COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 18, 2015) – Five things you might not know about U.S. middle blocker and 2012 Olympian Russell Holmes.
- He got a late start in the sport of volleyball, not competing seriously until age 17. He was a high school soccer player.
- He says if he weren’t playing volleyball professionally, he would want to be a professional photographer. He posts his photography at his tumblr site: russellholmes.tumblr.com
- He is an Eagle Scout
- His close friends in high school nicknamed him “Russell the love muscle.”
- His favorite band is Muse. He enjoys listening to electronic music and rock while training and at home.
Find out more about Russell on his USAV bio.
Russell Holmes has announced that he will be returning to Asseco Resovia Rzeszow, where he played the 2015 winter season and won the 2015 Polish league (Plusliga) championship. U.S. outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke also plays for Rzeszow.
In a battle of top U.S. players, outside hitter Matt Anderson and Zenit Kazan defeated middle blocker Max Holt and Dinamo Moscow, 31-33, 21-25, 25-17, 25-16, 16-14 on Nov. 14. Anderson scored 12 points on nine kills, two blocks and one ace. Holt scored eight points on six attacks, one block and one ace. It was Moscow’s first loss of the league season.
Libero Erik Shoji, outside hitter Paul Lotman and the Berlin Recycling Volleys improved to 4-0 in the Bundesliga with a 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 win over setter Matt West and SWD powervolleys Duren on Nov. 14. Lotman scored eight points on six kills and two blocks and was credited with 16 receptions, 62 percent positive. Shoji was credited with 25 receptions, 48 percent positive. West did not score, but set his team to a .465 hitting efficiency in the three sets.
Middle blocker Scott Kevorken was the leading scorer for SVG Luneburg in its Nov. 14 loss to VSG Coburg/Grub, 29-27, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 15-8. Kevorken scored 10 points on a match-high eight blocks, one kill and one ace. Kevorken out-blocked the entire opposing team, 8-1.
Setter Graham McIlvaine and TV Ingersoll Buhl fell to United Volleys RheinMain, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15, 25-16 on Nov. 14. McIlvaine scored three points on two blocks and an ace and set Buhl to a .297 hitting efficiency. American outside hitter Peter Russell played as a substitute and scored two points on two kills. American outside hitter Daniel Tublin did not play in the match.
Setter Kawika Shoji and Akas Spor Kulubu defeated Bornova Anadolu Lisesi, 25-16, 25-22, 25-22 on Nov. 14. Shoji scored three points on two aces and a kill and set his team to a .586 hitting efficiency.
Opposite Will Price and Istanbul BBST fell to Maliye Milli Piyango, 25-22, 25-22, 25-16 on Nov. 14. Price started the first two sets and scored 11 points on 11 kills.
Setter Micah Christenson and Cucine Lube Banca Marche Civitanova improved to 5-0 in the league after defeating outside hitter Aaron Russell and Sir Safety Conad Perugia, 25-16, 25-22, 25-22 on Nov. 15. Christenson scored two points on one kill and one block and set his team to a .442 hitting efficiency. Russell played as a substitute, started the third set and scored two points on two kills. He was also credited with 10 receptions, 50 percent positive.
Middle blocker Taylor Averill, outside hitter Brian Cook and Tonazzo Padova fell to Exprivia Molfetta, 25-16, 26-24, 25-22 on Nov. 15. Averill scored seven points on five kills and a team-high two blocks. Cook played as a substitute, started the third set and finished with three points on three kills.
Opposite Murphy Troy and Lotos Trefl Gdansk fell to 25-17, 25-20, 25-19 on Nov. 14. Troy started the first and third sets and scored eight points on seven kills and one ace.
Libero Dustin Watten and Nancy fell to Sete, 25-13, 25-22, 25-22 on Nov. 13. Watten was credited with 14 receptions, 93 percent positive.
CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Kawika Shoji and Arkas Izmir are 2-0 in Pool A after defeating Bulgaria’s Marek Union-Ivkoni Dupnitsa, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18 on Nov. 17. Shoji scored six points on two kills and four blocks. He set the team to a .472 hitting efficiency. Also in Pool A, Erik Shoji, Paul Lotman and the Berlin Recycling Volleys fell to Belogorie Belgorod, 25-18, 25-17, 26-24 on Nov. 17. Lotman started the first two sets and scored one points on one kill. He was also credited with 10 receptions, 50 percent positive. Shoji was credited with 13 receptions, 62 percent positive.
In Pool C, middle blocker David Smith and the French team Tours defeated Belgium’s Noliko Maaseik, 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21 on Nov. 18. American Jace Olsen also plays for Tours.
Matt Anderson and Zenit Kazan also improved to 2-0 with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-19 win over Montenegro’s Budvanska Rivijera Budva. Anderson scored eight points on seven kills and one ace.
Aaron Russell led his team with 17 points and was named best receiver as Sir Safety Perugia beat CEZ Karlovarsko of Czech Republic, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 on Nov. 18. Russell scored on 15 kills, one block and one ace. He was credited with 19 receptions, 53 percent positive. With two victories over Karlovarsko, Perugia should advance to the next round.