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The562.org’s Athletes of the Week

This week’s Athletes of the Week, presented by Naples Rib Company.

HIGH SCHOOL

Josh Lambert, Wilson Volleyball

Wilson’s Josh Lambert had a special week last week. He led his Bruins to a big-time upset of Lakewood, handing the Lancers their first loss of the Moore League schedule; Lambert had 22 kills and 10 digs in the five-set win and also had a game-saving foot save in the second set. Lambert went on to put up 8 kills and 14 digs against Cerritos.

Yuritza Gutierrez, Jordan Softball

It was a special week on the diamond, as Poly’s Evelyn Sablan hit for the cycle and Poly’s John Dameron pitched a no-hitter to Jordan that was one late-game walk shy of a perfect game. Jordan pitcher Yuritza Gutierrez had a great week, pitching her second career no-hitter to Compton in a 16-0 win and then following it up with a one-hitter in a 14-1 win over Locke.

COLLEGE

Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State Volleyball

Josh Tuaniga is a Long Beach native living the dream, playing the nation’s best volleyball in his hometown as he led his 49ers to a Big West title last weekend. Tuaniga earned Tournament MVP honors after leading the 49ers to a .414 attack against Irvine and a .369 clip against Hawaii. The 49ers hit .552 on balls set by Tuaniga over the weeknd.

Tatyana Tuilaii-Umi, LBCC Volleyball

The Vikings freshman and her partner Jordan Diaz were supposed to be LBCC’s “B team” this season but have risen above expectations. At last weekend’s conference championship, Tuilaii-Umi and Diaz swept the Vikings’ top-flight team to earn a berth in the final, where they also posted a sweep win. Four of the six teams advancing from conference to state were from LBCC.

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.
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