friends and family with new partner Sean Scott. Three-time Olympic gold medalist and Santa Barbara native Karch Kiraly, shoots for his eighth Santa Barbara title with new partner Larry Witt.
Holding the 86th seed in the qualifier Michael Thornton and Eyal Zimet made AVP Tour history after advancing to the main draw competition as the lowest seeded team ever. Thornton and Zimet will face top-seeded team Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger at 9 a.m. on Feature Court 1.
Coming off a 13th place finish in her professional beach volleyball debut, Olympian Logan Tom looks to improve in Santa Barbara. Tom is playing with high school friend and former US National Team member Brittany Hochevar. The duo will play their first match at 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.
Eight teams from the men's and women's qualifier have advanced to the main draw Friday morning. Women: Mary Baily/Julie Romias, Erin Byrd/Paige Davis, Lisa Marshall/Marla O'Hara, Jennifer Fopma/Stacy Rouwenhorst, Catie Vagneur/Beth Van Fleet, Janelle Ruen/Jennifer Snyder, Cinta Preston/Kelly Rowe, Kimberly Coleman/Jeannette Hecker. Men: Mike DiPierro/Steve Grotowski, Austin Rester/Lucas Wisniakowski, Mike Morrison/Jim Nichols, Michael Thornton/Eyal Zimet, Tyler Hildebrand/Ty Tramblie, Brad Keenan/John Mayer, Dana Camacho/Will Strickland, David Fischer/Scott Hill.
The main draw of the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open begins Friday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m. at West Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif. The women's final will be shown on FOX on Saturday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. The men's final will Sunday, May 20 on FSN Prime Ticket at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open are available at www.avp.com.

Beach Volleyball Covers Its Bases Well
May 19, 2006
LA Times
Larry Stewart:
TV-Radio
Leave it to Leonard Armato to figure out a way to bring another network into the mix in covering the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
The Fox network will televise the women's final of the Santa Barbara Open on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., after Angels-Dodgers baseball.
Fox also will televise the women's final of the Sacramento Open on June 17.
NBC will still televise four events and FSN West will carry 10, plus showing replays of the Fox and NBC telecasts.
Armato, the tour's commissioner, got Fox involved by giving the network a piece of the action.
Fox became an investor in September 2003, contributed time and production and recently acquired additional equity, giving the network about 18% of AVP's outstanding common stock.
"We are thrilled that Fox has included AVP in its impressive lineup of sports and continues to support the company as a significant shareholder," Armato said.
So if it seems as though there is an abundance of promos for beach volleyball during Saturday's Angels-Dodgers game, you'll know why.

Volleyball Pros Face Off at AVP Stop in SB
By Dana Olsen — Staff Write
Daily Nexus Online
Published Thursday May 18, 2006
UCSB students will have the opportunity to watch - and even try their skills against - world-class volleyball players this weekend as the Association of Volleyball Professionals hosts the Santa Barbara Bud Light Open at West Beach downtown.
The tournament starts at 8 a.m. today on Cabrillo Boulevard, and it is one of 16 stops on the AVP/Crocs Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament - the nation’s largest volleyball tournament. Admission to the event, which is sponsored by the Crocs footwear company, is $5 with a student ID. AVP CEO and Tour Commissioner Leonard Armato said the four-day competition will feature over 200 of the best volleyball players in the country, including a number of Olympians, as well as some Santa Barbara natives.
“This is the only chance to see the greatest volleyball players in the world live, and also be a part of the beach volleyball lifestyle, which is the most fun you can have at a sporting event,” Armato said.
Monica Sears, AVP accounts executive, said West Beach was one of the first places in the world to host a beach volleyball tournament. She said Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will compete in the event.
Armato said there will be a special beach volleyball court where the public can play against the professional competitors.
“This is a great chance for everyone to test their skills against the best players in the world,” he said.
Sears said the event’s main attraction is the volleyball tournament, but there will also be a number of other activities for fans to participate in. She said the event will also feature an Xbox video game center, a Nautica product tent and a Jose Cuervo-sponsored bikini contest for attendees to compete in. Sears said FOX Sports will provide live coverage of the event, and she said she thinks the live coverage could help increase the tournament’s popularity.
Santa Barbara is one of the largest tournaments on the AVP tour’s 16 stops, Armato said. He said he thinks the event will attract a large crowd, possibly even topping last year’s turnout.
“We had a great turnout last year, and we expect an even better turnout this year, because of the live broadcast,” Armato said.
Armato said he thinks many people will tune into FOX Sports over the weekend to watch Major League Baseball, and that those people might stay tuned for the AVP coverage.
“We are thrilled that FOX Sports has included AVP in its impressive lineup of sports coverage,” Armato said. “The AVP Tour is very excited to become a part of this family. We are also excited at the prospect of following two Major League Baseball games, which we hope can parlay into new viewership for AVP.”

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are One Step Closer to Capturing 50th Career Team Title - Check out Video Preview
May 19, 2006

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif., (May 19, 2006) - 2004 Olympic Gold Medalists May-Treanor and Walsh continue working to add benchmark accomplishments to their competition resume. May-Treanor and Walsh have won the Santa Barbara Open event the last two years and a title victory on Saturday would mark their 50th career title as a team. The women's final will be shown live on FOX Network for the first time ever and will follow Major League Baseball. May-Treanor and Walsh will play Saturday 8:30 am on stadium court.
On the men's side all of the local favorites advance to Saturday play. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers are looking to capture their second consecutive title coming off of their win at the last Tour stop in Tempe, Ariz. (May 5-7). Dalhausser and Rogers advance to Saturday play undefeated in the tournament and face Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings at 10:00 a.m. The last seven men's finals of the Santa Barbara Open have contained a Santa Barbara native competing for the title.
Rising Stars Tyra Turner and Makare Wilson knocked out Jen Kessy-Boss and Nancy Mason, in competition play on Friday 21-14, 16-21, 15-8. Kessy-Boss and Mason, finalists from the first two stops on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour, finished in 13th place. Also finishing in 13th place was two-time Indoor Olympian Logan Tom making her second AVP appearance. Tom and partner Brittany Hochevar were eliminated by Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh.
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Santa Barbara native Karch Kiraly advance to Saturday's play and face Olympian Kevin and brother Scott Wong at 9:15 a.m. Kiraly and partner Larry Witt overcame an early loss Friday and will have to battle through the contender's bracket to advance towards the Sunday finals.
The top-seeded men's team of Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger swept their opponents on Friday and will play Saturday Morning at 10:00 a.m. on stadium court against the newly formed team of Nick Lucena and George Roumain. Fort Lauderdale Champions Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal were upset on Friday and will have to play through the contender's bracket starting Saturday Morning at 8:30 a.m. Local favorite and 2005 Santa Barbara Champion Dax Holdren, and partner Sean Scott, will also have to battle through the contender's bracket.
Main draw competition continues Saturday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m. The women's final will be at 1:30 p.m. PDT live on FOX Network. The Men's final will be shown live on FSN Prime Ticket, Sunday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m. PDT. Tickets for the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open are available by logging onto www.avpcom.

Pro beach volleyball event is underway
Friday, May 19, 2006
By: Matt Cota
Thousands are expected on the beach in Santa Barbara this weekend to watch some of the best volleyball players in the world compete.
West Beach has been transformed into a volleyball mecca for the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open.
The tournament features 2004 Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh, and will be shown live across the country when the FOX Network broadcasts the women's final on Saturday.
Santa Barbara native Todd Rogers, who has been on the pro beach volleyball tour for more than a decade, said the sport is surging in popularity due to television coverage, in the Olympics and elsewhere.
"In southern California they know beach volleyball, that is no big deal because it is on TV, but for the rest of the country it is huge, it really is," said Rogers.
Beach volleyball is the fastest-growing sport in the world right now, and according to AVP CEO Leonard Armato, it is because beach volleyball combines two things that people want: great competition and the California beach lifestyle, which is all exemplified by what Santa Barbara has to offer.
The biggest crowds are expected on Saturday and Sunday, not only to check out the event, but to cheer on some hometown heroes. Santa Barbara is home to Todd Rogers and Eric Fonoimoana, plus Olympians Dax Holdren and Karch Kiraly.
The AVP Santa Barbara Open women's final will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and the men's will be on Sunday.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Make History
May 20, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., (May 21, 2006) - 2004 Olympic Gold Medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh made history today with their victory at the Santa Barbara Bud Light Open 21-14, 21-14 over Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder. They become the first team in the history of women's beach volleyball to win 50 career titles as a team. May-Treanor and Walsh captured their third consecutive victory of the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour on FOX Network.
"It's a good mile stone. I'm happy with the way we played," May-Treanor said. "I don't really keep track of numbers. We don't even think about that stuff. That's not why we play. We play because we love it."
On the men's side, for the first time ever, new partners Hans Stolfus and Aaron Wachtfogel advanced to the semi-finals. Stolfus and Wachtfogel enter Sunday undefeated in tournament play having come off their best finish last tournament in Tempe, Ariz.
The last seven men's finals of the Santa Barbara Open have featured a local favorite competing for the title. This year, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers are still alive and will have to battle through the contender's bracket after falling to top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger in Saturday's play 21-16, 18-21, 15-13. Olympians Lambert and Metzger will play Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on Stadium Court. Dalhausser and Rogers are looking to capture their second consecutive title coming off of their win at the last Tour stop in Tempe, Ariz. (May 5-7).
2005 Santa Barbara Champion and local favorite Dax Holdren and Sean Scott were eliminated from the tournament by Nick Lucena and George Roumain 23-21, 21-14. Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Santa Barbara native Karch Kiraly was also eliminated from the tournament by the surprise team of Brent Doble and Ryan Mariano 22-20, 21-15.
Men's main draw competition continues Sunday, May 21 at 10:15 a.m. and the final at 1:30 p.m. PDT live on FSN Prime Ticket. Tickets for the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open are available by logging onto www.avp.com. The next stop for the AVP Tour will be the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open May 26-28th.

May-Treanor, Walsh Win Again
Peter Yoon, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
May 21, 2006
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh reached a milestone Saturday when they defeated Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder, 21-14, 21-14, in the final of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Santa Barbara Open and notched their 50th career victory as a team.
It was the 29th domestic victory for the duo, which has won 21 international events, including the 2004 Olympics in Athens. No other American team has more than 30 victories. Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar of Brazil have 33 international victories, but it is unknown how many tournaments they have won on the Brazilian domestic tour.
"It's a very good milestone," said May-Treanor, who has played with Walsh in 75 tournaments. "I don't keep track of too many numbers, that's not why we play, but that is a good one."
The No. 1 team in the world fell behind, 10-8, in the first game, but made an adjustment on offense and dominated the rest of the match. It is their third victory in three AVP tournaments this year and fifth consecutive AVP title.
Youngs and Wacholder, who defeated May-Treanor and Walsh three times in AVP finals last year, were making their first appearance in a final this year.
Top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger advanced to today's final four, but second-seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal and third-seeded Dax Holdren and Sean Scott were eliminated Saturday.

May-Treanor and Walsh grab 50th tournament title
World's top duo turns back Youngs-Wacholder to take AVP Santa Barbara Open.
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Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh teamed for their 50th tournament title by capturing the AVP Santa Barbara Open with a 21-14, 21-14 win over Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder.
It was the third victory in three tries for Walsh and May-Treanor in 2006.
"It's a good milestone. I'm happy with the way we played," May-Treanor said. "I don't really keep track of numbers. We don't even think about that stuff. That's not why we play. We play because we love it."
Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan shared third place with Dianne DeNecochea and Tammy Leibl.
On the men's side, new partners Hans Stolfus and Aaron Wachtfogel, the former Daily Breeze Player of the Year from Redondo High, advanced to today's semifinals by winning their two matches, as did Stein Metzger and Mike Lambert.
Wachtfogel and Stolfus, from San Diego, finished fifth two weeks ago in the Tempe Open after being seeded 15th and losing their first-round match.

Lambert-Metzger in semis
Honolulu Advertiser
Top seeds Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger advanced to today's semifinals of the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Bud Light Open professional beach volleyball tournament with a 21-16, 18-21, 15-13 victory yesterday over Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers.
Lambert and Metzger, Punahou School graduates, will play the winner of a contender's bracket match for a spot in the finals, which also will be played today. Hans Stolfus and Aaron Wachtfogel also advanced directly to the semifinals.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh defeated Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder, 21-14, 21-14, for the championship yesterday to become the first women's team to reach 50 career titles together. May-Treanor and Walsh split $25,000 for the victory.
The men's top prize also is $25,000. The second place team splits $18,000
 
Santa Barbara Locals Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser Win Men's Final of the AVP Crocs Tour Bud Light Santa Barbara Open
May 21, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 22, 2006 - Local Santa Barbara residents Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser swept the men's final of the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open Sunday, defeating Jeff Nygaard and John Hyden, 21-19, 21-15. The win is the second consecutive victory for Rogers and Dalhausser on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour.
Rogers, a Santa Barbara native, has played in the championship match of the Santa Barbara Open in five of his six tournament appearances. His win Sunday marks the first time he has won in front of his hometown crowd. Rogers, who lives in Solvang, Calif., attended the University of California Santa Barbara and coached men's volleyball at his alma mater from 2000 to 2005.
Rogers said he was thrilled with the win. "You saw my reaction at the end. It's mind-boggling," Rogers said. "I'm happy to get it (the win) under my belt. It feels good to have won in my town."
Rogers and Dalhausser entered the finals after defeating Hans Stolfus and Aaron Wachtfogel in the semi-finals, 21-17, 21-9. Nygaard and Hyden defeated Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger in the semi-finals, 21-17, 21-10.
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Santa Barbara native Karch Kiraly was eliminated from the tournament during Saturday play by the surprise team of Brent Doble and Ryan Mariano 22-20, 21-15. Even though Kiraly did not play Sunday, he was still on-hand in Santa Barbara, Calif., working as a color commentator for the broadcast of the men's final on Fox Sports Net.
In the women's final Saturday, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh defeated Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder, 21-14, 21-14. With the win, May-Treanor and Walsh made history as the first women's team in beach volleyball to record their 50th career team title. It was the duo's third consecutive victory on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour. The broadcast of the women's final was the AVP's live national debut on the FOX Network and was the first High Definition broadcast in the history of the Tour.
The next stop for the AVP Tour will be the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open, May 26-28. The Cuervo Gold Crown is comprised of three AVP beach volleyball tournaments this season that offer more first-place prize money than every other tournament on the AVP Tour.

Rogers Breaks Through at Home
A four-time runner-up at Santa Barbara, the volleyball pro teams up with Dalhausser to get a title in his hometown.
By Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
May 22, 2006
SANTA BARBARA — Todd Rogers had lost Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tournament finals before, but none had hurt quite as much as the four he'd lost in Santa Barbara.
He went to high school in Santa Barbara, moved on to UC Santa Barbara and also coached at his college alma mater, so the 13-time AVP winner yearned for a hometown victory.
He finally got it Sunday when he and Phil Dalhausser swept Jeff Nygaard and John Hyden, 21-18, 21-15, in a light drizzle at the Santa Barbara Open.
Rogers had match highs with 18 kills and 13 digs and ended the final with a kill down the line. He then jumped into the arms of Dalhausser, the weight of four previous second-place finishes in his hometown finally lifting from his shoulders.
"It's indescribable," said Rogers, who added that even if the title had come in his first final at Santa Barbara, it "would have been awesome," but after enduring so many runner-up finishes, he treasured the victory even more.
It continues a trend for Rogers, the fourth consecutive Santa Barbara native to win in his hometown, and Dalhausser. They have won the last two AVP tournaments; and Rogers, who had won three in a row with Sean Scott to end the 2005 season, has been part of the winning team in five of the last six tournaments.
Dalhausser downplayed the idea that the two were favorites.
"I wouldn't say team to beat," said the 6-foot-9 Dalhausser, who had 11 kills and five blocks. "We had two good tournaments."
More impressive is that this was only the fourth tournament in which Rogers, the 2005 defensive player of the year, and Dalhausser, the 2005 offensive player of the year, have been a team.
"They both have the potential to take over a match," Nygaard said. "And when they are both on, it makes it doubly tough."

Phil and Todd make it two straight
By Matt Zuvela
May 22, 2006
Two weeks ago at the Tempe Open, players on the AVP-Crocs Tour battled temperatures of over 100 degrees in the second tournament of the 2006 season. This weekend in Santa Barbara, the weather was just the opposite. A day after the sun broke through for the women's finals on Saturday, the clouds that had been threatening all weekend finally gave way about thirty minutes before the men's final on Sunday. Despite a steady drizzle and cold winds that lasted through both games games, Santa Barbara local Todd Rogers and his partner Phil Dalhausser beat John Hyden and Jeff Nygaard 21-18, 21-15.
This wasn't the first time Rogers and Nygaard have met in the finals of the Santa Barbara Open. Last year Nygaard was partnered with Dax Holdren and took first place over Rogers, who was partnered with Sean Scott. Since then, nine of the top ten men's teams formed new partnerships, but Rogers (who won the AVP's best defense award the last two years) and Dalhausser (who won best offense) seem to have found a winning combination.
"You put those two together, and you have guys that can take over a match," said Hyden.
Rogers and Dalhausser did just that in the first game, grabbing the lead from the get go and never looking back. Hyden and Nygaard made a good run after being down 12-7, bringing the score to within two on a poke over the net by Nygaard to make it 13-11. Rogers brought the momentum back to his side of the net for good after a huge spike made it 14-11.
Game two was closer. Both teams went back and forth in the first half of the game before Dalhausser tipped it over the net to bring the score to 10-10, the tenth tie of the game. On the next play, Rogers made a great diving dig at the line and then scrambled to his feet to complete the play with a kill off of Dalhausser's high set. However, Rogers and Dalhausser then went on an 8-3 run that put the game in their pocket.
"They were just playing a great game," Hyden said. "Phil was blocking well in the first game, and then Todd started digging well in the second game."
Rogers and Dalhausser had the support of the home crowd all weekend. Rogers was born and raised in Santa Barbara, playing and coaching for UCSB, and Dalhausser recently moved to Santa Barbara as well.
"The crowd was behind us and it felt good not to let them down," said Dalhausser.
Despite being sent into the contender's bracket after a quarterfinal loss to top-seeded Stein Metzger and Mike Lambert, Rogers said having to play a few extra games before finally winning the finals doesn't bother him a bit.
"I'll take it whether I have to win ten in a row or two," he said. "Whatever it takes, I'm happy just to get it under my belt."
By following their first win of the season in Tempe with their victory in Santa Barbara, the new team has surprised many people with their success so early in their partnership - including Rogers himself.
"I was a little surprised at where we were (in Tempe)," said Rogers, who says the mental connection between him and Dalhausser is still developing, even though they are consistently playing at a high level.
"Today's game was actually the first game where I felt like, for the most part, we were on the same wavelength," Rogers said.
The win shows that things are looking up for one of 2006's best new men's teams, and Rogers couldn't be happier to have his latest win come at his home court on Santa Barbara's West Beach.
"It just feels good to have won in my home town," Rogers said.

East Beach duo packs peanut butter and jelly treat
BARRY PUNZAL, NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER
May 20, 2006 12:00 AM
"There you go, there you go . . . peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly . . ."
The group of fans in the far corner on Court 3 at West Beach was whooping it up, singing the crazy tune "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" to fire up their boys Ben Koski and Jeff Minc.
It worked.
With the music blaring from a portable CD player, the re-energized East Beach team fought back from a 1-0 game deficit and 4-7 score in the third game and beat another local player David Fischer and Scott Hill, 11-21, 21-19, 15-11, in an elimination match in the AVP Santa Barbara Open on Friday.
"They help us a lot," Minc said of their respective cheering sections known as Minc's Drinkers and Ben's Benders. "They're battling Rosie's Raiders for heckling supremacy."
The Drinkers and Benders didn't have much to cheer about in the first game, but they cranked up the volume once Koski started bombing jump serves, pounding spikes and stuffing balls at the net.
"It's good when you make a good play and everybody's freaking out on the sidelines," Koski said.
Koski made three big plays to bring his team back from an 8-10 deficit in the 15-point third game. He smashed a Minc set for a sideout, made a one-arm dig and followed with a kill and dropped a let serve over the net.
A service error tied the score at 11, but Koski sided out with a shot to the deep corner. Minc then came up huge, diving to scoop up a dink and the finishing the play with a kill to make it 13-11.
"There you go, there you go . . ."
A wide hit by Hill put the locals at game-point. Koski finished the game by reading Hill's shot and then burying a spike.
The joyous players leaped over the court barriers and into the arms of their delirious fans.
Koski said their cheering section is a collection of friends from Santa Barbara High, UCSB, East Beach and other places in town.
"(Their support) helps us a lot, and it's nice when you win."
Minc said the win over Fischer, also a Santa Barbara High alumnus, and Scott was especially satisfying because they have been rivals.
"They've had our number for a while," he said. "In the first game, they had it down, our offense, our defense, everything. Then Ben started jump serving balls, and that turned it around a bit."
Koski said he went to the jump serve after their strategy of picking on one player didn't work.
"If it's not working, we have to do something to change it up. I'll probably use it more," Koski said.
Koski also noted that they went to a back set to throw off Hill at the net. "That kind of mixes it up and gives us a different look," he said.
The two, who lost to Kevin and Scott Wong in the first round, now face a long grind to equal their ninth-place finish in Tempe, Ariz.
But with all the "Peanut Butter Jelly" on their side, they should have plenty of support.
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AVP Announces Multi-Brand Sponsorship Agreement With Sony
Monday May 22, 7:00 am ET 
-Agreement Makes Sony BRAVIA(TM) Televisions the 'Official High Definition Television' Along With the Sony Cybershot(R) and a(TM) Digital Still Cameras the 'Official Cameras' for the AVP Crocs Pro Beach Volleyball Tour -
LOS ANGELES, May 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI - News), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, announced today a new, multi-faceted sponsorship with Sony for the 2006 AVP season. The agreement will make Sony BRAVIA(TM) Televisions the 'Official High Definition Television' and Sony Cybershot® and a(TM) (pronounced alpha) Digital Still Cameras the 'Official Cameras' for the AVP Crocs Tour, the national touring series that features more than 200 of the nation's top male and female professional beach volleyball players.
As part of the deal, Sony will be the Tour's exclusive provider in the High Definition Television, Blu-ray disc(TM) technology, and digital imaging equipment categories at the remaining 2006 AVP Crocs Tour events commencing with the Santa Barbara Open on May 18-21.
"We are extremely excited to announce Sony, a true technology and media giant, as a new sponsor of the AVP Crocs Tour," said Leonard Armato, CEO and Tour commissioner. "As a global brand continually at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, Sony is a perfect match for the energy, excitement, and forward-thinking and progressive fan base of AVP events. We look forward to building this partnership in the years to come."
Mike Fasulo, Chief Marketing Officer for Sony Electronics said, "As more sporting events expose their fans to the benefits of high-definition technology, it is a natural fit for Sony, as the industry leader in this arena, to be associated with exciting and competitive sports such as the AVP tour."
About AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent volleyball tour in the United States, the AVP Crocs Tour. Featuring more than 200 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will hold 16 AVP Crocs Tour events throughout the United States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

Crocs Implements Alpha Retail Technology's MobilePOS; Crocs Uses Mobile Point-of-Sale Solution to Sell Products at Remote Events
Retail Systems 2006
CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2006--Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq:CROX), fast-growing manufacturer and retailer of unique shoes and accessories, implemented Alpha Retail Technology's (www.alpharetailtech.com) MobilePOS at the AVP Crocs Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, beginning May 5, 2006 at the AVP Tempe Open held in Tempe, Arizona. Alpha Retail Technology's point-of-sale and enterprise management system, Enterprise Edition, is already implemented in Crocs mall locations nationwide.
As the title sponsor and official footwear provider of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Crocs offers their sports line of footwear and logo fashion at each tour event. To process sales at remote tour locations, Crocs required a portable, rugged, real-time mobile point-of-sale (POS).
To meet Crocs' remote selling requirements, Alpha Retail provided Crocs with MobilePOS, a "store on wheels" that can be set up at any site. Alpha Retail's in-store POS and MobilePOS use the same interface, minimizing additional employee training time. MobilePOS communicates directly with Crocs' central server, updating all sales, customer, and inventory data in real-time. Crocs' MobilePOS systems use cellular modem technology to enable integrated online credit card processing. In areas where wireless service is unavailable, MobilePOS allows for offline sales and automatically synchronizes when communications are reestablished.
Alpha Retail's MobilePOS utilizes a robust hardware system that is capable of withstanding rigorous travel and harsh environments, including extreme heat and direct sun. The MobilePOS system includes a touchscreen laptop for quick throughput, a cash drawer, receipt printer, barcode scanner and magnetic strip reader.
About Crocs
Crocs makes comfortable, slip-resistant, fashionable shoes. Crocs shoes are available in 6,200 retail locations in the U.S. with a growing number of stores opening in countries around the globe. Additionally, Crocs has expanded their product line and sell clothing, accessories, and shoes through their website and company stores.
About Alpha Retail Technology
Alpha Retail Technology Inc. is a leader in delivering integrated software and professional service solutions to the retail industry. Alpha Retail's point-of-sale, merchandising, enterprise, and business intelligence solutions increase operating efficiencies, revenues, and bottom line profits. Additional software modules including e-commerce and warehouse management give retailers enterprise multi-channel and supply chain visibility and control. For additional information about Alpha Retail solutions, call 877-484-3344 or visit www.alpharetailtech.com.

Zimet and Thornton Set AVP Record
By Colleen Murray
May 22, 2006
Eyal Zimet and Michael Thornton had a busy week starting on Tuesday, May 16. Their schedule? Get into Santa Barbara on Tuesday, light practice on Wednesday, make history in their AVP debut on Thursday, and face off against the AVP's No. 1 team on Friday.
Zimet and Thornton entered the AVP qualifier's bracket as the 86th seed out of 88 teams. Unlike the main draw, qualifiers are single-elimination. Zimet and Thornton won an impressive four straight matches to secure a spot in the next day's main draw.
"It was just an adrenaline rush. We played really well," Thornton said.
The two played well enough to earn themselves a place in AVP history. The team, with their 86th seed, became the lowest qualifier seed ever to make it to the main draw.
"Winning [Thursday] was the happiest moment," Zimet said.
The "second happiest moment" for Zimet was learning that he and Thornton had made history, but with their busy schedule, the two could only manage a high five to celebrate their place in the AVP records.
Their feat is even more impressive considering the two have played in only three tournaments together in Hawaii prior to entering the Santa Barbara Open. Although both are Hawaiian natives, the two hail from different islands. Thornton is from Hanalei while Zimet is from Honolulu. After seeing each other play, Zimet and Thornton decided to give partnership a shot.
"We figured we'd have a chance. We figured we'd take it one step at a time, one game at a time," Zimet said.
While, to outsiders, it may have seemed like a gamble at first, the partnership turned out to be a decent bet. After breezing through the qualifiers, Zimet and Thornton became the 32 seed in the main draw, where they were scheduled for a 9 am match against top seeds Stein Metzger and Mike Lambert. Rather than shy away from such top-notch competition, Zimet couldn't help but be impressed with who he and Thornton were going up against.
"It was a dream come true. We both look at them as role models for beach volleyball," Zimet said. "We were stoked about playing against them."
As soon as the early-morning match began, the awe wore off.
"It was just another match," Thornton said.
Zimet concurred.
"It was weird at first [playing against Stein and Lambo] but as soon as the game starts, adrenaline takes over," Zimet said.
Their adrenaline (and talent) enabled Zimet and Thornton to play with Stein and Lambo nearly point-for-point until the top seeds managed to eke out a 22-20 victory.
"We hung in there the first match," Zimet said.
However, the second match didn't prove as fruitutious for Zimet and Thornton. The two fell 21-18 and despite their disappointment over the loss, were ready to compete in the contender's bracket. However, a loss to AJ Mihalic and Chad Mowrey in three games brought Zimet and Thornton's Cinderella run to an end. Zimet said the two plan to compete in the Hermosa Beach tournament.
"Hopefully, we'll play harder next time," Zimet said.

