Senior Kaitlyn Leary was named Most Outstanding Player
Ohio State finished the 2013 regular season with an 18-14 overall record
Ohio State hosts No. 2 Penn State Wednesday in St. John Arena; travels to Iowa Saturday
Senior Kaitlyn Leary led Ohio State with 23 kills and 12 digs in the win
Friday's match vs. the Illini will serve as the team's Senior Night
Career: Ranks 15th on Ohio State's career list with a 2.61 digs per set average.
2013 (Senior Season): Led the team with 406 digs on the season and a 3.41 average ... totaled a season-best 26 digs vs. Illinois (11/22) ... had 25 digs at Northwestern (10/16) ... 24 digs at Michigan (11/2) ... had 18 digs at Florida State (9/6) ... totaled 16 vs. Northwestern (11/23) ... 15 at Northern Illinois (8/31) ... finished with 15 digs at Indiana (10/5), at Michigan State (11/1) and vs. Purdue (11/9) ... had 16 digs against Xavier (9/14) ... totaled 15 digs at Illinois (10/20) ... 13 digs in three-set win over UMES (9/20) ... double-digit digs in 20 matches this season ... had a season-high four service aces against indiana (11/8) ... team-best 22 service aces on the season.
2012 (Junior Season): Earned her first start as a Buckeye in the team's 3-1 win at Houston (9/15)... notched a season-best 17 digs at Northwestern (10/6) ... had 13 digs in 3-2 win at Illinois (10/5) ... had seven digs, three points and two service aces with one kill in three-set loss at Minnesota (9/28) ... picked up six digs vs. Iowa and Nebraska ... averaging 1.75 digs per set this season ... had three assists against Nebraska... scored 16.0 points this season.
2011 (Sophomore Season at Creighton): Played in all 31 matches as libero...led the squad and the Missouri Valley Conference with 693 digs...named the MVC Libero of the Year...MVC First Team honoree...set a Creighton season digs record...averaged 5.92 digs per set...had 20 or more digs in 21 matches...totaled 36 digs in the 3-2 win at Illinois State (Oct. 29)...surpassed the 1,000 career digs mark on Oct. 22 vs. Evansville and finished the season with 1,224 digs to rank fifth all-time in Creighton history...two-time MVC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3, Oct. 17)
2010 (Freshman Season at Creighton): Named to the MVC All-Freshman Team...played in 27 matches for Creighton - 15 as libero and 12 as defensive specialist...finished second in the MVC in digs per set in conference matches (5.50) and eighth in all matches (4.28)...set a Creighton freshman record with 11 matches of 20 or more digs...second on the team with 531 digs and 4.28 digs per set...totaled 29 digs in 3-1 win at Illinois State (Oct. 1)...had 32 digs at Wichita State (Nov. 5)...set Creighton freshmen records for single-season digs and digs per set.
Marian High School: Played for Rochelle Rohlfs and a four-year letterwinner at Marian...led team to the 2010 Nebraska Class A State Championship title and a 42-1 overall record...two-time Prepvolleyball.com All-American (2009, 2010)...named first team All-State and first team All-Metro...finished senior season with 549 digs and 2,030 digs in her high school career...owns Marian records in digs in a match (36), season (558) and career (2,030)...four-year letterwinner in soccer...led squad to the 2010 Nebraska Class A State Championship title and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player...All-State and All-Metro first team...had 16 shutouts while allowing only three goals as a senior.
Nebraska Elite: Coached by Tony Carrow...nine-year starter with the club.
Personal: Daughter of Yvonne Mandolfo and Mario Mandolfo...has four siblings: Adam, Lisa, Amy and Jeffrey...majoring in operations management...dream job is to work in the finance or accounting department for Nike.
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