Jen Greeny has her team trending up on the volleyball court and in the classroom so Washington State has decided to keep the Cougars alumnae around. The coach recently signed a contract extension through the spring of 2018.
The Cougars, which finished 5-15 in the Pac-12 after a 13-0 start, still have a long way to go before reaching the heights the program attained when it went to the NCAA tournament eight times between 1993 and 2002.
But the three-time All-Pac-10 player at WSU has improved a program that went winless in the conference the year before she came aboard, and the talent in the program should improve thanks to the incoming 2013 recruiting class that was ranked No. 14 in the country by PrepVolleyball.com.
The Cougars also finished last season with a perfect score of 1,000 in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rating, although the team’s four-year rolling average is so low that it will incur penalties because of an abysmal score under the previous staff.
Washington State also recently extended baseball coach Donnie Marbut’s contract. The Cougars went 24-30 this season and 14-16 in Pac-12 play, a five-game improvement in conference play over last season.
The Washington State women’s second varsity eight crew earned a spot in today’s petite final after finishing sixth in the A/B semi at the NCAA Championships at Indianapolis’ Eagle Creek Park.
The Cougars finished in 6 minutes, 48.324 seconds, 3 seconds ahead of Harvard, which took seventh.
The Cougars’ varsity four dominated the C/D semifinal, winning in 7:47.318, 10 seconds ahead of second-place Harvard.
WSU’s varsity eight took second place in the C/D semifinal.
• The Gonzaga men’s junior varsity eight-plus boat took second place in the semifinals of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. GU’s varsity eight boat took fifth place in the semifinals. Both boats earned spots in today’s finals.
Tyler Davis (11-2) struck out eight and allowed only four hits in his first career complete game and Washington beat Georgia Tech 8-0 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament’s Oxford Regional in Oxford, Mississippi.
Washington (40-15-1) had 11 hits.
Washington pushed ahead 1-0 in the first inning and then broke it open in the fourth with four more runs. The Huskies scored all of their runs in the fourth with two outs.
Braden Bishop and Brandon Berry each had three hits.
The Spokane Shadow defeated WestSound of Bremerton 1-0 at Spokane Falls Community College for the team’s first home victory. Nick Hamer scored in the 67th minute.
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