AVP Open Exhibits Local Pros
Volleyball Players Dig, Set, Spike for Prestige, Prize Money in SB Tourney
By Monique Moyal — Staff Writer
Published Monday May 22, 2006
 
Cloudy skies did not stop the Olympic stars and 10 Santa Barbara locals from shining as the Association of Volleyball Professionals swung through West Beach and competed in the 50th annual Santa Barbara Bud Light Open.
UCSB alumnus Todd Rogers and his partner Phil Dalhausser were two of the most talked about players this weekend, as Rogers seized his first hometown title in the men’s division yesterday in two sets over John Hyden and Jeff Nygaard. This year, Rogers ended his streak of four consecutive second-place finishes.
Last year’s champion, Santa Barbara native Dax Holdren, who finished in ninth place this year, said this is Rogers’s 12th career AVP title.
“[Rogers has] been in a couple of the finals and hasn’t won as many as he should, so he’s definitely due for a win,” Holdren said. “I’m definitely rooting for another hometown boy this weekend.”
Along with Rogers’s first win in Santa Barbara, crowds also witnessed a historic match in the women’s division Saturday morning. Olympic gold medallists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh not only won their third consecutive Santa Barbara Open, but also picked up their 50th career victory together. The duo beat fellow Team USA Olympians Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs in two sets to win the weekend tournament, banking $25,000.
“To get 50 wins is great,” Walsh said. “We’ve been playing together for six years now, and every year we try to keep improving on the last one. So really, the goal for us would be to double that number in the future. We just need to keep it up.”
AVP Chief Executive Officer and Tour Commissioner Leonard Armato said last year the attendance turnout was substantial and enthusiastic, and this year’s tournament was just as successful.
“Since the weather’s been kind of gloomy all month, this gives people something fun to get out and do to break up the weather patterns,” Armato said. “This is one of the only opportunities for all volleyball fans in Santa Barbara to come out and watch professional players.”
While attending UCSB, Rogers set a school record with 783 career digs, and ranks second at the school with 246 season digs. He also currently holds the second most all-time assists for the Gauchos with 4,831. Rogers returned to UCSB in 2000 to help coach the men’s volleyball team, but in January, he quit coaching the Gauchos to focus on his beach volleyball career and his family.
“I love those guys at UCSB and I recruited all of them, including the class that’s coming in next year,” Rogers said. “I wish all those guys the best. I’ve seen the program grow and I do miss it a lot. But I made the choice to leave UCSB to be with my family and it’s amazing how much time I have with them now. It’s awesome because when I’m home I actually have time to walk my dogs, play with my kids and go to some of their games.”
After securing the title and her 50th victory, Walsh stayed at West Beach to cheer on her husband, Casey Jennings and his partner Matt Fuerbringer as they played Santa Ynez-native George Roumain and his partner Nick Lucena.
“It’s great to have loved ones on tour with you, so obviously I’m rooting for Casey whenever he’s out here playing,” Walsh said. “I’m just really excited about this particular tournament because it means a lot to me and I have wonderful support here. I love being able to come on tours in California and have my family around. It’s like a breath of fresh air from what I’m normally used to.”
Last year’s champion Holdren, a graduate of San Marcos High School in Goleta and former Santa Barbara City College student, finished second in the overall AVP tour last year with 909 digs, after finishing fifth in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics with partner Stein Metzger.
“The fans in this city are some of the most knowledgeable fans I’ve ever seen,” Holdren said. “Because of the atmosphere, Santa Barbara’s hosted a lot of beach volleyball tournaments and because of that the people here know a lot. This city’s so awesome to come back to.”

Pacific Alum Excelling on AVP Tour
Aaron Wachtfogel finishes third in AVP event, while two other former Tigers have strong showings 
May 22, 2006
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Former Pacific outside hitter Aaron Wachtfogel placed third in the AVP Crocs Tour's Bud Light Santa Barbara Open, which took place from May 18-21 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Wachtfogel and his partner Hans Stolfus improved on a fifth place finish at the previous weeks Tempe Open with their third place finish. Both times the pair overcame the odds of being double digit seeds to finish high in the main draw of the beach volleyball event.
Wachtfogel, who played at Pacific from 2000-2003, currently ranks fifth in Pacific history in kills (935), fifth in attacks (2,035), eighth in service aces (59), and second in digs (712). He started his career as the Tigers libero, before moving to the outside hitter position. Wachtfogel also holds the Tigers single game solo block record with nine, which he recorded in a match against USC on January 11, 2003.
Pacific men's volleyball assistant coach Dan Fisher, also an AVP Crocs Tour player, and partner Pepe Delahoz finished in 33rd place in Santa Barbara. Former Tiger Lucas Wisniakowski also competed, and had his best AVP finish ever, coming in 25th place with partner Austin Rester.
The AVP Crocs Tour continues in southern California with stops in Huntington Beach and Hermosa Beach before making their way to Sacramento for the AVP Sacramento Open, which will take place June 15-18 at Cal Expo.
To follow the results of Wachtfogel, Fisher, and . Wisniakowski through the summer, click on each of their names to go to their AVP bios.

How Remarkable is 50 Team Titles?
By Colleen Murray
May 23, 2006
Amid much anticipation, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh came through once again. At the Santa Barbara Open, the Gold Medalists won their 50th career team title by defeating Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs in two games (21-14, 21-14). Such success is virtually unheard of in the world of professional sports. Other sports have their stars, but few stack up to the efficiency and the sheer dominance of Misty and Kerri.
Misty and Kerri's 50 career team titles includes 28 on the AVP tour. Second on the list of career titles is the Brazilian team of Shelda Bede / Adriana Behar with 32. Third is the American team of Linda Hanley / Nina Matthies with 30 team titles.
What's even more amazing is that Misty and Kerri have won the title in 50 out of the 75 tournaments in which they have competed. As the saying goes, two out of three ain't bad. Imagine this dominance displayed in other sports. How unstoppable would Barry Bonds be if he had a .667 batting average? What if Kobe Bryant hit two-thirds of his field goals? With this year's numbers, he would average a mind-blowing 49.5 points a game.
The relatively short time that it took to earn these victories is noteworthy. Misty and Kerri started accumulating their team beach volleyball wins in 2001. And Misty has quickly jumped to the top of the pack for career AVP victories as Santa Barbara pushed Misty's AVP win total in front of AVP Legend Holly McPeak, 29 to 28.
In Misty and Kerri's half-decade as beach volleyball partners, the two have been no stranger to the record books. In 2003-04, Misty and Kerri pulled off a record-breaking 89-game winning streak. Then pair brought home gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics while sweeping their competition. The Olympics started another win streak for Misty and Kerri as they ran off 50 straight match victories until July 2005.
The longest winning streaks in other sports include the New England Patriots' 21-game winning streak in the NFL, the Los Angeles Lakers' 33-game winning streak in the NBA, and the then-New York Giants' 26-game winning streak in MLB. Only UCLA's Men's Basketball team from 1971-1974 record of 88 consecutive victories comes close to matching Misty and Kerri's feat.
Their talent hasn't gone unnoticed. For the past three years, Misty and Kerri have been named AVP Team of the Year. And in 2003 and 2004, Kerri won the AVP MVP award, while in 2005, Misty brought that award home.
Although Misty and Kerri are the first women's team to hit the 50 career team title mark, three men's teams have accomplished that feat. Randy Stoklos and Sinjin Smith won an incredible 114 times as partners while playing in 235 tournaments together. Karch Kiraly / Kent Steffes won 75 tournaments in 117 while Mike Dodd / Tim Hovland won 53 times in 178 tournaments.
With all their success, the women have managed to stay focused match after match. Following their record-setting match in Santa Barbara, the two weren't too worried with their 50 career titles.
"At this point, we're happy with the way we've played," Misty said.

Nature Valley Granola Bars Serves Up AVP-Themed Packaging 
 Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bar Boxes Featuring AVP Athletes & '06 Tour
                      Schedule to Hit Shelves in April

    LOS ANGELES, May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball
Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:
AVPI), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional
beach volleyball, and Nature Valley Granola Bars, the official Natural
Energy Bar of the AVP, announced today that AVP-themed packaging was
introduced on boxes of Nature Valley's Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars
beginning in April. These special edition boxes, which feature images of
AVP stars Kerri Walsh, Jake Gibb and Jason Ring, along with the 2006 AVP
Tour schedule, will be on store shelves through July.
    Nature Valley Granola Bars has been a sponsor of the AVP Pro Beach
Volleyball Tour since 2003. The brand, which encourages a healthy, active,
outdoor lifestyle through its products, shares the AVP's commitment to
world-class athletic competition.
    In addition to the limited-edition packaging on both its Peanut and
Almond Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars, Nature Valley will be included in
all 16 events during the 2006 season with prominent stadium and outer-court
signage and commercial units during AVP broadcasts on both NBC and FOX
Sports Net. The brand will continue to have a presence within the sponsor
village and the rights to AVP images, footage and athletes throughout the
2006 season.
    "We are excited to announce this fun activation of Nature Valley
Granola Bars' AVP Tour sponsorship," said Leonard Armato, CEO and
Commissioner of AVP. "Nature Valley has been a great partner of the AVP
Tour and we look forward to growing our relationship in the years to come."
    "This AVP-themed packaging was a great way to expand upon our existing
sponsorship of the AVP Tour," said Clare Kanter, Associate Marketing
Manager, Nature Valley Granola Bars. "Our consumers, the AVP Tour, its
world-class athletes, and the growing, loyal AVP fan base, all share our
passion for a natural, active lifestyle making this partnership a natural
fit."
    About AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
    AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a lifestyle sports entertainment
company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of
professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's
most prominent volleyball tour in the United States, the AVP Crocs Tour.
Featuring more than 200 of the top American men and women competitors in
the sport, AVP will hold 16 AVP Crocs Tour events throughout the United
States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United
States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze
medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach
volleyball. For more information, please visit http://www.avp.com.
    About Nature Valley Granola Bars
    Nature Valley created the granola bar category in 1975 and brings great
taste to active consumers looking for wholesome snacks. Nature Valley
consists of four great-tasting different granola bar lines: Crunchy Granola
Bars, Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Yogurt Chewy Granola Bars and Sweet & Salty Nut
Granola Bars. Nature Valley is also the Official Natural Energy Bar for the
PGA TOUR, U.S. Ski Team and the Warren Miller Film Tour. In addition,
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 May 26th-28th 2006 AVP Quervo Gold Crown SERIES HUNTINGTON OPEN HuntingtonBeach,CA
$122,500

 

 
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Event Facts
Event Start Date:Thursday, May.26th, 2006
Prize Money:$122,500.00

Webcams:
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Event Links:                                                                        Scott Davenport
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- Ian Clark played the 2002 & 2004 Huntington Beach Open with Scott Davenport and the 2003 event with Chip McCaw.
- This year Ian Clark will not be playing the 2006 Huntington Beach Open due to prior commitments.


Eduardo Jorge "Anjinho" Bacil Filho


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(Format: Double Elimination)


* Ian Clark's Year 2004 Results

13th - Ian Clark/Scott Davenport             $1050.00

Match Results:

Winner's Bracket
Round 1

Match 7: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (13) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) 22-20, 25-23 (0:45)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1

Match 34: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) def. Nick Hannemann / Mark Paaluhi (29, Q14) 21-12, 21-15 (0:39)
Round 2
Match 42: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) def. Chip McCaw / Alika Williams (19) 19-21, 21-15, 15-8 (0:54)
Round 3
Match 48: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) 14-21, 21-10, 15-9 (0:58)

-With a match record of (2) wins & (2) losses Ian Clark/Scott Davenport finish 13th at the 2004 Nissan Huntington Beach Open



AVP Quervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open

Huntington Beach Pier
May 26th-28th 2006
One of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's favorite hot spots is Huntington Beach, Calif. scheduled for a Aug. 11th-14th stop on the 2005 AVP Nissan Series. With Jim Menges and Greg Lee notching the first men's title in 1975, the site has seen an AVP event every year since 1999 and in 2003 hosted Misty May, who grew up in nearby Costa Mesa, Calif., and partner Kerri Walsh's sixth victory on the tour.

Where to play in the area:
AVPNext sanctioned California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) offers weekend tournaments throughout Southern California. Check out www.cbva.com for more information.
Both sides of the pier (AAA or better on the south side).
Juniors have a great opportunity to play as well with the Jr. Spikers simmer beach volleyball program. Contact the City of Huntington Beach for more information.

Top local players to watch:
Men: Brian Lewis, Evan Hook, Scott Lane, Jamie Johansen, Vince Fierro
Women: Misty May, Tracy and Katie Lindquist

Local Legend
Man: Brian Lewis coming off an impressive 2003 season with partner Scott Ayakutubby
Woman: Cammy Ciarelli played 82 tournaments in her career, taking home 14 titles and over $160,000 in prize money.

AVP Huntington Beach Open History:

2004-2005 Champions

Women:
Kerri Walsh and Misty May: May and Walsh continued their impressive streak by posting the following numbers. 12 -- The number of consecutive tournaments won on the AVP Tour. 15 -- The number of consecutive tournament victories (AVP and FIVB). 58 -- The number of overall games that May & Walsh have won (the last 28 matches have been sweeps). 60 -- The number of matches won on the AVP Tour (with no losses). 86 -- The streak of consecutive matches won on both tours.

Men:
George Roumain and Jason Ring: The Men continued their unpredictability as the first four tournaments of 2004 produced four different winners. Since the start of the 2003 season 10 different teams have been victorious in the past 13 tournaments. Roumain had experienced tremendous success in the indoor volleyball arena; to wit, he was named to Volleyball magazine's All-Century Team. A newcomer to the beach game, Roumain played in just his eighth tournament in "Surf City USA." Partnered with Ring for the fourth time, the duo advanced to the Final Four after winning their first five matches as none came easy. Four of the contests required three games and in all but one the third game took more than the standard 15 points to end it.

2005 Champions: Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs defeated Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. Mike Lambert and Karch Kiraly defeated Larry Witt and Sean Rosenthal.

2005 AVP Championship Series: Huntington Beach was the third of five AVP Championship Series Events. The Women's finals pitted Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder against Misty May-Trainer / Kerri Walsh for the fourth consecutive event, including the previous two AVP Championship Events. Wacholder / Youngs swept May-Treanor / Walsh, who had not been swept in a finals since July 5, 2003. 2004 MVP Mike Lambert and Beach Volleyball Legend Karch Kiraly reformed their playing partnership in Huntington. The duo did not drop a match on their run to the championship.

Huntington Beach Facts: The first Men's Huntington Beach Open took place in 1975 and was won by Jim Menges / Greg Lee. The Men returned to Huntington Beach in 1999 where Adam Johnson / Karch Kiraly would win. Kiraly is the Men's all-time win leader with three Huntington Beach Titles. The Women's first Huntington Beach Open took place in 1989 and was won by Patty Dodd / Jackie Silva. Dodd went on to win the next two Huntington Beach Opens teaming with Silva and then Karolyn Kirby. Holly McPeak is the all-time leader in Huntington Beach Victories with four. 2005 Champions Kiraly and Rachel Wacholder both grew up in Orange County.

2006 AVP Quervo Gold Crown SERIES
HUNTINGTON OPEN

Schedule of Events
   
Tickets
Huntington Beach Reserved Section Tickets - Buy Now
 
Huntington Beach VIP Beach Club Tickets - BUY NOW
 
How To Get There 
South side of the pier
Main Street at Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Beach access at 103 PCH

405 freeway to Beach Blvd. exit. Take Beach Blvd. west to the end (Pacific Coast Highway). Turn right on PCH and go all the way to the pier. There is ample parking on each side of the pier

What:
AVP 2006 Nissan Series Huntington Beach Open

Where:
South Side of the Pier
285 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach

When:
Friday May 26 -- Qualifier
Gates Open 8am - 6pm

Saturday May 27 -- Main Draw Competition
Gates Open 9am - 6pm

Sunday May 28 -- Main Draw / Finals
Gates Open 8:30am - 5:30pm
 
Television:

AVP 2006 TV Schedule
 
-Catch the AVP MEN's debut on FOX
Saturday June 17, 2006 @ 4:30pm Nationwide
AVP Sacramento Open

-Catch all the Men's and Women's 2006 AVP Finals action on FSN.
Click here to find AVP broadcast times on your local FSN provider.

Event Air Date Network
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. April 8 FOX Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. April 18  FOX Sports Net
Tempe, Ariz. May 13 FOX Sports Net
Santa Barbara, Calif. May 20 FOX Network 
Tempe, Ariz. May 20 FOX Sports Net
Huntington Beach, Calif. June 3 FOX Sports Net
Huntington Beach, Calif. June 10 FOX Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, Calif. June 17 FOX Sports Net
Sacramento, Calif. June 17 FOX Network
Hermosa Beach, Calif. June 24 FOX Sports Net
Seaside Heights, NJ July 8 FOX Sports Net
Atlanta, Ga. July 15 FOX Sports Net
Birmingham, Al. July 22 FOX Sports Net
Chicago, Ill. July 23 NBC
Seaside Heights, NJ July 29 FOX Sports Net
Atlanta, Ga. Aug. 5 FOX Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, Calif. Aug. 12 NBC
Birmingham, Al. Aug. 12 FOX Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, Calif. Aug. 13 NBC
Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island) Aug. 19 NBC
Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island) Aug. 20 NBC
Cincinnati, Ohio Sept. 2 NBC
Boulder, CO Sept. 2 FOX Sports Net
Cincinnati, Ohio Sept. 3 NBC
Boulder, Colo. Sept. 9 FOX Sports Net
Las Vegas, Nev. Sept. 16 FOX Sports Net
Las Vegas, Nev. Sept. 23 FOX Sports Net
Lake Tahoe, Nev. Sept. 30 FOX Sports Net
Lake Tahoe, Nev. Oct. 7 FOX Sports Net
  
*All air times are regional. Please check local listings for viewing times. 

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-FSNNY IS CHANNEL #72 here locally on Optimum Cablevision

-WNYW IS CHANNEL #5 New York,NY 10021

-WTXF IS CHANNEL #29 Philadelphia,PA 19106

Following the 2006 AVP Beach Volleyball Tour on your TV here as everywhere can be a hassle as it is in the NorthEast
so I am just posting these local listings to help out those of you in my immediate vicinity.

Fox Sports - TV Listings
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Television:
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Next Event:
AVP 2006 Huntington Beach Open
Huntington Beach , May 26th - 28th

-Also catch the AVP MEN's debut on FOX
Saturday June 17, 2006 @ 4:30pm Nationwide at the
AVP Sacramento Open

Click above to check your local listings as channels,dates and times
will differ in your area

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Featured Players:

Men:
Dax Holdren & Sean Scott
John Hyden&Jeff Nygaard
Mike Lambert & Stein Metzger
Karch Kiraly & Larry Witt
Kevin Wong &  Scott Wong
Dain Blanton & Eric Fonoimoanna
Jake Gibb & Sean Rosenthal
Canyon Ceman & Matt Olson

Women:
Holly McPeak & Nicole Branagh
Jen Kessey & Nancy Mason
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
Elaine Youngs & Rachel Wacholder
Barbara Fontana & Dianne DeNecochea

Fan Info and Promotions:

Sportmart/Wilson
Head to the Sportmart in Fountain Valley where the first 30 people to buy an Official AVP/Wilson game ball will get a pair of VIP tickets to the Huntington Beach Open. The next 100 people to purchase any AVP/Wilson product will get a cool prize from Wilson. Promotion takes place Saturday August 6th.


KROQ 106.7 FM
Make sure to stop by the Bud Light Beach Shack and hang with KROQ all weekend where they'll be doing all kinds of giveaways

Party With The Pros


Sponsor Activitys:

Nissan
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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Test drive the Nissan Road Rally remote control cars and race against your friends and AVP athletes.  Don't forget to pick up a safety kit and other special give-away items - you can even get henna tattoos!

Bud Light
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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.

Aquafina
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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes. 

Xbox
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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.

Paul Mitchell
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

ChapStick 
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Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities.

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Nature Valley Granola Bars 
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Men's Seeding:

Seed Name           Points            Ranking             Qualifying Status
$122,500  2006 AVP HUNTINGTON BEACH OPEN - MEN'S ENTRIES
  May 26thh-28th, 2006 at The Pier, Huntington Beach, Calif.,
Men's Main Draw Entries:
2006 AVP Teams at Huntington Beach

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Huntington Beach Teams - 2006

Men's  Entry List:

Men's $122,500 AVP Huntington Beach Open
May 26th-28th, 2006
Finish Player Partner Seed
1 Phil Dalhausser Todd Rogers 2 $50,000.00 360.0  
2 Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 14 $13,400.00 324.0  
3 Mike Lambert Stein Metzger 1 $8,500.00 270.0  
3 John Hyden Jeff Nygaard 7 $8,500.00 270.0  
5 Jake Gibb Sean Rosenthal 3 $5,500.00 216.0  
5 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 4 $5,500.00 216.0  
7 Dax Holdren Sean Scott 5 $4,250.00 180.0  
7 Karch Kiraly Larry Witt 6 $4,250.00 180.0  
9 Hans Stolfus Aaron Wachtfogel 8 $2,450.00 144.0  
9 Nick Lucena George Roumain 10 $2,450.00 144.0  
9 Reid Priddy Mark Williams 12 $2,450.00 144.0  
9 Kevin Wong Scott Wong 16 $2,450.00 144.0  
13 Paul Baxter Fred Souza 9 $1,400.00 108.0  
13 Dain Blanton Eric Fonoimoana 11 $1,400.00 108.0  
13 Ty Loomis Ed Ratledge 13 $1,400.00 108.0  
13 Jason Ring Sean Rooney 15 $1,400.00 108.0  
17 Matt Heath Jason Lee 17 $600.00 72.0  
17 Canyon Ceman Matt Olson 18 $600.00 72.0  
17 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 19 $600.00 72.0  
17 Eduardo Bacil Jeff Carlucci 23, Q1 $600.00 72.0  
17 Scott Davenport Scott Lane 24 $600.00 72.0  
17 Mike DiPierro Steve Grotowski 27, Q2 $600.00 72.0  
17 Brad Keenan John Mayer 28, Q10 $600.00 72.0  
17 Pepe Delahoz Dan Fisher 29, Q11 $600.00 72.0  
25 Anthony Medel Brad Torsone 20 $300.00 36.0  
25 AJ Mihalic Chad Mowrey 21 $300.00 36.0  
25 Aaron Boss Albert Hannemann 22 $300.00 36.0  
25 Chip McCaw Matt Prosser 25 $300.00 36.0  
25 Mike Morrison Jim Nichols 26, Q3 $300.00 36.0  
25 Steve Delaney John Moran 30, Q8 $300.00 36.0  
25 Michael Thornton Eyal Zimet 31, Q45 $300.00 36.0  
25 Billy Allen Jon Mesko 32, Q60 $300.00 36.0  
33 Ran Kumgisky Said Souikane Q4 $.00 18.0  
33 Adam Roberts Will Strickland Q6 $.00 18.0  
33 Mike Bruning Chris Magill Q7 $.00 18.0  
33 Kevin Dake Jeremie Simkins Q12 $.00 18.0  
33 Jim Van Zwieten Mark Van Zwieten Q15 $.00 18.0  
33 Austin Rester Lucas Wisniakowski Q16 $.00 18.0  
33 Dane Jensen Mike Placek Q46 $.00 18.0  
33 Joe Hillman Casey Patterson Q73 $.00 18.0  
41 Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q13 $.00 12.0  
41 Casey Brewer Danko Iordanov Q18 $.00 12.0  
41 Jake Blair Mike Desjardins Q21 $.00 12.0  
41 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q22 $.00 12.0  
41 Russ Marchewka Dan Mintz Q23 $.00 12.0  
41 Ryan Cronin Shawn Essert Q27 $.00 12.0  
41 Reuben Danley Shigetomo Sakugawa Q28 $.00 12.0  
41 Chad Wick Matt Wilkens Q29 $.00 12.0  
41 Tyler Hildebrand Ty Tramblie Q32 $.00 12.0  
41 Seth Burnham Jack Quinn Q34 $.00 12.0  
41 Kyle Denitz Arri Jeschke Q35 $.00 12.0  
41 Chris Seiffert Jon Thompson Q39 $.00 12.0  
41 Mark Addy Steve Van Zwieten Q40 $.00 12.0  
41 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q41 $.00 12.0  
41 Mark Kirunchyk Henry Russell Q51 $.00 12.0  
41 Beau Peters Jeff Wootton Q81 $.00 12.0  
57 David Fischer Scott Hill Q5 $.00 8.0  
57 Chris Harger Tony Pray Q9 $.00 8.0  
57 Pedro Leal Leonardo Moraes Q14 $.00 8.0  
57 Vincent Robbins Jason Wight Q17 $.00 8.0  
57 Timothy Cornelissen Vince Zanzucchi Q19 $.00 8.0  
57 Bill Maik Justin Phipps Q20 $.00 8.0  
57 Brian Duff Guy Hamilton Q24 $.00 8.0  
57 Keawe Adolpho Ivan Mercer Q25 $.00 8.0  
57 Scott Kiedaisch Dustin Townsend Q26 $.00 8.0  
57 John Michelau Jed Stotsenberg Q30 $.00 8.0  
57 John Braunstein Chris Guigliano Q31 $.00 8.0  
57 Esteban Escobar Jeff Murrell Q33 $.00 8.0  
57 Dana Camacho Matt Osburn Q36 $.00 8.0  
57 Drew Brand Joshua Cannon Q37 $.00 8.0  
57 Brent Crouch Jeff Smith Q38 $.00 8.0  
57 Geoff Cryst Fernando Sabla Q42 $.00 8.0  
57 Gabe Burt Brad Powell Q43 $.00 8.0  
57 Michael Doucette Erik Gomez Q44 $.00 8.0  
57 Jarett Jensen Peter Jordan Q47 $.00 8.0  
57 Jason Flick Nate Michael Q49 $.00 8.0  
57 Yariv Lerner David Pryor Q50 $.00 8.0  
57 James Hollis Jerry Stevens Q52 $.00 8.0  
57 Thom Huggins Brandon Lamb Q53 $.00 8.0  
57 Matt Davis Kevin Gregan Q54 $.00 8.0  
57 Jason Bartholow Jason Hodell Q57 $.00 8.0  
57 Juan Cabeza Tanner Morris Q59 $.00 8.0  
57 Andor Gyulai Sam Haghighi Q61 $.00 8.0  
57 Jason Olive Jesse Webster Q63 $.00 8.0  
57 Michael Bleech Vince Fierro Q65 $.00 8.0  
57 Jon Barnes Graig Domanski Q67 $.00 8.0  
57 Jamie Johansen Ed Lunnen Q71 $.00 8.0  
57 Gray Garrett James Ka Q74 $.00 8.0  
89 Jerry Dietz Chris Luers Q48 $.00 4.0  
89 Mika Hunkin Bobby Jones Q55 $.00 4.0  
89 David Escarsega Ian Gallagher Q56 $.00 4.0  
89 Paul Araiza Jeff Conover Q58 $.00 4.0  
89 Scott Faust Jon Gubera Q62 $.00 4.0  
89 Robert deAurora Dan Gilbert Q64 $.00 4.0  
89 Geoff Pollard Peter Tourigny Q66 $.00 4.0  
89 Brian Genthe Brian Post Q68 $.00 4.0  
89 Martins Leikarts Jeff Robertson Q69 $.00 4.0  
89 Richard Krutop Drew Pascua Q70 $.00 4.0  
89 Sean Mackin Paul McDonald Q72 $.00 4.0  
89 Tim Ryan Travis Schoonover Q75 $.00 4.0  
89 Kanani Leite-Ah Yo Donal McGraw Q77 $.00 4.0  
89 Richard Boldt Dane Pearson Q78 $.00 4.0  
89 Richard Arrata Mike Wilkinson Q79 $.00 4.0  
89 Peter Pua Corey Spencer Q80 $.00 4.0  
89 Sam Brown Chris Icaza Q82 $.00 4.0  
89 Jon Aharoni Alex Padilla Q83 $.00 4.0  
89 Brian Kobasa Garrett Rasmussen Q84 $.00 4.0  
89 John Caravella Dan Newman Q85 $.00 4.0  
89 Alan Dawber Daniel Hughes Q86 $.00 4.0  
89 Andrew Mack James Russell Q87 $.00 4.0  
89 Mark Baker Alex Dale Q88 $.00 4.0  
89 Max Clini Dan Terry Q89 $.00 4.0  
89 David Maitlen Mike Umbro Q76 $.00 0.0  
 
