Name: Kyle Russell
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-9
Weight: 205
Birthplace: Sacramento , Calif.
Hometown: Loomis, Calif.
High School: Del Oro High School/2011
College: UC Irvine (2016)
Other Career Highlights
  • Played on the 2015 and '18 Pan American Cup teams
  • 2013: Selected to the U.S. Men's Youth National Training Team
  • 2010: AVCA First-Team Boy's High School Senior All-American
  • 2010: 2011 Co-MVP of the Sierra Foothill League as well as a three-time first team honoree
  • 2010: awarded Varsity team Player of the Year
  • 2010: 2011 All-Metro Boys Player of the Year and All-City Team
  • 2010: selected to 2011 Sacramento Optimist All-Star team
  • 2010: named to Volleyball Magazine 2011 Fab 50 and second team All-American
  • 2010: named 2011 High School Boy Athlete of the Year
  • 2010: had career-highs of kills versus Rocklin and blocks against Granite Bay
Personal: Born: Kyle Elton Russell (1993) in Sacramento, Calif.... Parents are Craig Russell, Lisa Russell-Artale and Christopher Artale... Has three older sisters: Jamie Russell (1991), who was a middle hitter at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Meghann Artale (1989) and Kate Artale Whitney (1991)... “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.”

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.”