Maya Midzik has gone to great heights on and off the volleyball court.
A 6-foot middle blocker from Brookline, she led the Yale University women’s volleyball team with 88 total blocks in her final college season, utilizing her jumping ability, reflexes and quick lateral movement.
A geology/geophysics and English major, Midzik reached much greater heights the past two summers. Two years ago, she worked at an independent ecology research project at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado, living at 10,000 feet for 10 weeks. Last year, she flew at 30,000 feet as part of a NASA research program in California, collecting air samples and analyzing satellite data.
Midzik received Yale’s Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award prior to graduating last month. She was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and an academic all-district and academic All-Ivy L
Q. Where did you learn to play volleyball?
A. I had played soccer from age 3 to 13 and decided I wanted a new athletic challenge going into high school. I went to two volleyball camps before my freshman year and loved the jumping, the fast pace and the flow of the game.
Q. What is the feeling of helping your team with a solid block?
A. It’s my favorite moment on the court . You know you’ve shut down the other team and protected your side of the net. It’s instinctive.
Q. How did you acquire your love for learning?
A. From my family. My parents encouraged me to explore all my interests and to challenge myself. I also had amazing teachers in the Brookline public schools. Even when I was little, I loved reading field guides, walking around my neighborhood and identifying trees and animals.