CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third year in a row, the MIT women's volleyball team saw multiple players earn Capital One Academic All-District honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. Senior Kristine Bunker (Falmouth, Mass.) received her third selection while junior Jenny Astrachan (Austin, Texas) was tabbed for the first time. The duo, which accounts for one-third of the all-district honorees, will represent the Engineers on the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month.
Bunker currently ranks 14th in the nation in hitting percentage (.381) while leading the NEWMAC in the same category. Within the league, she also stands sixth in block assists (56), seventh in solo blocks (11) and total blocks (67), and ninth in kills (269), and blocks per set (0.60). Majoring in mechanical engineering, Bunker is a three-time NEWMAC academic all-conference honoree. Most recently, she interned at the Saucony Human Performance and Innovation Lab where she collected and analyzed running motion capture to assess running gait and forces. Bunker also designed a new footboard to standardize data collection for motion capture.
A two-time NEWMAC academic all-conference pick, Astrachan ranks fifth on the team in kills (137) and aces (30). An electrical engineering and computer science major, she was a software engineer intern at Google where she developed testing infrastructure for advertisements and worked on a system to cache and replay ads on search. As an intern at the University of Texas Applied Research Laboratories Advanced Technology Lab, Astrachan applied sonar research to the navigation of autonomous underwater vehicles. She is a member of the MIT Gordon Engineering Leadership program and has been inducted into the Tau Beta Pi (Engineering) and Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) honor societies.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and ranks third across all NCAA divisions with 203 honors. In addition, the women's volleyball program stands second with 17 selections as it trails Nebraska on the list.