10 - Tatiana Berger
Tatiana Berger
Height: 5-9
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: Pine Crest
Position: OH
Major: Chemistry
Team: Ocean Breeze

2012: Played in 115 sets...234 kills...91 digs...38 blocks...ranked fourth on the team in kills and blocks...posted 13 kills versus Western New England (10/13)...registered 11 kills against Coast Guard (9/26), Williams (10/19), and Springfield in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament (11/3)...tallied 10 kills and five blocks versus Babson in the first round of the NEWMAC Tournament (10/31)...recorded 11 digs, eight kills, and three aces against WPI (9/1)...Regis Pride Invitational tournament MVP...MIT Quad Tournament all-tournament team...NEWMAC academic all-conference.

2011: Played in 63 sets...117 kills...107 digs...22 aces...18 blocks...ranked sixth on the team in kills and digs...notched 12 kills versus Plymouth State (10/1) and Western New England (10/15)...collected 12 digs against Connecticut College (9/24)...tallied three aces versus Regis (9/3), Connecticut College (9/24), and Bridgewater State (10/22)...posted three blocks against Tufts (9/24) and Amherst (10/21)...NEWMAC academic all-conference team.

2010: Played in 62 sets ...114 kills...71 digs...21 aces...12 blocks...ranked fifth on the team in kills...posted season-high 16 kills and two blocks against Springfield (10/23)...had 11 digs versus Keene State (9/4)...registered three aces against Williams (9/24).

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in chemistry with a minor in biology and a concentration in Spanish...working for the Pentelute Laboratory under the supervision of Bradley Pentelute as she manually synthesizes peptides using Boc-synthesis...conducted a UROP for the Sinskey Laboratory where she researched different properties of Ralstonia eutropha...member of the Panhel Community Service Committee...co-summer house manager and community service chair for Sigma Kappa sorority...program development chair/Boldsteps Chair for Global Poverty Initiative...MIT Campus Crusade for Christ.

Why I Chose MIT: I was first attracted to MIT's impressive academics, great emphasis on research, and hands-on work. I loved the innovative approaches to the world that MIT students embody, and the hard-working attitudes of all the students and the athletes that I met. When I got to know the volleyball team better, I longed to be a part of that family. It was wonderful to see the volleyball players working together cooperatively both as an athletic team, and as classmates. I wanted to attend a school that would support my commitments to volleyball, work, research, academics, extracurricular activities, and even allow some free-time in my hectic schedule to kick-back with friends. I was moved by the students and faculty at MIT, and I yearned to be a part of the MIT family.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Pine Crest High School...four-year letterwinner...captain senior year...runner-up in FHSAA State Championship (2007)...Sun-Sentinel honorable mention...two-time Sun-Sentinel second team all-county...two-time Miami Herald first team all-county...graduated as Pine Crest all-time kills leader...Beta Honors...National Spanish Honor Society...National Society of High School Scholars...AP Scholar with Distinction...National AP Scholar...AVCA Team Academic Award (2008, 2009).

Club: Ocean Breeze Volleyball Club (two years), Boomers Volleyball Club (two years), Club Florida (two years).