Weight: 200 lbs
High School/Grad Year: St. Charles North HS/2008
College: Brigham Young University
Personal: Born Russell Lavaja on Aug. 7, 1990... Parents are Russ and Susan Lavaja... Has one brother, Ryan... Sports hero is Michael Jordan... Rusty did not start playing volleyball until he was a high school sophomore. He played football and baseball until he hurt his back.
USA Volleyball Highlights: 2007 High Performance A2 Team
Club/Prep Highlights: Unanimous All-Conference honorable mention at St. Charles North High School...played for Sports Performance Club
Collegiate Highlights: 2009: Played in 28 of the team's 30 matches on the season and saw action in 97 sets on the year... Started 23 matches... Hit 152 kills on the season, averaging 1.57 per set... Recorded 13 service aces... Had a season high 10 blocks against Stanford on April 10, knocked down 13 kills against both USC (Feb. 7) and Cal State Northridge (April 25)... Ranked seventh nationally in blocks per set.