10 - Tatiana Berger
Tatiana Berger
Height: 5-9
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: Pine Crest
Position: OH
Major: Chemistry
Team: Ocean Breeze

2013: Played in 107 sets...323 kills...192 digs...38 aces...23 blocks...ranked fifth in the NEWMAC in kills and sixth in kills per set (3.02)...led the team in kills, ranked third in digs and fourth in aces...generated seven double-doubles in kills and digs...tallied 18 kills and 14 digs versus Bowdoin (10/5)...produced 16 kills against Rivier (8/30), Framingham State (9/28), and Clark (10/1)...totaled 12 digs versus Stevens (9/7) and Bates (9/13)...earned four aces versus Emerson (10/29)...Regis Pride Invitational tournament MVP...NEWMAC Player of the Week (9/30)...NEWMAC academic all-conference...NEWMAC all-conference second team...NEWVA Senior Classic.

2012: Played in 115 sets...234 kills...91 digs...38 blocks...ranked fourth on the team in kills and blocks...posted 13 kills versus Western New England (10/13)...registered 11 kills against Coast Guard (9/26), Williams (10/19), and Springfield in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament (11/3)...tallied 10 kills and five blocks versus Babson in the first round of the NEWMAC Tournament (10/31)...recorded 11 digs, eight kills, and three aces against WPI (9/1)...Regis Pride Invitational tournament MVP...MIT Quad Tournament all-tournament team...NEWMAC academic all-conference.

2011: Played in 63 sets...117 kills...107 digs...22 aces...18 blocks...ranked sixth on the team in kills and digs...notched 12 kills versus Plymouth State (10/1) and Western New England (10/15)...collected 12 digs against Connecticut College (9/24)...tallied three aces versus Regis (9/3), Connecticut College (9/24), and Bridgewater State (10/22)...posted three blocks against Tufts (9/24) and Amherst (10/21)...NEWMAC academic all-conference team.

2010: Played in 62 sets ...114 kills...71 digs...21 aces...12 blocks...ranked fifth on the team in kills...posted season-high 16 kills and two blocks against Springfield (10/23)...had 11 digs versus Keene State (9/4)...registered three aces against Williams (9/24).

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in chemistry with a minor in biology and a concentration in Spanish...worked for the Pentelute Laboratory under the supervision of Bradley Pentelute as she manually synthesized peptides using Boc-synthesis...conducted a UROP for the Sinskey Laboratory where she researched different properties of Ralstonia eutropha...member of the Panhel Community Service Committee...vice-president of Philanthropic Service of Sigma Kappa sorority...also served as the co-summer house manager and community service chair for Sigma Kappa...Boldsteps Chair of Global Poverty Initiative...MIT Campus Crusade for Christ.

Why I Chose MIT: I was first attracted to MIT's impressive academics, great emphasis on research, and hands-on work. I loved the innovative approaches to the world that MIT students embody, and the hard-working attitudes of all the students and the athletes that I met. When I got to know the volleyball team better, I longed to be a part of that family. It was wonderful to see the volleyball players working together cooperatively both as an athletic team, and as classmates. I wanted to attend a school that would support my commitments to volleyball, work, research, academics, extracurricular activities, and even allow some free time in my hectic schedule to kick-back with friends. I was moved by the students and faculty at MIT, and I yearned to be a part of the MIT family.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Pine Crest High School...four-year letterwinner...captain senior year...runner-up in FHSAA State Championship (2007)...Sun-Sentinel honorable mention...two-time Sun-Sentinel second team all-county...two-time Miami Herald first team all-county...graduated as Pine Crest all-time kills leader...Beta Honors...National Spanish Honor Society...National Society of High School Scholars...AP Scholar with Distinction...National AP Scholar...AVCA Team Academic Award (2008, 2009).

Club: Ocean Breeze Volleyball Club (two years), Boomers Volleyball Club (two years), Club Florida (two years).