Russell earns Karch Kiraly Award

May 04, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Senior Aaron Russell has been voted as the recipient of the 2015 Karch Kiraly Award, presented by Off the Block blog. The inaugural award is presented to the best outside attacker in NCAA DI-II men's volleyball at the conclusion of the regular season.

Russell received a total of 65 votes, including 16 first-place votes to earn the award. The voting committee is comprised of more than 30 collegiate men's volleyball head coaches as well as volleyball reporters from around the nation.

Russell recently earned his third consecutive Uvaldo Acosta Memorial EIVA Player of the Year award. With the honor, he became one of only two in Penn State program history to repeat as EIVA Player of the Year in three consecutive seasons.

Having led the team offensively with double figure kills in all but two matches this season, Russell also earned his fourth consecutive First Team All-EIVA selection this year. In addition to EIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors three times this season, he also earned his first career AVCA/Sports Imports DI-II National Player of the Week award following a trio of standout performances during the spring break trip. With a team-high 4.70 kills per set, his average ranks second nationally and leads the conference. On the NCAA DI active all-time leaders list, his 1,484 kills ranks first in DI and is the second-most among all divisions.

The Karch Kiraly Award was named after former U.S. Olympian and UCLA All-American Karch Kiraly, who currently coaches the women's volleyball indoor national team. The honor is one of several end of season awards presented by Off the Block. Russell was also a finalist for the Off the Block/Springbak Inc. National Server of the Year award this season.

Last Updated May 08, 2015