Cambridge, Mass. (December 7) - The MIT men's volleyball program has announced its incoming recruiting class for the 2019 season as five student-athletes will join the program, which will be under the direction of second-year head coach Todd Elwell.
The Engineers' new additions include Bradley Albright (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), Brett Allen (San Jose, Calif.), Tommy Ogeka (Manorville, N.Y.), Troy Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) and Steven Serrano (Oak Lawn, Ill.).
"This class brings athleticism and a volleyball IQ to the MIT men's volleyball program that are impressive, but more importantly, each member of the class of 2022 will contribute to the MIT community on and off the court in a positive way," said Elwell.
The five student-athletes join a program which went 16-9 a year ago and posted wins over four nationally-ranked teams including No. 7 NYU, No. 13 Wentworth Institute of Technology, No. 14 Eastern Mennonite and No. 15 Elmira. The Engineers reached as high as No. 12 in last year's American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III national rankings and were ranked a total of seven weeks in 2018.
Albright, a four-time varsity volleyball letterwinner, was the 2018 Suburban Council Athlete of the Year, the 2016 Times Union Volleyball Player of the Year, a two-time team MVP, a two-time All-State selection, a two-time Suburban Council All-Star and a member of the New York All-State Team in 2016 and 2017. He led his high school program to three sectional championship, and to two regional championships. Off the court, Albright was the Salutatorian, a member of the Science, Math and Tri-M Honor Societies and earned the Outstanding Junior Award as well as the recognition as a Senior Scholar. Albright plans to major in electrical engineering and computer science while at MIT.
Allen, a three-time varsity volleyball letterwinner and captain of the Bellarmine College Preparatory volleyball program, was named as MVP as a senior, Most Improved as a junior, to the All-League First Team and twice to the Bellarmine All-Tournament team twice. He guided his high school program to a league championship and to a sectional championship and finished the season ranked 13th in the nation in kills. Off the court, Allen was a National AP Scholar, the President of Improv Troupea and a student board member of JW House. Additionally, he earned the Christian Service Award twice and was the recipient of the Mateo Ricci General Excellence Award. Allen plans to major in electrical engineering and computer science while at MIT.
Ogeka, a four-time varsity volleyball letterwinner and two-time captain of the Eastport South Manor High School volleyball program, was a two-time New York State All-Star, a three-time All-League selection, a News12 Long Island Scholar-Athlete, a three-time All-County honoree, a four-time member of the All-County All-Tournament Team and was placed on the All-County All-Academic Team. He guided Eastport South Manor to the 2016 New York State Championship and to the state finals in 2014. Off the court, Ogeka was a member of the World Language and English National Honor Societies and was the President of the National Honor Society. Additionally, he was an AP Scholar with Distinction and earned the Suffolk County Principals Association Leadership Award as well as the George Eastman Young Leaders Award. Ogeka plans to major in brain and cognitive sciences while at MIT.
Oliveira, a four-time varsity volleyball letterwinner, was a first and second team All-Conference selection and a Bronze Medalist at the 2018 Boys Junior National Championship. Off the court, Oliveria has volunteered at homeless shelters, was a member of the Honor Roll and earned both the Cabrillo Civic Club Scholarship and the USAV/TTS Scholarship. Oliveria's major is currently undecided through the first semester of his first semester at MIT.
Serrano, a three-time varsity volleyball letterwinner and captain at Harold L. Richards High School, was a two-time SSC All-Conference selection and helped his team win the league title in 2016. Serrano was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society as well as the Treasurer of the Rotary Club and a member of the Mathletes. He earned the IPA Award, was a National Hispanic Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Serrano's major is currently undecided through the first semester of his first semester at MIT.
The MIT men's volleyball program is slated to open the 2019 season at Regis College on January 23 at 6:00 pm and will play its first home game of the year on February 12 against Emerson College at 7:00 pm.