17 - Ada Taylor
Ada Taylor
Height: 6-3
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Durham, N.C.
High School: NC School for Science and Math
Position: MH
Major: Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Team: Triangle Volleyball Club

2012: Played in 110 sets...261 kills...0.428 hitting percentage...92 blocks...broke the MIT record for hitting percentage in a season...ranked second in the country in hitting percentage...led the team in blocks and hitting percentage and ranked third in kills...paced the NEWMAC in hitting percentage, ranked third in blocks, and fourth in blocks per set (0.84)...tied the MIT record for blocks in a four-set match with nine versus Amherst (10/20)...posted 15 kills and four blocks against Coast Guard (9/26)...produced 15 kills at Wellesley in the NEWMAC Championship (11/4)...registered nine kills in two sets versus WPI (10/4)...NEWMAC second team all-conference...AVCA New England Region Freshman of the Year...AVCA All-New England Team...NCAA New England Regional Championship all-tournament team...AVCA third team All-America...NEWVA Rookie of the Year...NEWVA all-rookie team.

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in computer science and electrical engineering.

Why I Chose MIT: I wanted to come to MIT for college for years! MIT's faculty and academic excellence are legendary, and the MIT EECS Program is the best in the world. Every time I read about a person, research, innovations, and even the over-the-top pranks at MIT, I knew this was the place I wanted to be. My visits with the MIT Varsity Volleyball team and coaches only solidified my belief that MIT would be the perfect student-athlete college experience for me, and I am so happy and excited to now be a part of this challenging, inspiring and fun community!

High School: A 2012 graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics...two-year captain...two-time all-conference...led team to first regional championship title and first state championship appearance...also played volleyball at Durham Academy where she was a captain and all-conference selection...NCSSM five-year strategic planning committee student representative...NCSSM student representative for the UNC Board of Governors...NCSSM student government director of information technology...NCSSM Smart Bar director...founder of NCSSM Computer Science Club...founder of the Durham Academy Robotics Club and Programming Team...Durham Academy Magnificent 7 Award for community leadership and respect...Durham Academy Gail Walker Award for high academics and outstanding character...guest of President Barack Obama for the 2012 White House Science Fair...2011 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award and wrote the international grand prize winning CyberSecurity application, MedPAL...2010 National Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)...National Merit Scholar...2012 Intel Science Talent Search national semifinalist...2011 Bowman-Brockman Scholar in Entrepreneurship and Advanced Research...2010 President's Volunteer Service Award...2011 Girl Scout 100th Anniversary National Convention national delegate...invited guest at the National Girl Scout Leadership Institutes on Technology (2009) and Innovation (2011)...earned Girl Scout Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards...2009 National Girl Scout Convention presenter on internet safety...national editorial board member for lmk.girlscouts.org and letmeknow.girlscouts.org, an internet safety program developed in partnership between Girl Scouts USA and Microsoft.

Club: Triangle Volleyball Club, NC Elite, Capital City Volleyball Club...one of 48 athletes chosen nationwide to train at the US Olympic Training Facility in 2010...one of 50 athletes chosen nationwide to compete in the 2009 HP International Championships...USAV 2012 Big South national qualifier third place and open bid winner...USAV 2012 Lone Star national qualifier fourth place and double open bid winner...USAV Carolina Region national bid team competed at the 2009 and 2011 USA Junior National Championship...as a member of the National Platinum Club Volleyball team since 2007, she has played in three national championships, won two MidAtlantic Power League championships, two Carolina Regional championships, and has been named the Carolina Regional Championship all-tournament player.