5 Sharon Hao
5 Sharon Hao
Height: 5-8
Year: So.
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
High School: Lynbrook
Position: S
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Team: City Beach Volleyball Club

2011: Played 41 sets...105 assists...61 digs...18 aces...eight blocks...ranked third on the team in assists...tallied 19 assists and seven digs versus WPI (9/2)...earned three aces against WPI (9/2) and Newbury (9/23)...had two blocks versus Suffolk (9/2) and WPI (9/2)...NEWMAC academic all-conference team.

2010: Played 103 sets...833 assists...178 digs...33 aces...26 blocks...led the team in assists and ranked fourth in digs and aces...was fourth in the NEWMAC in assists per set...dished out a season-high 45 assists against Coast Guard (10/30)...collected 17 digs versus Bowdoin (9/10)...recorded six kills against Wheaton (9/7)...earned five aces versus Brandeis (10/23)...Stevens Invitational all-tournament team.

Off the Court at MIT: Majoring in electrical engineering and computer science with a minor in economics...as an intern with WeaverMobile, a startup that makes iPhone applications, she assisted with the programming of the applications...did a UROP in underwater robotics where she worked with the PR2 (large robot) to collect data used for autonomous, long-term underwater mapping.

Why I Chose MIT: I chose MIT because I would be able to continue being a student-athlete -- something I had been doing for almost my entire life. Not only would I be studying with and learning from some of the greatest minds in the world, I'd also be able to keep doing what I love, with the greatest teammates and coaching staff that I could ever ask for. MIT is awesome.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Lynbrook High School...three-time team MVP...league MVP...also played basketball and was team MVP...CCS Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year...Lynbrook Female Senior Athlete of the Year...seven-time Scholar Athlete...National AP Scholar.

Club: City Beach Volleyball Club (two years), Vision Volleyball Club (two years), Hang Ten Volleyball Club (one year).

Personal: Daughter of Jianbin Hao and Hua Chen.