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Long Beach Mizuno Wins Two National Titles

The Long Beach Mizuno Volleyball Club had a great end to its summer season at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics national championships in Detroit, as the club boasted a pair of national champions. Mizuno is owned and run by Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer and husband Matt Fuerbringer, who are the head coach and top assistant for the women’s volleyball team at Long Beach State.

The Mizuno girls 12U team won the gold medal in the National Division in Detroit, while the 15U team won the gold in the American Division.

The 12s went 10-1 while at the national championships, led by head coach Tiffany Rodriguez, with their lone defeat coming in pool play. They swept all three elimination games to seal the gold, including a 27-25, 25-19 win over ASICS Mavs in the title match.

Mizuno 12 (L-R) Front Row: Sade Ilawole, Sofia Williams, Lindsey Du, Ally Du, Summer Suppik, Erin Inskeep, Malyssa Cawa; Back Row: head coach Tiffany Rodriguez, Charlie Fuerbringer, Gianna Tagoai, Gabriella Gubbins, Kaia Herweg, Halie McGinest and assistant coach Naomi Iosia.

Mizuno 15 (L-R) Front Row: Hannah Sauer, Jaena Bell, Kerrigan Livingston, Katherine Day, Elizabeth O’Shea, Caroline O’Shea, Aniah Cutler; Back Row: assistant coach Lacey Fuller, assistant coach Mike Campbell, Tasman Mullins, Jennifer Wroblicky, Mikayla Nolte, head coach Carlos Briceno

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.