Cambridge, Mass. (September 26) - The MIT men's volleyball team has announced its incoming recruiting class for the 2020 season as six student-athletes will join the program, which will be under the direction of third-year head coach Todd Elwell.
The new additions for the Engineers include Brady Darby (Rochester, N.Y.), Seth Fine (Allentown, Pa.), Nicholas Gustafson (San Diego, Calif.), Albert Luo (Dallas, Texas), Dylan Ryan (Oviedo, Fla.) and Jack Yurkanin (New Lenox, Ill.).
"The class of 2023 took two years to build and collectively bring a balance of great physical skill and mental toughness," said Elwell. "Several players will challenge for starting positions early in the season and in turn will raise our game to a higher level."
These six student-athletes join a program which reached the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) Tournament for the fourth time in team history and which came off a season that saw MIT win 23 matches, the most for the Engineers since the 2014 campaign.
McQuaid Jesuit High School | Rochester, N.Y.
Brady joins the MIT men's volleyball program after helping his high school team to the 2015 Section V Championship, to the 2015 Western Regional Championship, to the 2015 New York State Championship and to the finals of the Section V Tournament from 2016-18. A member of the National Honor Society, Brady was a member of the Arrupe Society, the President of the Model UN and a summer camp counselor. Brady was named to the honor roll every semester of high school, was a National AP Scholar and earned the Rochester Chemical Society AP Chemistry Award.
Parkland High School | Allentown, Pa.
Seth joins the MIT men's volleyball program after being a three-time varsity letterwinner of the Parkland High School volleyball team. He was named to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference First Team, to the Pennsylvania District XI First Team and as an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Scholar-Athlete. Off the court, Set was the Co-President of the National Honor Society, was the President of the Future Business Leaders of America, the Treasurer for both the LEO Club and the Class of 2019 and was the Student Representative to the Parkland School District Community Advisory Council.
Francis Parker School | San Diego, Calif.
Nicholas joins the MIT men's volleyball program after being named as the Western League Player of the Year, as the Francis Parker Volleyball MVP and to the San Diego All-CIF First Team. In 2019 alone, Nicholas registered the highest number of total kills in the nation with 596, setting this single season Francis Parker record. He also helped his 2017 team to the San Diego CIF Division I Championship. Off the court, Nicholas was a member of the Cum Laude Society and French Honor Society and he graduated with honors.
St. Mark's School of Texas | Dallas, Texas
Albert joins the MIT men's volleyball team as a three-time varsity volleyball letterwinner and two-time All-Conference honoree. His team won the conference championship in his senior year, a year which saw him serve as captain and win team MVP accolades. Off the court he was the Co-Captain for the Math Team, a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Lyman High School | Oviedo, Fla.
Dylan joins the MIT men's volleyball team after earning four varsity letters in both soccer and volleyball from Lyman High School. He was a two-time All-Conference First Team Selection and an Honorable Mention All-State honoree. In 2019, he was named as the Ron Davis FHSAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Seminole County Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He played volleyball for the MVP Academy where in 2018, Dylan was named as an AAU All-American and helped his team win the Boy's Junior National Championship. Dyland graduated from Lyman High School as the Valedictorian, was the President of the National Honor Society as well as the Vice President of the Student Government Association.
Lincoln-Way Central High School | New Lenox, Ill.
Jack joins the MIT men's volleyball team as a four-time varsity volleyball letterwinner and as an All-State honoree. Jack played for the Ultimate Volleyball Club and served as a two-time captain. Off the court, Jack was a member of the Math and Spanish Honor Societies and earned honor roll accolades while at Lincoln-Way.
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