PULLMAN, Wash. -- Seniors Camryn Irwin and Marcelina Glab have been named the captains for the Washington State 2013 volleyball team.
The pair of Cougar seniors were selected by third-year Head Coach Jen Greeny, assistant coaches Burdette Greeny and Shannon Hunt, volunteer coach Kali Gesser and operations coordinator Katie Hinrichs, along with players input using the volleyball program’s five pillars of passion, unity, thankfulness, humility, and servanthood.
“I think both Camryn and Marcelina have really showed their commitment to this program and the direction that we want it to go,” Greeny said. “That really showed in the way that their teammates view them and their work ethic and their leadership skills. I’m excited for both of them because as seniors they have this leadership role and really make a difference in this team their senior year.”
Irwin is a third-year starting setter from Brush Prairie, Wash. Her 2,323 assists at WSU is sixth-best in school career records. She is majoring in journalism and media production in the Murrow College of Communication.
“Being a captain to me is special because the way in which we choose our captains is through a team vote of a list of qualities, and so your team goes through and votes for work ethic, for respect, for relations with your other teammates and your coaches,” Irwin said. “To be voted is very meaningful in the sense that, not to be a leader, but to be a good teammate and to have your teammates respect you and to be able to show that respect back. To feel that desire and that want to be a leader, it’s really special to think about it.”
Glab is from Watertown, South Dakota and a four-year starter at middle hitter and was a co-captain last season. She was selected one of the Pac-12 All-Stars who competed in China in the 2013 summer. Glab is majoring in kinesiology/movement studies at WSU.
“It means a lot to be a team captain,” Glab said. “Our team really emphasizes our ‘five’ which are passion, unity, thankfulness, humility, and servanthood, and so you don’t necessarily need to have the best talent or skills to be a leader but, you really emphasize those five. I think that’s why it’s such an honor to be named a captain because your teammates think you are a well-rounded person, a good role model and leader. They look up to you in how you act, not necessarily how you play.”
The WSU volleyball team has eight returning letterwinners, including six starters from the 2012 squad, a junior college transfer, and six freshmen who have been tabbed the 14th-best recruiting class in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. The Cougars open the 2013 season at the Army Black Knights Invitational, Aug. 3 and Sept. 1, in West Point, NY, taking on Alabama, Seton Hall and host Army. The following weekend WSU hosts the Cougar Challenge Tournament with Eastern Washington, Montana, Texas Tech and South Dakota playing in Bohler Gym Sept. 6 and 7.
All road matches will be broadcast live in the Pullman area on KQQQ-AM radio (1150) and on the wsucougars.com website. Veteran broadcaster Steve Grubbs will be announcing his eighth season of Cougar volleyball.
The Pac-12 TV Networks will broadcast 14 WSU matches in 2013. WSU’s opening Pac-12 match will be at home against cross-state rival Washington Wed., Sept. 25, in a 7:30 p.m. contest to be televised live regionally on the Pac-12 Networks. Other TV contests for the Cougars include Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon State, Stanford and USC. The Nov. 6 match at Arizona State will be a Pac-12 Networks national telecast.