15 - Rachel Hunt
Rachel Hunt
Height: 6-0
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.
High School: Prospect
Position: RH
Major: Biological Engineering
Team: Sky High Volleyball Club

2013: Played in 107 sets...173 kills...26 blocks...ranked fourth on the team in kills and blocks...posted 11 kills versus Stevens (9/7)...generated 10 kills against Vassar (9/6), Colby (9/14), Clark (10/1), and Wheaton (10/10)...posted seven digs and two blocks at Springfield in the NEWMAC tournament semifinals (11/9)...registered eight kills, six digs, and two blocks versus SUNY Cortland (9/6).

2012: Played in 35 sets...64 kills...11 blocks...registered nine kills against Brandeis (9/22), Tufts (9/22), Wheaton (10/2), and Rivier (10/13)...notched two blocks versus Brandeis (9/22) and Western New England (10/13).

2011: Played in 83 sets...134 kills...31 blocks...ranked fourth on the team in kills and fifth in blocks...posted 11 kills at Coast Guard (10/29)...recorded three blocks versus CCNY (9/30) and Smith (10/11).

2010: Played in 36 sets...45 kills...eight blocks...totaled a season-high seven kills and three aces against Montclair State (10/2)...posted three blocks at Gordon (9/4)...notched three digs versus North Park (9/24), Vassar (9/25), and Montclair State (10/2).

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in biological engineering with a minor in brain and cognitive sciences...analytical development intern at Biogen Idec developing kinetics and quantitation assays using the Octet platform...cellular therapies research and development intern at Baxter Healthcare studying the characteristics of CD34+ cell populations through assay design and development...was a website project intern at Hallmark Data Systems where she tested and developed websites...undergraduate research assistant in the Clark K. Colton Laboratory contributing to the "Engineering Improved Beta Cell Replacements" project studying how human embryonic stem cells respond to different oxygen levels in the environment based on their resulting differentiation to ultimately make insulin-producing beta cells for the treatment of diabetes patients...also a member of the MIT women's basketball team...vice-president of risk management for Alpha Phi sorority...previously served as the Alpha Phi served as the philanthropy and community service chair...panhellenic delegate for Alpha Phi...athletics promotion chair for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...also served as the SAAC publicity chair...associate advisor...Relay for Life team captain for Alpha Phi.

Why I Chose MIT: I chose MIT because of the amazing opportunities this institute presents. I have the potential to pursue my athletic passion on the court while receiving an outstanding education in the classroom. The network of individuals involved in the various programs on campus is truly incredible. MIT provides the perfect environment to experience all that college has to offer while preparing oneself for success in the future. I found everything that I was looking for at MIT, and I am pleased with my decision to be a student athlete at such a world-class school.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Prospect High School...captain...MSL all-conference...Daily Herald all-area...three-time all-tournament team selection...also played basketball...MSL all-conference...Daily Herald all-area...National Merit Commended Student...United States Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award...AP Scholar...Illinois State Scholar...National Honor Society...Talent Development Program...High Honor Roll member for all eight semesters.

Club: Sky High Volleyball Club (two years).