FULLERTON, Calif. – Kayla Neto, a four-year member of the Titan volleyball program, was named by Cal State Fullerton as its 2013 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Neto recently capped her prolific career with the Titans by producing a stellar senior season.
Following the 2012 campaign, Neto earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American honorable mention recognition for the second time in her career. She became the first student-athlete in Titan volleyball program history to earn honorable mention accolades on two occasions, after also capturing the honor as a freshman in 2009.
Neto was in consideration for All-American credentials after being named to the AVCA West All-Region team. The all-region honor was the second for Neto during her time at Fullerton.
A native of Clarksburg, Calif., Neto was also named to the Big West Conference First Team for the fourth consecutive year, marking just the eighth time in the league's history a women's volleyball player has become a four-time honoree.
During 2012, Neto led the Titans averaging 4.33 kills per set (541), a mark that also ranked second in the Big West Conference, trailing only Big West Player of the Year Emily Hartong (4.66 k/s).
Neto departs Fullerton with her name scattered over the record books. She holds the all-time records at Fullerton for kills (1,628) and points (1,918.5). In addition she ranks in the top-10 of 10 all-time categories including kills per set (3.59; 4th), attack attempts (4,602; 1st), attacking percentage (.211; 7th), service aces (104, T-6th), digs (937; 10th), solo blocks (60; 6th), block assists (253; 5th), total blocks (313; 5th), sets played (454; 2nd) and matches played (122; T-5th).
Neto is majoring in communications with an emphasis in advertising as well as pursuing her minor in women and gender studies. She was named to the Dean's List in the fall of 2011 and 2012, respectively, and she plans to pursue a professional volleyball career overseas before attending graduate school to study marketing and advertising.
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
AVCA All-America Honorable Mention: 2009, 2012
AVCA All-West Region: 2009, 2012
AVCA All-West Freshman of the Year: 2009
Big West Freshman of the Year: 2009
Big West Conference First Team: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Four-time Big West Player of the Week
2012 Fall Big West Academic All-Conference Team
In addition, junior Bre Moreland and sophomore Julie Consani were named to the 2012 Fall Big West Academic All-Conference team. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, student-athletes have to maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, complete one full academic year at the member institution prior to the season for which the award is being, and compete in at least 50 percent of their team's contests.
For Moreland, it was the second time she has been named to the all-academic team.