Sept. 6, 2012
Shelby Russell comes to Southern Miss following standout career at Niceville High School where she was a four-year letterwinner. She was voted her team's captain. Russell was named Big School All-Sports Association NWF Daily News Player of the Year while earning Niceville High School Most Valuable Player. She was a Subway High School All-Star and helped her team capture three district and one regional championship.
Russell, one of nine freshmen, will play in the libero/defensive specialist position.
Full Name: Shelby Elizabeth Russell
Name as you want it to appear: Shelby Russell
Family members (parents + include ages with siblings): mom: Debbie Russell, dad: Robert Russell, brother: Robbie Russell
Family members who competed in college or professional athletics (where and when): Mom at Penn State University in basketball.
Hobbies/Interests: volleyball, running, working with children, beach
Are you involved in any organizations or honor societies on campus? FCA
Why did you choose Southern Miss? It was the right choice for me, and I loved the campus and what the university offered.
Favorites Athlete: Kerri Walsh
Movie: The Help
TV show: One Tree Hill
Sports team: Penn state
Place on campus: the football stadium
Cartoon character: Minnie Mouse
Volleyball player: Kerri Walsh
First started volleyball (age/grade): 6th grade/11
Most memorable match: Beating Leon in regional finals to go to state final four
My favorite thing (s) about Southern Miss Volleyball is/are: All the girls and the friendships that form
Before each match I ... (do what): I always straighten my hair for volleyball matches
This summer, I did (What are you doing now? - classes, working, etc.): worked out, went to the beach, worked
The best thing about Hattiesburg is: The people
If I wasn't playing college volleyball, I would be ... (doing what): Going to school at FSU majoring in premed
My idea of happiness is: Being happy with who you are and happy with your life
My role models are: brother, mom, and dad
What talent would you like to have? Be able to dance!
Fantasy job/career: famous singer!
One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: get married
Post-college/career plans: pediatrician or dermatologist
If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: my boyfriend!
The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is: I can't live without: my family
Greatest invention of the last 100 years: Smart phones!!!
What is your greatest fear? Cock roaches
What is your greatest achievement or regret? So far it would be big school all area Player of the Year, and Homecoming Queen
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To read minds