AUSTIN, Texas (December 6) – For the fifth time in program history and first since 2013 the MIT women's volleyball team received multiple selections to the Division III Volleyball Academic All-America Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday. Senior Tori Wuthrich (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) became the program's third repeat honoree as she was voted to the first team while classmate Megan Gebhard (Howell, Mich.) earned her first plaudit following her placement on the second team.
A two-time NEWMAC All-Conference first team selection, Wuthrich closed her career ranking second all-time at MIT in career digs per set (4.21) and third in career digs (1,975) while her totals this season in digs (582) and digs per set (5.02) rank fifth in the record book. A three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team qualifier, she is majoring in aerospace engineering. As a flight controls engineer at Boeing, Wuthrich tested autoflight control laws and analyzed results for commercial airplanes. In the MIT Model-based Embedded and Robotics Systems Lab, she implemented an algorithm for action planning of an autonomous underwater vehicle.
The program's first three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honoree and three-time NEWMAC all-conference first team pick, Gebhard ended her four seasons with the Engineers ranked second in career kills (1,625) and career kills per set (3.97). In addition, her hitting percentage (.280) and kills per set (4.00) this season stand eighth and ninth respectively in the MIT record book. Gebhard has been named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team three times while majoring in computer science. As an intern at Google, she developed features for interactive videos on YouTube and launched a face recognition API that improves the quality of pictures with people. When Gebhard was an intern at Spotify she launched an iOS feature to find friends who listen to the same artists. On campus, she is the department liaison and corporate representative for the MIT Society of Women Engineers.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and ranks third across all NCAA divisions with 255 honors. In addition, the women's volleyball program stands second with 22 selections as it trails Nebraska on the list.