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Braun to play volleyball for Minot State

Our Redeemer’s Christian School senior Kendal Braun signed a National Letter ofIntent yesterday afternoon to play volleyball for Minot State University, starting in the fall of 2021.

Braun transferred to ORCS her fifth grade year, starting her volleyball career right away, playing all the way up to her senior year. Due to her height, she has played the position of defenseive specialist/libero every year. When she moves on to MSU, she will continue as a libero.

At first, she was not planning to play volleyball for college, wanting to focus on her studies. However, during this last summer, she was at a volleyball tournament on MSU campus and Dana Cordova, the head MSU volleyball coach, approached her and asked if she would be interested in playing for the college.

At first, Braun told Cordova that she was interested in playing, but she wanted some time to think about, just to make sure it was something she really wanted to do. After mulling it over, she accepted. Braun will be getting a full ride scholarship for four years. She intends to use it to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Her ultimate plan is to become a registered nurse and possibly a licensed nurse practitioner in the future.

Being a student athlete and a freshman in college, she said time management will be an important part to getting her work done and keeping her grades up. Between going to class, weightlifting, practice, games and making time to study, she will be a very busy woman.

To make some money and gain some extra experience in the field, Braun said she most likely will get a job as a certified nurse assistant at the hospital here in Minot. However, she will only have her job during the off-season. Her main interest in the nursing field came from watching the series “Grey’s Anatomy.” She knew once she started watching it that she also wanted to be a nurse and her desire to be in the medicalfield was immediate.

It’s so strong that she already has some nursing and medical classes under her belt before getting to college. Braun wanted to stay local, and receiving the offer from MSU will allow her to do that.

She still has to finish her senior year and the region tournament championship game will be Our Redeemer’s against the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers today at 2 p.m. at Our Redeemer’s.

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