Men's Matches:

Men's $122,500 AVP Huntington Beach Open
May 26th-28th, 2006  

$122,500 2006 Huntington Beach Open Qualifier Results 
 
Qualifier Bracket

Round 1
Match 2: Vince Fierro / Michael Bleech (Q65) def. Robert deAurora / Dan Gilbert (Q64) 21-15, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 6: Beau Peters / Jeff Wootton (Q81) def. Jerry Dietz / Chris Luers (Q48) 18-21, 21-18, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 7: Jason Flick / Nate Michael (Q49) def. Peter Pua / Corey Spencer (Q80) 21-17, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 10: Joe Hillman / Casey Patterson (Q73) def. David Escarsega / Ian Gallagher (Q56) 21-18, 21-12 (0:44)
Match 11: Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q41) def. Alex Dale / Mark Baker (Q88) 21-12, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 14: Mark Addy / Steve Van Zwieten (Q40) def. Dan Terry / Max Clini (Q89) 21-19, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 15: Jason Bartholow / Jason Hodell (Q57) def. Sean Mackin / Paul McDonald (Q72) 21-17, 21-12 (0:44)
Match 18: Billy Allen / Jon Mesko (Q60) def. Jeff Robertson / Martins Leikarts (Q69) 21-15, 21-9 (0:39)
Match 22: Michael Doucette / Erik Gomez (Q44) def. John Caravella / Dan Newman (Q85) 21-10, 21-11 (0:31)
Match 23: Thom Huggins / Brandon Lamb (Q53) def. David Maitlen / Mike Umbro (Q76) by Forfeit
Match 26: James Hollis / Jerry Stevens (Q52) def. Kanani Leite-Ah Yo / Donal McGraw (Q77) 24-22, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 27: Michael Thornton / Eyal Zimet (Q45) def. Garrett Rasmussen / Brian Kobasa (Q84) 21-9, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 31: Andor Gyulai / Sam Haghighi (Q61) def. Brian Genthe / Brian Post (Q68) 21-7, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 34: Jon Barnes / Graig Domanski (Q67) def. Scott Faust / Jon Gubera (Q62) 21-9, 21-17 (0:35)
Match 38: Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q46) def. Alex Padilla / Jon Aharoni (Q83) 21-16, 21-6 (0:31)
Match 39: Mark Kirunchyk / Henry Russell (Q51) def. Richard Boldt / Dane Pearson (Q78) 21-13, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 42: Matt Davis / Kevin Gregan (Q54) def. Tim Ryan / Travis Schoonover (Q75) 21-12, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 43: Gabe Burt / Brad Powell (Q43) def. Alan Dawber / Daniel Hughes (Q86) 21-14, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 47: Juan Cabeza / Tanner Morris (Q59) def. Richard Krutop / Drew Pascua (Q70) 21-8, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 50: Jamie Johansen / Ed Lunnen (Q71) def. Paul Araiza / Jeff Conover (Q58) 21-18, 24-22 (0:45)
Match 54: Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q42) def. Andrew Mack / James Russell (Q87) 21-10, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 55: Gray Garrett / James Ka (Q74) def. Mika Hunkin / Bobby Jones (Q55) 21-13, 21-16 (0:48)
Match 58: Yariv Lerner / David Pryor (Q50) def. Mike Wilkinson / Richard Arrata (Q79) 21-11, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 59: Jarett Jensen / Peter Jordan (Q47) def. Sam Brown / Chris Icaza (Q82) 21-12, 21-12 (0:35)
Match 63: Jason Olive / Jesse Webster (Q63) def. Geoff Pollard / Peter Tourigny (Q66) 18-21, 21-19, 15-12 (1:01)

Round 2
Match 65: Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (Q1) def. Vince Fierro / Michael Bleech (Q65) 21-17, 21-12 (0:47)
Match 66: Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (Q32) def. Esteban Escobar / Jeff Murrell (Q33) 21-15, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 67: Beau Peters / Jeff Wootton (Q81) def. Vincent Robbins / Jason Wight (Q17) 21-19, 22-20 (0:42)
Match 68: Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q16) def. Jason Flick / Nate Michael (Q49) 21-15, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 69: Joe Hillman / Casey Patterson (Q73) def. Chris Harger / Tony Pray (Q9) 21-11, 23-21 (0:42)
Match 70: Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q41) def. Brian Duff / Guy Hamilton (Q24) 21-19, 18-21, 15-6 (1:00)
Match 71: Mark Addy / Steve Van Zwieten (Q40) def. Keawe Adolpho / Ivan Mercer (Q25) 21-17, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 72: Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q8) def. Jason Bartholow / Jason Hodell (Q57) 22-20, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 73: Billy Allen / Jon Mesko (Q60) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q5) 21-18, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 74: Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q28) def. Drew Brand / Joshua Cannon (Q37) 21-15, 22-20 (0:50)
Match 75: Jake Blair / Mike Desjardins (Q21) def. Michael Doucette / Erik Gomez (Q44) 21-17, 21-11 (0:42)
Match 76: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q12) def. Thom Huggins / Brandon Lamb (Q53) 21-10, 21-7 (0:32)
Match 77: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q13) def. James Hollis / Jerry Stevens (Q52) 21-12, 21-17 (0:36)
Match 78: Michael Thornton / Eyal Zimet (Q45) def. Bill Maik / Justin Phipps (Q20) 20-22, 21-11, 15-11 (0:57)
Match 79: Chad Wick / Matt Wilkens (Q29) def. Dana Camacho / Matt Osburn (Q36) 21-17, 16-21, 15-8 (0:58)
Match 80: Ran Kumgisky / Said Souikane (Q4) def. Andor Gyulai / Sam Haghighi (Q61) 21-15, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 81: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q3) def. Jon Barnes / Graig Domanski (Q67) 21-13, 21-13 (0:32)
Match 82: Kyle Denitz / Arri Jeschke (Q35) def. John Michelau / Jed Stotsenberg (Q30) 21-11, 21-12 (0:45)
Match 83: Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q46) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Vince Zanzucchi (Q19) 21-15, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 84: Mark Kirunchyk / Henry Russell (Q51) def. Pedro Leal / Leonardo Moraes (Q14) 21-17, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 85: Pepe Delahoz / Dan Fisher (Q11) def. Matt Davis / Kevin Gregan (Q54) 18-21, 21-11, 15-9 (0:53)
Match 86: Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q22) def. Gabe Burt / Brad Powell (Q43) 21-11, 23-21 (0:42)
Match 87: Ryan Cronin / Shawn Essert (Q27) def. Brent Crouch / Jeff Smith (Q38) 21-19, 15-21, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 88: Adam Roberts / Will Strickland (Q6) def. Juan Cabeza / Tanner Morris (Q59) 21-8, 21-16 (0:35)
Match 89: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q7) def. Jamie Johansen / Ed Lunnen (Q71) 21-16, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 90: Chris Seiffert / Jon Thompson (Q39) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Dustin Townsend (Q26) 21-11, 21-9 (0:35)
Match 91: Russ Marchewka / Dan Mintz (Q23) def. Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q42) 23-21, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 92: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q10) def. Gray Garrett / James Ka (Q74) 21-13, 19-21, 15-12 (0:52)
Match 93: Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (Q15) def. Yariv Lerner / David Pryor (Q50) 21-8, 21-11 (0:34)
Match 94: Casey Brewer / Danko Iordanov (Q18) def. Jarett Jensen / Peter Jordan (Q47) 21-16, 14-21, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 95: Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q34) def. John Braunstein / Chris Guigliano (Q31) 21-19, 16-21, 15-13 (0:54)
Match 96: Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (Q2) def. Jason Olive / Jesse Webster (Q63) 21-14, 21-19 (0:48)

Round 3
Match 97: Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (Q1) def. Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (Q32) 21-17, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 98: Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q16) def. Beau Peters / Jeff Wootton (Q81) 21-15, 21-16 (0:44)
Match 99: Joe Hillman / Casey Patterson (Q73) def. Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q41) 21-16, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 100: Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q8) def. Mark Addy / Steve Van Zwieten (Q40) 21-18, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 101: Billy Allen / Jon Mesko (Q60) def. Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q28) 21-17, 21-11 (0:35)
Match 102: Jake Blair / Mike Desjardins (Q21) def. Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q12) 21-19, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 103: Michael Thornton / Eyal Zimet (Q45) def. Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q13) 21-17, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 104: Ran Kumgisky / Said Souikane (Q4) def. Chad Wick / Matt Wilkens (Q29) 21-13, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 105: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q3) def. Kyle Denitz / Arri Jeschke (Q35) 24-22, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 106: Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q46) def. Mark Kirunchyk / Henry Russell (Q51) 21-16, 21-10 (0:40)
Match 107: Pepe Delahoz / Dan Fisher (Q11) def. Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q22) 21-15, 21-9 (0:40)
Match 108: Adam Roberts / Will Strickland (Q6) def. Ryan Cronin / Shawn Essert (Q27) 21-16, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 109: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q7) def. Chris Seiffert / Jon Thompson (Q39) 21-11, 22-20 (0:55)
Match 110: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q10) def. Russ Marchewka / Dan Mintz (Q23) 21-18, 27-25 (0:53)
Match 111: Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (Q15) def. Casey Brewer / Danko Iordanov (Q18) 21-19, 21-11 (0:44)
Match 112: Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (Q2) def. Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q34) 21-17, 21-14 (0:42)

Round 4
Match 113: Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (Q1) def. Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q16) 21-18, 21-15 (0:49)
Match 114: Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q8) def. Joe Hillman / Casey Patterson (Q73) 21-18, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 115: Billy Allen / Jon Mesko (Q60) def. Jake Blair / Mike Desjardins (Q21) 19-21, 21-15, 15-11 (0:58)
Match 116: Michael Thornton / Eyal Zimet (Q45) def. Ran Kumgisky / Said Souikane (Q4) 17-21, 21-18, 17-15 (1:02)
Match 117: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q3) def. Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q46) 21-19, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 118: Pepe Delahoz / Dan Fisher (Q11) def. Adam Roberts / Will Strickland (Q6) 21-16, 14-21, 17-15 (1:00)
Match 119: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q10) def. Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q7) 21-13, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 120: Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (Q2) def. Jim Van Zwieten / Mark Van Zwieten (Q15) 21-10, 21-12 (0:33)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Jon Mesko / Billy Allen (32, Q60) 21-17, 21-14 (0:32)
Match 2: Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (16) def. Matt Heath / Jason Lee (17) 14-21, 21-15, 15-9 (0:49)
Match 3: Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (9) def. Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (24) 21-18, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 4: Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (8) def. Chip McCaw / Matt Prosser (25) 14-21, 21-15, 15-12 (0:56)
Match 5: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (5) def. John Mayer / Brad Keenan (28, Q10) 21-15, 21-10 (0:38)
Match 6: Mark Williams / Reid Priddy (12) def. AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (21) 21-17, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 7: Ty Loomis / Ed Ratledge (13) def. Brad Torsone / Anthony Medel (20) 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 (1:13)
Match 8: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) def. Pepe Delahoz / Dan Fisher (29, Q11) 21-9, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 9: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) def. Steve Delaney / John Moran (30, Q8) 19-21, 21-12, 15-9 (0:53)
Match 10: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (14) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (19) 14-21, 21-19, 15-9 (1:01)
Match 11: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (11) def. Aaron Boss / Albert Hannemann (22) 21-14, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 12: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) def. Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (27, Q2) 19-21, 21-18, 15-9 (0:54)
Match 13: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Jim Nichols / Mike Morrison (26, Q3) 21-15, 15-21, 15-11 (0:50)
Match 14: Nick Lucena / George Roumain (10) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (23, Q1) 21-14, 23-21 (0:47)
Match 15: Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (15) def. Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (18) 21-19, 24-22 (1:01)
Match 16: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (2) def. Michael Thornton / Eyal Zimet (31, Q45) 21-13, 21-15 (0:36)

Round 2
Match 17: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (16) 22-20, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 18: Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (8) def. Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (9) 21-17, 21-17 (0:47)
Match 19: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (5) def. Mark Williams / Reid Priddy (12) 21-16, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 20: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) def. Ty Loomis / Ed Ratledge (13) 21-15, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 21: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (14) 21-14, 21-17 (0:47)
Match 22: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (11) 21-18, 21-18 (0:48)
Match 23: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Nick Lucena / George Roumain (10) 23-21, 22-20 (0:42)
Match 24: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (2) def. Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (15) 21-12, 21-19 (0:39)

Round 3
Match 25: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (8) 21-17, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 26: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (5) 21-16, 21-10 (0:45)
Match 27: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) def. Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) 18-21, 21-19, 15-9 (0:59)
Match 28: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (2) def. John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) 21-11, 21-19 (0:36)

Round 4
Match 29: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) def. Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) 21-17, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 30: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (2) def. Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) 29-27, 23-21 (0:58)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Matt Heath / Jason Lee (17) def. Jon Mesko / Billy Allen (32, Q60) 21-17, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 32: Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (24) def. Chip McCaw / Matt Prosser (25) 21-18, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 33: John Mayer / Brad Keenan (28, Q10) def. AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (21) 21-16, 16-21, 15-10 (0:50)
Match 34: Pepe Delahoz / Dan Fisher (29, Q11) def. Brad Torsone / Anthony Medel (20) 31-29, 20-22, 15-13 (1:26)
Match 35: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (19) def. Steve Delaney / John Moran (30, Q8) 12-21, 21-12, 15-10 (0:52)
Match 36: Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (27, Q2) def. Aaron Boss / Albert Hannemann (22) 21-17, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 37: Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (23, Q1) def. Jim Nichols / Mike Morrison (26, Q3) 21-16, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 38: Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (18) def. Michael Thornton / Eyal Zimet (31, Q45) 21-16, 23-21 (0:40)

Round 2
Match 39: Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (15) def. Matt Heath / Jason Lee (17) 21-23, 21-15, 26-24 (1:05)
Match 40: Nick Lucena / George Roumain (10) def. Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (24) 21-10, 13-21, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 41: Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (11) def. John Mayer / Brad Keenan (28, Q10) 21-18, 22-20 (0:44)
Match 42: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (14) def. Pepe Delahoz / Dan Fisher (29, Q11) 21-15, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 43: Ty Loomis / Ed Ratledge (13) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (19) 21-9, 21-13 (0:32)
Match 44: Mark Williams / Reid Priddy (12) def. Mike DiPierro / Steve Grotowski (27, Q2) 21-17, 21-10 (0:33)
Match 45: Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (9) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (23, Q1) 21-19, 21-7 (0:47)
Match 46: Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (16) def. Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (18) 21-18, 21-17 (0:43)

Round 3
Match 47: Nick Lucena / George Roumain (10) def. Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (15) 21-15, 22-20 (0:43)
Match 48: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (14) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (11) 21-19, 21-16 (0:54)
Match 49: Mark Williams / Reid Priddy (12) def. Ty Loomis / Ed Ratledge (13) 21-14, 13-21, 15-12 (0:57)
Match 50: Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (16) def. Paul Baxter / Fred Souza (9) 21-16, 21-18 (0:49)

Round 4
Match 51: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (5) def. Nick Lucena / George Roumain (10) 21-15, 21-17 (0:37)
Match 52: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (14) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (8) 18-21, 21-16, 15-12 (1:04)
Match 53: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Mark Williams / Reid Priddy (12) 21-14, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 54: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (16) 21-15, 21-16 (0:41)

Round 5
Match 55: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (14) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (5) 15-21, 21-19, 19-17 (1:11)
Match 56: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (6) 22-24, 21-18, 22-20 (1:13)

Round 6
Match 57: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (14) def. Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) 21-18, 19-21, 15-12 (1:08)
Match 58: John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) 23-21, 21-19 (0:51)

Semifinals
Match 59: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (14) def. Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (1) 14-21, 21-17, 22-20 (1:11)
Match 60: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (2) def. John Hyden / Jeff Nygaard (7) 19-21, 21-14, 15-10 (1:05)

Finals
Match 61: Todd Rogers / Phil Dalhausser (2) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (14) 21-17, 21-18 (1:08) 

Huntington Beach Volleyball - Past Champions (eight events)

1975   Greg Lee/Jim Menges
1999   Adam Johnson/Karch Kiraly
2000   Canyon Ceman/Brian Lewis
2001   Scott Ayakatubby/Eduardo Bacil 
2002   Eric Fonoimoana/Dax Holdren
2003   Karch Kiraly/Brent Doble
2004   Jason Ring/George Roumain
2005   Karch Kiraly/Mike Lambert
2006   Phil Dallhauser/Todd Rogers

             

2006 Huntington Beach Open Tournament Champions >>Phil Dallhauser/Todd Rogers



    .                                             
                 Phil Dalhausser                                                                          Todd Rogers                     

Women's  Entry List:

2006 AVP Quervo Crown Series

$122,500 AVP Huntington Beach Open,
Huntington Beach, Calif. · May 26th-28th, 2006

Women's $122,500 AVP Huntington Beach Open
May 26th-28th, 2006
Finish Player Partner Seed
1 Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1 $50,000.00 360.0  
2 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2 $13,400.00 324.0  
3 Semirames Marins Tatiana Minello 4 $8,500.00 270.0  
3 Nicole Branagh Holly McPeak 9 $8,500.00 270.0  
5 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 6 $5,500.00 216.0  
5 Brooke Hanson Sarah Straton 10 $5,500.00 216.0  
7 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 3 $4,250.00 180.0  
7 Jennifer Boss Nancy Mason 7 $4,250.00 180.0 
9 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 5 $2,450.00 144.0  
9 Carrie Dodd Barbra Fontana 8 $2,450.00 144.0  
9 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 13 $2,450.00 144.0  
9 Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 19 $2,450.00 144.0  
13 Jenny Pavley Paula Roca 11 $1,400.00 108.0  
13 Brittany Hochevar Logan Tom 15 $1,400.00 108.0  
13 Angie Akers Heather Lowe 16 $1,400.00 108.0  
13 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 22 $1,400.00 108.0  
17 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 12 $600.00 72.0  
17 Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson Heidi Ilustre 14 $600.00 72.0  
17 Angela Lewis Priscilla Lima 17 $600.00 72.0  
17 Lauren Fendrick Pat Keller 20 $600.00 72.0  
17 Diane Pascua Ella Vakhidova 21 $600.00 72.0  
17 Mary Baily Julie Romias 25 $600.00 72.0  
17 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst 26, Q2 $600.00 72.0  
17 Kamila Pavlaskova Franci Van Zwieten 31, Q20 $600.00 72.0  
25 Courtney Guerra Jenelle Koester 18 $300.00 36.0  
25 Patti Cook Ashley Ivy 23 $300.00 36.0  
25 Kimberly Coleman Jeannette Hecker 24, Q1 $300.00 36.0  
25 Catie Vagneur Beth Van Fleet 27, Q3 $300.00 36.0  
25 Meri-de Boyer Cheri Fitzner 28, Q5 $300.00 36.0  
25 Nicki Fusco Alicia Zamparelli 29, Q6 $300.00 36.0  
25 Erin Byrd Paige Davis 30, Q8 $300.00 36.0  
25 Keao Burdine April Ross 32, Q23 $300.00 36.0  
33 Jill Changaris Lisa Gathright Q4 $.00 18.0  
33 Cinta Preston Kelly Rowe Q9 $.00 18.0  
33 Claire Robertson Tiffany Rodriguez Q14 $.00 18.0  
33 Helen Reale Carrie Wright Q17 $.00 18.0  
33 Makalani Hovey Stacy Nicks Q18 $.00 18.0  
33 Sara Dukes Kerri Eich Q21 $.00 18.0  
33 Kirstin Olsen Kristi Winters Q22 $.00 18.0  
33 Gabriela Roney Lenka Urbanova Q26 $.00 18.0  
41 Suzana Manole Krystal McFarland Jackson Q7 $.00 12.0  
41 Sarah White Chrissie Zartman Q10 $.00 12.0  
41 Joy Akins Jenny Griffith Q11 $.00 12.0  
41 Lisa Marshall Marla O'Hara Q12 $.00 12.0  
41 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q15 $.00 12.0  
41 Jessie Cooper Anne McArthur Q16 $.00 12.0  
41 Karen Reitz Josie Youngblood Q19 $.00 12.0  
41 Kathleen Madden Cherry Simkins Q25 $.00 12.0  
41 Janelle Ruen Jennifer Snyder Q27 $.00 12.0  
41 Maggie Philgence Teri Zartman Q28 $.00 12.0  
41 Rhonda Kottke Michelle Morse Q29 $.00 12.0  
41 Dana Schilling Caroline Skacel Q30 $.00 12.0  
41 Karen Hoyt Kim Whitney Q33 $.00 12.0  
41 Elsa Binder Charnette Fair Q34 $.00 12.0  
41 Dana Kabashima Vladia Vignato Q41 $.00 12.0  
41 Damaris Flores Sheri Leverrette Q52 $.00 12.0  
57 Holly Reisor Dagmara Szyszczak Q13 $.00 8.0  
57 Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q24 $.00 8.0  
57 Laura Ratto Jennifer Walker Q31 $.00 8.0  
57 Heather Alley Barb Sanson Q32 $.00 8.0  
57 Jennifer Janszen Lauren Mills Q35 $.00 8.0  
57 Leilani Kamahoahoa Angela Knopf Q36 $.00 8.0  
57 Danielle Bauer Erica Menzel Q37 $.00 8.0  
57 Kim Kiefer Jana Monello Q38 $.00 8.0  
57 Molly Sims Amber Willey Q39 $.00 8.0  
57 Jennifer Lombardi Rosalinda Masler Q40 $.00 8.0  
57 Alicia Scott Dawn Tischauser Q42 $.00 8.0  
57 Laurel Riechmann Shannon Sneed Q43 $.00 8.0  
57 Angela McHenry Lisa Rutledge Q44 $.00 8.0  
57 Valerie Pryor Alicia Robinson Q45 $.00 8.0  
57 Shannon Christianson Hilde Schjerven Q46 $.00 8.0  
57 Sara Fredrickson Heidi Munneke Q47 $.00 8.0  
57 April Chapple Falyn Fonoimoana Q48 $.00 8.0  
57 Arcadia Berjonneau Alexandra Jupiter Q49 $.00 8.0  
57 Carrie Bowers Erica Lott Q50 $.00 8.0  
57 Shayna Breed Anna Parmely Q51 $.00 8.0  
57 Jackie Hatten Cheyenne Price Q53 $.00 8.0  
57 Crystal Carey Pamela Lubben Q54 $.00 8.0  
57 Lael Fresenius Valinda Roche Q55 $.00 8.0  
57 Jill Chlebeck Kelly McGlothlin Q56 $.00 8.0  
57 Jennifer Corral Ashley Ebert Q57 $.00 8.0  
57 Rese McNatt Amanda Omar Q58 $.00 8.0  
57 Amy Hvitfeldtsen Courtney Shealy Q59 $.00 8.0  
57 Raquel Beson Capri Hilgendorf Q60 $.00 8.0  
57 Hope Erickson Jenny Kropp Q61 $.00 8.0  
57 Kaili Kimura Sarah Schroeder Q62 $.00 8.0  
57 Jill Brown Trisha Jenssen Q63 $.00 8.0  
57 Ruthie Hambley Shelly Malone Q65 $.00 8.0  
89 Stephany Huizing Lindsey Schultz Q64 $.00 4.0  
 
Women's Matches:

Women's $122,500 AVP Huntington Beach Open
May 26th-28th, 2006

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1

Match 2: Shelly Malone / Ruthie Hambley (Q65) def. Stephany Huizing / Lindsey Schultz (Q64) 22-20, 21-9 (0:42)

