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Rams announce Grasman as first recruit for 2018-19

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO – The Ryerson Rams women’s volleyball team is building on their national championship roster as the team announces their first recruit for the 2018-19 season in Kate Grasman.

A native of Komoka, Ont., Grasman plays the middle position with the London Volleyball Club.

Prior to this season Grasman played with the Forest City Volleyball Club where she found success, medaling at both the provincial and national level.

Grasman has also played with Team Ontario at the 16U, 17U, and the Elite level just last year where she lists the highlight of her athletic career taking place.

“In my volleyball career so far I have had many amazing opportunities but the highlight of my athletic career up to this point would have to be going to France with the Team Ontario Elite program and training against and with the French Youth National Team. We also got to train alongside some women from the Senior National team program which was an amazing experience that I will never forget,” said Grasman.

Self-described as coachable, a hard worker, an academic of the game, and a three-time honour roll student at London Christian H.S., Grasman will be studying either Social Work or Child and Youth Care in September.

“We are very excited to welcome Kate to our team at Ryerson,” said Rams head coach Dustin Reid. “On the court her combination of athleticism, work ethic and versatility make her a great fit with our lineup. Away from the court she’s passionate about her area of study and making a difference in her community. On top of all these qualities she comes from a kind and supportive family. We’re looking forward to seeing her in the blue and gold this fall.”

Grasman chose Ryerson for a variety of reasons including academics and location but it was the team dynamic that sold the newest Ram.

“Throughout my career I have had some great coaches and when I visited with Dustin and Becky [Zeeman] on my visit, I could immediately see that they are very passionate…and have a strong will to win,” said Grasman. “I also appreciated how sincere they were and how they care about their athletes as people and want what is best for them as they develop on and off the court. This is very important to me to have that kind of support. On my visit the girls made me feel extremely welcome and at home and I knew that Ryerson would be a great fit for me.”

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