Freshman Madison Carsten isn’t fearful playing varsity volleyball.

“I’ve been playing with these guys since I was in fourth grade,” Carsten said. “So it’s kind of just normal for me and I just go out there and just play.”

Carsten put together an excellent game against Perham spiking 14 kills, collecting nine digs, two blocks and an ace serve. Her good play on both defense and offense helped W-DC get a 3-1 win.

“We wanted to just come in and play our hardest and not take anything lightly,” Carsten said of her mindset in the Perham game. “Just getting the momentum going is really our key to winning games.”

Coach Sue Volkmann notices Carsten’s focus and it’s a reason she finds herself as one of W-DC’s top offensive players.

“She plays way beyond her years,” Volkmann said. “She is one of our go-to players, a really good athlete and a good jumper. In the Perham game, she really stepped it up in the fourth game and helped us put it away for us.”

Older sister Mackenzie Carsten helped out with 36 set assists against Perham and the Madison and Mackenzie combination is something Volkmann likes to see.

“They work well together,” she said. “They are very close.”

Madison and Mackenzie have played with each other for awhile. Their chemistry is also one of the keys to W-DC’s success.

“It’s just really fun to play with her,” Madison said. “It’s a really great experience for me.”

For Madison, she wants to just work hard at becoming the best volleyball player she can be. As a freshman she knows all eyes are watching her and teams may pick on her as a weakness.

“She really loves the game of volleyball,” Volkmann said. “She plays it year round. She’s going to be a very, very good player by the time she is a senior. She will be stronger which is the only thing holding her back from being a dominant player right now.”

Carsten has high expectations not only for herself, but for the rest of the team moving forward the rest of the season.

“We really need to focus on getting the energy and momentum going,” Cartsen said. “We hope to make a far run in the section playoffs. We come into practice ready to work hard.”

Cartsen prides herself not only with her spikes, but also her digs.

“I really go all out for it with my effort,” Madison said.