Hawaii: Today in History 4/14

4-14-1974 Mike Allen Lambert, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Michael (“Mike”) Allen Lambert (born April 14, 1974 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American volleyball player, who was a member of the United States men’s national volleyball team that finished in ninth place at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and eleventh at the 2000 Olympics.[1]

Lambert was born in Kaneohe, Hawaii. He went to Punahou School along with Stein Metzger. His subsequent partnership with Metzger in the AVP resulted in 9 titles.

Lambert graduated from Stanford University in 1997 with a degree in political science. He and fellow AVP player Matt Fuerbringer were members of the 1997 NCAA National Championship team for volleyball.

In the 2005 AVP Tour, Lambert won the best men’s player after winning the AVP Aquafina Las Vegas Shootout at the Hard Rock Hotel. Currently, Lambert lives in Costa Mesa (California) with his wife, Deborah, and their two children.

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“Lambo” or the “Hawaiian Curtain” as he is fondly known by his rivals on the AVP Tour, has taken the beach volleyball community by storm and has become one of the sports most promising players in only his third professional season on the AVP Nissan Series.

The 2004 AVP season will be known as “the year of Mike Lambert,” after he was named AVP Best Offensive Player, AVP Most Valuable Player and part of AVP Team of the Year with his legendary partner Karch Kiraly.

Mike, who is 6’6”, captured four first place finishes in 2004 including the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open which he describes as his greatest accomplishment alongside his role model, Karch. He also won the San Diego Open, the Aquafina Shootout in Las Vegas and the Santa Barbara Invitational.

When off the beach, Mike Lambert is a musician at heart and enjoys writing, singing, and playing guitar. He wrote and performed the official anthem of the Tour, “We are the AVP” at a number of 2004 tournaments to the vigorous cheers of tens of thousands of fans.

Mike was born in Kaneohe, Hawaii and grew up alongside sisters Mia and Debbie. He graduated from Stanford in 1997 with a degree in Political Science. While there, he was a three-time All-American and with AVP player Matt Fuerbringer led the Cardinal to their first and only NCAA National Championship in 1997.

Before Mike transitioned to beach, he was a member of the U.S. National Team for five seasons (1995-1996 and 1998-2000) and was Olympian in 1996 and 2000. Mike also played professionally in Italy for four years.

Mike currently resides in Costa Mesa, California with his wife Deborah.

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