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Matt Fuerbringer:
 
Matt Fuerbringer
United States  
 
Vital Statistics
 

Photo: Ken Delgado
Birth Date January 29, 1974 (40 years old)
Home Town Costa Mesa, CA
Resides Redondo Beach, CA
Height 6'8"
College Stanford
Web Site www.mattfuerbringer.com
  Best Finish Winnings
United States 1st (8 times) $477,833
   AVP 1st (8 times) $430,033
   AVP CUERVO 3rd $0
   AVP HWN* 1st $30,375
   NVL 2nd $0
   Pro Beach 2nd $13,925
   Wide Open 3rd $3,500
International 2nd (4 times) $259,525
   FIVB 2nd (4 times) $259,525
Overall 1st (8 times) $737,358
 
Bio Bits

Beach Bits:
 Fuerbringer and Jennings played 79 AVP events together and won at least one AVP tournament each season from 2004-08.
Fuerbringer ranked in the top eight in hitting percentage and in blocks per game for each of the five seasons between 2004 and 2009.
Fuerbringer and Lucena played in the gold medal match in Klagenfurt in August 2010 against fellow Americans Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, marking the first all-USA finals match since 2000.
In four of their first six FIVB events together (in 2010), Fuerbringer and Lucena had to play in the qualifier, but in the 2010 season finale the duo was the top-seeded team.
Fuerbringer and Lucena won a silver medal in Quebec in 2011, helping the USA to its first ever podium sweep on the FIVB Tour.

2012: Fuerbringer continued his partnership with Lucena, winning a silver medal in the FIVB season opener in Brasilia. The duo ended the year as the seventh-ranked team in the FIVB season points, but just narrowly missed being the second American team to qualify for the London Olympics, as the bid instead went to Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. In 6 of the 11 events the duo was eliminated by a team seeded third or higher. Domestically they advanced to the semifinals in both AVP events.
2011: Fuerbringer and Lucena played in 14 FIVB events, winning a silver medal in Quebec after knocking off three straight teams seeded sixth or higher. The duo placed ninth in the World Championships in Rome, and ended the season with a fourth-place finish. They were the ninth-ranked team in the FIVB season points.
2010: Fuerbringer started a new partnership with Nick Lucena, and in their first tournament together they advanced to the finals in Fort Lauderdale, but the match was cancelled due to weather. The duo collected their first win together in Virginia Beach. On the FIVB Tour Fuerbringer and Lucena advanced from four qualifiers in the first six events, with a best of fifth place twice, before winning silver in the Klagenfurt Grand Slam. The duo ended their season with a bronze medal in The Hague.
2009: Fuerbringer began the year with a fifth-place finish with Stein Metzger before resuming his partnership with Jennings for seven events. Fuerbringer then played with two different partners, marking the first time since 2001 that he had played with four different players in the same season. On the FIVB Tour the duo earned a silver medal in Poland before placing fifth in the World Championships in Stavanger.
2008: Fuerbringer and Jennings played in seven semifinals, including Manhattan Beach, and in two finals, winning in San Diego. Fuerbringer played one event with Hans Stolfus during the season. He ranked third in blocks per game (1.97) and fourth in hitting percentage (.450). They played in eight FIVB events, with a best of third. They were the third U.S. team in the Olympic qualifying, and were the fourth highest ranked team worldwide not to qualify, due to country quotas.
2007: Fuerbringer partnered with Sean Scott for the first 10 AVP events, with a best of third twice. Then he reunited with Jennings and in their fourth event made it to the finals in Boston. They played in one other semifinal before the season finale in San Francisco, which they won. Fuerbringer was the 10th ranked player on tour and placed fourth in the individual event. He was second in hitting percentage (.456) and fifth in blocks per game (1.67). He played four times with Scott on the FIVB Tour, finishing 17th in the World Championships, and once with Jennings.
2006: Seven times Fuerbringer and Jennings advanced to the semifinals, winning in Seaside Heights in their only championship match, marking the fourth straight year the pair had played in the finals in New Jersey. Fuerbringer, the seventh ranked player on tour, was second in blocks per game (2.17) and third in hitting percentage (.475). The duo had a best of 13th in five FIVB events. 
2005: Fuerbringer and Jennings played in six semifinals, and three finals. In San Diego the duo won after beating all top four seeds, and also won in Hermosa Beach. He was the sixth ranked player on tour and placed fourth in the individual event. He was third in hitting percentage (.448) and fourth in blocks per game (1.89).
2004: Played in two finals with Jennings, including Manhattan Beach. In Belmar the duo won for the first time, winning four straight matches against teams seeded third or higher and ending a six-match losing streak in finals. The pair didn't return to the semifinals the rest of the season, but Fuerbringer ended as the seventh ranked player on tour. He was fourth in blocks per game (1.98) and seventh in hitting percentage (.422). On the FIVB Tour the duo played twice, then Fuerbringer played four events with two other partners.
2003: Reunited with Jennings and the pair played in the finals of four of the first five tournaments. The duo placed third in Manhattan Beach, and Fuerbringer ended as the fifth ranked player on tour and was named AVP Rookie of the Year. Internationally, the duo played six times with a best of ninth.
2002: Competed in just one event, playing with his ninth different partner in what was his 13th tournament.
2001: Playing four events with four different partners, Fuerbringer had a best of fifth twice, including in Manhattan Beach.
2000: Kicked off his partnership with Casey Jennings in Hermosa Beach, placing 57th. They played five times that year, with a best of 17th, and Fuerbringer played two other events with two different partners.
1999: Fuerbringer began his pro beach volleyball career in Muskegon with Alika Williams, placing 13th.

