Volleyball brings Rubright home
PULLMAN, Wash. – Kick starting the new year, Washington State volleyball head coach Jen Greeny has dipped in the transfer portal signing Shea Rubright (Yakima, Wash.). The Washington native comes home after spending the last three years at Minnesota playing for the Gophers. Rubright will still have two years of eligibility for the Cougs beginning in the fall of 2022.
"We are thrilled that Shea is coming home and will be a part of the Cougar Volleyball family," said Greeny. "She will be a great asset to our team and the Pullman community. We can't wait to get to work the spring!"
A 6-4 middle blocker, Rubright helped lead the Gophers to the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament in the fall as Minnesota finished the 2021 season ranked No. 7 in the country with a 22-9 overall record. On the year, Rubright played in 19 matches for the Gophers finishing the season with 39 kills while hitting .312. She would add 45 blocks on the defensive side of the net including coming up with a five block night against Indiana on Oct. 27 that saw her record a career-best three solo efforts. The year prior the big middle would play in 13 matches with 12 starts in the spring recording 36 kills and career-best 51 starts.
Rubright prepped at West Valley High School where she was a two-time Columbia Basin Big Nine Player of the Year as well as an Under Armour All-American. She finished her high school career with 927 career kills on .470 hitting to go with 248 career blocks. She was named one of the top recruits in the country out of high school and has been involved with the USA Volleyball youth program throughout her career.
In the classroom Rubright excelled in her time at Minnesota earning Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2020 and 2021. She will join the Cougs for the spring semester and will plan to study political science while at WSU.
She has Crimson and Gray in her blood as both her grandparents, Marla and Bill Borton graduated from WSU in the late 1960s.