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Ellicott City's Russell preparing for Olympics with USA Volleyball

Ellicott City's Russell preparing for Olympics with USA Volleyball

It was the early hours of morning, but Stew Russell was wide awake as he sat huddled around his home computer screen.

Russell, an Ellicott City resident, was watching anxiously as his second oldest son Aaron competed with the USA Men’s National Volleyball team at the FIVB World Cup in Tokyo last September. And before long, as the United States navigated its way to a four-set victory over Argentina (25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20) to secure the title and a spot in the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the entire family had joined in.

“That was awesome,” Stew Russell said. “We were watching online on a live stream. I think they started 5:30 that morning or...

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