Hometown: Fountain Valley, Calif.
Birth Year: 1982
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-8 (205cm)
Weight: 210 lbs (95kg)
Joined Team: 2009
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 –Olympic Games... FIVB World League (Silver Medal)... NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament (Gold Medal). 2011 –FIVB World Cup… London Volleyball International Invitational (Bronze Medal)... FIVB World League. 2010 – FIVB World Championship... FIVB World League. 2009 – Brazil Tour... FIVB World League.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Played in 83 sets and started 75 in 2012 and finished as the team’s third-leading scorer and leading blocker with 201 points on 120 kills, 69 blocks (.83 per set) and 12 aces. Hitting efficiency was .543… Started all 21 sets of the Olympic Games and finished 46 points on 28 kills, 17 blocks and one ace. Led the team in blocks (.81 per set) and was second among all Olympic players. Scored tourney-high nine points in 3-0 victories over Germany and Tunisia… Was the team’s third-leading World League scorer, finishing with 122 points on 71 attacks, a team-leading 44 blocks (.90 per set) and seven aces. Played in 49 sets. Best match came against Korea on May 19 when he scored 15 points on seven attacks, six blocks and two aces.... Was the fifth-leading scorer for the U.S. at the NORCECA Olympic Qualifier (5/7-12). Played in 13 sets and scored 33 points on 21 kills, eight blocks, and four aces. Hitting efficiency was .714. Best match came against Cuba when he scored 11 points on six kills, two blocks and two aces. During the winter of 2011-12, played for Poland’s Jastrzębski Węgiel in the Plus Liga. 2011 – Finished the 2011 season as the team’s eighth leading scorer with 109 points on 77 attacks, 27 blocks and five aces in 71 sets played. His 27 blocks put him fourth on the team… Was the team’s fourth-leading scorer and second-leading blocker at the FIVB World Cup where he finished with 57 points on 38 attacks, 16 blocks and three aces in 29 sets played. The U.S. Men finished sixth… Started 15 out of 18 sets at the London Volleyball International Invitational, where the U.S. Men finished third. He scored 32 points on 24 kills, seven blocks and one ace. His hitting efficiency was 0.512 and his kill percent was 56. Russell started 10 sets and played in 27 during the FIVB World League, where the U.S. Men finished eighth... He finished with 20 points on 15 kills, four blocks and one ace. During the winter of 2010-11, Russell played for Vivo/Minas in Brazil's Superliga. 2010 – Was the U.S. Men's Team's fifth-leading scorer in 2010 with 115 points (2.21 points per set) on 70 kills (0.44 hitting percentage), 38 blocks (0.73 blocks per set) and seven aces (0.13 blocks per set). His 38 blocks was second on the team… Played in 25 sets and started 23 at the FIVB World Championship in Italy where the U.S. Men finished sixth. He was the team's fifth-leading scorer with 46 points on 29 kills, 12 blocks and five aces. Was the team's third-leading blocker and 29th overall with 12 blocks and 18 faults on 51 attempts for an average of 0.36 blocks per set...Played in 27 sets during the FIVB World League. He posted 43 kills (1.52 per set) and his .524 hitting percentage was the team-high. His 23 stuff blocks (.47 per set) were good enough for second place among the team's leaders and 33rd among the League's best blockers. He tallied a service ace and three digs. He finished the League with 41 points (1.52 per set). Played the winter of 2009-10 for HYPO Tirol Innsbruck in Austria. The team won its second-straight Austrian Cup Championship and finished fifth in the CEV Cup. 2009 – Russell was part of the U.S. Men's team that traveled to Brazil for five exhibition matches. The United States did not win a match; but Russell scored 30 points, including seven blocks, in 15 sets played... Russell saw limited playing time in five World League pool play matches.U.S. Men went on to finish sixth. 2008-09 –Played overseas for Austria's HYPO Tirol in the Middle European Volleyball Zone Association, winning the MEVZA Cup and the Austrian Cup.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Started in all 30 matches and all 113 games ... Named AVCA First-Team All-American... Earned All-MPSF First Team accolades... Finished the season fourth in the nation in hitting percentage at 0.454 and second in the nation averaging 1.52 blocks per game... Awarded MPSF Player of the Week honors on Feb. 19... Recorded two double-doubles on the season... Set new career highs with 19 kills vs. Stanford (Feb. 22), 33 attempts at UC Irvine (Feb. 15), six digs and 11 block assists at UC Irvine (Feb. 16), and three assists three separate times in the season... Eleven total blocks Feb. 16 tied for the third best mark in school history since adopting international rules in 2001... 172 total blocks is the second best mark in school history since adopting international rules and fourth all time... Led the team in hitting percentage (.454), blocks with 172 total (15 solo and 157 assists) on the season ... Recorded 10 or more kills in 13 matches. 2007 –A second team AVCA All-America honoree for the second straight season... Named to the All-MPSF Second Team... Team captain... Played in all 29 matches, starting 28... Played in a team-high 99 games during the season... Named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week Jan. 29 for his performance against Penn State and Loyola-Chicago at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Hawaii... Named the Outrigger Hotels Invitational Tournament Most Outstanding Player award... Set a BYU season record for block solos with 28, beating out the previous record of 22 formerly held by Ryan Millar... Led the team in hitting percentage (.438), total blocks (144), blocks per game (1.45), block solos (28) and block assists (116)... Led the nation in block solos (28)... Recorded double digits in kills in eight matches... Hit .500 or better in 11 matches. 2006 –Named to the AVCA All-America Second Team... Earned second-team All-MPSF honors... A Student Athlete Academic Center Scholar Athlete... Started all 27 matches and was the only player on the team to play in all 104 games... Finished sixth in the nation with a .456 hitting percentage and third in MPSF play at .462... Averaged 1.49 blocks per game, eighth in the nation... Fourth in the MPSF in blocks per game, averaging 1.53 in league play... Had 155 total blocks, tied for second most in a BYU rally scoring season... Had 143 block assists, the fifth most in a BYU season... Recorded double-digit kills 12 times... Hit .400 or better 18 times. 2005 – Played in 30 matches and appeared in 98 games... Started 13 matches... Recorded 107 kills while hitting .368... Totaled 67 blocks... Had a career-high 14 kills against Penn State on Jan. 6. 2004 – Freshman red shirt the year BYU won the NCAA National Championship.
CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS: In 2001, his Long Beach club team won the gold medal at the U.S. Junior Nationals and he was named an All-American… Named to Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50 in 2001… Played for Fountain Valley High School.
PERSONAL: Born Russell Kenneth Holmes in 1982 in Anaheim, Calif. ... Parents are Mark and Tamara (Tami) Holmes... Has a younger brother, Dane, and an older sister, Leah… Russell’s daughter, Sadie Rae, was born in June 2007... Russell served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to London, England... Started playing volleyball as a junior at Fountain Valley High School with friends… Graduated from Fountain Valley in 2001… Also lettered three years ... He enjoys beach volleyball, surfing and snowboarding… Russell is an Eagle Scout… He graduated from BYU in 2008 with a degree in sociology… His most admired person is his father: “for his patience, love, support, integrity and hard work. He is someone I aspire to be like as a father and husband”… His happiest moment in life was witnessing the birth of his daughter.
Last updated October 2012