- Middle Hitter
- Psychology and Theology
Carlson currently holds a 3.704 grade point average as a psychology and theology double major with a business minor. She was selected the 2011-12 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award for women’s volleyball and is a three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team (2009-11). Carlson has also been named to the dean’s list and athletic director’s honor roll three times and is a member of psychology (Psi Chi) and theology (Theta Alpha Kappa) honor societies.
Carlson has strong integrity and moral values. She is not afraid to challenge her teammates to follow her example. She knows how to guide a teammate through a moral dilemma and how to confront a teammate when the team integrity is compromised. Carlson is also very compassionate and knows how to be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to bend, or a voice of reason. Her impact on the court is obvious, but her impact on the lives of her teammates off the court has been profound. She is a shining example to her teammates on how to be an excellent competitor, student and member of society.
Carlson has been a very active participant in community service since she first arrived on Marquette’s campus. As a student-athlete at Marquette, an institution annually selected by The Princeton Review as a “College with a Conscience,” service to others is something Danie takes very seriously. Carlson has lent her time every year at Marquette assisting MU’s Campus Crusade for Christ and Hunger Clean-up efforts. She has also served as a tutor at the Benedict Center in Milwaukee and volunteered at Milwaukee Adult Day Care Center this past year and Samaritan’s House in 2008 and 2009.
Carlson earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention for the first time in her career in 2011 and will look to become the only player in program history to earn repeat All-America honors in 2012. She also earned All-Northeast Region from the AVCA and was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection as a junior. The Marshfield, Wis., native ended the 2011 season ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division I in hitting percentage (.385; 349-57-759), the second-best single season mark all-time at MU. She is also the all-time program leader career hitting percentage with a mark of .338 (691-142-1,622) and owns two of the top seven single season hitting percentages in MU history.