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Blake Leeson

Middle Blocker

Player profile

  • Height 6-8
  • Hometown Mequon, Wis.
  • High School Homestead
  • Year r-Senior

CAREER HONORS
• Ended playing career ranked top-10 in school history with a .453 hitting percentage (5th), 62 solo blocks (7th), 395 total blocks (7th) and 78 aces (12th)
• All-MIVA First Team (2019)
• All-MIVA Second Team (2018)
• All-MIVA Honorable Mention (2016)
• NCAA All-Tournament Team (2016, 2017)
• Started 125 of 126 career matches
• Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
• MIVA Academic All-Conference (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

YEAR-BY-YEAR
2019 (Senior)
• All-MIVA First Team selection
• Started all 29 matches in the middle
• Paced the team with 88 blocks (.81/set)
• Garnered multiple blocks in 23 contests
• Attacked .456 while terminating 192 kills
• Tallied hitting percentages north of .700 with double-digit attempts in five matches (eight at .600+)
• Totaled 253 points by adding 15 service aces
• Dug 26 balls
• Selected to compete in the University World Games (July 3-14 in Italy)
• Participated in the 2019 Spring Wolstein Leadership Academy

2018 (Junior)
• All-MIVA Second Team
• Started all 31 matches
• Totaled 190 kills, 81 blocks, 22 aces, 22 digs and eight assists
• Produced 271.5 points (2.34/set) while attacking a team-high .494 (190-28-328)
• Threw up 10 blocks (two solo) in the MIVA Tournament Semifinals win over Lewis (4/18)
• Went wild to the tune of 11 kills on 13 error-free swings (.846) and four blocks in the NCAA Opening Round triumph vs. King (4/26)
• Registered multiple blocks in all contests but five
• Contributed 10 or more points 11 times

2017 (Sophomore)
• Started 33 of 34 matches
• Ranked 17th nationally with 1.03 blocks per set
• Totaled 23 solo blocks in 2017, slotted T-16th all-time at Ohio State
• Accumulated 137 kills, 117 blocks (23s, 94a), 23 digs and 18 aces while attacking .434 for the season
• Contributed five or more points in 25 matches, including five contests of double-digit points
• Multiple blocks came in 27 matches, highlighted by a seven-stuff performance against Hawaii in the NCAA Semifinals

2016 (Freshman)
• Blistered 11 kills on 13 errorless swings (.846), including the title-clinching kill, vs. BYU (5/7) in the NCAA Finals
• One of two Buckeyes to start all 34 matches and play in every set
• Totaled 185 kills, 90 blocks (16s, 74a), 34 digs and 23 aces while attacking at a .419 rate
• Season-high 19 points came against Ball State (2/6), putting away 17 kills, two block assists and a solo stuff
• Provided five or more points in 30 matches
• Opened the NCAA tournament with seven blocks vs. George Mason (5/3)

2015 (Redshirt)
• Practiced with team

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE
• Two-time first team all-conference, honorable mention All-Wisconsin and team captain for Homestead High School
• Also competed on the track & field team, placing third in the high jump at the 2014 Wisconsin state championships
• Qualified for the state championships in triple jump as well
• Played club ball for the Milwaukee Volleyball Club in 2013-14, notching a fifth place showing at Nationals in the open division

PERSONAL
• Son of Gregg and Patty Leeson
• Has two siblings, Bailey (sister) and Brett (brother)
• Double major in sport industry and marketing