Cougs head to Colorado Springs and Team USA tryouts
PULLMAN, Wash. – Katy Ryan and transfer Shea Rubright will join coach Jen Greeny at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) at Colorado Springs as part of the open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team, and U.S. Collegiate National Teams February 25-27. Greeny, the 2021 Co-Pac-12 Coach of the Year, will be part of an elite staff of coaches from around the country training the national team hopefuls over the three-day event.
Ryan is coming off her first season of collegiate volleyball in which she earned Pac-12 All-Freshman team honors for her play. Throughout the season, Ryan was called upon to carry a major load offensively as she helped lead the team into the second round of the NCAA Tournament once again. In all, Ryan ended her inaugural campaign with 249 kills averaging 2.18 kills per set on an impressive .326 hitting. She finished the season with seven double-digit kill performances including season bests of 19 & 15 in two matches against rival Washington. She would post 12 in the Cougs' final match against Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition to her offense, Ryan developed her defense throughout the season ending the year with 77.0 blocks and 48 digs.
Previously, Ryan has been a member of the USA Volleyball Women's indoor U20 National Training Team.
The newest Coug, Rubright transferred to WSU in January after three years at Minnesota. While a Gopher, 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.
USA Volleyball will announce the selections by the end of March once roster spots are accepted and confirmed.