Sept. 11, 2013

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No. 11 Kaitlyn Leary
Parma, Ohio
Major: Speech and Hearing Science

Senior Kaitlyn Leary has put up big numbers already for the No. 13 Buckeyes in the early season. The outside hitter leads the Big Ten and is third nationally with a 5.40 kills per set average and has totaled 20 or more kills in five of six matches played. Recently, Leary guided the team to its second tournament title of the year as the Buckeyes captured the Seminole Invitational in Tallahassee, Sept. 6-7. For her efforts, she was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Big Ten Player of the Week and AVCA National Player of the Week.

Student Life

  • Do you prefer Oval Beach in the Fall or Spring (or maybe the Winter)? – Spring
  • Where is the best place to sit for lectures? – Front Row
  • Most underrated place to study on campus – my room
  • Why did you choose to major in … speech & hearing science: It has always been a dream of mine to pursue a nursing degree and that is something I want to do in the future
  • Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University? – I had my map out and looked lost

Popular Culture

  • Who do you wish had a Twitter account? – My grandma because I love her
  • Favorite TV show – Full House
  • Favorite movie – Never Back Down
  • Favorite book and/or magazine – I prefer movies
  • Favorite celebrity – Blake Lively
  • Favorite singer or musical group – S Club 7
  • Last concert I attended was – Justin Bieber


  • Favorite pro sports team – Windians aka Cleveland Indians
  • Favorite athlete – Michael Jordan
  • The athlete I would most like to compete against – Muhammad Ali
  • Favorite athletic memory – Beating Nebraska last season at Nebraska
  • Team you’re most looking forward to competing against – Nebraska
  • Pre-game/match superstition/Pre-game/match ritual – I have to eat my powerbar gummies
  • What is your top skill? – hitting
  • What skill do you need to improve? – passing


  • Most interesting place I’ve visited – Lake Tahoe
  • Place I would like to visit – Australia


  • Favorite home cooked meal – Anything made by my mom
  • Favorite snack food – raspberries
  • Guilty pleasure snack and/or food – Nutella


  • Person I most admire – My parents
  • In 10 years, I would like to be – A successful nurse
  • If I had a million dollars, I would – be so happy!
  • Coolest thing you did this past summer – Went to Dallas to play with the USA Volleyball A2 program
  • I would like to trade places for a day with – Justin Bieber
  • Who tweets too much on your team – Katie Mitchell
  • Pop or Soda? – Pop
  • Cats or Dogs? – Dogs
  • Early Bird or Night Owl? – Night Owl
  • Would you be the O, H, I or the O? – H