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Madison Kingdon Rishel

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Madison Kingdon
Personal information
Full nameMadison Kingdon Rishel
Born (1993-04-20) April 20, 1993 (age 27)
HometownPhoenix, Arizona, United States
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight175 lb (79.3 kg)
Spike122 in (311 cm)
Volleyball information
PositionOutside Hitter
Current clubSouth Korea Hwaseong IBK Altos
United States University of Arizona
Azerbaijan Azerrail Baku
South Korea Hwaseong IBK Altos
National team
2016–Present United States

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Madison Kingdon Rishel (born April 20, 1993) is an American indoor volleyball player. She is a member of the United States women's national volleyball team and Hwaseong IBK Altos. She attended the University of Arizona, where she received both AVCA Indoor and AVCA Sand All-American honors.

High school[edit]

Kingdon attended Sunnyslope High School in Arizona, where she was a three-time Class 4A Division I champion. She was named to the Republic's All-Arizona team in both 2009 and 2010 and was selected for the A2 and USA Junior National teams. In 2010 she was named Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, Arizona Republic's Player of the Year and Prepvolleyball.com All-American. Kingdon currently holds the record for most kills at Sunnyslope.[1][2]


Kingdon started her collegiate indoor volleyball career at the University of Arizona in 2010, and later competed in Arizona’s Sand Volleyball program in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. She has one of the greatest indoor careers in Wildcat history ranking second in both career kills (1,943) and career digs (1,366). Kingdon lead the team to three NCAA tournament appearances and two AVCA Sand Volleyball Pairs Championships. As a senior Kingdon was named AVCA All-American Third-Team and AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American. She was the only player in the country to receive All-American honors in both indoor and sand volleyball during the 2014-2015 season.[1][2][3]

Professional Career[edit]

Azerrail Baku[edit]

Kingdon signed her first professional season with Azerrail Baku in the Azerbaijan Superleague in 2015. Azerrail was also a participant in the 2015-16 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League. Azerrail finished the 2015-16 Azeri season with a record of 11-4 advancing to the Superleague finals where they defeated runner-up Telekom Baku for the championship title. Kingdon was named Azerbaijan Superleague MVP. [4] [5]

Hwaseong IBK Altos[edit]

Following her season with Azerrail, Kingdon was selected as a sixth round draft pick to Hwaseong IBK Altos for the 2016-17 Korean V-League season.[5] The IBK Altos took home first place in the 2016 KOVO Cup and later defeated the Incheon Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders for the V-League championship title. Kingdon was named MVP of the V-League championships.[2][6]

Kingdon renewed her contract with the Altos for the 2017-18 season. In a five-set win over Suwon Hyundai E&C, Kingdon amassed 57 points with 52 kills, 22 digs and 47.3 kill percentage. This performance tied the Korean V-League record and is one point shy of the world record currently held by Azerbaijan’s Polina Rahimova.[7]

U.S. National Team[edit]

Kingdon debuted for the U.S. Women's National Team in the 2016 Pan American Cup where the U.S. took home a bronze medal. Kingdon was recognized as the 2016 Pan American Cup "Best Spiker". In 2017 she again represented the U.S. in the Pan American Cup in Peru this time claiming a gold medal for Team USA. Kingdon was also a starting outside on the U.S. Women's National Team in each of the 2017 FIVB tournaments taking 5th in the FIVB World Grand Prix and claiming a bronze medal in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. Kingdon was named "Best Outside Spiker" during the FIVB World Grand Prix round in Macao, China. She represented Team USA during the USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.[2][8]


Kingdon was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Martha and Russell Kingdon. She has one brother, Grant. She began playing indoor youth volleyball in 2005 for Arizona Storm. She is married to Paul Rishel.[2]



  • 2016-17 Azerbaijan Superleague “Most Valuable Player”[4]
  • 2016 Pan American Cup “Best Spiker”’’
  • 2016-17 V-League Championship “Most Valuable Player”’’
  • ‘’FIVB World Grand Prix Macao 2017 "Best Outside Spiker"


  • 2015–16 Azerbaijan Superleague - Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Azerrail Baku
  • 2016 V-League - Simple cup icon.svg KOVO Cup Champion, with Hwaseong IBK Altos
  • 2016–17 V-League - Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with Hwaseong IBK Altos


  • 2014 AVCA All-American Third Team
  • 2015 AVCA Sand All-American[2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Madi Kingdon". arizonawildcats.com. Retrieved Feb 5, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 “Madi Kingdon”. teamusa.org. Retrieved Feb 5, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 “Kingdon’s Indoor and Sand Triumphs Stand Alone”. arizonawildcats.com. June 9, 2015. Retrieved Feb 5, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "2015–16 Azerbaijan Women's Volleyball Super League". wikipedia.org, Retrieved Feb 6, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Kingdon Wins League Title, MVP in First Year" arizonawildcats.com. May 4, 2016. Retrieved Feb 6, 2018.
  6. "Hwaseong IBK Altos" wikipedia.org. Retrieved Feb 6, 2018.
  7. "Kingdon Scores 57 in Korea, One Shy of World Record" teamusa.org. December 8, 2017. Retrieved Feb 6, 2018.
  8. "USA Volleyball Cup". wikipedia.org. Retrieved Feb 6, 2018.

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