Oct. 18, 2006
Santa Barbara, Calif. - This summer the dynamic duo of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser won eight AVP tournaments to finish an impressive second in overall points. Rogers, a former player and assistant coach for UCSB, has proved once more his dominance in the sport. Nicknamed "The Professor," he lived up to his moniker by teaching the competition how it feels to lose.
Rogers was proudly proclaimed the men's MVP as well as Defensive Player of the Year on the AVP tour. Rogers won both postseason events, King of the Beach (best individual player) and Best of the Beach (best team on the beach). His nine titles are the most wins since Kent Steffes in 1998 and his ten finals appearances were the most on the circuit this year.
Dalhausser, also known as the "Thin Beast," led the AVP in kill percentage, hitting percentage, and blocks. Not to mention, he wound up second on the ace list. For his accomplishments, he was named Offensive Player of the Year. In the previous year, he only won one event with his partner and was sixth in hitting percentage. His drastic progress led the AVP to name him Most Improved Player.
The pair narrowly missed first place by six points to the team of Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger, even though they won three more tournaments. Metzger and Lambert, both perennial powerhouses, earned 4,524 points, while Rogers and Dalhausser garnered 4,518 points.
Rogers and Dalhausser kicked off their summer with a win at the Tempe Open and never looked back. Victories over the top-seed at both the FIVB A1 Grand Slam in Austria and Manhattan Beach Open gave the two the momentum to continue performing well late into the season.
Their gold at the FIVB event was the first for a U.S. men's in 50 events. The Manhattan Beach Open is considered to be the premiere event on the AVP Tour and with the win, Rogers and Dalhausser have their names affixed on the pier for generations to come.
Rogers played for the Gauchos from 1993-96 and served as Ken Preston's assistant from 2000-05.