First Recruit Signs To Play For Coach Falkenhagen
Thursday, May 15, 2003
Bemidji, Minn. - Junior college transfer Katie McKenzie (Hibbing, Minn.) has signed a letter of intent and will be the first recruit to play for new head coach Kim Falkenhagen for the 2003 season.

“ Katie has an upbeat personality and a drive to be successful,” said Falkenhagen. “She has been playing since the fifth grade and has a good background with her defensive skills. We will look to play her at libero.”

McKenzie was a two-year starter at Hibbing Community College where she played in all 91 of the possible games in 2002 - she spent time at setter and outside hitter. She was first on the team in service aces (74) and second in total assists (291) and digs (205) as a sophomore. On the diamond, McKenzie excelled in softball as well. She was a Second Team All-North Region pick after being an honorable mention selection as a freshman.

At Hibbing High School, McKenzie participated in both volleyball and softball. She participated all four years in volleyball and started at setter her senior season. Her mother was an assistant coach on the volleyball squad and was a member of the 1975 state championship team. That was the first title for any program at Hibbing High. For softball, she was a four-year letterwinner and was a Hibbing Daily Tribune Player of the Week.

Falkenhagen comes to BSU after a three-year stint as assistant coach at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas. She helped the Buffaloes to the NCAA Division II round of 16 in each of her three years on staff, including national quarterfinal appearances in 2000 and 2002.

The Beavers ended the 2002 season 11-17 overall, 8-10 in NSIC play, a marked improvement from the 2001 squad which finished 8-23 overall and just 4-14 in the conference. Highlighting the season was a six-match home winning streak that was an extension from the 2001 season. It was the longest since the Beavers won eight consecutive from Oct. 1, 1988 - Oct. 12, 1989. There was also a three-match overall winning streak which was the longest since BSU won four straight from Oct. 28, 2000 - Nov. 10, 2000.