October 1, 2012

Neto Named Big West Player of the Week

IRVINE, Calif. - Senior Kayla Neto was named Big West Women's Volleyball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league today.

The 6-2 outside hitter/middle blocker contributed in all facets with weekly averages of 4.30 kills, 3.70 digs and 1.10 blocks per set while swinging at a clip of .250 (43-11-128).

The Titans (7-10, 1-3) played a pair of five-set matches last weekend, falling at Pacific on Friday night before rebounding with a come-from-behind win at UC Davis on Saturday.

Neto produced 16 kills, 21 digs and seven blocks in a heartbreaking setback to the Tigers on Friday.  The Titans led 2-1 in the match after holding the Tigers to below .150 hitting in sets two and three, but her seventh double-double of the season was not enough.

The Titans delivered their first Big West win of the year in Saturday's five-set marathon against UC Davis.  Neto provided a sound all-around effort with a match and season-high 27 kills to go along with 16 digs, four blocks and one service ace.  She hit .253 (27-8-75) for the match and played a big role in the comeback win as the Titans hit .289 and .308 in the decisive fourth and fifth sets, respectively.

Neto totaled 12 kills in the final two games.

Neto's 27-kill, 16-dig stat line also represented her eighth double-double of the 2012 campaign.

This is Neto's third Big West Player of the Week honor in her career at Cal State Fullerton, and the first since her freshman season in 2009.

CSF will play its third straight road match this week, traveling to UC Riverside (5-12, 0-4) for a 7 p.m. start on Saturday night.

Others nominated: Cieana Stinson (Cal State Northridge); Shannon Fleming (UC Irvine); Emily Hartong (Hawai'i); Jennifer Sanders (Pacific)