2013 Preview: Washington State volleyball
The Cougars had only two losses in preseason play, posting three straight tournament sweeps with a nine-game win streak before the Conference slate began. Washington State finished last in the Pac-12 with three victories which came in the final eight matches of the season. Head coach Jen Greeny looks to lead the Cougars to a stronger finish with a squad led by seniors Marcelina Glab and Camryn Irwin and bolstered by the 14th-ranked recruiting class in the nation including three high school all-Americans.
» The majority of Washington State's leaders return from last season, including scoring leader JR OH Jaicee Harris. Harris saw 442 kills over the year, tenth overall in the Pac-12, and also contributed defensively with 286 digs.
» SR S Irwin returns for her third season starting at setter. After recording 1,140 assists last year, seventh in the conference, Irwin currently stands at sixth all-time for the Cougars in career assists with 2,323. Her leadership and ability to call the shots as setter will be an invaluable asset to the underclassmen on the team.
» SR MH Glab and JR MB Ver'Leea Hardaway look to continue their leadership defensively. The two were third and fourth respectively in scoring for the Cougars and led the team with more than 100 blocks each, combining for 242 of the team's 277.0 cumulative blocks.
» SO L Kate Sommer steps into the starting libero position for the second year after growing as the only freshman on the team. Sommer was sixth in the Pac-12 in digs per set with 4.06.
» Greeny will need to integrate a highly-touted and talented group of six freshmen with the returning Cougar letterwinners in order to craft a winning team for the 2013 season. Having seven players who will be in their third year in the Greeny system of play will provide additional leadership to the freshman class.
» Generating more offensive opportunities is a priority for the Cougars while continuing to improve defensively. With added height in the lineup and added depth at most positions WSU looks to build a cohesive squad that can compete regardless of the mix of experience levels on the court.