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Aug. 25, 2015

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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.