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Hutchens to play volleyball at BSC

Press file photo Dickinson High outside hitter Keely Hutchens, back, goes up for a kill against Jamestown defenders during a West Region game on Oct. 16 at DHS gymnasium. Hutchens has committed to play at Bismarck State College for next season.

The Dickinson High volleyball team might need to build an expressway to Bismarck State College.

Keely Hutchens has signed her letter of intent to play for the Mystics in the fall of 2014. Hutchens is the fifth player in three years to play at BSC.

“I really liked (BSC head coach) Jeni (Walsh),” Hutchens said. “She really made me feel welcomed when I went there and toured. The campus and the coach is really what made BSC standout for me.”

The 5-foot-9 senior outside hitter knew she wanted to play collegiate volleyball, but she didn’t quite know where she wanted to play.

Hutchens spoke with Minot State, Minnesota State-Moorhead, Valley City State and Mayville State. However, BSC had everything she wanted: a great campus, a confident head coach and two very familiar faces — Rachel Schroeder, who was a freshman at BSC this past season, and Dickinson senior Sierra Rohr, who signed her letter of intent on Dec. 9.

“Rachel is already helping me out with any questions I had,” said Hutchens, who plans on majoring in Exercise Science at BSC. “It’s really going to be nice to have Rachel to turn if I have any questions about school and volleyball.”

Not only does Hutchens want to play at the next level, but she also talked with BSC head coach Jeni Walsh about continuing her career beyond the Mystics.

“I asked (Walsh) all these really hard questions about going on to play at different schools after BSC,” Hutchens said. “She told me I have a really good opportunity to move on after BSC. That just made me feel better about going there.”

Hutchens saw nearly every spot —except for setter — on the court for the Midgets this past season. She hopes playing nearly every position helps get her ready for BSC.

“I feel like that just got me ready to play college ball, because now I have experience all the way around,” she said. “I should be ready for some college volleyball.”