PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University’s Camryn Irwin has begun her professional volleyball career in Europe.
Irwin, a senior setter and team co-captain of the Cougars 2013 volleyball, started the new year playing with team Smack BIP USA in the Mimmo Fusco Tournament in Latina (Rome), Italy, Jan. 3-5. Highly-respected Italian Federation coach Tommy Ferrari mentored Irwin’s team and the tournament consisted of four teams including USC Munster from Bundesliga, the top division in Germany, the U23 Italian National team and Fronsinone, an A1 Italian team. Irwin was the team captain and the tournament matches were televised nationally in Italy and other countries.
The Smack BIP USA team was sponsored by Bring It Promotions, the same company that organized the 2013 Pac-12 USA All-Stars trip to China that WSU Coach Jen Greeny and player Marcelina Glab participated in last summer.
Irwin next joined the 14th annual January European Exposure Tour which started in Milan, Italy, at the Italian Olympic Training Center. She was picked up on the second day of the tour by a visiting Cuban/Italian coach to go back to Austria with him and play for ASKO Steg-Linz in Linz (www.volleyball-linz.at/). Linz is in the top division of the Austrian League and as one of the top teams in the region also plays in the Middle European Zone (MEVZA) Championships against the top teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Czech, Slovakia and Hungary. Irwin’s season runs until late April of 2014 and if she chooses to continue her professional career will find another team this Fall for the 2014-15 FIVB League season.
Irwin, from Brush Prairie, Wash., was a three-year letterwinner at WSU and accumulated 3,390 assists, fourth-best on WSU’s all-time career list. In addition to her success on the court, Irwin was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection.
“In the last 15 years, I have worked continuously towards that goal of being a professional athlete and experienced an immense amount of joy doing so. Joy derived from the competition, the passion, and most importantly, the people,” Irwin said. “I was very fortunate to have experienced these joys playing for the WSU volleyball program and in the Pac-12 Conference. It prepared me physically, mentally, and emotionally to play at the next level. With the opportunity to play professional volleyball internationally, I couldn't be more excited.”
Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said, “We’re very excited for this opportunity for Camryn. It should be a great experience for her. Being at Washington State and at the Pac-12 have prepared her well for her professional career.”