Round 2
Match 65: Kimberly Coleman / Jeannette Hecker (Q1) def. Shelly Malone / Ruthie Hambley (Q65) 21-14, 21-8 (0:33)
Match 66: Karen Hoyt / Kim Whitney (Q33) def. Heather Alley / Barb Sanson (Q32) 22-20, 21-12 (0:43)
Match 67: Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q17) def. April Chapple / Falyn Fonoimoana (Q48) 21-10, 21-12 (0:34)
Match 68: Jessie Cooper / Anne McArthur (Q16) def. Arcadia Berjonneau / Alexandra Jupiter (Q49) 21-16, 22-20 (0:39)
Match 69: Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q9) def. Jill Chlebeck / Kelly McGlothlin (Q56) 21-0, 21-14 (0:14)
Match 70: Dana Kabashima / Vladia Vignato (Q41) def. Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q24) 21-17, 26-24 (0:49)
Match 71: Kathleen Madden / Cherry Simkins (Q25) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Rosalinda Masler (Q40) 21-18, 21-12 (0:43)
Match 72: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q8) def. Jennifer Corral / Ashley Ebert (Q57) 21-15, 21-9 (0:31)
Match 73: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q5) def. Raquel Beson / Capri Hilgendorf (Q60) 21-14, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 74: Maggie Philgence / Teri Zartman (Q28) def. Danielle Bauer / Erica Menzel (Q37) 21-14, 18-21, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 75: Sara Dukes / Kerri Eich (Q21) def. Angela McHenry / Lisa Rutledge (Q44) 21-15, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 76: Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q12) def. Jackie Hatten / Cheyenne Price (Q53) 21-14, 21-5 (0:30)
Match 77: Damaris Flores / Sheri Leverrette (Q52) def. Holly Reisor / Dagmara Szyszczak (Q13) 21-18, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 78: Kamila Pavlaskova / Franci Van Zwieten (Q20) def. Valerie Pryor / Alicia Robinson (Q45) 24-22, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 79: Rhonda Kottke / Michelle Morse (Q29) def. Leilani Kamahoahoa / Angela Knopf (Q36) 21-16, 21-23, 15-11 (0:58)
Match 80: Jill Changaris / Lisa Gathright (Q4) def. Hope Erickson / Jenny Kropp (Q61) 21-14, 21-10 (0:32)
Match 81: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Kaili Kimura / Sarah Schroeder (Q62) 21-7, 21-16 (0:33)
Match 82: Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q30) def. Jennifer Janszen / Lauren Mills (Q35) 21-19, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 83: Karen Reitz / Josie Youngblood (Q19) def. Shannon Christianson / Hilde Schjerven (Q46) 21-9, 21-7 (0:33)
Match 84: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q14) def. Shayna Breed / Anna Parmely (Q51) 20-22, 21-13, 15-9 (0:51)
Match 85: Joy Akins / Jenny Griffith (Q11) def. Crystal Carey / Pamela Lubben (Q54) 21-19, 12-21, 15-9 (0:52)
Match 86: Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters (Q22) def. Laurel Riechmann / Shannon Sneed (Q43) 21-12, 23-21 (0:39)
Match 87: Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder (Q27) def. Kim Kiefer / Jana Monello (Q38) 21-17, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 88: Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q6) def. Amy Hvitfeldtsen / Courtney Shealy (Q59) 21-16, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 89: Suzana Manole / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q7) def. Rese McNatt / Amanda Omar (Q58) 21-12, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 90: Gabriela Roney / Lenka Urbanova (Q26) def. Molly Sims / Amber Willey (Q39) 21-3, 21-8 (0:30)
Match 91: Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q23) def. Alicia Scott / Dawn Tischauser (Q42) 21-19, 21-12 (0:43)
Match 92: Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q10) def. Lael Fresenius / Valinda Roche (Q55) 21-19, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 93: Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q15) def. Carrie Bowers / Erica Lott (Q50) 21-14, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 94: Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q18) def. Sara Fredrickson / Heidi Munneke (Q47) 18-21, 21-15, 15-9 (0:53)
Match 95: Elsa Binder / Charnette Fair (Q34) def. Laura Ratto / Jennifer Walker (Q31) 21-15, 21-8 (0:33)
Match 96: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q2) def. Jill Brown / Trisha Jenssen (Q63) 21-10, 21-5 (0:28)

Round 3
Match 97: Kimberly Coleman / Jeannette Hecker (Q1) def. Karen Hoyt / Kim Whitney (Q33) 21-14, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 98: Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q17) def. Jessie Cooper / Anne McArthur (Q16) 21-10, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 99: Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q9) def. Dana Kabashima / Vladia Vignato (Q41) 21-6, 21-9 (0:27)
Match 100: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q8) def. Kathleen Madden / Cherry Simkins (Q25) 21-19, 15-21, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 101: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q5) def. Maggie Philgence / Teri Zartman (Q28) 21-23, 21-17, 15-10 (0:52)
Match 102: Sara Dukes / Kerri Eich (Q21) def. Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q12) 21-18, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 103: Kamila Pavlaskova / Franci Van Zwieten (Q20) def. Damaris Flores / Sheri Leverrette (Q52) 21-11, 15-21, 15-11
Match 104: Jill Changaris / Lisa Gathright (Q4) def. Rhonda Kottke / Michelle Morse (Q29) 22-20, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 105: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q30) 21-10, 18-21, 15-9 (1:05)
Match 106: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q14) def. Karen Reitz / Josie Youngblood (Q19) 16-21, 21-14, 15-8 (1:03)
Match 107: Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters (Q22) def. Joy Akins / Jenny Griffith (Q11) 21-15, 23-21 (0:49)
Match 108: Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q6) def. Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder (Q27) 21-19, 14-21, 15-6 (0:53)
Match 109: Gabriela Roney / Lenka Urbanova (Q26) def. Suzana Manole / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q7) 11-21, 21-18, 15-11 (1:00)
Match 110: Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q23) def. Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q10) 21-18, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 111: Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q18) def. Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q15) 21-17, 15-21, 15-11 (0:55)
Match 112: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q2) def. Elsa Binder / Charnette Fair (Q34) 21-19, 21-23, 15-11 (0:52)

Round 4
Match 113: Kimberly Coleman / Jeannette Hecker (Q1) def. Helen Reale / Carrie Wright (Q17) 21-17, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 114: Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q8) def. Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q9) 23-25, 21-19, 18-16 (1:08)
Match 115: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q5) def. Sara Dukes / Kerri Eich (Q21) 21-15, 23-25, 15-13 (1:07)
Match 116: Kamila Pavlaskova / Franci Van Zwieten (Q20) def. Jill Changaris / Lisa Gathright (Q4) 23-21, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 117: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q14) 21-19, 15-21, 15-11 (0:49)
Match 118: Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q6) def. Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters (Q22) 21-8, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 119: Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q23) def. Gabriela Roney / Lenka Urbanova (Q26) 24-22, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 120: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q2) def. Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q18) 21-11, 21-12 (0:33)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Keao Burdine / April Ross (32, Q23) 21-14, 21-17 (0:36)
Match 2: Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (16) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (17) 19-21, 21-13, 15-13 (0:48)
Match 3: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (9) def. Jeannette Hecker / Kimberly Coleman (24, Q1) 21-10, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 4: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (8) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (25) 21-8, 21-14 (0:30)
Match 5: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (5) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (28, Q5) 21-11, 21-8 (0:34)
Match 6: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) def. Diane Pascua / Ella Vakhidova (21) 21-15, 19-21, 15-13 (0:54)
Match 7: Pat Keller / Lauren Fendrick (20) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) 24-26, 21-18, 15-13 (1:03)
Match 8: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (29, Q6) 21-14, 21-6 (0:49)
Match 9: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (30, Q8) 21-12, 21-16 (0:32)
Match 10: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (14) def. Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (19) 21-18, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 11: Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (22) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (11) 21-13, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 12: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q3) 21-18, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 13: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Jennifer Fopma (26, Q2) 21-17, 21-11 (0:34)
Match 14: Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) def. Patti Cook / Ashley Ivy (23) 32-30, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 15: Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (15) def. Jenelle Koester / Courtney Guerra (18) 21-15, 21-15 (0:31)
Match 16: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Kamila Pavlaskova / Franci Van Zwieten (31, Q20) 21-12, 21-15 (0:40)

Round 2
Match 17: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (16) 21-19, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 18: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (9) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (8) 21-18, 21-11 (0:37)
Match 19: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (5) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) 21-19, 21-15 (0:47)
Match 20: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Pat Keller / Lauren Fendrick (20) 21-18, 18-21, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 21: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (14) 19-21, 21-16, 15-12 (0:50)
Match 22: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) def. Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (22) 21-12, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 23: Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) def. Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) 21-19, 21-17 (0:34)
Match 24: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (15) 21-9, 21-13 (0:32)

Round 3
Match 25: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (9) 19-21, 21-12, 15-13 (0:53)
Match 26: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (5) 21-12, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 27: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 21-23, 21-16, 19-17 (1:07)
Match 28: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) 21-9, 21-14 (0:34)

Round 4
Match 29: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) 21-11, 21-19 (0:36)
Match 30: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) 22-24, 21-16, 15-4 (1:00)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (17) def. Keao Burdine / April Ross (32, Q23) 17-21, 21-16, 15-10 (0:53)
Match 32: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (25) def. Jeannette Hecker / Kimberly Coleman (24, Q1) 21-11, 12-21, 15-9 (0:49)
Match 33: Diane Pascua / Ella Vakhidova (21) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (28, Q5) 21-17, 21-7 (0:33)
Match 34: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) def. Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (29, Q6) 21-18, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 35: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (19) def. Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (30, Q8) 21-15, 21-11 (0:36)
Match 36: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (11) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q3) 21-9, 24-22 (0:38)
Match 37: Stacy Rouwenhorst / Jennifer Fopma (26, Q2) def. Patti Cook / Ashley Ivy (23) 21-19, 19-21, 15-13 (0:54)
Match 38: Kamila Pavlaskova / Franci Van Zwieten (31, Q20) def. Jenelle Koester / Courtney Guerra (18) 21-18, 21-17 (0:40)

Round 2
Match 39: Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (15) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (17) 22-20, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 40: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (25) 21-14, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 41: Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (22) def. Diane Pascua / Ella Vakhidova (21) 21-16, 20-22, 15-4 (1:00)
Match 42: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (14) 21-19, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 43: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (19) def. Pat Keller / Lauren Fendrick (20) 21-16, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 44: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (11) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) 15-21, 28-26, 15-12 (1:18)
Match 45: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (8) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Jennifer Fopma (26, Q2) 19-21, 25-23, 15-13 (0:54)
Match 46: Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (16) def. Kamila Pavlaskova / Franci Van Zwieten (31, Q20) 21-17, 21-13 (0:33)

Round 3
Match 47: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) def. Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (15) 21-14, 20-22, 15-12 (0:49)
Match 48: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) def. Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (22) 24-22, 21-8 (0:40)
Match 49: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (19) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (11) 21-16, 21-13 (0:43)
Match 50: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (8) def. Heather Lowe / Angie Akers (16) 21-12, 19-21, 15-5 (0:51)

Round 4
Match 51: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (5) 19-21, 21-18, 15-9 (0:53)
Match 52: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (9) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) 22-20, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 53: Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) def. Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (19) 21-17, 21-12 (0:30)
Match 54: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (8) 22-20, 13-21, 15-10 (0:52)

Round 5
Match 55: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (9) def. Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (7) 21-17, 18-21, 15-13 (1:00)
Match 56: Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 19-21, 26-24, 15-12 (0:57)

Round 6
Match 57: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (9) def. Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) 12-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 58: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Sarah Straton / Brooke Hanson (10) 17-21, 21-19, 15-11 (0:49)

Semifinals
Match 59: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (9) 21-18, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 60: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) 21-15, 21-12 (0:41)

Finals
Match 61: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) 21-16, 21-12 (0:47)

2006 AVP Huntington Beach Tournament Champions >>Misty May/Kerri Walsh

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                             Misty May                                             Kerri Walsh           

    
Articles 2006:

Karch Kiraly: Golden oldie
At 45, AVP veteran Kiraly shows no signs of slowing down as he and partner Larry Witt prepare for this weekend's Huntington Beach Open.

SHAWN PRICE
Register columnist
ON THE WATER
sprice@ocregister.com
  
Karch Kiraly won the first of his three NCAA titles with UCLA in 1979, the year partner Larry Witt was born. ‘The young guys help rejuvenate me,’ Kiraly said. ‘Larry’s working hard, and he’s really improved his block.’

BRUCE CHAMBERS, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
$245,000 AVP Huntington Beach Open

What: Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament featuring Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer. And fresh from their historic 50th tournament victory as a team, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, along with Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder and Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan.
Where: Huntington Beach Pier
When: Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: free. Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission free, $35 for courtside seating. Sunday: 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. General admission free, $35 for courtside seating.
Information: www.avp.com/
 
Huntington beach pier Reports of his career demise have been greatly exaggerated.
After just a few minutes of watching beach volleyball legend Karch Kiraly go through his rigorous workout, you're convinced: Yes, he canplay forever.
Trainer Mike Rangel is putting Kiraly, 45, and new partner, Larry Witt, through their paces in preparation for this weekend's AVP Huntington Beach Open. They played against each other in the final here last year. Stretching, jumping, medicine ball, digging, spiking, setting, blocking. It seems exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.
"Other than Lance Armstrong, nobody could keep up with him," Rangel said of Kiraly. As the leg and footwork drills move to game situations and defensive drills, Rangel, who has trained Kiraly for almost five years, made it clear that he is not his coach. His only role is to keep the king of the beach physically sharp. It's a routine Kiraly keeps up year round.
"I love it. My body craves it," Kiraly said. "I'm afraid if I stopped for a month it would be too hard to get back. So it's easy to maintain."
The gray lightly sprinkled in his dark blond hair is the small reminder that Kiraly is human. However, much he has defied time, the question dangles over him every season, practically every game now. How long will he patrol these sands?
"I'm interested in finding that out myself," Kiraly said. "I keep surprising myself, and this workout has certainly pushed back that question. I don't think I could do this if I didn't love it so much. I couldn't stand the intensity level."
If his Tarzan-like physique holds up, he thinks it might only be an ebb in passion that points him to the exit. Though today that seems unlikely, too.
"The young guys help rejuvenate me. Larry's working hard, and he's really improved his block. That hunger I love to see. The disadvantage is my partners are saddled with grandpa. I'm not the player I was," Kiraly said, laughing.
It's an assessment few others share. He still has the ability and enthusiasm of players half his age. And Witt is nearly that. Kiraly won the first of his three NCAA championships with UCLA in 1979, the year Witt was born.
"The first few practices, you're in awe a little," Witt said. "First and foremost you team up because you think you can do well, but he's the best there is. He's going to make you better."
Witt, a rising star before teaming with Kiraly, has gone from 14th in blocking to second this season.
Although a knee injury forced Kiraly out of one event and last weekend's early elimination from Santa Barbara was a disappointment, both players like their chances this season.
"I've never felt more sure of myself," Witt said. "Don't expect too much right away, but it'll come. It could take one more tournament."
Said Kiraly: "I'm just enjoying playing with Larry. You can't just say a placing. It depends on a lot of circumstances. If we play well and get beat by better teams, I'm happy with that."

SIMS TRIES OUT FOR PRO VOLLEYBALL TEAM 
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2006-05-25 10:03:48 -
US supermodel-turned-actress MOLLY SIMS is desperate to score a spot on a professional beach volleyball team.
The LAS VEGAS star will attempt to qualify for a pro team during the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown tryouts this weekend (26MAY06).
Sims, a former professional 
swimmer, recently decided to try her hand at a new beach sport. She will compete with 150 other players, including Olympic medal winners, at the competition in Huntington Beach, California.

AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open Preview
By Doug Strauss
May 25, 2006
In 1999, Misty May-Treanor played her first pro beach tournament, winning $1,000. This weekend at the Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open, she will have a chance to add a comma to her career winnings. If she and partner Kerri Walsh extend their current streak of five straight AVP titles, May-Treanor will surpass $1 million in earnings in her short career.
Todd Rogers, meanwhile, will be trying to achieve something not done on the men's side since 1998 when Kent Steffes won six of seven team events. Rogers has won five of the last six AVP tournaments, including the final three last year with Sean Scott and two consecutive with Phil Dalhausser.
The fourth stop on the AVP CROCS Tour marks the first time that the whole field plays on consecutive weekends. The back-to-back events make it hard for a team to repeat; Rogers and Scott did it last year, and Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert did so once in 2004. More of a testament to the difficulty of that feat is the fact that just once last year did May-Treanor and Walsh win AVP titles on consecutive weekends.
Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs are the defending Huntington Beach champions, winning the only tournament in Orange County. Last year they swept May-Treanor and Walsh, the lone time in AVP history that the gold medalists have been swept in a championship match. This year, however, Wacholder and Youngs will have to contend with a more determined May-Treanor and Walsh who hit their stride after dropping their first game of the Santa Barbara Open. Janelle Ruen and Jennifer Snyder won game one of the first-round Santa Barbara match, marking the first time that May-Treanor and Walsh had ever lost a game in the first or second rounds of an AVP tournament. In their subsequent 12 games, May-Treanor and Walsh did not allow more than 17 points en route to the title.
Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan have missed just one semifinal in their last 13 team AVP events. Their consistent level of play is a result of both players' all-around skills; both Davis and Johnson Jordan rank in the top 20 in all four major statistical categories (kills, digs, blocks and aces). To this point in the season, that is something no other team, men or women, can boast.
Jennifer Boss and Nancy Mason advanced to the finals in their first two events of 2006, but in the last two, including an international tournament, they have posted just a 2-4 match record. Their ninth place finish in Santa Barbara dropped them from the number four seed to the seventh seed.
Replacing Boss / Mason in the Final Four in Santa Barbara was Dianne DeNecochea and Tammy Leibl, who have improved their finish in each AVP event from 13th to ninth to third. In Santa Barbara, DeNecochea and Leibl eliminated Makare Wilson and Tyra Turner, Nicole Branagh and Holly McPeak, and Jenny Pavley and Paula Roca before losing in the semifinals to Wacholder and Youngs.
In 1989, McPeak played in Huntington and finished 17th, marking the only time in her career she has had a finish as low as 17th in a domestic event. Since that time, she rebounded to post four wins and four other Final Four appearances in her eight other trips to Huntington Beach. In 2002 McPeak and Youngs won in their first tournament playing together, the first of their 10 wins as a team. Since the duo split up, they have met 11 times, with seven of the matches going three games.
Lambert and Stein Metzger are seeded first again; they are the only team to advance to the semifinals in each of the three tournaments this year. They are guaranteed to keep their billing as top seeds if they reach the finals this weekend, but the question arises, is that a good thing? Only one of the last 32 AVP opens has been won by the top-seeded team as Metzger and Jake Gibb captured the 2005 Manhattan Beach Open. Lambert, who won last year's Huntington Beach Open with Karch Kiraly after the duo rejoined forces mid-year, hopes to make it two out of 33.
Dalhausser and Rogers, while not looking to jinx themselves with the top seed are following the path towards earning the number one seed. After starting the season with a disappointing ninth, they have won 11 of their last 12 matches in claiming the previous two titles. They have jumped up in the seedings, going from sixth in the season opener to second for this event. The higher seeding will result in them playing a slightly easier schedule, as in Tempe four of their five matches came against teams seeded fifth or higher.
Dalhausser, who led the Tour in blocks last season, has a one-block lead, 92-91, over Lambert this season. The Floridian-turned-Californian has stepped up big in important matches, as 22 of his blocks have come in his four Final Four matches.
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal played in the first two championship matches this year. After sweeping their first 10 matches of the AVP season, the duo has split their last six contests.
Kiraly, an Orange County resident, has won three of the eight tournaments held in Huntington Beach, each time with a different partner. He has been in the semifinals in all six tournaments he has played here. This year he teams up with his final's opponent from last year, Larry Witt. Witt and then-partner Rosenthal finished second in Huntington each of the past two years.
Fans will be treated to different match-ups this week thanks to all the changes in seedings. Only four main draw teams from last week's event in Santa Barbara will keep their same seeding, with the top seeds joining Kiraly and Witt (seeded sixth), John Hyden and Jeff Nygaard (seventh) and Paul Baxter and Fred Souza (ninth).
Hyden and Nygaard hope to continue their momentum from reaching the finals in Santa Barbara, rebounding from a 13th-place finish in Tempe. Hyden, slated to become a first-time father within the next month, broke his drought in California events as he had not placed higher than seventh in an AVP tournament in California before finishing second Santa Barbara.
AVP ANNALS
Each of the eight men's Huntington Beach tournaments has been won by different teams, with Karch Kiraly the only player to win multiple times. Kiraly has won three times including last season with Mike Lambert. Kiraly's win in 2003 with Brent Doble set the mark as the oldest team to win a tournament (just shy of 76 years, 5 months of age). The 2004 victors were Jason Ring / George Roumain, the lone title for each, respectively. The women have also had eight different winning teams. Holly McPeak and Lisa Arce have each won four times, including twice as teammates. McPeak has won with three different partners, while Arce has won with two. In addition, Arce won an individual event in Huntington. Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh won Huntington in 2003 and 2004, but fell to Orange County natives Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs in 2005.

Volleyball adds punch to holiday
The AVP Crocs Tour comes to Surf City Friday with the Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open.
By Mike Sciacca, Independent
Leonard Armato wants to begin the Memorial Day weekend with a bang.
Make that a spike.
Armato, commissioner of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals, brings the Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open to town this weekend.
The three-day event begins with Friday's qualifier, followed by main-draw competition Saturday and Sunday.
The tentative schedule for the finals has the men playing at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by the women at 3:30.
"Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff to summer, and we want nothing better than for Huntington Beach to be a rockin' event," Armato said. "Huntington Beach is a great setting for beach volleyball. Through the years, we've had tremendous fan support there. Huntington Beach is a hotbed for beach volleyball, that's for sure."
The first men's Huntington Beach Open, held in 1975, was won by the team of Jim Menges and Greg Lee. The event returned to the pier in 1999 when Adam Johnson and Karch Kiraly claimed victory.
The first women's Huntington Beach Open took place in 1989, and Patty Dodd and Jackie Silva won the title. Dodd's teams captured the first three women's opens, winning twice with Silva and once with Karolyn Kirby.
Fifteen years later, some of those competitors are still around.
Kiraly, the winningest player in beach volleyball history and men's leader in Huntington Beach Open titles with three, teamed with Mike Lambert for an unbeaten run to the men's title last year. Kiraly and Lambert defeated Larry Witt and Sean Rosenthal in the final.
The team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser will be out to win their third-straight men's tournament of the 2006 tour. Rogers and Dalhausser are coming off wins at Santa Barbara and Tempe, Ariz., in the past three weeks.
In the women's competition, Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder, two athletes who grew up playing the sport at high schools in Orange County, will be looking to score a repeat of a stirring victory in last year's women's final.
Youngs and Wacholder swept Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh to win the women's title. It was the first sweep suffered by May-Treanor and Walsh since July 2004.
Youngs and Wacholder defeated May-Treanor and Walsh four times last year and became the only team to defeat the world's No. 1 team both domestically and internationally.
"I guess you could say it's the closest thing to a rivalry in women's volleyball," said Wacholder, who played high-school ball at Laguna Beach.
Wacholder said that she and Youngs started the 2006 tour slowly, earning one second-place finish and a pair of third-place finishes in the first three events of the year, which began on March 31 with the Fort Lauderdale Open.
May-Treanor and Walsh have won all three women's opens in 2006, and with a victory last week in Santa Barbara, the duo became the first women's team in beach volleyball history to win a 50th career team title.
"Elaine and I really are looking forward to playing in Huntington," Wacholder said. "We played our best tournament there last year, and we've had our eye on Huntington Beach on this year's schedule.
"It's a tournament that's close to home for both of us, and my entire family will be out there, rooting us on. It's a special place to play."
While Kiraly holds the men's record for most Huntington Beach Open titles, Holly McPeak of Manhattan Beach is the women's all-time leader with four.
The 37-year-old, who had both feet operated on during the off-season, will be partnered with Nicole Branagh, the AVP's women's rookie of the year in 2005.
Like Youngs and Wacholder, McPeak and Branagh have gotten off to a slow start, with seventh their highest finish.
"We'll be ready for Huntington," McPeak said. "It's a fun spot to play. I love it there. There are so many knowledgeable volleyball fans there, and anytime you play in front of a crowd like that it makes it that much more special."
Armato said bleachers for the event can hold 5,000, with a standing-room-only crowd destined for center court Sunday.

IF YOU GO
·.What: AVP Crocs Tour Huntington Beach Open
·.Where: South of the Huntington Beach Pier
·.When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
·.Cost: Free for general admission; $35 per day for courtside seats
·.Info: www.avp.com

From Posing on the Beach to Spiking on the Beach: Molly Sims to Compete in AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open
Thursday May 25, 11:34 pm ET 
Actress/Model Looks to Qualify for Main Draw of the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Tournament this Weekend
LOS ANGELES, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Actress and supermodel Molly Sims, who graced the pages of the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, may soon find herself on the sports pages for another reason. The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) announced today that Sims will attempt to qualify for the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open, May 26-29, in Los Angeles. She will be partnering with Amber Willey, a rising star on the 2006 AVP Tour.
Sims, who stars on NBC's hit series Las Vegas, is no stranger to professional sports competition; she once competed as a professional swimmer before pursuing a successful career in modeling. She hopes that athleticism coupled with her 5'9 stature will enable her to experience the same success on the beach volleyball court that she's had in front of the camera.
"I've always considered myself an athletic woman and I thought it would be fun to come out to spend the day with the AVP," said Sims. "What better tournament to play in then the Cuervo Gold Crown Open. It's one of the most exciting tournaments on the beach and always brings out the best in the players and the fans."
The AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open is the second of three Cuervo Gold Crown events, and offers more first-place prize money than any other events on the AVP Tour. In addition to the increased purse at each Cuervo Gold Crown event, there will be a $25,000 bonus for the top men's and women's teams based on cumulative performances in the three events.
The Huntington tournament will feature top professional beach volleyball athletes including 2004 Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh, 2004 Olympic bronze medal winners Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, and Rachel Wacholder. On the men's side, three-time Olympic gold medal winner Karch Kiraly, Olympian Stein Metzger and 2004 AVP MVP Mike Lambert and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana.
The Cuervo Gold Crown Boulder Open, the third event of the AVP's triple crown, will take place in Colorado, August 27-29. Both of the remaining Cuervo Gold Crown events will air on FOX Sports Net.
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They Are Bullies of the Beach
May-Treanor and Walsh have simply become unstoppable
By Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
May 26, 2006
When Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their 50th beach volleyball tournament last week in Santa Barbara, it marked a rather significant milestone: No other American women's team has won as many and it is believed that no other team in the world had ever reached that mark.
Surely the champagne would be flowing, right?
Not quite. Asked what the milestone meant to her, Walsh responded not with romanticism or nostalgia, but with an unquestioned statement that she wasn't done yet.
"Let's double it, at least," she said.
That quest for excellence is what makes Walsh and May-Treanor one of the most dominant sports team of this decade. Their Olympic gold medal in 2004 increased their visibility, but since teaming up in 2001, they have put together a five-year run that could be considered among the greatest in the history of sports.
They have played 75 tournaments worldwide, won 50 and finished second 12 times. They had a record 15-tournament win streak in 2003-04, and followed that with a nine-tournament streak in early 2004-05.
UCLA's 88-game win streak in men's basketball is considered the benchmark, but May-Treanor and Walsh surpassed that, winning 89 consecutive matches during one stretch of 2003-04.
They lost a tournament final earlier this month at an international event in Italy, but they have won five consecutive AVP events, including the first three this year, and have reached the finals in 29 consecutive tournaments worldwide, winning 23 of those. This weekend, they will compete in the Huntington Beach Open.
"I feel like I should never lose," said Walsh, trying to explain her competitive drive. "I like being on top and I love the challenge of trying to stay on top. That is my motivation."
Walsh, at 6-feet-3, is among the tallest players on the women's tour and is unquestionably the dominant blocker. Add in May-Treanor's ball-handling skills that made her one of the top setters in NCAA history and a court savvy that earned her the nickname of "best side out player in the world" and you have a combination that's difficult to match.
"You have to be perfect against them to win," said Elaine Youngs, one of the few players who have defeated May-Treanor and Walsh. "Each of them individually is a tremendous athlete and together they are a tremendous force."
To outsiders, the 50-victory plateau is impressive, but to May-Treanor, it's only a number.
"I only think about winning each match," May-Treanor said. "And obviously if you do that, then you win tournaments. If you do that enough, you're going to reach milestones, but you can't get caught up in them because then you'd lose focus."
May-Treanor is the more even-keeled of the two. Where Walsh gets extra-emotional over winning and losing, May-Treanor maintains a poker face most of the time. That doesn't mean, however, that domination is any less a priority.
"I think anytime you partner up with someone, you have that goal," she said. "Everyone envisions that when they get together."
None, however, have been able to match May-Treanor and Walsh. Players continually switch partners trying to find the right combination. Youngs, for example, split with Holly McPeak after the 2004 Olympics even though they won a bronze medal — losing only to May-Treanor and Walsh in the semifinals.
Because of the so-called target on their backs, May-Treanor and Walsh must continue to evolve as a team.
This year, May-Treanor entered the season 15 pounds lighter and in top shape. She also added hand setting to her game. Walsh added a devastating jump serve.
"You can't take anything for granted," Walsh said. "I feel like I have been blessed with ability and I want to maximize it. I don't want to look back with regrets later in life."
The long-term for May-Treanor and Walsh is the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Until then, they will continue their assault on the record books.
May-Treanor, who started playing on the beach two years before Walsh, is fourth on the all-time victories list with 56.
She needs five more to pass Brazilian Jackie Silva for third place.
Walsh is fifth on the list with 52. McPeak, with 72, is the all-time leader and Karolyn Kirby is second with 67.
May-Treanor and Walsh have averaged 14 victories a year for the past three years, so if they continue that pace, May-Treanor would pass McPeak's career record midway through next season.
And looking at the long-term, there are approximately 60 more tournaments before the 2008 Summer Games. May-Treanor and Walsh won only two of their first 11 tournaments, meaning they have won 48 of their last 64.
And wouldn't it be nice to make Beijing 2008 No. 100?
"I don't think you ever put numbers to your goals," Walsh said. "The only goal I have is winning and I never want it to stop. That's the only motivation I need."

