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West to East: Fieltsch commits to Seawolves Volleyball

Author: S. Guimond

Posted on Apr 14, 2023

Category: ACAA , Volleyball , Varsity Sports

Carsten Fieltsch has officially signed with the men’s Seawolves volleyball  program. 


Originally from Victoria, BC, Carsten will be graduating from Oak Bay High school and will trek across Canada for the next chapter in his academic and athletic career. He has been a multi-sport athlete since he was young, participating in soccer, basketball and volleyball but has always favored volleyball as his main sport. He is going into his fifth club season with the Victoria Volleyball Association where, in the past, he was a middle blocker for the U17 team. He attended Provincials in Richmond, BC and Nationals in Edmonton, AB. In his current school season, his seventh ranked team placed fourth at the BC Provincial Championship and second place at his zone Championships where he received an MVP award.

Carsten’s involvement in sports has a broad range, including squash, hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Most of his time was spent outside of a school setting to practice and develop his skills. In addition to sports, he played the piano for five years, but it was clear that his true talents leaned towards sports.

“Playing volleyball has been very important for my physical and mental health. I also love the teamwork and socialization of being on a team.”

Carsten chose UNB Saint John because he is ready for an adventure, and he wants to experience living in a new city. He heard great things about Saint John and the University from the staff at his school and his friends. Playing at the university level has been a dream for Carsten, so when Coach Karatzios reached out to him, he was excited. After speaking to the coaching staff, he knew that playing for the Seawolves and attending UNB Saint John was the right fit for him. He will be taking the Business Administration program once he arrives in the fall to work towards his MBA and aspires to become a financial officer.

His journey as an athlete and life overall has been impacted heavily by his parents, who are his biggest role models. Carsten’s father inspired him to become an athlete, taught him a lot about volleyball and has been a positive influence throughout. Resiliency runs deep in Carsten’s family, in grade six his mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer, and he witnessed his entire family pull together in a time of adversity. The massive support within his family and the strength of his parents during an extremely difficult time taught him to live life to its fullest.

When we asked Carsten about his goals for the upcoming season as he begins his endeavor with the Seawolves, his response was simple, based on his outlook that has been fostered over the years:

“My goals are to progress as a volleyball player as well as impact the team in a positive way!”

Head Coach, Dino Karatzios reached out to Carsten shortly after his application came in and quickly realized he would be a perfect fit for the team. The combination of being athletically strong and well-rounded in his skills gives Carsten the ability to play more than one position. Although he plays middle in Victoria, he also passes and plays defense which is a rarity for a middle in the sport of volleyball.

“He has a good sense of the game, he is very quick and is not scared to go for the long dives, he’s six foot two with a good vertical and a smart hitter”.

Carsten will give the team additional flexibility due to his ability to play middle and/or outside. Time will tell what position works best for him, but Coach Karatzios is very impressed that he is capable of playing more than one role on the team. He is polite, hardworking and has a strong sense of family.

Welcome to the Seawolves Family Carsten!