Neff's Career Bests
The tallest member of the Irish team at 6-4 ... hits the ball at a very high point and unusual angles ... developed into a dependable offensive weapon during the 2002 season ... set career bests in all statistical categories last year ... ended up second on the team with 303 kills while posting a hitting percentage of .284 ... continues to improve each day in the program.
AS A JUNIOR: Quickly established herself as one of the top offensive players on the team after seeing limited action during her first two seasons ... moved from middle blocker to opposite for the 2002 season ... appeared in 31 of 32 matches, making 18 starts ... finished second on the team with 303 kills (2.89 per game) ... named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Sept. 16 ... earned the conference award after walking off with tournament MVP honors at the Golden Dome Invitational ... helped the Irish defeat #10 Pepperdine in the tournament finale, posting a career-best 21 kills and performing a solo block for the winning point ... notched 19 double-digit kill performances during the ?02 season ... posted a team high for kills in five matches ... compiled a five-match streak of double-digit kill performances from Sept. 14 - Sept. 29 (21 vs. #10 Pepperdine, 12 at Purdue, 13 vs. Michigan, 10 vs. Connecticut, 14 vs. St. John?s) ... able to hit over .350 in 12 matches during the year, including a .529 mark (11-2-17) vs. Saint Louis and .409 mark (13-4-22) at Georgetown ... boasts one of the top grade-point averages on the Irish team and was named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star squad.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in 24 games for the Irish in 2001 ... used off the bench in special defensive situations by Irish head coach Debbie Brown ... played in three games vs. Valparaiso, scoring three kills on nine attempts ... enjoyed a four-match streak with at least one block (at West Virginia, vs. St. John?s, vs. Illinois State, vs. LSU) ... had a season-high four kills at Providence.
AS A FRESHMAN: Gained her first career start against Seton Hall (Oct. 22) ... saw her first collegiate action against Clemson, recording a kill ... had two kills on four attempts and one block at Valparaiso ... posted a kill and a block against Samford ... had three kills and three blocks against Wyoming ... tallied four blocks and three kills at West Virginia ... had two kills and four blocks in first career start vs. Seton Hall ... notched four kills and four blocks vs. Boston College ... had a season-best five kills vs. Providence ... had three assists and four blocks vs. the Friars.
PREP AND PERSONAL: One of the most dominant two-sport athletes in Cor Jesu history ... holds 12 school records in volleyball and ranks in the top three in five other categories ... had 390 kills, 136 blocks and 25 aces as a senior middle blocker for Cor Jesu in 1999 ... had 977 kills and .262 career hitting mark, both of which are school career records ... earned all-conference, all-district and all-metro honors her senior year in both volleyball and basketball ... was also an all-state selection in volleyball and basketball her junior and senior seasons ... named team MVP of the basketball team her sophomore through senior seasons ... set nine career records for the Cor Jesu basketball team ... her 677 career blocks is a Missouri state record ... one of six Cor Jesu senior women to sign letter of intent to play athletics in college, the most in school history ... participated in the Missouri State Basketball Hall of Fame Game in ?99 as well as the Missouri All-State Volleyball Senior Game ... earned a scholar-athlete award from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2000 ... father, John, played basketball for the University of Alabama-Huntsville ... daughter of Mary Jo and John Neff ... was a member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior year ... served on the Student Council all four years at Cor Jesu ... born Dec. 1, 1981, in St. Louis, Mo.... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as an American studies major.
Neff's Career Bests
Kills - 21 vs. #10 Pepperdine (9-14-02)
Digs - 7 vs. Miami (Fla.) (11-24-02)
Blocks - 7 vs. Miami (Fla.) (11-24-02)