AVP set to hit the sand in Huntington Beach
From staff reports  
For some reason, they try to put down sand in other big cities to play "beach volleyball." But everyone is well aware just where the sport is at its most pure, and where it was born. This weekend, it will return to that place as the Association of Volleyball Professionals Tour plays its fourth tournament of the season, and its second in Southern California in two weeks.
Today at 8 a.m. the qualifying rounds in the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open begin, played on the South Side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The main draw in both the men's and women's competition is scheduled for Saturday, with late rounds and finals Sunday.
Long Beach State women's volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor played her first pro tournament in Huntington Beach in 1999, and has the opportunity to achieve another milestone this weekend on the same sands. If May-Treanor and partner Kerri Walsh win their fifth consecutive tournament this weekend, May-Treanor 
will surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings.
Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs are the tournament's defending champions, having swept May-Treanor and Walsh in last season's final.
On the men's side, Mike Lambert and Karch Kiraly are the defending champions, having defeated Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt. It was Kiraly's third championship at Huntington Beach.
The weekend will also feature interactive activities for spectators, including a serve, pass, hit station.
There will also be various booths sponsored by companies such as Jose Cuervo, Microsoft Xbox, Herbalife, Paul Mitchell, Nature Valley, Wilson and Nautica.
 
Model-actress Molly Sims fails to qualify for AVP tournament
Associated Press
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model Molly Sims risked her famous face to play volleyball with the pros Friday, but she failed to qualify for the AVP tournament.
"I almost broke my nose several times," said the 33-year-old model and actress, who stars on the NBC series "Las Vegas." "I'm not very good. They make it look easy."
Sims and teammate Amber Willey played two games at the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open before being eliminated. Still, Sims said she'd try out again if given the chance.
"I would practice and just shock the hell out of everybody," she said, adding that trying out for the tournament was like acting.
"You're in the spotlight and you've got to bring it," she said.
Sims said she plans to spend the weekend in the beach town.
"I want to see some of the guys tomorrow," she said. "They have the best bodies."
But she declined to give any hints about what to expect when "Las Vegas" returns for its fourth season in the fall.
"I'm sworn to my life, literally and contractually," she said.

TV Star Molly Sims Makes Beach Debut
By Matt Zuvela
May 26, 2006
Most people know Molly Sims from her role as Delinda Deline on NBC's hit show, "Las Vegas," or from her appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition. But in the qualifying round of the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open, fans got to see a new side of Sims as she teamed up with AVP Pro Amber Willey for her debut as a beach volleyball player.
Sims and Willey played against Gabriela Roney and Lenka Urbanova in the first round of Friday's qualifiers. Although Sims had never played serious beach volleyball before, she said she is a big fan of the sport.
"It's awesome to see it when it's done flawlessly," Sims said of the AVP's top players.
Sims is friends with Julien Prosser, a beach volleyball Olympian from 2004. Prosser challenged Sims' to get out on the beach and give it a shot. Her debut with Willey may not have gone as well as she had hoped (they lost 21-3, 21-8), but the match generated a lot attention for the players in the qualifying rounds, who often go unnoticed.
"It's a livelihood, and that's what people forget about," Sims said before the match. "These qualifiers are so important. That's what gets you in the game."
Willey is no stranger to the qualifying rounds of a tournament and has been playing on the AVP tour since 2003. She said she liked the buzz that surrounded her match partnered with Sims.
"Obviously it's a little more attention than you're used to getting for a qualifier," Willey said, "but I think it's great exposure [for beach volleyball]. I'm excited just to be a part of it."
Despite the lopsided score, Sims and Willey's opponents treated this match just like any other.
"We tried to play [like we would] against anybody," Urbanova said. "It's a game. It doesn't matter who is on the other side."

Three-Time Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly looks to defend Huntington title
May 26, 2006
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (May 26, 2006) - Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly returns to Huntington Beach this weekend to defend his title with new partner Larry Witt. Kiraly is the winnegest beach volleyball player of all time with 148 career victories, and is the only man to win multiple Huntington Beach Open events.
2004 Olympic Gold Medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh look to continue their domination of the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour, having won the first three events this season.
Last weekend in Santa Barbara, the gold medalists defeated Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs earning their 50th career team title. Wacholder and Youngs swept May-Treanor and Walsh in the 2005 Huntington Beach Open finals which was the only time May-Treanor and Walsh have been swept in domestic competition.
NBC's Las Vegas star Molly Sims made her AVP debut this morning in the Huntington Beach Open qualifier. Sims partnered with four-year AVP Veteran Amber Willey only to lose 21-3, 21-8 which eliminated them from competition.
"We talked strategy first and I just didn't want my nose to get broken or to embarrass Amber. We talked a good game plan - Amber is great. The other two were nice, but they wanted to take us and they did. Out here competition is tough playing in the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open  it is a real event, they're not playing around here."
On the men's side, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers look to capute their third consecutive title. To extend their streak, second-seeded Dalhausser and Rogers will have to get by top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger and third-seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. Lambert, Kiraly's former partner, is defending his Huntington Beach Open title.
Eight teams from the men's and women's qualifier advance to the main draw Saturday. The 2006 AVP Crocs Tour set a new benchmark, with 202 combined teams, marking the first time ever breaking the 299-team barrier.
Two women's teams have qualified for the first four tournaments this year Jennifer Fopma/Stacy Rouwenhorst (2) Catie Vagneur/Beth Vanfleet (3). One men's team has qualifited for three of the first four tournaments Mike Morrison/Jim Nichols (3).
The main draw competition of the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour Huntington Beach Open begins Saturday morning with May-Treanor and Walsh playing on stadium court at 9:00 a.m. Finals are on Sunday, May 28th with the men's finals slated for 2:30 p.m. with the women following at 4:00 pm. The 2006 AVP Crocs Tour stop will be televised on Fox Prime Ticket, Sunday afternoon following the Major League Baseball game.
General admission is free with courtside tickets available at www.avp.com.

Karch Kiraly One Step Closer to Winning Fourth Huntington Title
May 27, 2006
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (May 27, 2006) - Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly advanced to Sunday's play at the 2006 AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open and moves one step closer to securing his fourth Huntington Beach Open title. Kiraly, the winningest player of all time with 148 victories, is the only player to win multiple Huntington Beach Opens. Kiraly and new partner, Larry Witt defeated brothers Kevin and Scott Wong 21-15, 21-16 to advance in the contender's bracket.
On the women's side, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are on course to meet last year's champions, Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs, in the finals. Wacholder and Youngs handed May-Treanor and Walsh one of their rare tournament losses last year in Huntington Beach. The loss was the only time the pair has been swept in a final in domestic competition. May-Treanor and Walsh have won the first three events of the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour and are looking to capture their fourth.
Top-seeded men's team of Olympians Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger advanced to Sunday's play undefeated and look to capture their first title of season. Lambert is the defending champion winning with Kiraly last year. Second-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers continue their dominating play in an attempt to capture their third consecutive title. Third-seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal enter Sunday's play undefeated attempting to win their second title of the year. The last time the top four men's teams enter Sunday's play undefeated was Huntington Beach in 2004.
The main draw competition of the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open begins Sunday morning with May-Treanor and Walsh playing on stadium court. The men's final is slated for 2:30 p.m. with the women following at 4:00 pm. The 2006 AVP Crocs Tour stop will be televised on Fox Prime Ticket, Sunday afternoon following the Major League Baseball game. General admission is free with courtside tickets available at www.avp.com.

This Dream Team Remains a Sleeping Giant
Lambert, Metzger were expected to dominate in first season together, but they're in Huntington Beach still looking for first tournament win.
By Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
May 28, 2006
Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger entered the 2006 Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Tour as marked men after joining forces to form what many considered a beach volleyball dream team, but they have yet to reach the winner's circle.
Lambert, the tour's MVP in 2004, and Metzger, one half of the tour's top team in 2005, have been the top-seeded team in each of the first three AVP tournaments, but have finished second, third and third.
 Their hopes of reversing that trend got off to a good start Saturday at the Huntington Beach Open as the top-seeded pair swept three matches to move within one victory of making their fourth consecutive final four.
Final fours, however, are not why they teamed together and the pressure to get that first victory is beginning to mount.
"Those thoughts are always there in the back of your mind," said Metzger, who teamed with Jake Gibb for a tour-best four titles last season, yet left that partnership for the opportunity to play with Lambert. "We haven't won yet, which has been frustrating, but we've played consistently good and I think we're still improving."
Lambert said the heavy pressure is coming not from outside expectations, but from within.
"We're both competitive and hungry and we want to win," he said. "But at the same time, if our bad results are thirds, then that's a good thing."
Part of their problem is the depth on the men's side, where the top eight teams are capable of winning on any given week and upsets are common. The top four seeded teams made it through the first day undefeated Saturday at Huntington Beach, the first time that has happened on the AVP Tour since the 2004 Huntington Beach Open.
Plus, Metzger and Lambert got a late start to the season. Rather than pushing to get in top shape for the season opener in April, they chose to use a slow run-up into a stretch of 18 consecutive tournaments that began last week.
"We're easing our way into this long season," Metzger said. "There's a long way to go."
Second-seeded Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, winners of the last two AVP tournaments, appear to be the team to beat again this week after sweeping three matches Saturday with an average victory margin of six points.
Karch Kiraly, who teamed with Lambert to win at Huntington Beach last year for his record 148th career title, lost a tight third-round match with new partner Larry Witt, but rallied with a 21-15, 21-16 contender's bracket victory over brothers Kevin and Scott Wong. They survived to play today in the double-elimination tournament.
In the women's tournament, top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh survived a third-round scare against Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh, holding on for a 19-21, 21-12, 15-13 victory and advancing to the quarterfinals.
Second-seeded Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder, the defending champions, allowed no more than 15 points in any game as they cruised to sweeps in their three matches.

Beach volleyball: May-Treanor, Walsh human and victorious
Duo drops a game but still advances.
By Dave Werstine, Staff writer
It's without a doubt that Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are the queens of beach volleyball, having won six straight AVP Tour titles and the first three tournaments to open the 2006 season.
Just as certain, the teams looking to unseat them are getting tougher and tougher every week.
"I think we've had the bull's eye for a while," said May-Treanor at the beginning of the season, "and it just keeps getting bigger."
The top-seeded May-Treanor and Walsh made their way through the first three rounds of the main draw Saturday and into today's semifinals of the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open.
But it wasn't as easy as it has been in the past.
After breezing by the first two rounds, May-Treanor and Walsh ran into No. 9 Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh, who gave the favorites a three-game test.
McPeak and Branagh took the first game 21-19, but May-Treanor and Walsh came back to even the match with a 21-12 win in the second game, forcing a first-to-15 third game. May-Treanor and Walsh opened up a 14-9 lead and held to win the game 15-13.
While that match showed May-Treanor and Walsh, who last week celebrated becoming the first team to reach 50 career titles, are indeed beatable, it may be becoming a trend as the rest of the teams on tour are beginning to catch up.
The No. 1 duo has lost five games this season and have been pushed to brink of losing three times, winning those third games by scores of 15-12, 20-18 and 15-3.
"That's what we want to see," said May-Treanor, the former Long Beach State star and Olympic gold medalist, of the increasing challenge. "The competition is so deep."
May-Treanor and Walsh will face No. 4 Semirames Marins and Tatiana Minello in one main draw semifinal at 8:30 a.m., while No. 6 Dianne DeNecochea and Tammy Leibl will take on No. 2 Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs in the other semifinal.
The men's semifinals will pit the top-seeded team of Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger against No. 4 Matt Guerbringer and Casey Jennings, and No. 3 Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal against No. 2 Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, who have won the last two titles. All of those 
matches are also at 8:30 a.m.
The men's final is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and the women's final at 4 p.m. on the beach just south of the Huntington Beach Pier.
Long Beach's Annett Davis and partner Jenny Johnson Jordan, seeded third, are still alive in the tournament despite losing a tough 21-23, 21-16, 19-17 quarterfinal match to DeNecochea and Leibl.
Davis and Johnson Jordan, who beat No. 8 Carrie Dodd and Barbra Fontana, 22-20, 13-21, 15-10, in the contender's bracket, can see just how deep and competitive the tour has become.
One day, former Long Beach State All-American Brittany Hochevar and partner Logan Tom hope to be one of those teams who can step up and contend for a title. But right now, the No. 15 seeds are paying their dues.
Hochevar and Tom beat Courtney Guerra and Janelle Koester, 21-15, 21-15, in the first round, but were defeated by Wacholder and Youngs, 21-9, 21-13, in the second round and sent to the contender's bracket.
"What matters is experience," Hochevar said. "They've got 10 years on us. You learn something new each time out."
Logan and Hochevar, who didn't seem to mind taking the long road, won a second-round contender's bracket game before falling out of the tournament with a 21-14, 20-22, 15-12 loss to No. 7 Jennifer Boss and Nancy Mason and finished 13th.
Jennifer Fopma and Stacy Rouwenhorst made their way through three rounds of qualifying for the seventh straight time on Friday to reach the main draw as the No. 26 seed. However, they were beaten by Boss and Mason in the first round and placed in the contender's bracket.
The former Valley Christian High standouts defeated main draw competitors Patti Cook and Ashley Ivy, the No. 23 seeds, 21-19, 19-21, 15-13, before dropping out with a 19-21, 25-23, 15-13 loss to Dodd and Fontana.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Sweep Final of Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open
May 28, 2006
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (May 28, 2006) - Top seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh swept the women's final of the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open (May 26-28) extending their dominance as the top women's team on the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour. May-Treanor and Walsh defeated No. 2 seed Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs, 21-16, 21-12, to win their fourth consecutive title this season. May-Treanor and Walsh take home $50,000 with the win and claim their second Cuervo Gold Crown title of the year.
"We really wanted to win this one after getting killed here last year," said Walsh. Added May-Treanor, "we were really after redemption. We're playing our best right now. The Tour is so competitive this year and it's really pushing us."
May-Treanor and Walsh entered the finals after defeating Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh in the semifinals, 21-18, 21-16. Wacholder and Youngs defeated Tati Minello and Mimi Marins in their semifinal match, 21-15, 21-12.
On the men's side, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers swept the men's final of the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open for their third consecutive title of the season. Rogers and Dalhausser defeated tour veteran Brent Doble and partner Ryan Mariano, 21-17, 21-18. This marks the first time since 1998 that a team has won three consecutive open events in a single season.
"We felt great out there today," Rogers said. "We were really swinging away and seeing the ball well. I knew we would be a good team this year, but we didn't expect to win so fast. We expected some growth throughout the season."
Rogers and Dalhausser entered the finals after defeating Jeff Nygaard and John Hyden in the semifinals, 19-21, 21-14, 15-10. The two teams faced each other the previous weekend in the final of the AVP Bud Light Santa Barbara Open. Doble and Mariano defeated Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger in an exciting three game semifinal match, 14-21, 21-17, 22-20. This was the first final appearance for Orange County local Mariano.
Beach volleyball legend Karch Kiraly, the defending Huntington Beach Open champion, was eliminated from the tournament during Sunday morning play. Kiraly and partner Larry Witt lost to Nygaard and Hyden, 22-24, 21-18, 22-20.
This was the fourth event of the 2006 AVP Tour and the second of three Cuervo Gold Crown events. The Cuervo Gold Crown is comprised of three AVP beach volleyball tournaments this season that offer more first-place prize money than every other tournament on the AVP Tour. The Tour continues at the AVP Toyota Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light, June 9-11.

May-Treanor, partner cash in
VOLLEYBALL: Newport Harbor High product teams with Kerri Walsh to win, top $1 million in career beach earnings.
By Dave Thorpe, Daily Pilot
HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Nobody told the women's beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh there isn't a whole lot of room for improvement. And if they did, the super duo wasn't listening.
They once went on an unprecedented 89-match winning streak. They captured the gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. On May 20, they won their 50th tournament together at the Santa Barbara Open.
But the dynamic duo has no plans to slow down. Top-seeded May-Treanor and Walsh won their 51st tournament together on Sunday, capturing the Huntington Beach Open title with a 21-16, 21-12 victory over No. 2-seeded Elaine Youngs (El Toro High) and Rachel Wacholder (Laguna Beach High).
In collecting half of the $50,000 that goes to the winning team, May-Treanor, a former Newport Harbor High star, surpassed the $1 million mark in career beach volleyball earnings. She became just the second U.S. women's player to pass the $1 million plateau, joining former partner Holly McPeak. May-Treanor became the first player, man or woman, to pass $1 million in fewer than 100 career tournaments. She did it in 99.
"I'm waiting to see it all in one piece," said May-Treanor, who along with Walsh have won all four AVP events this season.
May-Treanor and Walsh looked like a million bucks in dismantling Youngs and Wacholder, the same duo that swept them in last year's Huntington Beach Open final.
"Oh, we got killed last year," Walsh said.
The first game was well-played by both teams. Wacholder and Youngs had an answer for everything May-Treanor and Walsh threw at them until late in the game. The score was tied as late as 14-14 before a Walsh kill and a May-Treanor ace provided separation.
A well-placed tip by May-Treanor, a Youngs floater that sailed long, and a Walsh kill gave May-Treaner and Walsh the opening-game victory.
"They played some of the best volleyball they've played all season in that first game," Walsh said. "But we didn't give them anything, and in the second game, I think they were a little deflated."
Wacholder and Youngs were slightly less resistant in the second game, falling behind, 4-0, after a kill and a block by Walsh. They pulled to within 12-10, but then May-Treanor and Walsh went on an 8-0 run to bring up match point.
Walsh blocked Wacholder to ice the victory and take back the Huntington Beach title.
"It's nice to get redemption," Walsh said.
Despite the fact that May-Treanor and Walsh have 51 tournament titles, they are still working on getting better, which is bad news for opponents.
"One of our goals is to be a better serving team," May-Treanor said. "We want to play much better and we think we can."
May-Treanor and Walsh defeated McPeak and Nicole Branagh, 21-18, 21-16, in a semifinal match on Sunday to reach the final. Wacholder and Youngs defeated No. 4-seeded Tatiana Minello and Semirames Marins, 21-15, 21-12, in the other semifinal.
The All-Back Bay tandem of Kimberly Coleman, a Corona del Mar High graduate, and Jeannette Hecker, a Newport Harbor product, tied for 25th with seven other teams, including the duo of former Newport Harbor standout April Ross and Keao Burdine.
Coleman and Hecker were the No. 1 seed in the qualification tournament, in which they went 3-0 to reach the main draw as the No. 24 seed.
But they were matched against No. 9-seeded McPeak and Branagh in the first round and fell, 21-10, 21-14, on Saturday.
They then were eliminated in their next match, a 21-11, 12-21, 15-9 loss to No. 25-seeded Mary Baily and Julie Romias.
Ross and Burdine also emerged from the qualifying tournament with a 3-0 record, but dropped their first two matches in the main draw, including a 21-14, 21-17 setback to May-Treanor and Walsh.
Jenny Griffith, a 1988 Newport Harbor graduate, and Joy Akins tied for 41st.

Ex-Eagle Fuerbringer is a day late
VOLLEYBALL: Estancia High product, partner are strong on Saturday, but falter Sunday and finish fifth in AVP men's event.
By Dave Thorpe, Daily Pilot
HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Matt Fuerbringer said he tasted what being part of a championship-caliber duo was like this weekend in the AVP Huntington Beach Open.
Unfortunately for the Estancia High graduate and his partner, Casey Jennings, the stellar play of which tournament titles are made came on Saturday and didn't carry over into Sunday.
Fuerbringer and Jennings, seeded fourth, plowed through their competition on Saturday, opening with a 21-9, 21-12 victory over No. 29-seeded Pepe Delahoz and Dan Fisher.
They followed with a 21-15, 21-16 win over No. 13-seeded Ty Loomis, a Newport Beach resident, and Ed Ratledge, then took down No. 5-seeded Sean Scott and Dax Holdren, 21-16, 21-10.
"We were unstoppable on Saturday," Fuerbringer said. "But we were just good on Sunday. And being just good on Sunday doesn't get it done."
Fuerbringer and Jennings, unable to maintain the same high caliber of play, fell to No. 1-seeded Mike Lambert, who resides in Costa Mesa, and Stein Metzger, 21-17, 21-18, in the quarterfinals on Sunday. The duo followed that with a loss to No. 7-seeded John Hyden and Jeff Nygaard to get ousted from the double-elimination tournament.
Fuerbringer and Jennings finished tied for fifth and split $5,500.
"I'm a little disappointed in the way it ended, but it's good to know that, at least for a day, we were the best team out there," said Fuerbringer, a former indoor Stanford All-American and the 2003 AVP Rookie of the Year. "Now, we just need to do it for two days."
In three of four AVP events so far this season, Fuerbringer and Jennings have finished third, fifth and ninth. Not bad, but they're looking to take their game up a notch.
"Our goal is to get three wins this year, and hopefully we can reach that goal," Fuerbringer said. "We've been among the top three or four teams for a while now, but it's time for us to take the next step. We want to be the top team."
No. 2-seeded Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser captured their third consecutive AVP title, making quick work of Brent Doble and Ryan Mariano, 21-17, 21-18, after topping Hyden and Nygaard, 19-21, 21-14, 15-10, in one semifinal.
It marked the first time a team has won three consecutive AVP tournaments since Eric Fonoimoana and Holdren won the last two of 2002 and the first of 2003.
Rogers said he had to follow his head and not his heart when he left partner and friend Sean Scott and teamed with the 6-foot-9 Dalhausser for the 2006 season.
"I tried to keep my emotions out of it and just look at the numbers," Rogers said. "One win in four years [with Scott]."
No. 14-seeded Doble and Mariano became the first team seeded as low as No. 14 to reach an AVP final since May 1998, when No. 18-seeded Franco Neto and Roberto Lopes fell in the championship match.
Doble and Mariano upset Lambert and Metzger, 14-21, 21-17, 22-20, in one semifinal and split $13,400.
Lambert and Metzger finished tied for third and will share $8,500.
Jake Gibb, a Costa Mesa resident, and partner Sean Rosenthal tied for fifth.
Loomis and Ratledge tied for 13th, while Costa Mesa resident Anthony Medel and partner Brad Torsone tied for 25th.

Rogers-Dalhausser Secure Place in Sun
By Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
May 29, 2006
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser spent last week trying to convince anyone who would listen that they are not the men's team to beat on the AVP tour.
But after defeating Brent Doble and Ryan Mariano, 21-17, 21-18, Sunday in the final of the Huntington Beach Open for their third consecutive title, there was no denying the proverbial bull's-eye on their backs.
"There is now," Dalhausser grudgingly acknowledged. "I don't think we can escape that one anymore."
Rogers and Dalhausser, who joined together at the beginning of this year, cruised through the weekend at Huntington Beach, losing one game in six matches. Dalhausser had a tournament-best 32 blocks, Rogers was fifth with 57 digs and combined they left opponents with gaping mouths.
"They're tough," Doble said. "You have Phil putting up the biggest block on the tour and Todd is the best defender on the tour. That combination, I don't know what the answer is."
Early in the second game, the answer was Mariano's devastating jump serves. He helped his team to a 4-0 lead, but Dalhausser and Rogers rallied back and tied the game at 8-8.
Their victory makes them the top-seeded team in the AVP's complex seeding system, and Doble called them "untouchable" right now. The scary part for those trying to knock them off is that they said they haven't played their best.
"Untouchable? I don't want to say that," Dalhausser said. "To be honest with you, we didn't play that well this weekend and we didn't lose a match, so if we play well I think we'd be tough to beat. It feels pretty good to have two off days and still win some matches and the tournament."
The victory was especially sweet because it was part of the Cuervo Gold Crown Series, which came with a bonus that doubled the winner's checks to $25,000 per player.
The three-tournament run has helped Dalhausser earn $48,225 for the season, nearly as much as the career-best $50,038 he earned last year when he played with Nick Lucena and had one win and a second.
"This has definitely been a dream season," he said. "Coming in to the season, our goal was to win three tournaments and now we've already done that."

