PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sacramento State senior rightside hitter Kayla Beal was named second team all-Big Sky Conference, it was announced this evening at the Big Sky Tournament banquet.
For Beal, it marked the second straight season the Dixon, Calif., native was named second team all-league. She started all 28 matches in which she appeared, was a full rotation rightside hitter, and was one of the team's best passers, attackers and blockers.
A fourth-year senior, Beal finished with per set averages of 2.98 kills, 2.12 digs and 0.86 blocks while hitting a career-high .252. She never had less than six kills in any match this season and recorded 18 contests with double figures in kills. That included eight double-doubles (kills and digs). Among Big Sky leaders, she ranked eighth in the league in points (3.66 per set) and ninth in kills.
As one of the Hornets' primary passers, she recorded a team-best .934 service reception percentage, a rare feat to lead a team in that category as a rightside hitter. Of Beal's 21 aces, eight came over the last four matches of the season, including three each against Weber State and Montana State.
Beal led or shared the team lead in kills in 14 of the 28 matches she played, including a season-high 19 kills against both Bucknell and Weber State. She also had at least two blocks in all but two matches this season, including four or better on 11 occasions.
A team co-captain, Beal finished her career with 1,141 kills and 404 total blocks. Her 370 assisted blocks rank as the 10th best mark in school history.
Sacramento State recently finished its season with a 15-16 overall record and 10-10 mark in the Big Sky.