Carly Beddingfield, Class of 2015, was a standout volleyball player for Bosque School, and her collegiate experience has been equally stellar. Carly played her first two years for Long Beach State but will finish her collegiate volleyball career as a Lobo, having played her junior and senior years for UNM.
As she prepares to leave volleyball at the college level, Carly said she’s “sad to be finished with that part of (her life),” but is excited for all that is still ahead.
She played her final home game last week and has two away games this week, which will complete Mountain West Conference play. Though UNM will not see post-conference play in the NCAA tournament, Carly said there’s a 50/50 chance that UNM will be invited to the NIT (National Invitation Tournament). She said her team “will just wait to see whether they’ve made it to the postseason.” Carly was thrilled to see Bosque's 8th grade volleyball team members out cheering her on last weekend at her last home game.
Looking back on her college volleyball experience, Carly recalled a moment which set the tone for all that was to come. “It was my very first game as a freshman at Long Beach State,” she said. “I was just really scared; I had no idea what to expect,” she said. But she came out in that game and had some big blocks against their hitter. “I knew I was going to enjoy playing collegiately.” After that game, the nerves were gone. “They all went away,” she said.
Fast-forward a few years to another experience worth reflecting upon. In September, Carly and her UNM team had the opportunity to compete against Nebraska, a team typically in the top five and last year’s national champs. “It was a big, intense situation,” she said. But the seasoned vet said despite the enormity of the challenge, there were no nerves. Just excitement.
Outside of volleyball and school, Carly said she doesn’t have much time for anything else. When she graduates in May with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Communications and a minor in History, she said she may continue to play.
“It’s hard on your body,” Carly said. “(But) I want to play while I can.” She’s currently considering whether to take a year to play overseas or head to graduate school. “I’m not sure yet,” she said.
Among her many impressive career stats, Carly notes a career-high 14 kills against UCLA.
Good luck to Carly and the UNM team in their games tonight and Saturday against Wyoming and Colorado State!