Neto Selected to BIP/USA Development China Tour

Neto Selected to BIP/USA Development China Tour
FULLERTON, Calif. – Former Cal State Fullerton women's volleyball player Kayla Neto was selected to the BIP/USA Development Team which will play in China along with the Pac-12 Volleyball All-Star Team beginning today.

The USA team, along with the 12 members of the Pac-12 team, left last Saturday, and will play at least six matches against top Chinese Professional Teams in Beijing and Shanghai before returning to the U.S. on June 28.

The China-USA Challenge Invitational is part of the BIP/USA Development Program.

Tournament play begins on Wednesday (June 19) in Shanghai with a match against Jingsu. Followed by matches against the Jingsu junior team (Thursday) and Jejiang on Friday.

The team will then follow with three additional matches from Sunday-Tuesday in Beijing.

Neto is the only representative from the Big West Conference on the squad, and one of two players on the squad that have exhausted their eligibility.

Jeff Nelson (University of New Mexico) serves as the team's head coach.

Neto, a four-year member of the Titan volleyball program, was named by Cal State Fullerton as its 2012-13 Big West Female Scholar Athlete of the Year following her career with the Titans.

Following the 2012 campaign, she 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).

She played in every match and set during her career.


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