Aug. 25, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three days left to go before the Buckeyes clash with the Cowgirls for the 2015 season opener out in Laramie, Wyo. The first tilt of the year is slated for an 8:30 p.m. ET start.
Valeria León, a junior defensive specialist, dons the No. 3 jersey and represents the second-to-last issue of ‘Countdown Close-Up.’
Valeria León – 5-foot-6 – Junior – Defensive Specialist
Ponce, Puerto Rico – Colegio Sagrado Corazón De Jesús
Favorite movie? Coach Carter
Favorite place to eat? Olive Garden
Favorite vacation spot? Puerto Rico – home
Favorite athlete? Steph Curry
Favorite thing to do in Columbus? Columbus Zoo
Favorite team bonding activity? Ziplining
#1 thing on bucket list? Play in the Olympics
Place you absolutely have to travel to? Paris
Favorite TV show? Nuestra Belleza Latina (latin show)
Dream job? Lawyer
Pre-game rituals? I always pray before the game.
León enters 2015 averaging 2.82 digs per set in her career, slotted 11th all-time at Ohio State. She has played in every single match since arriving on campus two years ago. Last season, León served as the team’s primary libero and logged time in all 136 sets while digging 482 balls (fifth-highest single season total in school history). She picked up Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors (10/13/14) after recording 3.44 digs/set and successfully handling 53 service receptions with no errors in a pair of OSU wins over nationally-ranked opponents.