Carlson & Utzerath Ink National Letters of Intent;
Thursday, November 13, 2003
BEMIDJI, MINN. -- Bemidji State Head Volleyball Coach Kim Falkenhagen announced the signing of high school seniors Brittney Carlson (New Prague, Minn.) and Chelsea Utzerath (Beaver Dam, Wis.) to National Letters of Intent for the BSU program today. The early signing period began Wed., Nov. 12.

“ Both can capture a spot immediately,” said Falkenhagen. “I am really looking forward to them playing here and helping us bring further success to this program.”

Carlson, a 6-0 middle blocker, was a member of the Kaepa Northern Lights club team based in Burnsville, Minn. She has been a part of the Ultimate High Junior Youth-17 Team for two seasons. A student at New Prague High School, Carlson helped her volleyball squad to a second-place finish in the Missota Conference and a 10-17 overall mark for the 2003 season. Also, Carlson competed on the track squad and has earned two letters apiece in band and academics. A talented student, Carlson ranks in the top 40 in the senior class of approximately 240.

“Carlson brings height as well as a lot of volleyball background as far as club ball and a successful high school program,” said Falkenhagen. “She is fast and very intelligent at her position.”

Utzerath, a 6-0 outside hitter, played her high school ball at Beaver Dam High, which is an institution in the Division I Wisconsin Little Ten Conference. Utzerath led her club to a regional appearance this season and was the only junior starter in 2002. Her totals of 45 block assists and 25 solo blocks were a team high as a junior. Utzerath is a member of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll, basketball and softball teams. In 2002-03, Utzerath was recognized on the all-conference basketball second team.

“Chelsea is going to fill in at outside hitter,” said Falkenhagen. “She brings quickness, a quick arm swing that we can utilize as well as good passing fundamentals.”

Bemidji State caps off the 2003 season on the road with a visit to SW Minnesota State Friday and Wayne State (Neb.) Saturday. The Beavers already have their most successful season since the 1999 club, with the 14-16 overall mark.