University of Iowa Athletics

#17 Kaia Mateo

Height 5-11
Class Fr.
Hometown New York City, N.Y.
High School Avenues: The World School NYC
Kaia Mateo - Volleyball - University of Iowa Athletics

High School

  • Varsity starter all four seasons at Avenues: NYC
  • Named the World School NYC Athlete of the Year, Offensive Athlete of the Year and Most Versatile Player as a junior
  • Earned the Aviator Award, Core Value Recognition and Tri-Season Athlete Award (volleyball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field)
  • Two-time varsity team Captain
  • Holds school track and field records in the indoor 55 meters, 200 meters and 300 meters as well as the outdoor 100 meters and long jump
  • Member of the Food and Hunger Advocacy Club and the Zero Waste Club, while volunteering at St. Clements Food Bank, Holy Apostles and City Meals on Wheels
  • Created three bilingual children’s books about ocean debris and read them aloud to second graders from schools in NYC and Sao Paulo over zoom calls to spread awareness about the worldwide dilemma of the plastic epidemic.


  • Born October 16, 2004
  • Daughter of Ronnie and Kelly Mateo
  • Has four siblings, Trace, Sage, Sloane, and Taj
  • Majoring in Art and Enterprise Leadership