3 - Leah Best
Leah Best
Height: 6-6
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School: George Walton HS
Previous College: Western Carolina
Position: RS/MB
Experience: 3V
Club: A5
m 27
k/s 2.00
h % .237
a/s 0.07
b/s 0.63
sa/s 0.00
d/s 0.25

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AS A SENIOR (2013)
Averaged 2.00 kills per game (182) overall, ranking fourth on the team... Was second on the team with 57 total blocks (44 assists) and led the squad with 13 solo blocks and a 0.63 blocks per set average... Tallied a season-high 17 kills at Long Beach State (10/18)... Had five blocks in a match twice during the season; versus Portland (8/31) and UC Irvine (11/15).

AS A JUNIOR (2012)
Averaged 1.34 kills per game (167 overall), ranking fourth on the team…led the Titans with 123 total blocks (20 solo, 103 assists), averaging 0.98 blocks per set…103 block assists tie for fourth all-time in single-season history…1.91 points per game ranked fourth on the team…finished the season totaling at least 10 kills in five matches…attacking percentage of .733 (12-1-15) vs. in three-set win over Brown (09/14) was the best mark for any Titan in 2012…nine total blocks in five-set loss to Santa Clara (09/15) tied the season high for a Titan in 2012…in four straight matches from Sept. 20-Oct. 13, averaged 13.0 kills and 4.5 blocks per match as the Titans finished 4-0 during that stretch with wins over UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and Long Beach State.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2011)
Played in 75 sets over 25 matches (21 starts) • Her only match with 10-or-more kill came on Sept. 17 against Utah State. She set a career high that night with 12 kills (.368) • Posted 5-plus kills on eight occasions and hit .538 (8-1-13) on Oct. 1 at Cal State Northridge • Had third most blocks (46.0) on the team – nine solos, 37 assists • Had a season best 5.0 blocks on two occasions (Sept. 20 at San Diego State – 5 assists and Oct. 1 at Cal State Northridge – one solo and four assists.
WESTERN CAROLINA `10
Lettered one season for Head Coach Manuel Concepcion and the Catamounts • Played 86 sets over 27 matches tallying 72 kills, 23 digs and 61 blocks • Had a season-high 11 kills on Sept. 29 against Appalachian State • Scooped up three digs on two occasions, with the last coming on Oct. 30 at The Citadel • Had seven blocks in a match against Presbyterian on Sept. 15.

HIGH SCHOOL
Was a four-year letterwinner at George Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.) for Coach Susanne Fitzgerald • As a senior, helped her team to a 45-5 overall record and a state runner-up finish • Was a 2009 Georgia High School All-Star • Became the first player in GWHS history to go on to play NCAA Div. I volleyball at Western Carolina University • Also lettered twice as a basketball player.

PERSONAL
Born in London, England • Full name is Leah Francesca Best • Parents are Don and Peggy Dobbs • Has one younger sister, Anouska • Majoring in public relations and minoring in history • Has aspirations of playing for the English Olympic volleyball team • Her most prized possession is her green card • Favorites include: Avett Brothers (musical artists), “Some Like it Hot” (movie), “Workaholics” (TV show), Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird (athlete) and pasta (food).

Career Highs
Kills: 18 vs. UC Irvine (Oct. 11, 2012)

Total Attempts: 37, 2x, last at Long Beach State (Oct. 18, 2013)

Hitting Percentage (15+ kills): .500 (18-2-32) vs. UC Irvine (Oct. 11, 2012) 

Assists: 2, 2x, last vs. Kent State (Sept. 6, 2013)

Aces: 1 at The Citadel* (Oct. 30, 2010) 

Digs: 3, 4x, last vs. Cal Poly (Oct. 25, 2013)

Block Solos: 3, 3x, last vs. #7 Hawai’i (Sept. 22, 2012)

Block Assists: 7 at Cal Poly (Oct. 20, 2012) 

Total Blocks: 9 vs. Santa Clara (Sept. 15, 2012) 