May-Treanor, Walsh net another victory
Former LBSU star reaches the $1 million mark.
By Dave Werstine, Staff writer
Kerri Walsh, left, spikes the ball past, Elaine Youngs as Walsh, and her partner Misty May-Treanor, defeat the team of Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs in the finals of the AVP Huntington Beach Open vollyball tournament (Jeff Gritchen / Press-Telegram)  
But on Sunday afternoon, May-Treanor added to her growing list: millionaire.
With plenty of help from partner Kerri Walsh, May-Treanor became just the second U.S. women's volleyball player to reach the $1 million mark after the top-seeded duo defeated Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs, 21-16, 21-12, in the final of the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open.
After splitting the $50,000 top prize with Walsh, May-Treanor, 28, has banked $1,004,808 in career earnings.
"I'm waiting to see it all in one piece," she joked. "It's a great accomplishment." May-Treanor thanked Walsh for helping her reach such a place and made a promise. "Kerri-Walsh will be third person (to reach $1 million)," May-Treanor said. "She got me to the $1 million mark and now I will get her there."
Walsh's career earnings are at $909,858, so it shouldn't take too much longer if their team continues on its current path of success a record-setting 51 titles and four for four to start the AVP season.
Almost as unbeatable on the AVP Tour so far this season is the men's team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, who won their third straight title with a 21-17, 21-18 victory over former Long Beach State standout Ryan Mariano and Brent Doble.
On a circuit that seems to get tougher by the week, the second-seeded Rogers and Dalhausser, who became a team at the start of the season, ran through the field, losing just one game.
"Untouchable? 
I wouldn't say that," said Dalhausser.
The No. 14-seeded Mariano and Doble, the lowest seed to make a final since 1998, had to make their way through the contenders bracket after a second-round loss, playing a total of nine matches beating the first, third, fifth, eighth and 11th seeds along the way.
For Mariano, who spent the better part of the seven years since leaving LBSU playing indoor volleyball in Europe, it was his first AVP final, and he ate it up.
"It was exciting," said Mariano, who climbed through the bleachers to share the moment with his mother after the match. "I just wanted to take in the moment and love it."
May-Treanor and Walsh were excited about their moment, too, especially after beating their leading rivals, the second-seeded Wacholder and Youngs.
The two teams have met 12 times in the finals, and May-Treanor and Walsh have won eight of them. However, the rivals had split the last four coming into Huntington Beach, where Wacholder and Youngs topped May-Treanor and Walsh a year ago.
The first game went back and forth until May-Treanor and Walsh went on a 6-2 run, ending it on Walsh's winning spike down the line. In the second game, May-Treanor and Walsh, with a strong service game, broke out to a quick 4-0 lead, went on an 8-2 run and put away the match on a Walsh block.
It was sweet revenge for last year's loss.
"I wanted to win badly," said Walsh. "We got killed last year. Redemption is nice."
 
PUNAHOU ALUMS FALL IN SEMIS OF AVP EVENT
Punahou alums Stein Metzger and Mike Lambert lost in the semifinals of the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach (Calif.) Open yesterday.
Brent Doble and Ryan Mariano defeated Lambert and Metzger, 14-21, 21-17, 22-20.
Doble and Mariano lost in the final to Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, 21-17, 21-18.
In the women's final, top seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh beat No. 2 seed Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs, 21-16, 21-12. The win was the fourth consecutive title for May-Treanor and Walsh this season.

AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open Recap
By Matt Zuvela
May 29, 2006
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The sun was shining on the AVP Crocs Tour in Huntington Beach this weekend after clouds covered much of last week's Santa Barbara Open. But to the winners on both sides of the tour, the weather doesn't seem to be a factor in their success. Both championship teams from Santa Barbara came back to win again in Huntington Beach. On the men's side Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers made it three titles in a row (the first men's team to do so since 1998), while Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor remain undefeated on the women's side in 2006 after picking up their record 51st team championship.
It was an especially big day for May-Treanor, who became the second American female beach volleyball player to pass the million dollar mark in career earnings. Holly McPeak, winner of 72 titles, has won over $1,300,000 in her career. Later this season, both Kerri Walsh and Elaine Youngs should join McPeak and May-Treanor in the million dollar club.
"It's a great accomplishment," she said after the championship match. "Kerri is going to be the third person (to reach one million). She got me to the million dollar mark, so I'm going to have to get her there too."
In the finals, Walsh and May-Treanor beat Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder (21-16, 21-12), in a rematch of the 2005 Huntington Beach Open. Last season's Huntington Beach finals saw Youngs and Wacholder sweep May-Treanor and Walsh, making it the worst loss of the duo's career.
"I wanted to win this very badly. We got killed last year ," Walsh said. "Redemption is nice."
The first game was neck and neck until a service ace down the middle from May-Treanor gave the eventual champs a two point advantage at 16-14. Youngs and Wacholder would cut the lead to one on the next play, but that was as close as they got as May-Treanor and Walsh ended the game on a 5-1 run.
"(Youngs and Wacholder) came out on fire today," said Walsh. "They played some of the best volleyball they've played all year in the first game."
However, the second game was dominated by Walsh and May-Treanor, who jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Youngs closed the gap to 12-10 with a nice kill down the line. However, Walsh and May-Treanor scored the next eight points which included three aces from Walsh putting the game out of reach.
In the men's finals, Ryan Mariano made his first appearance ever in the finals in front of his home town crowd as he and partner Brent Doble faced off against Dalhausser and Rogers.
Doble and Mariano entered the tournament as the number 14 seed, trying to become the first team seeded 14th or lower to win an AVP Title in nearly a decade. The duo did not take the easy path as they were pushed into the contender's bracket after a second round loss to third-seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. After eight total matches, five of which went to three games, Doble and Mariano were set to face the tour's hottest team in the finals.
"We've really started to believe that we could beat these teams," said Doble. "The fact that we're in the finals tells you something about the depth of this tour."
Dalhausser and Rogers made their third consecutive trip to the finals as newly formed partners in 2006 and showed no signs of slowing their momentum. They lost only one game all weekend, coming in their semifinal victory over John Hyden and Jeff Nygaard, their final's opponents from Santa Barbara.
Mariano and Doble came out strong against the second seeded Dalhausser and Rogers. Mariano's serve was on all weekend and the match against Dalhausser and Rogers was no exception. The final's match had three aces, all of which were served by Mariano.
"His serve is a big part of our ability to score points," said Doble.
Late in the first game, Mariano cut Dalhausser and Rogers' lead to one with a timely ace. But it was not enough as Dalhausser and Rogers showed their dominance in pulling away and winning 21-17.
Game two started out well for Doble and Mariano thanks again to Mariano's great serving. Another ace made the score 4-0 early on.
"They definitely had the momentum with Ryan's jump serve," said Dalhausser.
Dalhausser and Rogers slowly chipped away at the lead before going up 11-10 at the switch when Mariano just missed wide on the kill attempt. They didn't give up the lead the rest of the way and wrapped up the match winning game two 21-18.
Despite dominating the winner's bracket all weekend, Dalhausser said he and Rogers didn't play up to their potential.
"It feels pretty good to have an off day and still win all the matches in the tournament," said Dalhausser.
Tournament Notes:
The Huntington Open featured some great matches and several breakthrough performances by newly formed teams. Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh had their best tournament of the season by finishing third. They played against Walsh and May-Treanor twice and looked especially strong in their first match-up on Saturday morning, giving the eventual champions their only game loss all weekend. The Brazilian duo of Tati Minello and Mimi Marins made their first final four appearance in 2006 and took third after falling in the semifinals to Youngs and Wacholder.
Fans were delighted by the eight matches that kicked off Sunday's early morning play showing off the depth of the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour. Five of the eight matches went three games and a sixth featured an epic battle between two of the tour's best net players.
Karch Kiraly and Larry Witt battled John Hyden and Jeff Nygaard in three closely contested games. Kiraly and Witt won game one 24-22 but lost the second game 21-18 to send it to a third game where Nygaard / Hyden eventually won 22-20. Meanwhile, Doble and Mariano were fighting to stay alive against Dax Holdren and Sean Scott. They lost the first game 15-21 but came back in game two 21-19. Game three went overtime as well with Doble / Mariano winning 19-17.
On the Women's side, Sarah Straton and Brooke Hanson rallied from a first game loss 19-21 to win 26-24 and 15-13 handing Jenny Johnson Jordan / Annett Davis their worst domestic finish since 1997, as the duo finished seventh.
Former partners Jen Boss and Holly McPeak battled for the first time in 2006. McPeak / Branagh lost to Boss and partner Nancy Mason 21-12 in the first game, but rebounded to take game two and three 21-18 and 15-13 respectively.
However the best match may have been the two game battle featuring the "Thin Beast" Phil Dalhausser, the "Big Nasty" Jake Gibb, the "Professor" Todd Rogers, and the "Son of Jor-EL" Sean Rosenthal. The teams battled back and forth in game one with each having several game point opportunities. However, it was the Professor and the Beast who came out of top winning 29-27. Game two was just as close, another overtime battle, as Rogers and Dalhausser won 23-21.
The 2006 AVP Crocs Tour will continue June 9-11 in Hermosa Beach, California with the AVP Toyota Hermosa Beach Open Presented by Bud Light.

Beach volleyball back in business
By MARCIA C. SMITH
The Orange County Register
HUNTINGTON BEACH – The boardwalks, sponsor tents, hospitality suites, grandstands and sand courts that become the AVP Crocs Tour's surfside city take a day and 250 people to build.
By 6 p.m. Sunday, when the final champions - Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh - received their giant-sized $50,000 check for winning the Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open, almost everything but Stadium Court had been packed into 18-wheel trailers bound for the next stop: Hermosa Beach (June 9-11).
The AVP's traveling circus had never hit Huntington Beach this big or loud. Since 2001, when sports impresario Leonard Armato took over the beach volleyball league that was collapsing because of a player coup, bankruptcy and in-fighting, the AVP hasn't delivered a kill.
"It (the Tour) used to be kind of dinky," said Armato, the AVP chief executive officer, recalling the 2001 event when the Open - and the sport - were practically closed for business.
Now Armato runs "the fastest growing sports league in the country," he said. The sights and sounds of the weekend proved he has a healthy league on his hands.
Prize money has gone from $1 million in 2002 to $3.5 million this season. The tour has expanded its schedule from seven to 16 events, and its spectator-base from 300,000 to more than 1 million. TV deals with Fox Sports and NBC have inflated the fan base to more than 20 million, many in the coveted 18-34 age group.
Clearly, blue-chip sponsors have taken notice. At Huntington Beach, the courtside signage, grandstand banners and flags carried the logos of Bud Light, Hilton hotels, Toyota, McDonald's, Paul Mitchell, Herbalife, Cuervo, Nature Valley (granola bars), Nautica, and Sony.
A three-story inflatable Wilson volleyball and two-story blow-up Gatorade bottle had their place in the sun. Beach legend Karch Kiraly, 45, of San Clemente, competed wearing his signature hot-pink, upturned Speedo cap, and May-Treanor wore an Xbox headband during her run to become only the second woman in the AVP to top $1 million in earnings.
The busiest tent on the sand was that of the tour's new Colorado-based title sponsor, Crocs, Inc. Its bright yellow-and-black logo covered everything from bigtops to the ThunderStix the capacity crowd banged Sunday. Fans kept the Crocs cash register whirring by purchasing the $29.99 to $49.99 footwear molded from a trademarked croslite resin that's UV resistant, anti-microbial, ergonomic and light.
"Perfect for the beach," said Crocs general counsel Erik Rebich, enjoying the early returns on his company's three-year deal with the AVP.
In action Sunday, five of the eight players in the finals had Orange County ties: May-Treanor (Newport Harbor High), women's runners-up Elaine Youngs (El Toro High) and Rachel Wacholder (Laguna Beach) and men's runners-up Brent Doble (San Juan Capistrano) and Ryan Mariano (Lake Forest).
"I like winning in my hometown event, and this was the biggest one (Huntington Beach Open) I've seen," said May-Treanor, who won her 51st title with partner Walsh, including all four events this season. "Just seeing this venue get bigger shows the sport is growing."
Spectators gathered 15-20 deep to watch Kiraly and Larry Witt fight to the round of 16.
"I've got a hundo ($100) on Karchy!" AVP player Casey Jennings told Kiraly's former partner, Mike Lambert, on Saturday.
On Sunday, Kiraly and Witt were up, 13-10, in Game 3 but lost, 22-20, to John Hyden and Jeff Nygaard to finish seventh.
Soon the 14th-seeded team of Doble and Mariano became the local as well as emotional crowd favorite, defeating third-seeded Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in the semifinals.
But before Doble and Mariano could play Sunday, the AVP made the mismatched pair - one in camouflage shorts, the other in green shorts - change bottoms.
The AVP's Al Lau scrambled to a souvenir stand and grabbed two pairs of AVP black, yellow and white boardshorts for the players. Doble made the strip-and-switch beneath a towel on stadium court, starring in what could have turned into the Triple-X Games. The shorts' price tag was left swinging by Doble's right kneecap for a game.
Doble and Mariano - he was playing his first AVP final in front of nearly 500 friends and family - lost in two games to second-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers.
After the match, Mariano dashed to a restroom. A boy, about 8 years old and wearing eyeglasses and red swim trunks, waved to Mariano and asked, "Can I have your autograph? That was the greatest sport I've ever seen."
Without a pen, Mariano said, "It's kinda gross, but I'll do one better," and gave the boy the sweaty white ball cap he had worn during the final. The cap had two interlocking S's on its brim for upstart Huntington Beach beachwear company, Southside.
The boy, pulling the cap over his spiked blond hair, shouted "Cool!"
"Having a kid come up to you and say something like that was something special," Mariano said. "This was my greatest day as a volleyball player. It was like a circus."

Nicole has the Ultimate Fan Experience in Huntington
By Colleen Murray
May 30, 2006
Although she had an amazing day in store for her, Nicole Mahan began her Sunday with a bit of regret. She didn't get to the Huntington Beach Open until 10:30 am and by the time she got here, Karch Kiraly and partner Larry Witt had already lost their match and were done for the weekend. It looked like she wasn't going to meet Karch, one of the players she admired most.
"I knew we should have gotten here earlier," she worried.
But she was in luck. Karch came back to the beach later on in the day, and as part of her Ultimate Fan Experience in Huntington Beach, Nicole got to go to the players' tent and meet the legend. She ran back up to the media tent to blog her experience on the AVP MySpace Blog.
"I totally just took a picture with Karch!" she exclaimed as she returned.
For Nicole, this was an ideal part of her experience as the latest Ultimate Fan for the AVP, but it wasn't the only part. She got to meet other players, have all-access to the event, and even sit on the stage during one of Misty and Kerri's matches. She wrote about her experiences in the AVP MySpace blog and posted pictures, including one with a certain Olympian.
"I got to meet Kerri Walsh and take a picture with her," Nicole said with a huge smile. Nicole is going into her fifth year at Long Beach State, the alma mater of Kerri's partner, Misty May-Treanor.
As a Southern California native, Nicole grew up watching her dad compete in indoor and beach volleyball. She loved watching him play and followed suit, playing indoor volleyball in her teens.
"When I was in high school, I always wanted to play beach volleyball. That was my dream," Nicole said.
However, after she graduated, that dream had to be altered.
"I got into an accident. I had brain surgery so when I play, my body won't do what my brain tells it to. It's frustrating," Nicole said. "The next best thing is to watch."
So Nicole watches whenever she can. Last summer, she was at Huntington Beach nearly every other day. Checking out the pros, though, is not as easy.
"I just like to watch." Nicole said.
The Ultimate Fan Experience ensured that Nicole could watch this weekend. She got to see the matches up close and personal. She even got to invite some friends along. Three of her friends attended on Saturday to be with Nicole on her amazing day and her roommate joined her on Sunday. They were all impressed by the athleticism of the players.
"I was watching some guys jump," Nicole said. "It was unreal."
Nicole attended the Huntington Beach Open last year and loved watching then-partners Karch and Mike Lambert play. She was so excited to see Karch that she made a last-ditch effort to imitate his style.
"I searched for a pink Speedo hat on Friday, but I couldn't find one," Nicole said.
Even without the pink hat, Nicole's experience was clearly the ultimate one.

AVP & Hilton Hotels Corporation Announce Sponsorship Agreement
Wednesday May 31, 7:00 am ET 
~ Agreement Makes Hotelier the 'Official Hospitality Partner' of the AVP ~
LOS ANGELES, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly- owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPI - News), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, and Hilton Hotels Corporation, recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company, have announced a new sponsorship deal for the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour season. This deal will make the Hilton Family of Hotels, including its Hilton Garden Inn® brand and flagship brand Hilton Hotels, the "Official Hospitality Partner of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour," the national touring series that features more than 200 of the nation's top male and female professional beach volleyball players.
Beginning this season, the Hilton Family of Hotels is taking hospitality to new heights at AVP tournaments by hosting city officials, celebrities, top-level AVP sponsors and promoters inside the Hilton Family AVP Sponsor Hospitality Tent where attendees can gather above center court to watch the pro-beach action while enjoying free beverages, a full upscale buffet station and hand-waited hors d'oeuvres.
The deal also provides AVP with rooms at Hilton Family-owned or managed properties including Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and the Waldorf=Astoria Collection(TM).
"We are extremely excited to announce this new partnership between the Hilton Family of Hotels, the most recognizable hotel and hospitality chain in the world, and the AVP Crocs Tour," said Leonard Armato, CEO and tour commissioner. "The deal will allow us to provide our players, sponsors, partners and fans with world-class hospitality as they compete in and attend events throughout the season. We look forward to building this partnership in the years to come."
"Athletes, staff, and fans of the AVP Crocs Tour are on the road all summer long," said Mary Beth Parks, vice president of marketing, Hilton Family of Hotels. "We are happy to provide the quality and value offered by the Hilton Family of Hotels to the AVP and look forward to showcasing our excellence in hospitality at AVP Crocs Tour events throughout the 2006 season."
To activate its sponsorship in local communities, The Hilton Family is working with the AVP to host a series of free "Hilton AVP Youth Volleyball Clinics," where local youth volleyball players and hotel guests in select tour stops will have the opportunity to meet and further hone their volleyball skills with 2004 Olympic medalist Elaine Youngs and AVP's reigning defensive player of the year Rachel Wacholder. The pair have also struck individual sponsorship deals with The Hilton Family of Hotels, Hilton Hotels and Hilton Garden Inn.
About the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent volleyball tour in the United States, the AVP Crocs Tour. Featuring more than 200 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will hold 16 AVP Crocs Tour events throughout the United States in 2006. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE: HLT - News) is the leading global hospitality company, with nearly 2,800 hotels and 475,000 rooms in more than 80 countries, including 150,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded brands including Hilton®, Conrad®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations(TM), Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Scandic and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection(TM). For more information, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

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June 9th-11th  2006 AVP Toyota HERMOSA OPEN, Hermosa Beach,CA  $183,500 sponsored by BUD LITE



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Webcams: Good Stuff--StrandCam     Hermosa Wave Beach Cam

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Event Links:

 Hermosa Wave Beach Bash 2005 Live Volleyball Scores

Hermosa Wave Beach Volleyball Coverage 2005

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Prize Money:

$91,500 per gender M/W

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Ian Clark will be  playing this year's 2006 Bud Lite AVP Hermosa Beach Open with Daniel Ortega...................

Dan Ortega:
Birth Date August 15, 1974 (31 years old)
Home Town Castro Valley, CA
Resides Manhattan Beach, CA
Height 6'1"
College Long Beach State
Best Finish Winnings
Domestic 13th $3,224
International 17th $250
Overall 13th $3,474

Career Summary - Domestic
Year Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 13th 17th 21st Money Points
1996 AVP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0  
1998 AVP 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 $998  
1999 AVP 8 0 0 0 0 1 5 2 $1,726  
1999 USAV 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 $0 26
2000 AVP 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $500  
2006 AVP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0  
Total   24 0 0 0 0 1 9 3 $3,224 26
Career Summary - International
Year Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 13th 17th 21st Money Points
2000 FIVB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0 4
2000 FIVB C&S 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 $250 6
Total   3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 $250 10
Overall
Total   27 0 0 0 0 1 10 3 $3,474 36
Red denotes ranked 1st

Season Summaries 2005-06
2006 AVP Pro Beach Tour
Date Tournament Partner Seed Finish Winnings
6/9-11 Toyota Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light Ian Clark    

Ian Clark played last year's 2005 Bud Lite AVP Hermosa Beach Open with Eduardo Bacil...................


Eduardo Jorge "Anjinho" Bacil Filho

Ian Clark played the  year's 2004 Bud Lite AVP Hermosa Beach Open with Jason Lee...................


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          Jason Lee

Ian Clark  played the year's 2003 Bud Lite AVP Hermosa Beach Open with fellow Pepperdine Alumnae.................

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Christian McCaw Bio

Player Article:

Christian McCaw
For many years, John Hyden and Christian McCaw were two of the stars of the national indoor volleyball team of the USA. Although they finished their career in this kind of volleyball, they took the perfect opportunity to try their luck in beach volleyball. And the US players are successful. Step by step they climb the top of the beach volleyball world and there is no doubt that a new US top team is born.
McCaw said farewell to the national indoor team of  his country after the 2000 Sydney Olympics, while it took one more year for Hyden to quit with the indoor volleyball. He finished his indoor career in the Italian A1-league playing for Palermo, the club that he still gets a part of his salary from.
“The national team broke down,” Hyden said. “There is not enough money anymore, while in our opinion the program is not good enough.” McCaw agreed. “We were not treated like professionals. After six years of indoors it was time for a change. We are both in the late 20’s and playing on the beach is much better for our body”
This year is a learning year for Hyden-McCaw. They never played beach volleyball when they were national team members, simply because there was no time and after the moving of the national training centre from US best beach city San Diego to Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountains there was also no beach in their neighbourhood. But they both have a small beach volleyball background, because Hyden was raised in San Diego. McCaw is originally from the Mid-Western city of Tulsa Oklahoma where his mother coached the only junior volleyball in the state. But he was graduated at Pepperdine University in Malibu California, the beautiful beach community north of Los Angeles.
“We try to play as much as we can this year,” Hyden said. “Beach Volleyball is a completely different game.” McCaw: “It is very tough to beat teams that are already together for more than ten years. But we are getting closer and closer.” One advantage is that McCaw, former setter, and former outside hitter Hyden played together in the US national team for many years. “Christian knows exactly how he has to set a ball for me,” Hyden analysed.
With the entrance of ‘rookies’ Hyden and McCaw, the concurrence to get a ticket to the 2004 Olympic Games is getting higher and higher in the USA. “Our ultimate goal is to play at the Olympics,” Hyden said. “But it will be tough to get there with so many great US teams in this sport.”
 

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-Ian Clark's Results from the year 2004 AVP Hermosa Beach Open

17th  - Ian Clark/Jason Lee            $550

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 11: Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (11) def. Ian Clark / Jason Lee (22) 19-21, 21-12, 15-12 (1:04)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 36: Ian Clark / Jason Lee (22) def. Everett Matthews / Andrew Vazquez (27, Q7) 21-19, 21-18 (0:45)

Round 2
Match 44: Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) def. Ian Clark / Jason Lee (22) 22-20, 21-15 (0:49) 

-With a match record of (1) win & (2) losses Ian Clark / Jason Lee finish 17th at the 2004 AVP Hermosa Beach Open

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-Ian Clark's Results from last year's AVP 2005 Hermosa Beach Open

17th  - Ian Clark/Eduardo Bacil            $800

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (10) def. Eduardo Bacil / Ian Clark (23) 21-9, 21-18 (0:45)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 37: Eduardo Bacil / Ian Clark (23) def. Pepe Delahoz / John Moran (26, Q2) 21-19, 21-17 (0:58)

Round 2
Match 45: John Hyden / Mike Lambert (9) def. Eduardo Bacil / Ian Clark (23) 21-19, 21-12 (0:42)

-With a match record of (1) win & (2) losses Ian Clark /Eduardo Bacil  finish 17th at the 2005 AVP Hermosa Beach Open

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Ian Clark's Results from this year's AVP 2006 Hermosa Beach Open

57th  - Ian Clark/Daniel Ortega            $0

Contender's Bracket
Round 2

Match 95: Brent Crouch / Jeff Smith (Q34) def. Ian Clark / Dan Ortega (Q31) 21-19, 23-21 (0:56)

-With a match record of (0) wins & (1) loss Ian Clark /Daniel Ortegal  finish 57th at the 2006 AVP Hermosa Beach Open

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                                               Ian Clark versus Adam Jewel

AVP 2006 Hermosa Beach Open

Presented by Bud Light
June 9th-11th  2006

The AVP Nissan Series returns to one of its favorite spots-Hermosa Beach, where many of the top competitors in the sport practice and challenge local residents.  The city is proud to once again play host to the top 150 competitors in the sport of beach volleyball, including 16 Olympians.These premier competitors will vie for the top finishes in what promises to be the most compelling season yet.
WHO:
Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Dain Blanton and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly.
Top women's teams include Misty May & Kerri Walsh, Rachel Wacholder & Elaine Youngs, Holly McPeak &  Nancy Mason

EVENT PURSE:
$183,500

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
2003 - Men's Defending Champions - Scott Ayakatubby and Brian Lewis
2003 - Women's Defending Champions - Misty May and Kerri Walsh
2004 - Men's Defending Champions - Eric Fonoimoanna and  Kevin Wong
In a hard fought match-up before a packed stadium crowd, 2000 Olympic gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong defeated Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly and Olympian Mike Lambert 22-20, 21-19 at the 2004 AVP Nissan Series Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light. This was the first tournament the team had won since the Manhattan Beach Open the year before. Fonoimoana and Wong went through the tournament unscathed as they swept all six of their opponents. Kiraly and Lambert took a much harder path, having to fight their way to the finals through the contender's bracket
2004 - Women's Defending Champions - Holly McPeak and  Elaine Youngs
Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light might have just as well been called the Hollywood Open, given the drama, the surprises and the last minute twists all wrapped up on a stage that was befitting all the attention. Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won their fourth straight tournament title facing Kerri Walsh and Misty May. These two rivals had met each other 18 times previously, 13 of which were for a title. May & Walsh had the upper hand, having won each of the 13 meetings prior, including all 10 on the 2004 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Their last win on the AVP, in Austin, Texas at the beginning of May 2004, was the spark that started McPeak & Youngs on their win streak -- one that was 22 matches long and consisted of four championships

2005 Champions: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh defeated Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs. Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer defeated Jeff Nygaard and Dax Holdren.

2005 AVP Championship Series: Hermosa Beach was the second of five AVP Championship Series Events. After losing in Cincinnati, Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh evened the Championship Series in Hermosa by defeating Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs. The Men's side featured Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard in their fifth finals of 2005. However, Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer captured their second title of 2005 by defeating Holdren / Nygaard.

Hermosa Beach Facts: The first Women's Hermosa Beach Open took place in 1969 with Sandy Malpee / Chirstie Hahn winning the title. Kathy Gregory is the all-time victory leader with seven Hermosa Beach titles. Holly McPeak, Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan have each won five. The Men's Hermosa Beach Open started in 1970 and was won by Ron Von Hagen / Henry Bergman. Von Hagen would go on to win the first four events with three different partners (1970 - 1973). Current AVP Tournament Director Matt Gage would end Von Hagen's run in 1974. Gage would go on to win three Hermosa Beach titles. Karch Kiraly and Sinjin Smith are the all-time Men's Victory leaders as each has won six Hermosa Titles.

