13 Kayla Beal
13 Kayla Beal
Height: 5-11
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Dixon, Calif.
High School: Dixon HS

2013 Sand Season
Played in all eight matches during the program’s inaugural sand season with partner Katie Aprile…played the first six matches of the season at No. 2, before playing at No. 1 during the final two matches of the year…Beal and Aprile posted a team-best 5-3 record during the season…the tandem provided the match-clinching victory at No. 2 to help deliver a 3-2 victory over Cal on April 13…Beal and Aprile went 5-1 at No. 2, and 0-2 at No. 1 in the lineup.

2012 Season

A second team all-Big Sky Conference selection after starting all 30 matches and appearing in all 119 sets…averaged 2.69 kills and 1.12 blocks per set while hitting .235…the blocks were the seventh best mark in the conference…increased her averages to 3.01 kills and 1.14 blocks per set with a .246 hitting percentage against conference competition…among Big Sky leaders (conference matches only), the blocks were the sixth best mark and kills the 10th best…also averaged 3.78 points per set against league foes, sixth best in the conference…over the team’s final nine matches of the season, Beal hit a team-high .343 with 3.46 kills and 1.21 blocks per set…recorded double figures in kills on 15 occasions…hit better than .320 five times during a six-match stretch from Oct. 22-Nov. 9…that included a victory against Northern Arizona where she had a career-high 22 kills, a .435 hitting percentage and six digs…also had 20 kills and a career-high 11 digs in the regular season finale win over Montana…posted double figures in digs three times…hit a career-best .647 (11-0-17) in a home win against Southern Utah…also had a career-high 10 blocks in wins over Weber State and Montana State…had three double-doubles during the season, including 13 kills and 10 blocks against Weber State, and 16 kills and 10 blocks vs. Montana State.

2011 Season
Appeared in 30 matches, including 23 starts at rightside hitter…battled a knee injury the majority of the season…did not play the final two regular season matches because of the injury…played in 110 sets…averaged 2.32 kills, 0.96 blocks and 2.87 points per set…against conference competition, her 0.98 blocks per set were the ninth best mark in the Big Sky…recorded 10 matches with double figures in kills, including season highs in both kills (21) and hitting percentage (.567) at home against Northern Arizona…recorded double digits in kills in three straight matches over a 5-day stretch, comprised of 15 at San Jose State, 11 vs. Portland State and 10 vs. Eastern Washington…named Big Sky Player of the Week on Oct. 10…an all-tournament selection at the Belmont Invitational…had a career-high nine blocks against both Georgetown and Saint Mary’s.

2010 Season
Appeared in 29 matches as a freshman, including 22 starts as the team’s rightside hitter…averaged 2.30 kills, 0.45 digs and 0.68 blocks per set while hitting .216…the hitting percentage was the best mark among the team’s regulars…had 253 kills with 119 errors in 619 attacks…among team leaders, she was third in attacks and kills, and fourth in points (2.69 pps) and blocks…the Hornets were 7-4 when Beal tallied double digits in kills…became the first Sacramento State freshman to earn Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors (Oct. 4) since Lisa Beauchene accomplished the feat in 2000…named to the Sacramento State Invitational all-tournament team…had a season-high 20 kills at home vs. Idaho State…had at least three blocks in 17 matches…increased her numbers to 2.61 kills and 0.79 blocks per set against conference competition.

High School
A 2010 graduate of Dixon High School in Dixon, Calif…played four years of volleyball, and ran two years of track…in volleyball, she was a two-time team captain and three-time all-Capital Valley Conference selection (first team as a junior and senior, honorable mention as a sophomore)…named the conference MVP as a senior after posting a league-best 4.8 kills per set and ranking fifth in the conference with 3.3 digs per set…the kills were the fifth most in the Sac-Joaquin Section and she guided the Rams to a 19-11 overall finish and a second-place league record of 12-2…also led the conference in kills as a junior with 3.9 per set and was tied for fourth in digs (2.4 per set)…as a sophomore, she ranked first in the league in aces and second in blocks…during her final three years, Beal helped lead Dixon High School to a combined 47-29 overall record, a 29-9 conference mark (including a league championship in 2008) and three section playoff appearances.

Parents are Jimmy Beal and Leslie Sherlin…a civil engineering major…played for the Northern California Volleyball Club (NCVC), and the team’s coaching staff included former Hornet Kristi (Lambert) Deter and current Hornet outside hitter Janelle Currey.