Ali’a Matavao
Forward 4
Las Vegas, 
Nevada United States
Last School
Liberty High School
Roster Years


  • Born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Parents are Newel and Leslie Matavao
  • Second of five children: Moliki, Myla, Kingston and Isley
  • Her father, Newel played football at Ricks College (1996) and Northern State University (2001)
  • Her brother, Moliki currently plays football at UCLA 
  • Twitter: @aliamatavao | Instagram: @aliamatavao | Tiktok: @alialanii
  • Also recruited by Cal State Fullerton, Hawaii, Niagara, Portland State, San Diego State, UNLV, Washington and Wisconsin

Before BYU

  • 2023 Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year
  • 2022 Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year
  • Nevada 5A Player of the Year (2022 & 2023)
  • Nevada 5A First Team All-Conference (2022 & 2023)
  • Liberty High School Athlete of the Year (2023)
  • Nevada Las Vegas Sun Super Seven (2022 & 2023)
  • Max Preps First Team
  • Captain of basketball and volleyball teams
  • 2023 State Shot Put Champion
  • 2023 State Long Jump Champion
  • 2023 Regional Long Jump Champion 
  • 2023 Regional Shot Put Champion
  • Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association Championship team points leader
  • Holds school records in the long jump, 4x100 and 4x200 team relays
  • Also enjoys music, playing the guitar and ukulele, singing and reading
  • Heavily recruited soccer forward
  • Four-sport varsity athlete at Liberty High School (basketball, soccer, track/field, volleyball)
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2023-2024

Sophmore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year