8 - Paul Syta
Paul Syta
Height: 6-2
Year: So.
Hometown: Fairport, N.Y.
High School: Fairport
Position: S
Major: Management and Mathematics
Team: Pace Bootlegger Volleyball Club

2012: Played in 98 sets...879 assists...38 aces...152 digs...61 blocks...ranked second on the team in digs, third in aces, and fourth in blocks...was 18th in the country in assists per set (8.97)...dished out 57 assists versus Emmanuel and then had 52 against Stevens in the same afternoon (2/26)...earned five aces versus New Jersey City Univ. (3/24)...collected 12 digs against D'Youville (1/27) for the first of three double-doubles during the season (Emmanuel on 2/26 and NYU on 3/3)...registered seven blocks versus Kean (2/25).

2011: Unable to compete due to injury.

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in management and mathematics with a minor in economics...was an Equity Research intern at Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc.

Why I Chose MIT: I chose MIT because it offered the best combination of highly reputed academics and competitive athletics, all a short T ride away from the heart of Boston. I knew that if I went to MIT I wouldn't have to sacrifice my education to play an elite level of volleyball. The coaching staff is extremely involved and invested in the team's success, not only on the court, but off it, too. I've already learned so much about volleyball and myself, and I've only just started. I'm excited for the rest of my career at MIT.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Fairport High School...three-time first team all-county...three-time All-Greater Rochester...All-Greater Rochester co-player of the year during senior season...Red Raider award winner...valedictorian...Harvey Anderson Male Student of the Year...National Merit Commended Student...AP Scholar with honors...National Honor Society for two years.

Club: Pace Bootlegger Volleyball Club (six years)...five-year captain.

Personal: Son of Joe and Diane Syta.