TWIN FALLS — Wendell High School graduate and 2012 College of Southern Idaho volleyball player Kristen Brandsma has committed to California State University, Fullerton.
Fullerton plays in the Big West Conference. Last season, the Titans went 15-16 overall and finished .500 in conference play at 9-9.
“The team seems like a bunch of really great girls, and they have a great attitude toward success,” Brandsma said. “That’s something I really wanted from CSI was the attitude of winning to carry over to my next school. I really liked the team, and the coach is awesome. You can’t beat the weather, either.”
The Titans haven’t had a lot of recent high-end success, but they view Brandsma as a player who can help them move forward in a challenging league.
“Just from talking to their coaches, I like the direction they’re going,” CSI head coach Heidi Cartisser said. “I think Kristen will definitely contribute to their program.”
Last season, Brandsma hit with a .329 efficiency for the Golden Eagles, adding 1.23 kills and 0.68 blocks per set. She played one season at CSI after transferring from Carroll College in Montana, where she signed to play basketball out of high school.
Brandsma will enroll this month, but she’s not on scholarship until the fall, she said. She will sign a National Letter of Intent when the regular signing period opens April 17 and will have two seasons of eligibility with the Titans.
Aside from CSUF, Brandsma listed Dixie State College, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a host of Division II schools among her suitors.