April 19, 2012
PULLMAN - Anna Stecowska, a 6-0 opposite hitter from Athens, Greece, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Washington State University next season, Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny announced Thursday.
Stecowska (steh-cows-kah) is currently completing her AA degree at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Ariz. She played two years at EAC for coach Shari Kay and led the Lady Gila Monsters' volleyball team to an undefeated Arizona Community College Athletic Conference season in 2011. Stecowska earned conference Player of the Week honors twice in 2011. EAC went on to an eighth-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association Volleyball DI national tournament, losing in the fifth set at the NJCAA championships to No. 1 Blinn College. Stecowska earned first team all-region and second-team All-ACCAC honors in 2011 after being tabbed to the ACCAC honorable mention team in 2010.
"Anna is a strong, physical player with a great personality. She gives us maturity and some international experience that we need from a hitter," Greeny said. "As we are building this program we are looking for specific qualities both on and off the court and she definitely fits our mold. We are excited that she will be a part of the Cougar Volleyball family."
Stecowska has both indoor and beach experience and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, carrying a 3.68 grade point average at EAC. She plans to major in health and fitness or international business at WSU.
"I picked WSU because I felt a really good connection with the coaches," Stecowska said. "I observed that the coaches really care about the players personally. As I was visiting the campus, I became aware of how so many people care about the university and the campus. I really loved that family atmosphere. I was also aware of the importance and value of an education that WSU can provide me. Lastly, the obvious impact of being a Cougar and playing in the Pac-12 made my decision."