Hometown/Birthplace: Loomis, Calif./Sacramento, Calif.
Position: Outside Hitter
Club Team/Coach: NCVC Black 18-1 /Tyson Norton
High School/Grad Year: Del Oro High School/2011
College: UC Irvine
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Selected to the U.S. Men's Youth National Training Team. 2011 – Selected to the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Training Team. 2010 – Selected as an alternate to the Boys’ Youth National Team… Attended USAV A2 Camp (Blue Team) in Wisconsin Dells. 2009 – Captain of the Boys’ Select A1 National Camp (Gold Team) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
COLLEGE: Russell plays for UC Irvine… he helped the team earn two consecutive NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Champion titles (2013, 2012). 2013 – He was named Sports Imports/AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Week… named ESPN Zone Anaheim Anteater of the Week.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2010-11 AVCA First-Team Boy's High School Senior All-American…2011 Co-MVP of the Sierra Foothill League as well as a three-time first team honoree…awarded Varsity team Player of the Year…2011 All-Metro Boys Player of the Year and All-City Team…selected to 2011 Sacramento Optimist All-Star team …named to Volleyball Magazine 2011 Fab 50 and second team All-American… named 2011 High School Boy Athlete of the Year…had career-highs of kills versus Rocklin and blocks against Granite Bay…named to Volleyball Magazine's 2010 Top 25 Underclassmen…named team co-MVP in 2010… All-Tournament team selection at Bellarmine Invitational and Chico Tournament as well as MVP of the Del Oro Invitational… also played varsity basketball where he earned two-time second team all-league honors…member of the Del Oro basketball team that played in the 2008 DIII League Championships held at Arco Arena. While playing club for NCVC from 2009-2011, Russell helped his team earn 3 top-30 finishes in the Open Division at Junior Nationals.
Born: Kyle Elton Russell (1993) in Sacramento, Calif.
Family: Parents are Craig Russell, Lisa Russell-Artale and Christopher Artale… Kyle has three older sisters: Jamie Russell (1991), who is the middle hitter at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (2009-2011), Meghann Artale (1989) and Kate Artale Whitney (1991)
College Major/Grad Year: Sociology/2016
Hobbies/Interests: listening to music, playing and watching sports, surfing and hanging out with friends
Admires: “I admire my parents for always being there for him and supporting him in everything he does and his sister, Jamie, for being a great friend, mentor and the reason he started playing volleyball.”
Professional Team: San Francisco Giants
Athlete: Kevin Durant
Actor/Actress: Mila Kunis
Moments in Life: “Winning back-toback (2012, 2013) NCAA National Championships.”
Did you know?
Kyle wanted to quit volleyball the first two weeks he started playing.
“Growing up, I was forced to go to my sister’s volleyball tournaments, and one day her coach approached me asking if I’d like to try out for a boy’s club team. I did, and for first two weeks of practice I didn’t like it and wanted to quit. Then, one day everything just clicked, and I found I excelled at playing and really fell in love with the sport. I always thought I would play basketball in college; however, after playing both basketball and volleyball in high school, I decided my true love was volleyball and that that’s what I wanted to do in college. I owe my love for volleyball to my sister.”
Updated May 2013