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Chris Murphy, Published August 16 2013

Fergus Falls' Rasmusson commits to NDSU volleyball team

FARGO – For Fergus Falls’ Brianna Rasmusson, volleyball has been a part of her since the day she was born.


“My mom was a volleyball coach at the community college in Fergus Falls,” Rasmusson said. “My mom literally had me and the next day had to coach a volleyball game, so I’ve always been in the gym. They would always set up a net for me and I would practice serving. I definitely grew up around volleyball.”

The soon-to-be senior was born to be a volleyball player and Thursday she verbally committed to North Dakota State to keep it that way.

“I really liked the team that they had,” Rasmusson said. “The girls on it and the coaches are awesome. It’s close to home. I’m just really excited to be there next year. I’m really excited to challenge myself with volleyball at the next level.”

Ramusson may have been born into volleyball, but the 5-foot-10 setter grew into a complete athlete, as she’s a starting guard on the basketball team and qualified for the Minnesota track and field state meet in the triple jump as a junior. Deciding between basketball and volleyball wasn’t easy for Rasmusson.

“I looked at NDSU for basketball also and a couple other schools in Minnesota,” Rasmusson said. “I played a lot of AAU this summer. I think from that it helped make my decision. I could play basketball in college, but I could improve so much more in volleyball. Besides high school, I haven’t had the opportunity to play club volleyball or anything. I feel like I could improve more of my game there.”

Fergus Falls volleyball coach Renee Erickson is happier about where she decided to play more than what sport she chose.

“We’re really, really excited that she chose NDSU because it’s close to home,” Erickson said. “Selfish for me and the rest of us because we get to watch her. She doesn’t put herself above others. Team always comes first. She’s a great role model for young kids. She’s a good teammate. It all sounds like it’s too good to be true, but she’s just that good of a person. She’s the whole package as far as a good, well-rounded individual goes.”

Erickson couldn’t decide what sport Rasmusson was the best at, but she can’t wait to find out more.

“She’s a great basketball player,” Erickson said.

“She’s just an exceptionally gifted athlete. I’ve watched her for a long time and coached her for a long time. I’m just excited that I get to keep watching her play and see where she goes.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Chris Murphy at (701) 241-5548