VOLLEYBALL ADDS GONZAGA TRANSFER JESSIE GENGER
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State head volleyball coach Ruben Volta announced today that Gonzaga’s Jessie Genger will transfer to Sacramento State and enroll as a junior in the fall of 2011.
Genger, a 5-foot-11 outside/rightside hitter from Kent, Wash., played the past two seasons at Gonzaga of the West Coast Conference. In two years with the Bulldogs, Genger appeared in 43 matches, including 21 starts. She combined to average 1.53 kills, 0.49 digs and 0.34 blocks per set while appearing as an outside and rightside hitter.
Last season, Genger started 18 of the 28 matches in which she appeared, and finished the season averaging 1.86 kills, 0.56 digs and 0.29 blocks per set. She tallied double figures in kills on four occasions, including a career-high 13 against Idaho. She added her first career double-double (12 kills, 12 digs) three weeks later against Santa Clara. Genger performed well against two Big Sky Conference opponents, finishing with nine kills and a .412 hitting percentage against Portland State, and 11 kills at Montana.
As a freshman in 2009, Genger appeared in 15 matches (three starts), and 32 sets. She had season totals of 18 kills, three aces, nine digs and 15 blocks. Her season high of six kills came against Washington early in the season.
“Jessie is a talented player that can play any position on the front row,” Volta said. “She played middle in club, and on both the left and right sides at Gonzaga. Her versatility will help us and I look forward to coaching her for two years.”
Genger prepped at Kentwood High School in Covington, Wash., where she holds the school record for career hitting percentage (.293) and the record for aces in a match (14). She was a two-time first team all-state selection and two-time league MVP while helping the Conquerors to league titles all four years (including a pair of district championships). She played seven years for the Kent Juniors Volleyball Club, the same club that produced former Hornet standout Kristin Lutes.
Genger will join a Sacramento State squad that finished 15-17 overall and 8-8 in the Big Sky last season despite a roster that averaged just 19 years of age and routinely started at least four underclassmen. In fact, the Hornets, who were playing without projected starters at setter and middle hitter all season because of injuries, return all but one player from last year’s roster.