As a Senior in 2012: Won the Honors Award given at the Stanford Athletic Board luncheon to the top scholar among Cardinal athletes ... played in one match, a four-set victory over Juniata, and had four kills, his first as a collegian ... a member of the winningest class in Stanford history, with 86victories.
As a Junior in 2011: Appeared in six matches off the bench ... had two digs in the season opener against UC Santa Cruz (Jan. 5), the first digs of his collegiate career ... also recorded a dig against Cal Baptist on March 19.
As a Sophomore in 2010: Walked on to the team in the 2010 season and played in two matches off the bench ... made debut with four-set outing against UC Santa Cruz (Feb. 5) ... as a freshman, played on Stanford's club team, which advanced to the national tournament and made the all-tournament team.
High School/Club: Captain of the volleyball, tennis and junior engineering teams at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas ... played on the Stanford club team as a freshman ... made the all-tournament team at club nationals ... a true walk-on to the Stanford varsity who had never been seen by Cardinal coaches until trying out.
Personal: Father, Robert, was the team doctor for the Dallas Cowboys from 1987-99 ... nicknamed "Vandersmash" by teammates ... on March 7, 2010 in New Orleans, presented a medical research paper to the Orthopedic Research Society, a rare honor for an undergraduate to such distinguished scholars ... the title of the paper was Local Administration of Ibandronate and Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 Stimulates Osteogenesis Following Ischemic Necrosis of the Immature Femoral Head ... it proposed a new treatment for Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, the hip injury that ended Bo Jackson's football career ... was the principal cellist for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra ... Grand Prize Winner in musical composition for his piece, "Farewell," for piano and strings, which was played by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra ... president of St. Mark's Hydrogen Fuel Cell club ... among 139 students around the nation selected as a Presidential Scholar ...graduated with a degreein chemical engineering ... was to begin trading exotic derivatives for a large firm.