Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
León matches OSU career digs record
Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics
Ohio State notches 13th win of the season
Ohio State moves to 12-6 on the season
Career: Enters the 2016 season ranking top-10 in school history with 89 solo blocks (2nd), 1.15 blocks/set (2nd), 420 total blocks (5th), .299 attacking efficiency (7th) and 331 block assists (8th).
2015 (Junior Season): First Team AVCA All-American and unanimous choice for the All-Big Ten First Team ... also named Ohio State's Offensive Player of the Year and All-Northeast Region (AVCA) ... assaulted the OSU Record Books with top-5 all-time numbers for total blocks (160; 2nd), block assists (126; 2nd), solo blocks (34; T-4th), blocks/set (1.26; T-4th) and attacking efficiency (.366; 5th) ... added 376 kills (2.96/set) and 22 service aces (.17/set) to gather 495 points (3.90/set; 18th in school history) ... started all 34 matches played missing a lone contest due to illness ... earned Big Ten Player of the Week (9/7) following her Most Outstanding Player recognition in the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic (9/5-6) ... named MVP of the Golden Grizzlies Invitational (9/18-19) for her eighth consecutive all-tournament team distinction in nonconference events, a streak dating back to her freshman campaign ... racked up 20-plus points six times, including a double-double vs. No. 16 Illinois (11/11) with 19 killss and 11 blocks (1s, 10a) ... the 11-block total is the sixth-highest in school history and third-best against a B1G foe ... recorded at least one block in all 34 tilts and three or more on 31 occasions ... walked off the court with nine or more kills to her name in 28 of 34 matches ... attacked above a .400 clip exactly half the time (17 matches) and jumped above .500 seven times ... registered 1.72 blocks/set and 3.36 kills/set attacking .391 during three NCAA Tournament contests.
Summer 2015: Participated in the Big Ten's first ever Foreign Volleyball Tour travelling and competing in several European countries.
2014 (Sophomore Season): Named AVCA All-America honorable mention ... earned All-Big Ten honorable mention and AVCA All-Northeast Region accolades as well ... played in 31 matches, starting 30 times ... paced the team and ranked 10th in the Big Ten with 1.16 blocks per set ... her 140 total blocks are tied for the fifth most in school history and marked highest total since 1996 (Sherri Hellman; 140) ... tallied 114 block assists and 26 solo blocks, both totals ranking in OSU all-time top-10 ... averaged 3.43 points per set and attacked .301 (321-110-701), aligned 11th and 14th, respectively, in the Big Ten ... added 69 digs, 11 service aces and six assists ... picked up Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week laurels (9/8) by averaging two blocks a set as Ohio State won the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic ... named to the all-tournament team three consecutive weekends; University of Oregon Tournament (8/29-30), Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic (9/5-7) and Millennium Hotel Invitational (9/12-13) ... wrapped up the season by earning All-Louisville Regional honors with 17 kills and four blocks against fourth-ranked Wisconsin in the NCAA Sweet 16 ... registered 1.58 blocks/set during the NCAA Tournament, including a 10-stuff showcase in an opening-round sweep of Lipscomb (12/5) ... responsible for 10 or more points in 23 of 31 contests played.
2013 (Freshman Season): Started all matches for the Buckeyes and earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team accolades ... first on the team with a 1.02 blocking average, having 120 (29s, 91a) on the season ... the 29 solo blocks and 120 total blocks rank ninth and 15th, respectively, all-time in school history ... 295 kills for a 2.50 average ... totaled a career-high 15 kills and five service aces against Green Bay (8/31) ... finished with 14 kills and six blocks (1s, 5a) against Valparaiso (9/21) ... had 15 kills and three blocks in 3-2 win vs. Western Kentucky (9/6) ... 11 kills and five blocks (1s, 4a) at Florida State (9/6) ... finished with 12 kills and a career-high eight blocks (3s, 5a) in four-set win over Michigan (9/27) ... 11 kills with seven blocks (1s, 6a) at Indiana (10/5) ... totaled 13 kills and seven blocks (2s, 5a) against Wisconsin (10/11) ... chipped in 12 kills and seven blocks vs. Purdue (11/9) ... finished with 15 kills at Iowa (11/30) ... Seminole Invitational all-tournament team ... Blue and White Classic all-tournament team ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week (11/11, 11/25).
Prior to Ohio State: Coached by Lori Hanaway at Lee's Summit West High School ... earned All-State, All-District, All-Region and All-Conference first team honors ... Under Armour All-America second team ... led her high school squad to state runner-up finishes in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... No. 25 on PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces list ... Played for Invasion VBC coached by Mark Ethridge ... third place at the U17 Big South Qualifier ... sixth place at the U16 USAV Open Championship ... captured the U16 Show-Me Qualifier ... led squad to a third-place finish at the U16 SoCal Qualifier.
Personal: Daughter of Mike and Teri Sandbothe ... has one brother, Garrett, and one sister, Elle ... mother is a member of the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and was a four-time All-American and seven-time Big Eight champion for the Missouri track and field team ... father was a four-year starter on Missouri's men's basketball team (1985-89) ... a linguistics major.
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