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Volleyball adds newest international player

Cougs find new setter from Mexico
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BRANDON WILLMAN
WSU volleyball eagerly sits and watches for their name to be called for the 2023 NCAA Tournament, Nov. 26, in Pullman, Wash.

Following the departure of Argentina Ung via the transfer portal, WSU volleyball needed a setter for the 2024 season, a position they filled with the addition of Italia Bernal.

Bernal, from Mexicali, Mexico, played for Mexico in the U19 World Championships and was one of the most impressive players on the team. Despite the departure of the Jen and Burdette Greeny coaching duo, the Cougs continue their tradition of looking to international talent to bring success to the program.

Despite her departure, Ung left glowing remarks for her successor, commenting on the WSU Volleyball Instagram announcement. 

“Mejor escuela no te pudo haber tocado,” Ung wrote. “Go Cougs.” 

In Mexico, Bernal played for the club COAST and formally UDEM and is listed at an even 6 feet, 0 inches. 

In the U19 World Championships, Mexico finished in 18 place, losing in a sweep to Serbia in a battle for 17th place. The starting setter for the nation, Bernal finished as one of the top 10 setters of any country for her play. She committed just five errors over 550-plus attempts. 

While an 18th-place finish is not ideal, her play earned her more attention and eventually a spot on the 2024 WSU volleyball roster. 

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BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor
Brandon Willman is a junior multimedia journalism student from Vancouver, Washington. He started working as a sportswriter for the Daily Evergreen in Fall 2022 and worked as copy editor in spring 2023. Brandon was elected to be the Editor-in-chief starting in summer 2023 and served in the position from May 2023 to February 2024 before transitioning to the role of multimedia editor. He enjoys watching sports, backpacking, and watching horror movies.