1 - Jeremy Velazquez
Jeremy Velazquez
Height: 5-11
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Chelmsford, Mass.
High School: Chelmsford
Position: DS/L
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Team: Beantown Volleyball Club

2012: Played in 121 sets...230 digs...registered a .962 service reception percentage as the team's primary passer...led the team in digs...totaled 15 digs versus Emmanuel (2/26)...also had 13-dig performances against Stevenson (2/11) and Kean (2/25)...dished out 11 assists at Fontbonne (3/10)...broke the MIT record for career sets played with 473 (previous mark was 472)...graduates ranked third all-time at MIT in career digs with 805...Nazareth College Golden Flyer Invitational all-tournament team...AVCA 15 Dig Club (2/26 vs. Emmanuel)...MIT Defensive Player of the Year.

2011: Played in 106 sets...229 digs...ranked second on the team in digs...compiled a .952 service reception percentage as the team's primary passer...notched seven kills, three aces, and three blocks at Regis (1/20)...had seven 10-dig performances, including 15 digs versus Lasell (3/4) and Endicott (3/10)...AVCA 15 Dig Club twice...MIT Defensive Player of the Year.

2010: Played in 120 sets...35 aces...161 digs...ranked fourth on the team in aces and digs...posted seven kills against Elms (2/27)...recorded five aces at Regis (3/31)...collected 11 digs versus Endicott (2/9)

2009: Played in 126 sets...35 aces...185 digs...ranked third on the team in aces and digs...had five kills at Lesley (1/21)...recorded five aces versus Southern Vermont (1/30), Daniel Webster (2/10), Lesley (2/17)...totaled 15 digs at SUNY New Paltz (1/16)...AVCA 15 Dig Club.

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in materials science and engineering...conducted research in oral nanoparticle immonuotherapy at the Irvine Lab...studied polymer thin films for continuous manufacturing of pharmaceutical tablets in the Trout Lab.

Why I Chose MIT: Knowing that my mother went to MIT, it was actually not where I had envisioned myself going when I was younger. Fate would have it, however, that somehow my interests developed into making MIT the perfect fit for me (medium size, strong engineering and science programs, a solid DIII volleyball team, a great alumni network, good financial aid, etc.). The summer before my junior year of high school Coach Dill instructed my court at my mother's volleyball camp. I thought he was fun and awesome (I still think he is fun and awesome). I had not intended to apply to colleges based on volleyball programs before meeting Coach Dill. One of the biggest draws for me was the people. I noticed so many vastly different personalities as I walked down the hallways of my tour; so different, yet so much the same highly motivated and capable person as the one behind him. After visiting multiple times I began to develop a sense for the personality and energy of the school's student body, and I felt excited just to sit there watch. So, I knew I was definitely applying to MIT, and if I got in, I knew I was going.

High School: A 2008 graduate of Chelmsford High School...two-time Lowell Sun player of the year...Lowell Sun all-star...MIAA Sportsmanship Award...two-time Boston Globe and Boston Herald all-scholastic team...three-time team MVP...Chelmsford High School Scholar Athlete...National Hispanic Scholar...Holy Cross Book Award.

Club: Beantown Volleyball Club (four years), Latitude Volleyball Club (one year).

Personal: Son of Karyn Altman...mother played volleyball at MIT and went on to coach both the men's and women's varsity volleyball teams at MIT.