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Hall of Fame: Brian Lewis (Corona del Mar)

June 11, 2001

volleyball. Just to say I play is a great honor. I'm very happy that the

people before me, like Stoklos and Timmons, put me in a good position

where I could make a good living for eight to 10 years. I'd like to

maintain that for some younger players."

In his first year playing organized volleyball, Lewis helped Corona

del Mar win the CIF Southern Section 4-A championship in 1985, his junior year.

After graduating from CdM in 1986, Lewis played two years at Orange


Coast, leading the Pirates to state championships in 1987 and '89.

A two-time state community college men's volleyball Player of the

Year, Lewis turned pro soon after his last spike at OCC, and, after

taking his share of lumps, he finally reached the zenith of his playing

career when he captured his first AVP Tour title -- the prestigious

Cuervo Gold Crown in Clearwater, Fla., with partner Pat Powers in 1992.

"That was one of my most memorable moments," he said. "It was a

combination of years of hard work and having one goal (to win on the AVP

Tour), then having it come to reality was overwhelming at the time ...

Jose Cuervo was considered a major back then, if we ever had majors."

Including international titles, Lewis has won 15 tournament

championships in his career. But his first at the Cuervo Gold ranks at

the top.

Lewis, an avid surfer, was inspired to play volleyball after watching

Timmons (Newport Harbor, OCC) lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 1984

Olympic Games in Los Angeles with his father.

Among Lewis' highlights is "just the fact that a lot of people told me

(a pro volleyball career) wouldn't happen for me. I really used that as

inspiration to push myself. Not only to prove them wrong, but to prove to

myself that I could pull it off."

Next on his agenda is organizing an amateur volleyball tournament at

the Newport Dunes in October. He's currently looking for a title sponsor.

Lewis, who lives in Huntington Beach, is the latest honoree in the

Daily Pilot Sports Hall of Fame.

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