The Stage is Set for Sizzling Volleyball in “Ohio’s Largest Sandbox”!

Ohio’s Largest Playground™ Sets the Stage for Sizzling Volleyball in “Ohio’s Largest Sandbox”!

2006 Crocs Cup Cincinnati Open

August 31 – September 3

August 2006 – LEBANON, OH – Not every sporting location can convert its professional ATP tennis courts to AVP pro sand volleyball courts. This is the second year the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason, OH has welcomed diverse crowds from international tennis to world-class volleyball – all within a few weeks.

The 2006 AVP Crocs Cup Cincinnati Open returns for a second year to Mason, Ohio – this time for its show-stopping tour season finale on August 31 – September 3. Overwhelming local community and media support convinced AVP tour operators to “upgrade” last year’s mid-tour event to the championship series finale. The 2005 event drew 26,000 fans, generating $3.1 million to the local economy. This year’s tour-ending event features a $250,000 purse.

Eight thousand tons of sand will be trucked into the area transforming the tennis hard courts to sandy surfaces where high profile players can dig in with their bare feet and spike game-winning volleyballs.

The sport is hot, loud and sexy and is one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports on the planet. The tournament draws a fan base unlike any other event in Warren County. Unlike the tennis crowd, the fans get to yell and scream and even have on-court game participation with a local DJ. Live music will be scheduled to play before, during play breaks and after the event.

“Hosting the AVP during the Labor Day weekend builds upon the essence of what great American holidays are all about. What could be better than world-class volleyball being played amidst Warren County’s world-class family attractions”, stated Warren County CVB Executive Director Shirley Bonekemper.

It’s Baywatch in Southwest Ohio!

Outstanding Olympic medalists including Misty May, Kerry Walsh and

Holly McPeak are just a few of the women stars. Three-time gold medalist Karch Kiraly, and gold medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana lead the men. Last year champions Rachel Wacholder and Mike “the Hawaiian Curtain” Lambert will return this year with new partners to defend their titles.

Players’ comments:

“It’s a first-class event. They (AVP) should come and see how it’s done here.” – Rachel Wacholder

“I think all the players are looking forward to coming back.” – John Hyden

“It’s a unique event. This is the only event where we play in a tennis center, and it’s got a great vibe to it. The night games are awesome.” – Mike Lambert

2006 AVP Crocs Cup Cincinnati Open Schedule

Ø Thursday Aug. 31, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Qualifiers- free to all)

Ø Friday Sept. 1, Session 1

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Men and Women all day playing)

Ø Friday Sept. 1, Session 2

7:30 p.m. -10 p.m. (Men and Women playing)

Ø Saturday Sept. 2,- Session 3

9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Men and Women playing, Men’s Final live on NBC from 4:30 – 6 p.m.)

Ø Saturday Sept. 2, Session 4

7:30 p.m. -10 p.m. (Women only playing)

Ø Sunday Sept. 3, Session 5

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Women only playing with Women’s Final on NBC live from 1:30-3pm)

About the AVP

Organized in 1983, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour is the most popular and respected beach volleyball organization in the world. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, the AVP stages events throughout the United States. All tournaments are televised live (or same day) on either Fox Sports Net or NBC Sports. For additional event information go to

Warren County is not just another tourist destination. It’s Ohio’s Largest Playground!™. World-class attractions and unique events make tourism the county’s leading industry, with 6.7 million annual visitors. The convenient location, with easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, makes Warren County a prime location for visitors to conveniently enjoy a greater possibility of activities in a one-trip destination, than they can anywhere else in Ohio.

For additional area information, visit or call 800-433-1072.

Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground!™

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