5 - Sharon Hao
Sharon Hao
Height: 5-8
Year: Jr.
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
High School: Lynbrook
Position: DS
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Team: City Beach Volleyball Club

2012: Played in 123 sets...232 digs...42 aces...ranked third on the team in aces and fourth in digs...recorded 11 digs and six aces at Mount Holyoke (10/27)...also collected 11 digs against Springfield in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament (11/3)...tallied 10 digs versus Roger Williams (9/21), Brandeis (9/22), WPI (10/4), and Bridgewater College (10/12)...earned six aces in the season-opener with Husson (8/31)...NEWMAC academic all-conference...CoSIDA academic all-district...CoSIDA second team Academic All-America.

2011: Played in 41 sets...105 assists...61 digs...18 aces...eight blocks...ranked third on the team in assists...tallied 19 assists and seven digs versus WPI (9/2)...earned three aces against WPI (9/2) and Newbury (9/23)...had two blocks versus Suffolk (9/2) and WPI (9/2)...NEWMAC academic all-conference team.

2010: Played in 103 sets...833 assists...178 digs...33 aces...26 blocks...led the team in assists and ranked fourth in digs and aces...was fourth in the NEWMAC in assists per set...dished out a season-high 45 assists against Coast Guard (10/30)...collected 17 digs versus Bowdoin (9/10)...recorded six kills against Wheaton (9/7)...earned five aces versus Brandeis (10/23)...Stevens Invitational all-tournament team.

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in electrical engineering and computer science...software engineer intern at Facebook, working on the iPhone app Facebook Camera...was an intern with WeaverMobile, a startup that makes iPhone applications, she assisted with the programming of the applications...did a UROP in underwater robotics where she worked with the PR2 (large robot) to collect data used for autonomous, long-term underwater mapping...also a member of the MIT women's basketball team.

Why I Chose MIT: I chose MIT because I would be able to continue being a student-athlete -- something I had been doing for almost my entire life. Not only would I be studying with and learning from some of the greatest minds in the world, I'd also be able to keep doing what I love, with the greatest teammates and coaching staff that I could ever ask for. MIT is awesome.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Lynbrook High School...three-time team MVP...league MVP...also played basketball and was team MVP...CCS Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year...Lynbrook Female Senior Athlete of the Year...seven-time Scholar Athlete...National AP Scholar.

Club: City Beach Volleyball Club (two years), Vision Volleyball Club (two years), Hang Ten Volleyball Club (one year).