8 - Paul Syta
Paul Syta
Height: 6-2
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Fairport, N.Y.
High School: Fairport
Position: S
Major: Applied Mathematics and Management
Team: Pace Bootlegger Volleyball Club

2014: Played in 102 sets...750 assists...226 digs...126 kills...51 blocks...31 aces...led the team in assists and aces, was second in digs, and fourth in blocks...recorded 41 assists and 10 digs at Stevens (3/22)...registered 40 assists and three aces versus Medaille (3/9)...tallied 38 assists, eight kills, four blocks, and three aces at Wentworth (2/15)...totaled 37 assists and 11 digs against #6 UC Santa Cruz (2/20)...produced 35 assists, 14 digs, four blocks, and four kills versus #7 Elmira (2/8)...generated 12 digs, five blocks, and five kills in a rematch with #6 UC Santa Cruz (4/5)...posted nine kills and a .500 hitting percentage versus Hunter (4/4)...collected a season-high 15 digs and added six kills at Endicott in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (4/19)...Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Division III Preseason All-America (receiving votes)...Johnson & Wales Invitational Most Outstanding Player...MIT Scramble Tournament MVP...UVC All-Conference second team...UVC All-Academic...AVCA All-America second team...CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team...CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large second team...MIT Team MVP...graduates ranked third all-time at MIT in career assists (2,845), fifth in career assists per set (8.45), eighth in career digs (634), 10th in career aces (93).

2013: Played in 120 sets...1,216 assists...256 digs...97 kills...56 blocks...24 aces...led the team in aces, was second in digs, and third in aces and blocks...ranked sixth in the country in assists per set (10.13)...set the MIT record for assists in a season...amassed 61 assists and 22 digs against Stevenson (2/24)...tallied 56 assists, 14 digs, and seven kills versus #14 Vassar (2/24)...also generated 56 assists and nine digs against #13 Baruch (1/27) and Emmanuel (3/21)...produced six blocks versus Sage College (3/10)...Nazareth College Golden Flyer Invitational all-tournament team...MIT Invitational all-tournament team...MIT Scramble Tournament all-tournament team.

2012: Played in 98 sets...879 assists...38 aces...152 digs...61 blocks...ranked second on the team in digs, third in aces, and fourth in blocks...was 18th in the country in assists per set (8.97)...dished out 57 assists versus #15 Emmanuel and then had 52 against #7 Stevens in the same afternoon (2/26)...earned five aces versus New Jersey City Univ. (3/24)...collected 12 digs against D'Youville (1/27) for the first of three double-doubles during the season (#15 Emmanuel on 2/26 and #6 NYU on 3/3)...registered seven blocks versus Kean (2/25).

2011: Unable to compete due to injury.

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in mathematics and business with a minor in economics...completed internships as an equity research intern and a financial planning intern at Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc....was an actuary intern at PwC...Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Why I Chose MIT: I chose MIT because it offered the best combination of highly reputed academics and competitive athletics, all a short T ride away from the heart of Boston. I knew that if I went to MIT I wouldn't have to sacrifice my education to play an elite level of volleyball. The coaching staff is extremely involved and invested in the team's success, not only on the court, but off it, too. I've already learned so much about volleyball and myself, and I've only just started. I'm excited for the rest of my career at MIT.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Fairport High School...three-time first team all-county...three-time All-Greater Rochester...All-Greater Rochester co-player of the year during senior season...Red Raider award winner...valedictorian...Harvey Anderson Male Student of the Year...National Merit Commended Student...AP Scholar with honors...National Honor Society for two years.

Club: Pace Bootlegger Volleyball Club (six years)...five-year captain.