Russell Holmes was named to the Asics/Volleyball Magazine All-America Second Team. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- Russell Holmes received his second All-America honor of the year as he was named to the Asics/Volleyball Magazine All-America Second Team in the July issue of Volleyball Magazine. Holmes, a second-team All-MPSF honoree, was also named to the AVCA All-America Second Team.
After splitting starting a handful of matches in 2005 as a freshman, Holmes established himself as one of the most dominant middle blockers in the country in 2006, ranking sixth in the nation in hitting percentage (.456) and eighth in blocks per game (1.49). He was one of only four players in the country to finish the season in the top-10 in both categories.
Holmes finished the season with 155 blocks (143 assists, 12 solos), a total that is tied for second most in a season at BYU since rally scoring began in 2001. His 143 block assists tied him for the fifth most in school history. Against Cal State Northridge, Holmes set a career-high with 12 blocks (10 assists and two solos), tied for the second-highest BYU rally scoring total.
While posting impressive numbers, Holmes grew as a team leader. The sophomore from Fountain Valley, California, was the only Cougar to start every match and play in all 104 games in 2006.