What:
AVP 2006 Toyota Hermosa Beach Open Presented by Bud Light
Where:
Hermosa Beach
When:
Friday June 9 -- Qualifier
Gates Open 8am - 6pm

Saturday June 10 -- Main Draw Competition
Gates Open 9am - 6pm

Sunday June 11 -- Main Draw / Finals
Gates Open 8:30am - 5:30pm

Where to play in the area:
AVPNext sanctioned California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) offers weekend tournaments throughout Southern California. Check out www.cbva.com for more information.
South side of the Hermosa Beach Pier
16th Street attracts combinations of pros and near pros, but it's best to know a local to help get you in a game.
32nd Street features some good veterans who play some mean four-man.

Local Legend
Man: Matt Gage- 26-time open winner and AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour director, defender of male pride at the 2002 Battle of the Sexes in Las Vegas.
Woman: Sharkie Zartman- 5'4" beach rat who played a decade on the south side of the Hermosa Pier. Her daughter, Chrissie, is a rising beach star who plays libero for UCLA.

Free  Admission
Come out and play!
Hermosa Beach, California will host the world's top
professional beach volleyball . Close to
100,000 spectators will fill the festival grounds as part of a
continuing custom of family fun in the sun.

Event Schedule:

2006 AVP NISSAN SERIES
HERMOSA BEACH OPEN
Presented by
BUD LIGHT
Schedule of Events

KROQ 106.7 FM
Make sure to stop by the Bud Light Beach Shack and hang with KROQ all weekend where they'll be doing all kinds of giveaways

Party With The Pros
-Thursday: Patrick Malloy's at the Hermosa Beach Plaza by the pier - KROQ - Where Its At will be there from 5-7 - 50 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach
-Friday: Join the AVP at Sangria at the Hermosa Beach Plaza by the pier - 68 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach

Featuring LIVE Musical performances by
Ozomatli to Perform on Stadium Court in Hermosa :
LOS ANGELES -- June 5, 2006 -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., has announced that Los Angeles-based band Ozomatli will play a free concert from
6:00-7:30 p.m. PDT on Friday at the Hermosa Beach Pier as part of the AVP Toyota Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light.

How To Get There:
North side of the pier
100 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

From the South: Take the 405 freeway North, exit at Artesia Blvd. and go West. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and go left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.
From the North: take the 405 freeway South and exit at Inglewood Blvd. Turn right at the end of the off ramp and go to Manhattan Beach Blvd. and go right again. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and turn left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.
For shuttle parking - From the 405 freeway take the Artesia off ramp and go West. Turn right at Peck Road and take an immediate left into the Mira Costa High School parking lot. Shuttle bus runs approximately every 20 minutes.
Location 100 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
 
Mira Costa High School Shuttle:
Get a FREE Mervyn's Beach Bash 2002 sports bottle by using the free
event parking at Mira Costa High School (on Artesia, East of Pacific
Coast Highway). Shuttle service is available Saturday and Sunday only,
9am-6pm
Driving:
From the South: 405 freeway North to Artesia Blvd., and go west.
Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and go left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn
right. Go to end.
From the North: 405 South and exit at Inglewood Blvd. Proceed to
Sepulveda (PCH) and turn left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.

Tickets
 Hermosa Beach Reserved Tickets-Buy Now

Hermosa Beach Reserved Seats-Beach Club Passes-Buy Now
 
Free  Admission
 
General Seating (Stadium Court)
      - 400 Sand Spaces
      - 1600 Bleacher Seats
 
How To Get There
Location 100 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 
Driving: From the South: 405 freeway North to Artesia Blvd., and go west. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and go left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.
From the North: 405 South and exit at Inglewood Blvd. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and turn left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.
Featuring:

Men's Tournament
Dax Holdren &  Sean Scott
Jeff Nygaard & John Hyden
Mike Lambert & Stein Metzger
Kevin Wong & Scott Wong
Karch Kiraly & Larry Witt
Canyon Ceman & Matt Olson
Jake Gibb & Sean Rosenthal
Ian Clark & Daniel Ortegal

Women's Tournament
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
Elaine Youngs & Rachel Wacholder
Holly McPeak &  Nicole Branagh
Jen Kessey & Nancy Mason

Television:




Click here to check local listings

Catch the AVP MEN's debut on FOX
Saturday June 17, 2006 @ 4:30pm Nationwide
AVP Sacramento Open

Catch all the Men's and Women's 2006 AVP Finals action on FSN.
Click above to find AVP broadcast times on your local FSN provider.

Event Air Date Network
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. April 8 FOX Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. April 18  FOX Sports Net
Tempe, Ariz. May 13 FOX Sports Net
Santa Barbara, Calif. May 20 FOX Network 
Tempe, Ariz. May 20 FOX Sports Net
Huntington Beach, Calif. June 3 FOX Sports Net
Huntington Beach, Calif. June 10 FOX Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, Calif. June 17 FOX Sports Net
Sacramento, Calif. June 17 FOX Network
Hermosa Beach, Calif. June 24 FOX Sports Net
Seaside Heights, NJ July 8 FOX Sports Net
Atlanta, Ga. July 15 FOX Sports Net
Birmingham, Al. July 22 FOX Sports Net
Chicago, Ill. July 23 NBC
Seaside Heights, NJ July 29 FOX Sports Net
Atlanta, Ga. Aug. 5 FOX Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, Calif. Aug. 12 NBC
Birmingham, Al. Aug. 12 FOX Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, Calif. Aug. 13 NBC
Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island) Aug. 19 NBC
Brooklyn, NY (Coney Island) Aug. 20 NBC
Cincinnati, Ohio Sept. 2 NBC
Boulder, CO Sept. 2 FOX Sports Net
Cincinnati, Ohio Sept. 3 NBC
Boulder, Colo. Sept. 9 FOX Sports Net
Las Vegas, Nev. Sept. 16 FOX Sports Net
Las Vegas, Nev. Sept. 23 FOX Sports Net
Lake Tahoe, Nev. Sept. 30 FOX Sports Net
Lake Tahoe, Nev. Oct. 7 FOX Sports Net
*All air times are regional. Please check local listings for viewing times.

FSN PRIME TICKET SERVES UP VOLLEYWOOD NIGHTS
June 8, 2006

Watch the Hermosa Beach Finals Live on AVP.com streaming video
WATCH THE FINALS LIVE
AVP.com will have LIVE Streaming Video of Both Finals
Finals start at 3pm (PT) on Sunday
Los Angeles - This Sunday, FSN PRIME TICKET airs the premiere presentation of "Volleywood Nights", a multi-hour programming block devoted to the AVP and the sport of beach volleyball. Each Installment of "Volleywood Nights" revisits a classic volleyball match, replays an AVP 2006 event and debuts an episode of "DiG."
"Volleywood Nights" on FSN PRIME TICKET begins on Sunday, June 11 at 6 PM with an AVP Classic Match hosted by Chris "Geeter" McGee. The first AVP Classic Match is the 1989 "Rumble in Rhode Island" featuring Brent Frohoff and Karch Kiraly battling it out against the rival team of Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos. AVP Classic Match "Rumble in Rhode Island" is a 90-minute presentation combining original telecast footage along with modern-day commentary by Frohoff, Kiraly, Smith and Stoklos. "Volleywood Nights" continues with a replay of the men's and women's finals from the AVP Crocs Tour - Hermosa Beach at 7:30 PM and the season's fourth episode of "DiG" premiering at 9:30 PM.
Eight editions of "Volleywood Nights" are on the 2006 summer FSN PRIME TICKET schedule. Each features a classic AVP match, a replay of the day's event and a premiere episode of "DiG". The airdates for "Volleywood Nights" on FSN PRIME TICKET are as follows: Sunday June 11, Sunday, June 18, Sunday, July 2, Sunday, July 9, Sunday, July 16, Sunday, August 27, Sunday, September 9 and Sunday, September 17.
"DiG," an original half-hour program on FSN PRIME TICKET, highlights the unique talents of the finest beach volleyball players in the world and provides viewers with inside access to the lives of the athletes, both on, and off the sand. Hosted by McGee, "DiG" brings viewers complete AVP coverage from season highlights to profiles and interviews with the top players on the tour. Emmy Award-winning reporter Lindsay Soto works alongside McGee to provide additional insight and analysis. 2006 marks the 4th season of "DiG" on FSN PRIME TICKET.
About FSN PRIME TICKET
FSN PRIME TICKET is home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Clippers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, AVP, Club Deportivo Chivas USA, Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles Avengers, USC Trojans, UCLA Bruins, local high school sports and Big West, WCC, ACC and Pac-10 conference competition. The team-specific and locally-produced "Live" and "Insider" shows are on FSN PRIME TICKET. Original programs "Trojan Rewind", "Bruin Rewind", "USC Football Press Conference", "UCLA Football Press Conference", "Fast Forward", "Trojan/Bruin Basketball Fast Forward", "The Lexus Gauntlet", "L.A. Times High School Spotlight", "High School Spotlight Scoreboard", "Under the Lights", "Before the Bigs", "In My Own Words", "DiG" and more air on FSN PRIME TICKET.
FSN PRIME TICKET and its sister network, FSN WEST, are celebrating 20 years of providing local sports coverage to Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii. Together, FSN PRIME TICKET and FSN WEST present more live, local sports programming than any other network or broadcast system in the market. FSN WEST provides 24-hour sports programming to more than 7.1 million subscribers; FSN PRIME TICKET reaches 5.8 million subscribers. The partner networks combine to produce over 700 live sporting events and telecast 5,000 hours of original programming every year. For complete national and regional sports news, provocative opinions, telecast schedules and updated statistics, log-on to www.foxsports.com.

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OFF-COURT Activitys:

 


Sponsor Activities:


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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.


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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.


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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.   

                                                           
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

ChapStick 

Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities. 

Wrigley's 

Longer lasting flavor - Extra's got it!  Stop by the Wrigley's booth to enjoy delicious Winterfresh gum and have cool fresh breath all weekend long. 

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Look for the Gatorade at all AVP events!

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Wilson the official volleyball of the AVP!



Crocs the official shoes of the AVP!



Hilton Hotels the official hotel of the AVP!



Sony the official TV of the AVP!

Men's $91,500 AVP Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 9th-11th, 2006
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
1 Phil Dalhausser Todd Rogers 1 $19,000.00 360.0  
2 Mike Lambert Stein Metzger 2 $13,400.00 324.0  
3 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 5 $8,500.00 270.0  
3 Brad Keenan John Mayer 27, Q3 $8,500.00 270.0  
5 Jake Gibb Sean Rosenthal 3 $5,500.00 216.0  
5 Hans Stolfus Aaron Wachtfogel 8 $5,500.00 216.0  
7 John Hyden Jeff Nygaard 4 $4,250.00 180.0  
7 Canyon Ceman Matt Olson 19 $4,250.00 180.0  
9 Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 10 $2,450.00 144.0  
9 Albert Hannemann Mark Williams 15 $2,450.00 144.0  
9 Paul Baxter Aaron Boss 18 $2,450.00 144.0  
9 Scott Davenport Scott Lane 22 $2,450.00 144.0
13 Karch Kiraly Larry Witt 7 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Ty Loomis Ed Ratledge 12 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Kevin Wong Scott Wong 14 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Chip McCaw Matt Prosser 24 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Dax Holdren Sean Scott 6 $600.00 72.0
17 Jason Ring Sean Rooney 13 $600.00 72.0
17 Matt Heath Jason Lee 16 $600.00 72.0
17 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 17 $600.00 72.0
17 Kevin Dake Jeremie Simkins 23, Q10 $600.00 72.0
17 Anthony Medel Brad Torsone 25 $600.00 72.0
17 Adam Roberts Will Strickland 28, Q2 $600.00 72.0
17 David Fischer Scott Hill 29, Q4 $600.00 72.0
25 Nick Lucena George Roumain 9 $300.00 36.0
25 Dain Blanton Eric Fonoimoana 11 $300.00 36.0
25 Eduardo Bacil Jeff Carlucci 20 $300.00 36.0
25 AJ Mihalic Chad Mowrey 21 $300.00 36.0
25 Jose Loiola Mike Morrison 26, Q1 $300.00 36.0
25 Mike Bruning Chris Magill 30, Q6 $300.00 36.0
25 Kyle Denitz Arri Jeschke 31, Q28 $300.00 36.0
25 Geoff Cryst Fernando Sabla 32, Q41 $300.00 36.0
33 Chris Harger Tony Pray Q8 $.00 18.0
33 Vincent Robbins Said Souikane Q11 $.00 18.0
33 Austin Rester Lucas Wisniakowski Q14 $.00 18.0
33 Gaston Macau Eddie Stokes Q15 $.00 18.0
33 Dana Camacho Ivan Mercer Q20 $.00 18.0
33 Dane Jensen Mike Placek Q39 $.00 18.0
33 Chris Seiffert Jon Thompson Q44 $.00 18.0
33 Nate Hagstrom Jeff Wootton Q81 $.00 18.0
41 Daniel Cardenas Pepe Delahoz Q9 $.00 12.0
41 Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q12 $.00 12.0
41 Justin Phipps Jim Van Zwieten Q13 $.00 12.0
41 Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes Q16 $.00 12.0
41 Gabe Burt Jason Wight Q18 $.00 12.0
41 Brian Duff Guy Hamilton Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Jake Blair Kevin Gregan Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Tyler Hildebrand Ty Tramblie Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q27 $.00 12.0
41 Reuben Danley Shigetomo Sakugawa Q29 $.00 12.0
41 Shawn Essert Sam Haghighi Q32 $.00 12.0
41 Brent Crouch Jeff Smith Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Billy Allen Jon Mesko Q35 $.00 12.0
41 Pedro Leal Mike Mattarocci Q42 $.00 12.0
41 Brian Kramer Keith Schunzel Q69 $.00 12.0
41 Duncan Budinger Phil Silva Q71 $.00 12.0
57 Steve Delaney John Moran Q5 $.00 8.0
57 Dan Fisher Jim Nichols Q7 $.00 8.0
57 Casey Brewer Danko Iordanov Q17 $.00 8.0
57 Russ Marchewka Dan Mintz Q21 $.00 8.0
57 Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q23 $.00 8.0
57 Morgan Mainz Jeff Murrell Q24 $.00 8.0
57 Rico Becker Vince Zanzucchi Q26 $.00 8.0
57 Seth Burnham Jack Quinn Q30 $.00 8.0
57 Ian Clark Dan Ortega Q31 $.00 8.0
57 Drew Brand Joshua Cannon Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Nate Michael Will Paulson Q36 $.00 8.0
57 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Randy Meador Travis Regner Q45 $.00 8.0
57 Mark Kirunchyk Henry Russell Q49 $.00 8.0
57 Santana Aker Matt Wilkens Q52 $.00 8.0
57 Chris Guigliano Peter Jordan Q55 $.00 8.0
57 David Escarsega Todd Hart Q56 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Olive Jesse Webster Q57 $.00 8.0
57 Jon Barnes Sean Mackin Q59 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Robertson Mike Wilkinson Q62 $.00 8.0
57 Brad Powell Chiquito Quintanilla Q64 $.00 8.0
57 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q66 $.00 8.0
57 Kanani Leite-Ah Yo Cody Loggins Q68 $.00 8.0
57 Aaron Mansfield Donal McGraw Q75 $.00 8.0
57 Dan Buehring David Carlson Q76 $.00 8.0
57 James Ka Colin Wellman Q78 $.00 8.0
57 Clint Coe Tim May Q82 $.00 8.0
57 Paul McDonald Wesley Post Q83 $.00 8.0
57 Max Clini Dan Terry Q86 $.00 8.0
57 Adam Minch Ben Parker Q89 $.00 8.0
57 Tyler Caldwell Paul Spittle Q92 $.00 8.0
57 Marcin Jagoda Alex Padilla Q79 $.00 0.0
89 Jeff Conover Matt Osburn Q40 $.00 4.0
89 Ian Gallagher Erik Gomez Q43 $.00 4.0
89 Juan Cabeza Jon Gubera Q46 $.00 4.0
89 Tom Slauterbeck Joe Woo Q47 $.00 4.0
89 Blake Cantrell Tim Nestlerode Q48 $.00 4.0
89 Thom Huggins Brandon Lamb Q50 $.00 4.0
89 Daniel Hughes Dustin Townsend Q51 $.00 4.0
89 Mika Hunkin Bobby Jones Q53 $.00 4.0
89 Yariv Lerner Travis Schoonover Q54 $.00 4.0
89 Michael Bleech Vince Fierro Q58 $.00 4.0
89 Brett Benfield Craig Cromwell Q60 $.00 4.0
89 Robert deAurora Dan Gilbert Q61 $.00 4.0
89 Jamie Johansen Ed Lunnen Q63 $.00 4.0
89 Richard Krutop Drew Pascua Q65 $.00 4.0
89 John Caravella David Pryor Q67 $.00 4.0
89 Steven Buesing Jeff Myers Q70 $.00 4.0
89 Ugis Kanders Luis Sandoval Q72 $.00 4.0
89 Alan Dawber David Maitlen Q74 $.00 4.0
89 Peter Pua Corey Spencer Q77 $.00 4.0
89 Paul Bocage Ryan Stuntz Q84 $.00 4.0
89 Jasen Larsen Jason Weaver Q85 $.00 4.0
89 Sam Brown Chris Waddill Q87 $.00 4.0
89 Mark Higginson Mike Kinsler Q88 $.00 4.0
89 Michael Johnson Teddy Liles Q90 $.00 4.0
89 Kevin Cleary Chris Walmer Q91 $.00 4.0
89 Richard Arrata Eric Lassiter Q93 $.00 4.0
89 Chris Icaza Steve Klosterman Q94 $.00 4.0
89 Scott Kiedaisch Tom Witt Q37 $.00 0.0
89 Cory Kamanao Casey Patterson Q73 $.00 0.0
89 Nicholas Ellis Nick Rubacky Q80 $.00 0.0
 
Men's AVP $91,500 Toyota Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light
June 9-11, 2006 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Brad Powell / Chiquito Quintanilla (Q64) def. Richard Krutop / Drew Pascua (Q65) 21-12, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 6: Jeff Wootton / Nate Hagstrom (Q81) def. Blake Cantrell / Tim Nestlerode (Q48) 19-21, 21-18, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 7: Mark Kirunchyk / Henry Russell (Q49) def. Nicholas Ellis / Nick Rubacky (Q80) by Forfeit
Match 10: David Escarsega / Todd Hart (Q56) def. Casey Patterson / Cory Kamanao (Q73) by Forfeit
Match 11: Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q41) def. Mark Higginson / Mike Kinsler (Q88) 23-21, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 14: Ben Parker / Adam Minch (Q89) def. Jeff Conover / Matt Osburn (Q40) 21-13, 15-21, 23-21 (1:02)
Match 15: Jason Olive / Jesse Webster (Q57) def. Luis Sandoval / Ugis Kanders (Q72) 21-16, 21-19 (0:55)
Match 18: Brian Kramer / Keith Schunzel (Q69) def. Brett Benfield / Craig Cromwell (Q60) 21-16, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 19: Tyler Caldwell / Paul Spittle (Q92) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Tom Witt (Q37) by Forfeit
Match 22: Chris Seiffert / Jon Thompson (Q44) def. Jasen Larsen / Jason Weaver (Q85) 21-9, 21-13 (0:42)
Match 23: Dan Buehring / David Carlson (Q76) def. Mika Hunkin / Bobby Jones (Q53) 21-16, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 26: Santana Aker / Matt Wilkens (Q52) def. Peter Pua / Corey Spencer (Q77) 21-10, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 27: Randy Meador / Travis Regner (Q45) def. Ryan Stuntz / Paul Bocage (Q84) 21-17, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 30: Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q36) def. Richard Arrata / Eric Lassiter (Q93) 21-9, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 31: Kanani Leite-Ah Yo / Cody Loggins (Q68) def. Robert deAurora / Dan Gilbert (Q61) 21-19, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 34: Jeff Robertson / Mike Wilkinson (Q62) def. David Pryor / John Caravella (Q67) 16-21, 21-19, 15-10 (1:06)
Match 35: Billy Allen / Jon Mesko (Q35) def. Chris Icaza / Steve Klosterman (Q94) 21-10, 21-10 (0:40)
Match 38: Paul McDonald / Wesley Post (Q83) def. Juan Cabeza / Jon Gubera (Q46) 21-13, 17-21, 15-13 (1:01)
Match 39: Colin Wellman / James Ka (Q78) def. Daniel Hughes / Dustin Townsend (Q51) 21-17, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 42: Donal McGraw / Aaron Mansfield (Q75) def. Yariv Lerner / Travis Schoonover (Q54) 21-0, 21-16 (0:17)
Match 43: Dan Terry / Max Clini (Q86) def. Ian Gallagher / Erik Gomez (Q43) 23-21, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 46: Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q38) def. Kevin Cleary / Chris Walmer (Q91) 21-19, 20-22, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 47: Jon Barnes / Sean Mackin (Q59) def. Jeff Myers / Steven Buesing (Q70) 21-14, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 50: Duncan Budinger / Phil Silva (Q71) def. Michael Bleech / Vince Fierro (Q58) 21-14, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 51: Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q39) def. Michael Johnson / Teddy Liles (Q90) 21-12, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 54: Pedro Leal / Mike Mattarocci (Q42) def. Sam Brown / Chris Waddill (Q87) 21-14, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 55: Chris Guigliano / Peter Jordan (Q55) def. Alan Dawber / David Maitlen (Q74) 21-10, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 58: Alex Padilla / Marcin Jagoda (Q79) def. Thom Huggins / Brandon Lamb (Q50) 21-18, 21-18 (0:47)
Match 59: Tim May / Clint Coe (Q82) def. Tom Slauterbeck / Joe Woo (Q47) 21-16, 17-21, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 63: Andy Shean / Bivin Sadler (Q66) def. Jamie Johansen / Ed Lunnen (Q63) 21-17, 21-17 (0:42)

Round 2
Match 65: Jose Loiola / Mike Morrison (Q1) def. Brad Powell / Chiquito Quintanilla (Q64) 21-13, 21-11 (0:33)
Match 66: Shawn Essert / Sam Haghighi (Q32) def. Drew Brand / Joshua Cannon (Q33) 21-17, 17-21, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 67: Jeff Wootton / Nate Hagstrom (Q81) def. Casey Brewer / Danko Iordanov (Q17) 16-21, 21-19, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 68: Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q16) def. Mark Kirunchyk / Henry Russell (Q49) 21-19, 24-22 (0:52)
Match 69: Daniel Cardenas / Pepe Delahoz (Q9) def. David Escarsega / Todd Hart (Q56) 21-12, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 70: Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q41) def. Morgan Mainz / Jeff Murrell (Q24) 22-20, 21-14 (0:48)
Match 71: Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (Q25) def. Ben Parker / Adam Minch (Q89) 21-14, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 72: Chris Harger / Tony Pray (Q8) def. Jason Olive / Jesse Webster (Q57) 13-21, 21-15, 15-9 (1:01)
Match 73: Brian Kramer / Keith Schunzel (Q69) def. Steve Delaney / John Moran (Q5) 21-17, 16-21, 15-12 (0:55)
Match 74: Kyle Denitz / Arri Jeschke (Q28) def. Tyler Caldwell / Paul Spittle (Q92) 21-16, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 75: Chris Seiffert / Jon Thompson (Q44) def. Russ Marchewka / Dan Mintz (Q21) 20-22, 21-16, 15-13 (1:21)
Match 76: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q12) def. Dan Buehring / David Carlson (Q76) 21-16, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 77: Justin Phipps / Jim Van Zwieten (Q13) def. Santana Aker / Matt Wilkens (Q52) 21-12, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 78: Dana Camacho / Ivan Mercer (Q20) def. Randy Meador / Travis Regner (Q45) 21-16, 21-11 (0:37)
Match 79: Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q29) def. Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q36) 21-19, 21-9 (0:35)
Match 80: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q4) def. Kanani Leite-Ah Yo / Cody Loggins (Q68) 21-12, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 81: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q3) def. Jeff Robertson / Mike Wilkinson (Q62) 21-16, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 82: Billy Allen / Jon Mesko (Q35) def. Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q30) 21-17, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 83: Brian Duff / Guy Hamilton (Q19) def. Paul McDonald / Wesley Post (Q83) 21-10, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 84: Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q14) def. Colin Wellman / James Ka (Q78) 21-18, 15-21, 15-9 (1:06)
Match 85: Vincent Robbins / Said Souikane (Q11) def. Donal McGraw / Aaron Mansfield (Q75) 21-14, 21-17 (0:34)
Match 86: Jake Blair / Kevin Gregan (Q22) def. Dan Terry / Max Clini (Q86) 23-21, 21-12 (0:46)
Match 87: Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q27) def. Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q38) 21-17, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 88: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q6) def. Jon Barnes / Sean Mackin (Q59) 21-12, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 89: Duncan Budinger / Phil Silva (Q71) def. Dan Fisher / Jim Nichols (Q7) 21-17, 25-23 (0:48)
Match 90: Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q39) def. Rico Becker / Vince Zanzucchi (Q26) 21-15, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 91: Pedro Leal / Mike Mattarocci (Q42) def. Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q23) 21-12, 15-21, 15-6 (0:52)
Match 92: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) def. Chris Guigliano / Peter Jordan (Q55) 21-19, 21-8 (0:40)
Match 93: Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (Q15) def. Alex Padilla / Marcin Jagoda (Q79) by Forfeit
Match 94: Tim May / Clint Coe (Q82) vs. Gabe Burt / Jason Wight (Q18)     
Match 95: Brent Crouch / Jeff Smith (Q34) def. Ian Clark / Dan Ortega (Q31) 21-19, 23-21 (0:56)
Match 96: Adam Roberts / Will Strickland (Q2) def. Andy Shean / Bivin Sadler (Q66) 21-14, 21-19 (0:45)

Round 3
Match 97: Jose Loiola / Mike Morrison (Q1) def. Shawn Essert / Sam Haghighi (Q32) 26-24, 21-17
Match 98: Jeff Wootton / Nate Hagstrom (Q81) def. Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q16) 22-20, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 99: Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q41) def. Daniel Cardenas / Pepe Delahoz (Q9) 21-16, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 100: Chris Harger / Tony Pray (Q8) def. Tyler Hildebrand / Ty Tramblie (Q25) 21-15, 23-25, 15-13 (1:08)
Match 101: Kyle Denitz / Arri Jeschke (Q28) def. Brian Kramer / Keith Schunzel (Q69) 21-12, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 102: Chris Seiffert / Jon Thompson (Q44) def. Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q12) 23-21, 23-21 (0:53)
Match 103: Dana Camacho / Ivan Mercer (Q20) def. Justin Phipps / Jim Van Zwieten (Q13) 21-19, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 104: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q4) def. Reuben Danley / Shigetomo Sakugawa (Q29) 15-21, 21-16, 18-16 (0:54)
Match 105: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q3) def. Billy Allen / Jon Mesko (Q35) 21-10, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 106: Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q14) def. Brian Duff / Guy Hamilton (Q19) 21-15, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 107: Vincent Robbins / Said Souikane (Q11) def. Jake Blair / Kevin Gregan (Q22) 21-16, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 108: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q6) def. Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q27) 23-21, 21-18 (0:49)
Match 109: Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q39) def. Duncan Budinger / Phil Silva (Q71) 21-19, 13-21, 15-11 (0:56)
Match 110: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) def. Pedro Leal / Mike Mattarocci (Q42) 21-15, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 111: Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (Q15) def. Gabe Burt / Jason Wight (Q18) 24-22, 18-21, 16-14 (1:12)
Match 112: Adam Roberts / Will Strickland (Q2) def. Brent Crouch / Jeff Smith (Q34) 21-14, 21-14 (0:38)

