Former Trinity standout Messer transfers to Dickinson State

Breanna Messer shouts instructions during Dickinson State's volleyball scrimmage on Saturday morning. Messer, an Class B all-state selection at Dickinson Trinity High School in 2008, has transfered to DSU after spending one season at Concordia College. She must redshirt this season because of NCAA and NAIA transfer rules. (Photo by Dustin Monke)

Breanna Messer is back in Dickinson.

But, you’re going to have to wait a little while to see her back on the court.

The former Dickinson Trinity High School standout has transferred to Dickinson State after spending her freshman season at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. However, she left Concordia in midway through the 2010 spring semester because of medical reasons, meaning she must use the upcoming season at DSU as a redshirt year.

Messer said being closer to her family was the main reason to transfer. It didn’t hurt that DSU had recruited her out of high school.

“I was presented with the opportunity to play here so it made my decision coming back here much easier,” Messer said.

DSU volleyball coach Ryan Platt said Messer will likely be looked at to lead the Blue Hawks’ junior varsity team, which is being revived after a long absence, and will play a role similar to what a scout-team quarterback would play in football.

“It’s too bad Bree can’t play this year, but she’s going to be solid for us after that,” Platt said.

Messer said even though she’s not playing this year, she’s excited to be back in front of hometown fans and on a team with players she grew up with — Dickinson High graduates Shaunda Dvorak and Whitley Abrahamson are junior starters for DSU, redshirt freshman libero Rebecca Johnson was in the same grade as Messer at DHS and Messer played with redshirt setter Danielle O’Donnell at Trinity.

“This team, there’s a lot of local girls here,” Messer said. “Being with them, it’s nice. I know how they play. It’s a good mix, just to play with different girls. But I think we come together well.”

Check out the full Dickinson State volleyball preview in the Friday, Aug. 20 edition of The Dickinson Press.

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