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June 12, 2018 > Women?s Volleyball: Brucato named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Women?s Volleyball: Brucato named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Submitted By Steve Connolly

Cal State East Bay (Hayward) senior volleyball player Brandi Brucato has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced June 7, 2018.ÿThe distinguished award is voted on by the Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs) from each of the CCAA's 13 institutions, and it honors student-athlete excellence in the classroom, in the community, and in competition.

?Brandi Brucato came to Cal State East Bay as a freshman in the fall of 2014,? recalled CSUEB professor and chair of Anthropology, Geography & Environmental Studies and David Larson, who also serves as the Pioneers' FAR. ?Her goals were to play intercollegiate volleyball, graduate in four years, and get accepted to Pharmacy School. She has checked every box.

?Along the way, she competed in every match in each of her four years, twice earned All-CCAA honors, and will graduate Summa Cum Laude in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry. In the ten years I have served as Cal State East Bay?s FAR, we have never had a student-athlete who has so personified excellence across the board. Brandi has been an extraordinary representative of this university on the court and off.?

Brucato?s list of academic honors is extensive. She has been named to the Cal State East Bay Dean?s List for 10 quarters and is graduating Summa Cum Laude holding a 3.94 grade point average in her studies. Along with earning CCAA All-Academic honors the past three seasons, she?s also twice been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and is the back-to-back recipient of the Dr. Hal Charnofsky Memorial Award.

The Reno, Nev., native has also been active in her efforts in the community throughout her four years at CSUEB. She has served as the Pioneer volleyball team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee throughout her time on campus, holding the offices of vice president, community service chairman, and secretary. Brucato has actively organized and participated in many service projects, including canned food drives for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Make-a-Wish and Team Impact events, and back-to-school shopping with under-privileged children in the community.

On the court, Brucato anchored a Cal State East Bay defense that finished eighth in the nation in digs per set in 2016. She helped the Pioneers reach the postseason two years in a row, earned a spot on the 2017 CCAA All-Tournament Team, and was a back-to-back All-CCAA honorable mention selection. She finished her career ranked second in school history in career digs and seventh in career service aces.

?Brandi has performed exceptionally well in leading her peers -- be it in practice, in matches, or as a valued member of our athlete department?s Student Athlete Advisory Committee,? noted retiring volleyball coach Jim Spagle. ?She was elected team captain for the past two seasons, and her proven leadership skills were a critical component in our team?s success.

?Respectful and poised, she attacks her goals relentlessly and powers through the challenges student-athletes face," Spagle added. "Her high standards and competitiveness are second to none, as Brandi possesses a powerful focus in achieving success at all levels.?

After walking the stage at Cal State East Bay's graduation ceremony this Friday, Brucato will turn her focus to Pharmacy School matriculating to a graduate program in pharmacology in Arizona.

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