Round 4
Match 113: Jose Loiola / Mike Morrison (Q1) def. Jeff Wootton / Nate Hagstrom (Q81) 21-12, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 114: Geoff Cryst / Fernando Sabla (Q41) def. Chris Harger / Tony Pray (Q8) 21-18, 26-24 (0:57)
Match 115: Kyle Denitz / Arri Jeschke (Q28) def. Chris Seiffert / Jon Thompson (Q44) 22-20, 21-15 (0:49)
Match 116: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q4) def. Dana Camacho / Ivan Mercer (Q20) 18-21, 21-13, 19-17 (1:03)
Match 117: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (Q3) def. Austin Rester / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q14) 21-15, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 118: Mike Bruning / Chris Magill (Q6) def. Vincent Robbins / Said Souikane (Q11) 21-19, 18-21, 15-13 (1:17)
Match 119: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) def. Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q39) 21-15, 21-15 (0:56)
Match 120: Adam Roberts / Will Strickland (Q2) def. Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (Q15) 21-18, 13-21, 15-12 (0:55)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (1) def. Fernando Sabla / Geoff Cryst (32, Q41) 21-9, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 2: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (17) def. Jason Lee / Matt Heath (16) 15-21, 21-11, 15-9 (0:52)
Match 3: Chip McCaw / Matt Prosser (24) def. Nick Lucena / George Roumain (9) 22-24, 21-17, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 4: Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (8) def. Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (25) 21-19, 21-11 (0:44)
Match 5: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Adam Roberts / Will Strickland (28, Q2) 22-24, 21-11, 15-11 (1:19)
Match 6: Ed Ratledge / Ty Loomis (12) def. AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (21) 21-17, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 7: Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (13) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (20) 20-22, 21-12, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 8: Jeff Nygaard / John Hyden (4) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (29, Q4) 21-10, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 9: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) def. Chris Magill / Mike Bruning (30, Q6) 21-14, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 10: Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (14) def. Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (19) 21-19, 12-21, 15-9 (0:41)
Match 11: Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (22) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (11) 25-23, 21-16 (0:57)
Match 12: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (27, Q3) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (6) 21-18, 17-21, 15-11 (1:03)
Match 13: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (7) def. Jose Loiola / Mike Morrison (26, Q1) 21-16, 21-13 (0:42)
Match 14: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (10) def. Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (23, Q10) 21-8, 21-16 (0:32)
Match 15: Albert Hannemann / Mark Williams (15) def. Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (18) 24-26, 21-18, 15-13 (1:22)
Match 16: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (2) def. Kyle Denitz / Arri Jeschke (31, Q28) 21-16, 21-10 (0:34)

Round 2
Match 17: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (1) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (17) 23-25, 21-14, 15-7 (1:02)
Match 18: Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (8) def. Chip McCaw / Matt Prosser (24) 21-13, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 19: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Ed Ratledge / Ty Loomis (12) 21-15, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 20: Jeff Nygaard / John Hyden (4) def. Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (13) 18-21, 21-15, 15-9 (1:04)
Match 21: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (14) 27-25, 21-17 (1:01)
Match 22: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (27, Q3) def. Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (22) 21-19, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 23: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (10) def. Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (7) 21-17, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 24: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (2) def. Albert Hannemann / Mark Williams (15) 21-13, 21-17 (0:36)

Round 3
Match 25: Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (8) def. Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (1) 17-21, 30-28, 19-17 (1:29)
Match 26: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Jeff Nygaard / John Hyden (4) 21-19, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 27: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) def. Brad Keenan / John Mayer (27, Q3) 21-12, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 28: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (2) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (10) 24-22, 21-17 (0:50)

Round 4
Match 29: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (8) 21-17, 27-25 (1:00)
Match 30: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (2) def. Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) 21-19, 9-21, 20-18 (1:01)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Jason Lee / Matt Heath (16) def. Fernando Sabla / Geoff Cryst (32, Q41) 21-9, 21-13 (0:31)
Match 32: Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (25) def. Nick Lucena / George Roumain (9) 21-18, 18-21, 15-13 (1:20)
Match 33: Adam Roberts / Will Strickland (28, Q2) def. AJ Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (21) 21-16, 21-23, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 34: David Fischer / Scott Hill (29, Q4) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jeff Carlucci (20) 21-16, 18-21, 15-9
Match 35: Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (19) def. Chris Magill / Mike Bruning (30, Q6) 21-18, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 36: Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (6) def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana (11) 16-21, 21-11, 15-12 (1:04)
Match 37: Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (23, Q10) def. Jose Loiola / Mike Morrison (26, Q1) 21-18, 23-21 (0:47)
Match 38: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (18) def. Kyle Denitz / Arri Jeschke (31, Q28) 21-16, 21-18 (0:43)

Round 2
Match 39: Albert Hannemann / Mark Williams (15) def. Jason Lee / Matt Heath (16) 18-21, 21-15, 15-13 (0:51)
Match 40: Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (7) def. Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (25) 21-10, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 41: Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (22) def. Adam Roberts / Will Strickland (28, Q2) 21-19, 21-16 (0:44)
Match 42: Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (14) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (29, Q4) 21-15, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 43: Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (19) def. Jason Ring / Sean Rooney (13) 20-22, 21-16, 15-10 (0:55)
Match 44: Ed Ratledge / Ty Loomis (12) def. Dax Holdren / Sean Scott (6) 9-21, 22-20, 15-11 (1:06)
Match 45: Chip McCaw / Matt Prosser (24) def. Kevin Dake / Jeremie Simkins (23, Q10) 21-16, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 46: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (18) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (17) 21-18, 21-17 (0:39)

Round 3
Match 47: Albert Hannemann / Mark Williams (15) def. Karch Kiraly / Larry Witt (7) 21-15, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 48: Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (22) def. Kevin Wong / Scott Wong (14) 21-18, 21-13 (0:51)
Match 49: Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (19) def. Ed Ratledge / Ty Loomis (12) 21-17, 20-22, 15-11 (1:02)
Match 50: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (18) def. Chip McCaw / Matt Prosser (24) 23-21, 21-19 (0:52)

Round 4
Match 51: Jeff Nygaard / John Hyden (4) def. Albert Hannemann / Mark Williams (15) 21-15, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 52: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (1) def. Scott Davenport / Scott Lane (22) 21-16, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 53: Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (19) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (10) 21-23, 21-18, 15-12 (1:02)
Match 54: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (27, Q3) def. Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (18) 21-15, 21-13 (0:39)

Round 5
Match 55: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (1) def. Jeff Nygaard / John Hyden (4) 20-22, 21-17, 15-6 (0:58)
Match 56: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (27, Q3) def. Canyon Ceman / Matt Olson (19) 21-16, 21-18 (0:40)

Round 6
Match 57: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (1) def. Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (3) 21-19, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 58: Brad Keenan / John Mayer (27, Q3) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Hans Stolfus (8) 16-21, 21-15, 15-12 (1:04)

Semifinals
Match 59: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (1) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) 36-34, 21-16 (1:12)
Match 60: Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (2) def. Brad Keenan / John Mayer (27, Q3) 21-12, 21-15 (0:36)

Finals
Match 61: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (1) def. Mike Lambert / Stein Metzger (2) 19-21, 21-12, 17-15 (1:26)
 

2006 Men's Hermosa Beach Tournament Champions >>Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers


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                 Phil Dalhausser                                                                          Todd Rogers                     

Women's $91,500 AVP Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 9th-11th, 2006
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
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2 Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1 $13,400.00 324.0  
3 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 3 $8,500.00 270.0  
3 Jennifer Boss Nancy Mason 5 $8,500.00 270.0  
5 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 6 $5,500.00 216.0  
5 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 8 $5,500.00 216.0  
7 Nicole Branagh Holly McPeak 7 $4,250.00 180.0  
7 Carrie Dodd Barbra Fontana 10 $4,250.00 180.0 
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9 Jenny Pavley Paula Roca 11 $2,450.00 144.0  
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9 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 19 $2,450.00 144.0  
13 Brooke Hanson Sarah Straton 9 $1,400.00 108.0  
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13 Lauren Fendrick Pat Keller 20 $1,400.00 108.0  
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57 Kirstin Olsen Kristi Winters Q26 8.0
57 Makalani Hovey Stacy Nicks Q27 8.0
57 Maggie Philgence Teri Zartman Q29 8.0
57 Heather Alley Barb Sanson Q32 8.0
57 Danielle Bauer Erica Menzel Q34 8.0
57 Michelle Hart Jennifer Walker Q35 8.0
57 Dana Kabashima Vladia Vignato Q37 8.0
57 Laurel Riechmann Shannon Sneed Q40 8.0
57 Jennifer Lombardi Rosalinda Masler Q41 8.0
57 Tina Damasco Stacy Millichap Q42 8.0
57 Valerie Pryor Alicia Robinson Q43 8.0
57 Kris Bredehoft Pamela Lubben Q44 8.0
57 Sara Fredrickson Heidi Munneke Q45 8.0
57 Shannon Christianson Hilde Schjerven Q46 8.0
57 Carrie Bowers Erica Lott Q47 8.0
57 Tracy Enzweiler Kim Kiefer Q49 8.0
57 Shayna Breed Anna Parmely Q50 8.0
57 Jana Monello Paola Rodriguez Q51 8.0
57 Jenn Hoft Alyssa Rylander Q52 8.0
57 Jackie Hatten Cheyenne Price Q53 8.0
57 Karla Dettling Jeanine Valiquet Q54 8.0
57 Marla Gomez Meghan Leathem Q55 8.0
57 Jennifer Corral Ashley Ebert Q57 8.0
57 Tamara Lentz Anne Ludlam Q60 8.0
57 Julie Caldwell Antoinette Cocco Q61 8.0
57 Tracy Duffey Janine Laubacher-Cobian Q62 8.0
57 Hope Erickson Jenny Kropp Q63 8.0
57 Silvia Bottazzi Kristin Schritter Q65 8.0
57 Kellie Cramm Casey McFarland Q70 8.0
57 Keegan Featherstone Kelly Wing Q73 8.0
89 Falyn Fonoimoana Megan Tryon Q56 4.0
89 Amy Hvitfeldtsen Courtney Shealy Q58 4.0
89 Raquel Beson Susan Poole Q59 4.0
89 Kashi Cormier Alix Klineman Q64 4.0
89 Jill Brown Trisha Jenssen Q66 4.0
89 Ruthie Hambley Shelly Malone Q67 4.0
89 Stephany Huizing Lindsey Schultz Q68 4.0
89 Mara Drazina Andrea Peterson Q72 4.0
89 Colleen Smith Anne Vaughan Q69 0.0
   
Women's AVP $91,500 Toyota Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light
June 9-11, 2006 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Kristin Schritter / Silvia Bottazzi (Q65) def. Kashi Cormier / Alix Klineman (Q64) 21-14, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 10: Kelly Wing / Keegan Featherstone (Q73) def. Falyn Fonoimoana / Megan Tryon (Q56) 21-14, 14-21, 18-16 (0:58)
Match 15: Jennifer Corral / Ashley Ebert (Q57) def. Mara Drazina / Andrea Peterson (Q72) 15-21, 21-10, 15-9 (0:50)
Match 18: Tamara Lentz / Anne Ludlam (Q60) def. Colleen Smith / Anne Vaughan (Q69) by Forfeit
Match 31: Julie Caldwell / Antoinette Cocco (Q61) def. Stephany Huizing / Lindsey Schultz (Q68) 21-14, 21-11 (0:42)
Match 34: Tracy Duffey / Janine Laubacher-Cobian (Q62) def. Shelly Malone / Ruthie Hambley (Q67) 17-21, 21-18, 15-10 (0:56)
Match 47: Kellie Cramm / Casey McFarland (Q70) def. Raquel Beson / Susan Poole (Q59) 21-11, 26-28, 15-13 (1:07)
Match 50: Lindsay Phillips / Raquel Ferreira (Q71) def. Amy Hvitfeldtsen / Courtney Shealy (Q58) 21-10, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 63: Hope Erickson / Jenny Kropp (Q63) def. Trisha Jenssen / Jill Brown (Q66) 21-19, 21-11 (0:42)

Round 2
Match 65: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q1) def. Kristin Schritter / Silvia Bottazzi (Q65) 21-15, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 66: Angie Hall / Laura Ratto (Q33) def. Heather Alley / Barb Sanson (Q32) 21-11, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 67: Damaris Flores / Sheri Leverrette (Q48) def. Leilani Kamahoahoa / Michelle Morse (Q17) 14-21, 21-7, 15-12 (0:54)
Match 68: Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q16) def. Tracy Enzweiler / Kim Kiefer (Q49) 21-15, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 69: Kamila Pavlaskova / Franci Van Zwieten (Q9) def. Kelly Wing / Keegan Featherstone (Q73) 21-13, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 70: Lauren Mills / Josie Youngblood (Q24) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Rosalinda Masler (Q41) 21-11, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 71: Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder (Q25) def. Laurel Riechmann / Shannon Sneed (Q40) 21-9, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 72: Suzana Manole / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q8) def. Jennifer Corral / Ashley Ebert (Q57) 21-12, 21-17 (0:37)
Match 73: Jill Changaris / Lisa Gathright (Q5) def. Tamara Lentz / Anne Ludlam (Q60) 21-8, 21-12 (0:29)
Match 74: Kathleen Madden / Cherry Simkins (Q28) def. Dana Kabashima / Vladia Vignato (Q37) 16-21, 21-14, 15-10 (0:55)
Match 75: Sara Dukes / Kerri Eich (Q21) def. Kris Bredehoft / Pamela Lubben (Q44) 21-11, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 76: Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q12) def. Jackie Hatten / Cheyenne Price (Q53) 21-11, 21-8 (0:30)
Match 77: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q13) def. Jenn Hoft / Alyssa Rylander (Q52) 21-7, 21-10 (0:31)
Match 78: Jessie Cooper / Anne McArthur (Q20) def. Sara Fredrickson / Heidi Munneke (Q45) 15-21, 21-16, 15-11 (0:56)
Match 79: Melissa Calata / Ashley Regner (Q36) def. Maggie Philgence / Teri Zartman (Q29) 21-13, 23-21 (0:45)
Match 80: Kimberly Coleman / Jeannette Hecker (Q4) def. Julie Caldwell / Antoinette Cocco (Q61) 21-10, 21-7 (0:34)
Match 81: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Tracy Duffey / Janine Laubacher-Cobian (Q62) 21-6, 21-12 (0:28)
Match 82: Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q30) def. Michelle Hart / Jennifer Walker (Q35) 21-14, 21-13 (0:33)
Match 83: Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q19) def. Shannon Christianson / Hilde Schjerven (Q46) 21-13, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 84: Holly Reisor / Dagmara Szyszczak (Q14) def. Jana Monello / Paola Rodriguez (Q51) 21-9, 21-12 (0:35)
Match 85: Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q11) def. Karla Dettling / Jeanine Valiquet (Q54) 21-14, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 86: Joy Akins / Amber Willey (Q22) def. Valerie Pryor / Alicia Robinson (Q43) 21-15, 21-13 (0:34)
Match 87: Kiah Fiers / Christina Hinds (Q38) def. Makalani Hovey / Stacy Nicks (Q27) 21-15, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 88: Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q6) def. Kellie Cramm / Casey McFarland (Q70) 21-7, 21-17 (0:37)
Match 89: Lindsay Phillips / Raquel Ferreira (Q71) def. Erin Byrd / Paige Davis (Q7) 21-12, 22-20 (0:38)
Match 90: Angela McHenry / Lisa Rutledge (Q39) def. Kirstin Olsen / Kristi Winters (Q26) 22-24, 21-18, 15-11 (1:00)
Match 91: Gabriela Roney / Lenka Urbanova (Q23) def. Tina Damasco / Stacy Millichap (Q42) 21-14, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 92: Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q10) def. Marla Gomez / Meghan Leathem (Q55) 21-14, 21-9 (0:34)
Match 93: Meri-de Boyer / Angela Knopf (Q15) def. Shayna Breed / Anna Parmely (Q50) 21-14, 21-10 (0:38)
Match 94: Tara Burton / Kim Whitney (Q18) def. Carrie Bowers / Erica Lott (Q47) 21-7, 21-9 (0:38)
Match 95: Elsa Binder / Charnette Fair (Q31) def. Danielle Bauer / Erica Menzel (Q34) 21-12, 21-9 (0:33)
Match 96: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q2) def. Hope Erickson / Jenny Kropp (Q63) 21-17, 21-13 (0:34)

Round 3
Match 97: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q1) def. Angie Hall / Laura Ratto (Q33) 21-12, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 98: Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q16) def. Damaris Flores / Sheri Leverrette (Q48) 21-13, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 99: Lauren Mills / Josie Youngblood (Q24) def. Kamila Pavlaskova / Franci Van Zwieten (Q9) 21-11, 24-26, 15-10
Match 100: Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder (Q25) def. Suzana Manole / Krystal McFarland Jackson (Q8) 13-21, 21-16, 15-11 (0:55)
Match 101: Jill Changaris / Lisa Gathright (Q5) def. Kathleen Madden / Cherry Simkins (Q28) 21-13, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 102: Sara Dukes / Kerri Eich (Q21) def. Sarah White / Chrissie Zartman (Q12) 21-13, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 103: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q13) def. Jessie Cooper / Anne McArthur (Q20) 21-15, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 104: Kimberly Coleman / Jeannette Hecker (Q4) def. Melissa Calata / Ashley Regner (Q36) 21-16, 21-17 (0:34)
Match 105: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q30) 21-17, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 106: Holly Reisor / Dagmara Szyszczak (Q14) def. Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q19) 21-17, 14-21, 20-18 (1:03)
Match 107: Joy Akins / Amber Willey (Q22) def. Lisa Marshall / Marla O'Hara (Q11) 21-11, 27-25 (0:43)
Match 108: Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q6) def. Kiah Fiers / Christina Hinds (Q38) 21-17, 16-21, 15-5 (0:49)
Match 109: Angela McHenry / Lisa Rutledge (Q39) def. Lindsay Phillips / Raquel Ferreira (Q71) 21-16, 20-22, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 110: Gabriela Roney / Lenka Urbanova (Q23) def. Cinta Preston / Kelly Rowe (Q10) by Forfeit
Match 111: Tara Burton / Kim Whitney (Q18) def. Meri-de Boyer / Angela Knopf (Q15) 21-14, 22-20 (0:40)
Match 112: Elsa Binder / Charnette Fair (Q31) def. Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q2) 21-19, 15-21, 15-7 (0:57)

Round 4
Match 113: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q1) def. Keao Burdine / April Ross (Q16) 21-16, 19-21, 15-11 (1:04)
Match 114: Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder (Q25) def. Lauren Mills / Josie Youngblood (Q24) 21-13, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 115: Jill Changaris / Lisa Gathright (Q5) def. Sara Dukes / Kerri Eich (Q21) 21-15, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 116: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q13) def. Kimberly Coleman / Jeannette Hecker (Q4) 21-17, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 117: Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Holly Reisor / Dagmara Szyszczak (Q14) 21-13, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 118: Joy Akins / Amber Willey (Q22) def. Nicki Fusco / Alicia Zamparelli (Q6) 17-21, 21-15, 15-9 (0:54)
Match 119: Angela McHenry / Lisa Rutledge (Q39) def. Gabriela Roney / Lenka Urbanova (Q23) 25-27, 21-14, 15-8 (0:58)
Match 120: Tara Burton / Kim Whitney (Q18) def. Elsa Binder / Charnette Fair (Q31) 17-21, 21-14, 15-6 (0:52)
 
Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Paula Gentil / Bibiana Candelas (32) 21-10, 21-5 (0:28)
Match 2: Angie Akers / Heather Lowe (17) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (16) 21-14, 21-17 (0:36)
Match 3: Brooke Hanson / Sarah Straton (9) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (24, Q1) 21-13, 21-13 (0:33)
Match 4: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (8) def. Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (25, Q13) 21-14, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 5: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (5) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (28, Q3) 21-13, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 6: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) def. Courtney Guerra / Jenelle Koester (21) 23-21, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 7: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) def. Pat Keller / Lauren Fendrick (20) 21-16, 23-21 (0:42)
Match 8: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder (29, Q25) 21-8, 21-8 (0:32)
Match 9: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Amber Willey / Joy Akins (30, Q22) 21-13, 21-15 (0:29)
Match 10: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (14) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (19) 21-18, 19-21, 15-13 (0:57)
Match 11: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (11) def. Diane Pascua / Ella Vakhidova (22) 21-18, 22-20 (0:52)
Match 12: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) def. Tara Burton / Kim Whitney (27, Q18) 21-11, 21-10 (0:35)
Match 13: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (7) def. Lisa Gathright / Jill Changaris (26, Q5) 21-11, 21-4 (0:37)
Match 14: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (10) def. Patti Cook / Ashley Ivy (23) 21-17, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 15: Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (18) def. Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (15) 21-19, 22-20 (0:40)
Match 16: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Angela McHenry / Lisa Rutledge (31, Q39) 21-12, 21-16 (0:51)

Round 2
Match 17: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Angie Akers / Heather Lowe (17) 21-12, 21-7 (0:26)
Match 18: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (8) def. Brooke Hanson / Sarah Straton (9) 21-19, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 19: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (5) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) 22-20, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 20: Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) 21-18, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 21: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (14) 21-15, 21-14 (0:33)
Match 22: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (11) 26-24, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 23: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (7) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (10) 21-18, 21-13 (0:51)
Match 24: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (18) 21-11, 21-13 (0:35)

Round 3
Match 25: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (8) 22-24, 21-19, 15-8 (0:56)
Match 26: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (5) def. Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) 21-17, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 27: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) 18-21, 21-17, 15-12 (0:55)
Match 28: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (7) 21-18, 21-16 (0:45)

Round 4
Match 29: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (5) 21-13, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 30: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 21-15, 21-13 (0:37)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (16) def. Paula Gentil / Bibiana Candelas (32) 21-17, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 32: Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (25, Q13) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (24, Q1) 21-15, 21-8 (0:35)
Match 33: Courtney Guerra / Jenelle Koester (21) def. Catie Vagneur / Beth Van Fleet (28, Q3) 21-19, 18-21, 16-14 (0:52)
Match 34: Pat Keller / Lauren Fendrick (20) def. Janelle Ruen / Jennifer Snyder (29, Q25) 21-23, 21-16, 15-9 (0:54)
Match 35: Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (19) def. Amber Willey / Joy Akins (30, Q22) 21-11, 22-20 (0:37)
Match 36: Tara Burton / Kim Whitney (27, Q18) def. Diane Pascua / Ella Vakhidova (22) 21-16, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 37: Patti Cook / Ashley Ivy (23) def. Lisa Gathright / Jill Changaris (26, Q5) 21-10, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 38: Angela McHenry / Lisa Rutledge (31, Q39) def. Brittany Hochevar / Logan Tom (15) 22-20, 21-15 (0:40)

Round 2
Match 39: Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (18) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (16) 21-18, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 40: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (10) def. Claire Robertson / Tiffany Rodriguez (25, Q13) 26-28, 21-14, 22-20 (1:08)
Match 41: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (11) def. Courtney Guerra / Jenelle Koester (21) 21-19, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 42: Pat Keller / Lauren Fendrick (20) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (14) 21-17, 21-9 (0:41)
Match 43: Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (19) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) 21-16, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 44: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) def. Tara Burton / Kim Whitney (27, Q18) 21-16, 25-27, 15-12 (1:03)
Match 45: Brooke Hanson / Sarah Straton (9) def. Patti Cook / Ashley Ivy (23) 23-21, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 46: Angie Akers / Heather Lowe (17) def. Angela McHenry / Lisa Rutledge (31, Q39) 21-14, 21-11 (0:31)

Round 3
Match 47: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (10) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (18) 21-18, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 48: Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (11) def. Pat Keller / Lauren Fendrick (20) 21-16, 21-16 (0:49)
Match 49: Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (19) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (12) 21-16, 17-21, 15-12 (1:01)
Match 50: Angie Akers / Heather Lowe (17) def. Brooke Hanson / Sarah Straton (9) 21-18, 21-19 (0:41)

Round 4
Match 51: Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (10) def. Tatiana Minello / Semirames Marins (4) 21-17, 22-20 (0:45)
Match 52: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (8) def. Jenny Pavley / Paula Roca (11) 21-19, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 53: Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (7) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (19) 21-17, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 54: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) def. Angie Akers / Heather Lowe (17) 22-20, 21-18 (0:39)

Round 5
Match 55: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (8) def. Carrie Dodd / Barbra Fontana (10) 21-14, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 56: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) def. Nicole Branagh / Holly McPeak (7) 22-20, 21-10 (0:44)

Round 6
Match 57: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (8) 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 58: Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (5) def. Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (6) 21-16, 28-26 (0:50)

Semifinals
Match 59: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 21-10, 21-15 (0:31)
Match 60: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Jennifer Boss / Nancy Mason (5) 21-15, 19-21, 15-8 (0:55)

Finals
Match 61: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) 21-18, 24-22 (0:50) 

2006 Hermosa Beach Women's Tournament Champions >>Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder

                                                                                                     
     Elaine Youngs                                                                               Rachel Wacholder                              

Articles 2006

Defending Champs Matt and Casey Look to Repeat in Hermosa
By Matt Zuvela
May 31, 2006
The men's side of the 2006 AVP Crocs Tour has a completely different look than last season with nine of the top ten teams swapping teammates. Despite many successful pairings last season, many men's players opted to change it up in the off-season, taking a gamble on success with a new partner.
But for Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings, they are sticking with what works. Fuerbringer and Jennings are in their fourth season as partners, and they are looking as strong as ever. After taking ninth at the 2006 season opener in Fort Lauderdale, Fuerbringer and Jennings have finished fifth or better each of the three tournaments since. They come into next weekend's AVP Toyota Hermosa Open Presented by Bud Light as the defending champions.
"Regardless of everyone switching and flopping around, we wouldn't have done it anyway," said Jennings. "We have a commitment with each other. We've wanted to commit to '08 in Beijing and try to go to the Olympics together."
That commitment goes beyond their four seasons together on the court. They first met ten years ago when they were both waiting tables at the Spaghetti Factory in Newport Beach. Both were just starting to play beach volleyball and would see each other outside of work on opposite sides of a net.
"We played a couple tournaments against each other, and then started hanging out. We started talking, and then next thing you know we're buddies," said Jennings.
"We had great battles," Fuerbringer said of his early matches against Jennings. "Then one day we said 'Let's do it.' Since then we've been locked in and playing together."
As teammates, Fuerbringer and Jennings have been very successful. They picked up their first tournament win together at the Belmar Open in 2004 and followed it up with two more wins during the 2005 season. In addition to their three wins, they have made it to the finals six times since they began playing together in 2003. Judging from their history of success, the smart move was to stay together this season despite the multitude of partner swaps around them.
"The crazy thing about this year was that a lot of guys that broke up we