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Brittany Lawrence signs her letter of intent to play volleyball with Creighton.
On Wednesday, North Platte St. Pat's senior Brittany Lawrence made it official and signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Creighton University.She had waited a whole year to do so, ever since she committed to play for the Bluejays.
"It feels great," Lawrence said. "Everybody's been asking me, 'When are you going to sign?' and I've been ready to sign ever since I committed a year ago."
At 6-foot, 3-inches tall, Lawrence is one of the most dominant players west central Nebraska has ever seen. Case in point, often whenever a shorter opposing player was able to block one of Lawrence's hits at the net, a loud cheer would come from the section that team's fans were.
But Lawrence is more proud of the success the St. Pat's teams she played on had than any of the other individual accolades.
With Lawrence, the Irish made state tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012, her sophomore and junior years.
"I think my freshman year, we lost (in subdistricts) and we didn't want to have that feeling again," Lawrence said. "That motivated us to make state my sophomore and junior years. Not being able to make state this year, was sad, though."
Lawrence had a good choice of Division I suitors for her talents. But it ultimately came down to Creighton and Iowa State.
She said she could have easily gone to Iowa State. But she wanted to stay closer to her family and that was a big reason why she picked Creighton.
"Iowa State was great, but it's seven hours away and Creighton is a lot closer," Lawrence said.
Lawrence also chose Creighton because of its med school program. She said that she wants to major in either pharmacology or oncology.
"There was no doubt that having a good medical school played a factor," Lawrence said.
Than there's the volleyball program headed by volleyball coach Kirsten Bernthal-Booth.
"I really like Coach Booth," Lawrence said. "She's just amazing and really patient. She's always positive and she's always smiling."
In its first year in the Big East, Creighton is enjoying a very successful season. The Bluejays have an overall record of 18-6 and are 9-3 in the Big East.
Even though Lawrence chose Creighton for its proximity to North Platte, she should get an enjoyable experience traveling to some of the biggest cities in the country. The Big East has teams in or around New York City (St. John's), Chicago (DePaul), Washington, D.C. (Georgetown) and Philadelphia (Villanova), among others.
Lawrence was one of two Nebraska players to sign with the Bluejays on Wednesday. Lincoln Southwest star Marysa Wilkinson also made it official after being committed for over a year like Lawrence.