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Oct. 13, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Valeria León has been selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. She averaged 3.44 digs, .56 aces and 1.11 assists per set as the Buckeyes tallied two more wins over top-25 teams this week; marking the first time in school history Ohio State has won back-to-back-to-back matches with all three teams ranked in the top-25.

León served as the libero, picking up a dozen digs versus #15 Illinois and 19 more against #24 Northwestern. She played a major role in the service game as well. On the offensive, León fired a total of five aces, at least two in each. She also successfully handled 53 service receptions with no errors.

It marks the second Buckeye to win the conference’s defensive player of the week award this season after Taylor Sandbothe did so on Sept. 8. Before the 2014 campaign, Mariah Booth on Nov. 7, 2011 was the most recent Buckeye to earn the recognition.

For the season, León ranks 13th in the conference with 3.62 digs per set. She and the rest of the Buckeyes venture to the state of Indiana this upcoming weekend to face the Hoosiers and #14 Purdue.