8 - Kristen Brandsma
Kristen Brandsma
Height: 6-2
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Wendell, Idaho
High School: Wendell HS
College: College of Southern Idaho
Position: MB
Experience: TR
Club: Canyon Twin Falls

In 2012, helped lead the College of Southern Idaho to its 10th National Junior College Athletic Association national championship with a 3-0 sweep of Western Nebraska...averaged 1.23 kills per set while totaling 38 blocks and attacking at a rate of .329 during the season…prior to playing for the Golden Eagles at the College of Southern Idaho, spent the 2011 season at Carroll College on the women's basketball squad.

A 2011 graduate of Wendell High School in Wendell, Idaho…excelled on the basketball and volleyball court...still holds the school records in basketball for most blocked shots in a season and career at Wendell High School…earned second team all-state honors and first team all-conference honors, and on the volleyball court was the Wendell HS MVP as a senior as well as the WHS Female Athlete of the Year…played club volleyball with Club Canyon Twin Falls for head coach Jim Cartisser.

Born in Bemidji, Minn…parents are Ken and Deb Brandsma…has one brother (Justin) and one sister (Karsten)….majoring in child and adolescent development with the career goal of being a child life specialist…charity work includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Sunshine Ministries and McKallies Home of Future and Hope…grew up on a dairy farm and town had one stoplight…favorites include: Kerri Walsh (volleyball player), Wendell High School Gym (sports venue), LeBron James (athlete), Jake Owen and Luke Bryan (musical artists), Pinterest (website), Seattle Seahawks (athletic team), “Heavyweights” (movie), Jennifer Lawrence (actress) and ice cream (food).