Hot Winter Nights: In 2008 Fuerbringer played six times, playing in the finals in the last five, and won in Madison. In 2009 he competed three times, finishing second twice.

College: "Fuerby" graduated from Stanford University with a degree in American Studies. He was named four-time All-American (one of two players who were the first to accomplish that feat), Freshman of the Year, Outstanding Senior Athlete and was a member of the 1997 NCAA National Championship team. He set the record for career kills, and ranked in the top five in career aces and blocks. His final block sealed the only NCAA title for Stanford, which included Mike Lambert and Andy Witt.

Personal: Fuerbringer spent five years playing professionally in Europe and speaks fluent Spanish. He has also spent time writing for DIG Magazine. In the off-season, Fuerbringer is the strength and conditioning coach for the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club, which is owned by his wife Joy McKenzie, a former All-American at LBSU. They have a daughter, Charlie, born in 2006, and a son, Mateo, born in 2009.

 
 
Awards
 
  • AVP Rookie of the Year 2003
 
Career Summary
 
United States
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 8th 9th Money Points Rank 12th 13th 14th 17th 25th 33rd 41st 57th CQ
1999 AVP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $500.00     0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 AVP 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $1,375.00     0 0 0 2 1 3 0 1 0
2001 AVP 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 $4,900.00 324.0 34th 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2002 AVP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $735.00 71.0 83rd 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 AVP 9 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 2 $28,290.00 1,198.0 5th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 AVP 12 1 2 0 0 3 1 0 3 $31,455.00 1,213.0 7th 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 AVP 14 2 1 3 1 3 3 0 0 $70,450.00 1,809.0 6th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 AVP 16 1 0 6 0 5 1 1 2 $67,825.00 1,980.0 7th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 AVP 18 1 1 3 1 2 5 0 3 $74,062.50 1,805.0 10th 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2008 AVP CUERVO 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00 0.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 8th 9th Money Points Rank 12th 13th 14th 17th 25th 33rd 41st 57th CQ
2008 AVP HWN* 6 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 $21,000.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 AVP 13 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 4 $69,725.00 1,655.0 15th 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 AVP HWN* 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 $9,375.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 AVP 13 0 0 1 0 3 3 0 3 $30,240.00 2,130.0 23rd 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2010 AVP 7 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 $28,475.00 1,552.5 7th 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Pro Beach 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 $8,675.00 612.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Wide Open 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 $3,500.00 0.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 AVP 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 $12,000.00 2,100.0 7th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Pro Beach 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 $5,250.00 380.0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 NVL 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 $0.00     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 8th 9th Money Points Rank 12th 13th 14th 17th 25th 33rd 41st 57th CQ
2013 AVP 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $10,000.00 375.0 44th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  134
(59th)
8
(45th)
13 24 2 21 13 1 18 $477,832.50
(28th)
17,204.5   1 10 1 5 3 3 0 1 0
 
International
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 8th 9th Money Points Rank 12th 13th 14th 17th 25th 33rd 41st 57th CQ
2003 FIVB 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 $9,750.00 258.0 64th 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
2004 FIVB 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 $4,375.00 100.0 99th 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
2006 FIVB 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $3,250.00 150.0 117th 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
2007 FIVB 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $7,550.00 260.0 100th 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 1
2008 FIVB 8 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 4 $35,350.00 1,380.0 33rd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 FIVB 7 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 $35,200.00 1,230.0 31st 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2010 FIVB 9 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 $49,775.00 1,660.0 21st 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2011 FIVB 14 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 3 $54,275.00 1,880.0 16th 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1
2012 FIVB 11 0 1 0 1 4 1 0 1 $60,000.00 2,010.0 13th 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  71
(137th)
0 4 2 2 11 4 0 16 $259,525.00
(68th)
8,928.0   0 3 0 12 4 2 1 1 9
 
 
 
 
Overall
Total
(Rank)
  205
(39th)
8
(76th)
17 26 4 32 17 1 34 $737,357.50
(31st)
26,132.5   1 13 1 17 7 5 1 2 9
 
* AVP Hot Winter Nights events are exhibitions and only count for tournaments played and prize money won.
Red denotes ranked 1st
 
Victory List
 
Victory Date Assoc Location Partner Seed Winnings
1 7/11/2004 AVP Belmar Casey Jennings 6 $10,000
2 6/12/2005 AVP San Diego Casey Jennings 5 $10,000
3 7/23/2005 AVP Hermosa Beach Casey Jennings 3 $14,000
4 7/2/2006 AVP Seaside Heights Casey Jennings 4 $9,500
5 9/16/2007 AVP San Francisco Casey Jennings 6 $15,000
6 8/3/2008 AVP San Diego Casey Jennings 6 $12,500
7 6/20/2010 AVP Virginia Beach Nick Lucena 2 $10,000
8 8/25/2013 AVP Manhattan Beach Casey Jennings 5 $10,000
 

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