Aug. 30, 2011
Jordan Russell, a Moriarty High School product, from Stanley, N.M., recently sat down with GoLobos.com to talk about her role with the Lobos and what It's like to be the only junior on this year's team. As the only junior, Russell is surrounded by three seniors, four sophomores and seven freshman that all help make up the 2011 Lobo volleyball team.
Q: What’s it like being the only junior on the team?
A: At first I thought it was kind of weird and didn’t know what to think about it, but I’m really close with the seniors and I’m really close with the sophomores, so it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The seniors have kind of taken me in as a part of their class.
Q: What is your role on the team?
A: I think I bring solid leadership to the team. I like to be around for the girls and am there for them if they need anything from me. I’m also there if coach Nelson needs to call on me for anything. My role is to be there for everybody, whether that is on or off the court. I’m pretty much willing to do anything my teammates or coach Nelson needs me to do.
Q: What is your major?
A: Elementary Education
Q: What do you want to do when done with school and volleyball?
A: I would like to be an elementary teacher eventually, but if I have the opportunity to coach somewhere, either at a high school or as a graduate assistant at a college, I would really enjoy that.
Q: If you could play any other sport what would it be and why?
A: I would play Basketball. I played basketball all through high school and I’ve actually played basketball longer than I have played volleyball. It has always been part of my family and has always been a sport that I’ve loved. (Jordan was a shooting guard at Moriarty High School, where she earned all-district and all-metro honors during her playing career.)
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I like hanging out with my family. My dad owns a ranch outside of Sante Fe, so I am all about riding horses and being outdoors.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
A: Jackie Kennedy. I’m just really interested in that time frame. I think she presented herself well and was just a very good role model for people to look up to.
Q: Do you have any pre game rituals?
A: If I wear a bow in my hair, Ashley Rhoades has to tie my bow for me.
Q: Why did you choose New Mexico?
A: When I got the opportunity to come here it was a pretty easy choice for me to make because my family is here and I grew up here. It meant a lot for me to have my parents, sisters, nieces and nephews be able to watch me play and get to experience me being in my hometown and having become a Lobo.
(Jordan has three older sisters: Krystal (28), April (30) and Heather (32))
Q: Red or Green Chile?
A: I like both actually. If I have something I can put chile on, I will.