16 - Nicole Gagnier
Nicole Gagnier
Height: 5-9
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Our Lady of Mercy
Position: S
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Team: A5 Volleyball Club

2013: Played in 115 sets...1,137 assists...207 digs...34 blocks...28 aces...led the NEWMAC in assists and assists per set (9.89)...ranked second on the team in digs...generated eight double-doubles in assists and digs...tallied 54 assists, 13 digs, and two blocks versus Stevens (9/7)...posted 51 assists, 10 digs, and four kills against Bowdoin (10/5)...compiled 31 assists, 11 digs, four blocks, and three kills versus Amherst (10/26)...had a season-high 17 digs at Vassar (9/6)...currently ranks seventh all-time at MIT in career assists (2,164)...earned four aces against Wheaton (10/10) and Emerson (10/29)...Vassar College Invitational all-tournament team...MIT Quad Tournament MVP...AVCA New England all-region team honorable mention.

2012: Played in 48 sets...378 assists...73 digs...19 aces...tallied 40 assists, three aces, and two blocks versus Smith (9/15)...compiled 38 assists, five kills, and five digs against Worcester State (8/31)...collected eight digs versus Marian (9/8).

2011: Played in 76 sets...649 assists...139 digs...35 blocks...32 aces...led the team in assists, ranked third in digs, and fourth in aces and blocks...ranked second in the NEWMAC in assists...dished out 45 assists and had four blocks versus Plymouth State (10/1)...collected 12 digs against Wellesley (9/20) and Springfield (9/27)...earned four aces at Wheaton (10/18).

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in aerospace engineering with a minor in French...completed an internship at Boeing working in propulsion with the engine performance team...Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president...athletics chair for Alpha Phi sorority.

Why I Chose MIT: For me, there was not just one reason why I chose MIT but several that combined provided the best fit for me. Being able to go to school in Boston was definitely an influence since I consider it such a vibrant and interesting city. The endless academic opportunities speak for themselves and you get the chance to share them with an incredibly talented body of professors as well as students. Finally, volleyball was a big factor in my college decisions and at MIT I felt at home with the welcoming players and coaches. I loved the overall feel and dynamics of the program. It was something I could not put a finger on but I knew it was the place to be for me.

High School: A 2011 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School...captain senior year...all-area team...all-county...team advanced to the Elite Eight, recording the program's first state tournament wins in 2010...Prepvolleyball.com third team academic All-American...Fayette County Student Athlete of the Week...Vince Dooley Award Top-10 Finalist...ranked third and seventh in the state for aces in a match...was a member of the cross country team which placed fourth in the state championship while she finished 56th out of 200 individuals...was also a member of the track and field team...valedictorian...National Honor Society...third in National French Examination...National Merit Commended Scholar...yearbook editor (two years)...student government president.

Club: A5 Volleyball club...captain senior year.