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Max Defossez ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • Awty International School
  • Men's Volleyball
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Max Defossez's Men's Volleyball Recruiting Profile
Houston Stars
Dominant Hand:
Prim. Position:
Sec. Position:
Standing Reach
8 ft 5in
Block Jump
10ft 4 in
Approach Jump
10ft 10in

Personal Statement

I work hard and do not shy away from taking risks to reach the next level athletically and academically. I have just returned from my gap year in Russia where I had the fantastic opportunity to play with OLIMP, one of the very best boys volleyball clubs in Moscow (and a High Performance feeders for the Russian Olympic team). This experience greatly increased my confidence on the court and outside of it, as living, studying, and playing volleyball in Russia presented many unforeseen challenges that I had to overcome by improving myself physically and mentally.

My time in Russia, together with a very strong and demanding academic program, both in Russia and in the United States, could not prepare me better for the challenges ahead of me as a college student and as a college volleyball player (training at the highest level, academic excellence, performance under pressure, adaptation to changing environments, need for organization to balance classes, training and games, constant learning and improvement). Having to constantly exhibit all of these qualities while in Russia was even more difficult, as I had to cope with the language and cultural difference, whether in the locker room, on the court or during social activities with my teammates.

I love the sport of volleyball for the joy it brings, for its team spirit, its sense of healthy competition, constant opportunity to improve, effort and reward. Volleyball is making me a better athlete, but also a better person, and I certainly hope to bring those athletic and personal qualities to my current and future teams.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 3 years
  • 2021 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #23
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference, Captain, Offensive MVP, Offensive MVP
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #30
  • Individual Awards:
    Captain and Offensive MVP
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #30
  • 2017 Junior Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #2
  • Season Schedule

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 7 seasons
  • 2021 Houston Stars (National)
  • 2020 Houston Stars (17 Adidas)
  • 2019 Houston Volleyball Academy (HVA 161 Performance)
  • 2019 Olimp (Moscow Russia) (National (Russia))
  • 2018 Houston Volleyball Academy (HVA 151 Performance)
  • 2017 Houston Volleyball Academy (HVA 14 Young guns)
  • 2016 Houston volleyball academy (HVA 13 Young Guns)

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Leon Blazer



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High School Information

High School:
Awty International School

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. 9th grade: English I H, Geometry H, Biology H 10th grade: English II H, Algebra II H, French V H
AP Classes:
Yes. 9th grade: French AP 10th grade: Computer Science AP, World History AP 11th grade: IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (HL) IB English Literature IB Economics (HL) IB Russian Literature IB Physics (HL) IB Computer Science
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Admitted in the very selective Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) for 3 years in a row
  • Award
    • Honor Roll
  • Award
    • Received 2 awards for exemplary efforts in Freshman year (in Biology Honors and Geometry Honors)
  • Award
    • Scored 770 (92nd percentile) on the SAT Subject Biology E in June 2018
  • Award
    • received a score of 5 for my AP French Language in June 2018
  • Activity
    • Co-founder of a new Language Club in my High School (I speak fluently Russian and French)
  • Activity
    • Took advanced 3-week Summer Classes offered by the Duke TIP program (Web-based Application Design at Trinity University in 2017 and Engineering for Fun at Rice University in 2018)
  • Activity
    • Attended a summer program in Cybersecurity in 2021
  • Activity
    • Interned at Accenture within their Technology division in July 2021

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