Sept. 4, 2007
CINCINNATI, Ohio - With a straight-set victory over Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger Saturday in the finals of the AVP Cincinnati Open, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser laid claim to the 2007 Crocs Cup overall title. It was the duos' 10th win of the year and Cincinnati was the final team event of the season.
Scores of the match went 21-12 and 24-22 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The first set was tight before Dalhausser recorded three straight blocks to run the score to 17-11. In the second frame, Lambert and Metzger came out aggressively and led by three points early. A Rogers kill brought his team to within one at 10-9 and both sides then traded points, forcing the game into extra points. Lambert and Metzger had two game-points, but could not convert and Dalhausser finished the match with a pair of blocks.
In the semifinals, Rogers and Dalhausser defeated Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings (21-10, 21-17), while Lambert and Metzger took down John Hyden and Brad Keenan (21-17, 21-12).
Dalhausser was a powerhouse throughout the tourney. He led all players with a .568 attack percentage (81-52-6) and 12 service aces. Rogers posted 91 kills and hit .497 while averaging 4.82 digs per game.
It was the fifth consecutive victory on the AVP Tour for Rogers and Dalhausser. They amassed 6,948 points to finish atop the season standings. Lambert and Metzger placed second (6,084) and Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal were third (5,454).
Last season, Lambert and Metzger won the season title by just six points over Rogers and Dalhausser.