Rubright returns to roots

Rubright committed to WSU; has two more years of eligibility



WSU middle blocker Magda Jehlarova (15) prepares to spike the ball on Nov. 5, 2021, in Pullman.

KAT MCKINNEY-ROLEY, Evergreen reporter

WSU volleyball is bringing home Washington native Shea Rubright. 

Rubright played her last three years at Minnesota. The Gophers finished last season ranked No. 7 with a 22-9 record. 

“We are thrilled Shea is coming home and will be a part of the Cougar Volleyball family,” head coach Jen Greeny said.  

Rubright is a 6-foot-4 middle blocker that will fit nicely with star middle blocker Magda Jehlarova. Jehlarova was named an All-American earlier this year. 

Rubright played in 19 matches throughout the 2021 season and finished her career at Minnesota with 39 kills and a hitting percentage of .312%. 

“She will be a great asset to our team and the Pullman community. We can’t wait to get back to work in the spring,” Greeny said.  

Defensively, Rubright is a solid blocker. She recorded 45 blocks throughout the season. On Oct. 27 against Indiana, Rubright had three best solo efforts and five blocks overall.  

During the adjusted 2020-21 COVID-19 season, Rubright saw action in 13 matches, 12 of which were starts. Last spring, she recorded 36 kills and a career-high of 51 starts in sets.  

Rubright is also an extremely talented student as well as an athlete. She was named an All-Big Ten honors student in 2020 and 2021. Rubright is transferring this semester to pursue a political science degree at WSU. 

Rubright attended West Valley High School where she was named the Columbia Basin Big Nine Player of the Year two times and was also named an Under Armour All-American. She finished her high school career with 927 kills, a hitting percentage of .470 and 248 blocks. 

Rubright was one of the top recruits in the country and was involved with USA Volleyball’s youth program while in high school.  

Both of Rubright’s grandparents graduated from WSU in the 1960s. So Rubright’s commitment to WSU is a homecoming for the Rubright family, two generations in the making.  

The Cougs had a 20-12 season and saw two rounds of the 2021 NCAA tournament. Jehlarova, outside hitter Pia Timmer and former setter Hannah Pukis were all named American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans. Pukis transferred to Oregon at the end of the last season.  

The Cougs are excited to have Rubright behind the line as another fierce middle blocker in a conference of high-powered hitters.