11 - Alyssa Rothman
Alyssa Rothman
Height: 5-8
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Plainview, N.Y.
High School: Plainview JFK
Position: S
Major: Biology
Team: Monarch Volleyball Club

2011: Played 40 sets...237 assists...45 digs...10 blocks...nine aces...ranked second on the team in assists...dished out 34 assists versus Stevens (9/9)...had 10 digs against WPI (11/1) in the NEWMAC tournament quarterfinal...earned two aces versus Regis (9/3) and Newbury (9/23)...posted two blocks against Stevens (9/9), Coast Guard (10/29), and WPI (11/1)...MIT Coach's Award.

2010: Played 55 sets...342 assists...77 digs...13 aces...dished out 42 assists against Springfield (10/23)...compiled 16 digs versus Keene State (9/4)...earned three aces against Endicott (9/4) and WPI (10/26)...recorded a pair of blocks versus Endicott (9/4).

2009: Played 129 sets...1,197 assists...215 digs...46 aces...25 blocks...ranked third on the team in aces and fourth in digs...led MIT with 50 assists against Coast Guard (9/29)...collected 16 digs versus Amherst (10.24)...registered four aces against Union (10/3) and Brandeis (10/23)...had three blocks versus Rivier (10/8) and Wellesley (10/27)...NEWMAC second-team all-conference.

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in biology with a concentration in Spanish...conducted malaria research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research...scheduling officer for MIT-EMS...MedLinks...Alpha Phi.

Why I Chose MIT: I chose MIT because I felt that it would offer me an education in the sciences that could not be matched by any other school. The professors at MIT are some of the best scientists in their respective fields, and students have the opportunity to become involved with the cutting edge research that these professors are working on. Not only did I choose MIT for my science education and preparing me for medical school, I wanted to go to a school where I could still continue my athletic career as well. The volleyball team is one of my favorite parts of being a student here, and it is nice to be surrounded by teammates who understand how to handle rigorous academics while still being dedicated to their sport.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Plainview JFK High School...captain junior and senior seasons...all-conference...two-time all-county...team MVP...four-time Scholar Athlete...also played softball...captain senior year...all-conference...two-time all-county...team MVP...Scholar Athlete...AP Scholar...Silver and Bronze on National Spanish Exam...Excellence in Spanish Award...National Honor Society...Spanish Honor Society...Tri-M Music Honor Society...all-county choir.

Club: Monarch Volleyball Club (two years), Long Island Juniors Volleyball Club (one year).

Personal: Daughter of Kathleen and Sheldon Rothman...family member played water polo at Queens College.