16 Nicole Gagnier
16 Nicole Gagnier
Height: 5-9
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Our Lady of Mercy
Position: S/DS
Major: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Team: A5 Volleyball Club

2011: Played 76 sets...649 assists...139 digs...35 blocks...32 aces...led the team in assists, ranked third in digs, and fourth in aces and blocks...ranked second in the NEWMAC in assists...dished out 45 assists and had four blocks versus Plymouth State (10/1)...collected 12 digs against Wellesley (9/20) and Springfield (9/27)...earned four aces at Wheaton (10/18).

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

Why I Chose MIT: For me, there was not just one reason why I chose MIT but several that combined provided the best fit for me. Being able to go to school in Boston was definitely an influence since I consider it such a vibrant and interesting city. The endless academic opportunities speak for themselves and you get the chance to share them with an incredibly talented body of professors as well as students. Finally, volleyball was a big factor in my college decisions and at MIT I felt at home with the welcoming players and coaches. I loved the overall feel and dynamics of the program. It was something I could not put a finger on but I knew it was the place to be for me.

High School: A 2011 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School...captain senior year...all-area team...all-county...team advanced to the Elite Eight, recording the program's first state tournament wins in 2010...Prepvolleyball.com third team academic All-American...Fayette County Student Athlete of the Week...Vince Dooley Award Top-10 Finalist...ranked third and seventh in the state for aces in a match...was a member of the cross country team which placed fourth in the state championship while she finished 56th out of 200 individuals...was also a member of the track and field team...valedictorian...National Honor Society...third in National French Examination...National Merit Commended Scholar...yearbook editor (two years)...student government president.

Club: A5 Volleyball club...captain senior year.

Personal: Daughter of Jay and Julie Gagnier.