Aaron Russell

Volleyball

Name: Aaron Russell
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-9 (205cm)
Weight: 225 (98kg)
DOB: 6/4/1993
Birthplace: Baltimore, Md.
Hometown: Ellicott City, Md.
High School: Centennial High School
College: Penn State (2011-2015)
Other Career Highlights
  • Was the leading scorer for the U.S. Men in the final three matches of the 2015 FIVB World Cup as the U.S. won and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Won a gold medal and was the youngest member of the U.S. Men’s Team for the 2014 NORCECA World Championship Qualifier
  • Named Best Spiker at the 2014 World Championship Qualifier where he made his national team debut
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  • DID YOU KNOW?
  • In 2015, won the inaugural Karch Kiraly Award, presented by Off the Block blog, as the best outside attacker in NCAA DI-II men's volleyball
  • Helped Penn State reach the 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Men’s DI-II National Championship tournaments
  • Named 2014 and 2015 AVCA First Team All-American and 2013, '14 and '15 Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year
  • A member of the 2013 Men’s Junior National Team that competed at the FIVB U21 World Championship
  • A member of the 2011 Boys’ Youth National Team that won a bronze medal at the U19 Pan American Cup; scored a team-best 45 points
  • A member of the 2010 Boys' Youth National Team that finished second at the NORCECA U19 Championship. Russell was named best blocker
  • Was a top soccer player for Centennial High in Ellicott City, Md. The school did not have a volleyball team. He helped the girls’ team train
  • Played club volleyball for the Maryland Volleyball Club under Olympic gold medalist Aldis Berzins. Credits Berzins, Ric Lucas and his father for helping him succeed in the sport
  • Began playing both beach and indoor volleyball in 2008
Personal: Parents are Stewart and Marian Russell. ... Aaron is the second-oldest of five brothers. The other brothers are Peter (1992), Samuel (1995), Tim (1999) and Paul (2002)... Peter also plays volleyball professionally
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THE BIG BLURB
"There are some similarities. They both move similarly, they follow the same path. Matty played middle in high school, then moved to outside. They both have the ability adapt to whatever role the team needed of them." – Penn State Head Coach Mark Pavlik comparing Aaron Russell and Matt Anderson

The Quote
“It was relieving. And the way we did it too, winning World Cup… that whole summer our main goal was to win so we can accomplish that and also qualify for the Olympics. So after we did that, I mean it was definitely a great moment for us and it was a difficult tournament, too. I think we really discovered how good we are and how good we can be.” - Aaron Russell on qualifying for the Olympic Games

RELATED LINKS
Ellicott City's Russell Russell Preparing for Olympics with USA Volleyball – The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Russell Stands out at World Cup – USA Volleyball
Aaron Russell can’t play high school volleyball – The Washington Post

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