Leanna G - PACWEST Athlete of the Week

February 3rd, 2013

This past weekend featured the CCAA #1 (UFV) and CCAA #2 (VIU) ranked teams in the country facing off against each other.  In head to head matches, the Mariners had the tie-breaker but needed to sweep both matches to take over 1st place in the PACWEST.  Leanna Gildersleeve played a large role for VIU all weekend.

Friday night the Mariners showed their strength taking the match 3-1. Gildersleeve recorded 12 digs, 16 kills and 1 ace in the victory.

On Saturday, the Mariners came out a little sluggish and dropped the first two sets but battled back to take the 3rd and 4th. The 5th was a tight battle with UFV taking the match 3 sets to 2. Gildersleeve improved on her previous performance tallying 22 digs, 20 kills, and 2 blocks.

The Mariners won the weekend head to head battle and was led by their 4th year Power. Gildersleeve’s total weekend stats were a season high 34 digs, 36 kills, 2 blocks and 1 ace.