SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 17, 2006 -
Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger swept the men's final at the AVP Crocs Tour Sacramento Open Saturday to capture their first title of the 2006 season. The No. 2 seeded Lambert and Metzger defeated No. 3 seed Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal in the final, 23-21, 21-18, becoming the third men's team to win an AVP event this season.
"We trained hard and worked hard this year, we had just been hitting the wall and couldn't get over it," Metzger said. "Today we got over it."
Lambert and Metzger entered the final following a win against top-seeded Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser in the semifinals, 21-18, 21-14. Rogers and Dalhausser had won the last four AVP events before their loss in Sacramento, Calif. Gibb and Rosenthal defeated Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings in the semifinals, 21-18, 21-14. Gibb and Rosenthal have won one event this season at the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Ft. Lauderdale Open.
Gibb and Rosenthal beat Lambert and Metzger earlier in the day Saturday in the winner's bracket fourth round, 17-21, 21-17, 15-8. Lambert and Metzger rebounded from the loss to battle through the contender's bracket and win the Sacramento Open.
On the women's side, top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will play in the winner's bracket fourth round Saturday evening against Dianne DeNecochea and Tammy Leibl. The duo is looking for a win this weekend following their loss in the finals of the AVP Toyota Hermosa Open, June 11 to Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs. No 2 seed Wacholder and Youngs defeated Holly McPeak and Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) during Saturday play, 21-18, 21-17. Wacholder and Youngs will face Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in the winner's bracket fourth round Saturday evening. McPeak and Branagh remain alive in the contender's bracket after defeating No. 8 seed Carrie Dodd and Barbara Fontana, 21-19, 21-15.
Women's main draw competition continues Saturday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The action continues Sunday, June 18 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The women's final will take place at 2:30 p.m.