|Title:||Class of 1996|
Maria Carvajal, you came to the university from Columbia in 1984 and made your mark on WPI athletics, becoming the best player the volleyball team has ever seen. You led the team to its greatest heights during your four years, a period in which the team complied an unmatched 86-45 record, including a school best record of 27-9 in 1987. In the words of your coach, Nancy Vaskas, you were "the best setter ever at WPI. To this day, I consider Maria the best all-around volleyball athlete that I have ever had the privilege to coach."
As a captain for two years and most valuable players, you helped the team capture the WPI Invitational Tournament in 1985 and the Massachusetts Association of Intercollegiate Athletics from Women Class C State Championship in 1987. Along the way you garnered many honors, including All-Tournament Team selection for the WPI Invitational, Worcester City Tournament and the MAIAW State Tournament.
You were recognized by the New England Women's Volleyball Association as an All-Star and were twice named to the All-New England team. Your academic successes were also recognized when you were selected an Academic All-American within the region.
Although statistics were kept only during your last two years at WPI, you rank in the top five in career kill percentage and serving aces. Your record of 28 assists against Clark University on Nov. 29, 1987, has not been broken. Your impressive .971 service percentage in 1987 is still the all-time best and your career average of .75 serving aces per game is second in the record books.
A graduate with distinction in chemical engineering, you were a member of Phi Sigma Sigma an you served the sorority as its treasurer during your junior year.
Maria Carvajal, it is with great pride that WPI welcomes you to membership in the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.