Aug. 13, 2006
Manhattan Beach, Calif. - Former UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball player and assistant coach Todd Rogers and partner Phil Dalhausser added another huge victory to their growing list Sunday as they won the AVP Manhattan Beach Open.
Rogers and Dalhausser, the second seed in the tourney, defeated top-seeded Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger 22-20, 21-23 and 15-11 to win their sixth AVP Tour event of the season.
The Manhattan is known by several cliche nicknames, including the Super Bowl of Beach Volleyball. The winners' names are engraved on plaques and permanently affixed to the Manhattan Beach pier.
The Metzger/Lambert duo has been the most consistent team on the circuit this season, making all 11 semifinals. Metzger entered this year's event as the reigning champion, while Lambert won the Manhattan title in 2004.
It was just one week ago that Rogers and Dalhausser won the FIVB A1 Grand Slam event in Austria by downing the reigning Olympic gold medalists from Brazil. They were the first U.S. men's team to win a gold medal on the FIVB Tour in the previous 50 events.
Rogers played for the Gauchos from 1993-96 and served as an assistant coach at UCSB from 2000-05.
The AVP Tour continues August 17-20 in New York with the Brooklyn Open.