WSU Set New Heights For New Season

WSU open season in BYU Invitational



WSU outside hitter Pia Timmer serves the ball during a scrimmage for season ticket holders, Aug. 20, at Bohler Gymnasium.

DAYLON HICKS, Evergreen reporter

As the season gets closer and closer, the WSU women’s volleyball program’s objective to reach a seventh-consecutive NCAA Tournament is officially on go.

In the previous season, WSU finished the year ranked at No. 23 in the nation after a postseason run to the NCAA tournament in the second round with a 20-12 overall record, its third 20-plus win season in the last four years.

Under head coach and Jen Greeny, reigning Pac-12 Co-Coach of the Year , WSU has been noticed for their consistency, earning a sixth-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Northern Colorado in the opening round. They are also the only team in the Pac-12 to finish in the top five each of the past four years.

“Washington State is our home and we love it here,” Greeny said. “There’s nothing better than building this program.”

On Friday, Greeny signed a contract extension keeping her in Pullman until 2026. Her original contract was through the 2022 season, according to WSU Athletics.

Practice started on Tuesday and leaders such as middle blocker Magda Jehlarova and outside hitter Pia Timmer continue to earn honors as they were both named to the Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference team.

However, there are a lot of athletes adding essential skills for the Cougars this season.

Argentina Ung, a junior who dealt with injuries last year is projected to be the starting setter.

She was on the Mexican National Team and earned MVP and Best Setter of the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation Challenger Cup Qualification this summer. She has been excellent in practice and has gained recognition for that starting role.

Julia Norville, a senior who played right back defense in her three years with the Cougars provides experience that is important for the young roster. She returns as No. 2 leading digger.

Karly Basham, a senior who transferred from Texas A&M last year in the libero position, has seen her ball-control improving throughout each practice this year.

Katy Ryan, a 2021 Pac-12 All-Freshman selection, is a rising star in the lineup for the Cougars.

With this cast of experienced seniors and young talent, the Cougars managed to secure transfers that are essential this year.

Shea Rubright (Minnesota), Molly Kipp (Baylor) and Laura Jansen (Arkansas-Little Rock) have adjusted well to the program.

The upcoming matches against Duke University, Rider University and No. 10 BYU are good tests for WSU to see what they do well and what they need to improve on.

Duke earned a 16-13 record while ranked ninth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 7-11 conference record.

Rider went 19-12 with a 14-4 conference record in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference that ranked them second in the 2021-22 season.

BYU went 30-2 with an 18-0 in the West Coast Conference, losing in the Sweet 16 to Purdue.

The matchup between WSU and Duke starts at 9 a.m. Friday in Provo, Utah. They will play Rider at 4 p.m. on Friday as well. WSU will compete against BYU on Saturday at 6 p.m.