Points: 19.5 vs. UC Irvine (Oct. 11, 2012)

 *set with Western Carolina

Career Stats

Season sp-mp k k/s e ta pct a a/s sa sa/s se
2011................ 75-25 79 1.05 36 195 .221 6 0.08 0 0.00 0
2012................ 125-31 167 1.34 83 443 .190 5 0.04 0 0.00 0
2013................ 91-27 182 2.00 69 476 .237 6 0.07 0 0.00 0
TOTAL............... 291-83 428 1.47 188 1114 .215 17 0.06 0 0.00 0

 

Season dig d/s re bs ba tb b/s be bhe points pts/s
2011................ 7 0.09 0 9 37 46 0.61 7 0 106.5 1.41
2012................ 15 0.12 0 20 103 123 0.98 16 0 238.5 1.90
2013................ 23 0.25 1 13 44 57 0.63 11 1 217.0 2.30
TOTAL............... 45 0.15 1 42 184 226 0.78 34 1 562.0 1.90


Recent Games
Nov 9 UC Riverside W, 3-0
Nov 15 UC Irvine L, 3-2
Nov 16 Long Beach State L, 3-1
Nov 22 at UC Santa Barbara L, 3-0
Nov 23 at Cal Poly W, 3-1
Nov 30 Hawai'i L, 3-0
Statistics category Overall Conf
Matches 27 15
Sets 91 51
Kills 182 89
Kills per set 2.00 1.75
Errors 69 35
Total Attacks 476 260
Hitting Percentage .237 .208
Assists 6 3
Assists per set 0.07 0.06
Service Aces 0 0
Service Errors 0 0
Service Aces per set 0.00 0.00
Reception Errors 1 1
Digs 23 14
Digs per set 0.25 0.27
Block Solo 13 8
Block Assist 44 26
Block Total 57 34
Blocks per set 0.63 0.67
Block Errors 11 5
Ball Handling Errors 1 1
Points 217.0 110.0
Points per set 2.4 2.2
Date Opponent Score s k e ta pct a sa se re digs bs ba be tot bhe pts
Aug 24 Alumni Game W, 3-0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Aug 30 at UNLV L, 3-0 3 2 3 14 -.071 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 3 0 4.5
Aug 31 vs. Kansas State L, 3-2 3 6 2 11 .364 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6.5
Aug 31 vs. Portland W, 3-0 3 5 1 11 .364 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 5 0 8.0
Sep 6 Kent State W, 3-0 3 6 2 14 .286 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 7.5
Sep 6 William & Mary W, 3-0 3 7 3 14 .286 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 8.0
Sep 7 Gardner-Webb W, 3-0 3 9 4 17 .294 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 10.5
Sep 7 Wake Forest W, 3-2 5 13 4 26 .346 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 14.0
Sep 13 vs. Nevada W, 3-0 3 9 3 17 .353 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9.0
Sep 13 vs. Montana L, 3-0 3 9 3 22 .273 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9.0
Sep 14 at Texas Tech W, 3-0 3 6 1 20 .250 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 1 0 7.0
Sep 20 at USC L, 3-0 3 8 3 22 .227 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 8.5
Sep 22 American L, 3-2 5 13 5 28 .286 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 3 0 14.5
Sep 27 at Hawai'i L, 3-0 3 6 5 20 .050 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 7.0
Oct 4 UC Davis W, 3-2 5 15 2 37 .351 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 0 6 0 19.0
Oct 5 Cal State Northridge L, 3-0 3 8 2 21 .286 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 4 0 10.5
Oct 12 at UC Riverside W, 3-0 3 2 2 21 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 3.0
Oct 18 at Long Beach State L, 3-2 5 17 4 37 .351 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 3 0 18.5
Oct 19 at UC Irvine L, 3-0 3 8 2 17 .353 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 9.0
Oct 25 Cal Poly L, 3-1 4 5 6 22 -.045 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 2 0 6.5
Oct 26 UC Santa Barbara L, 3-0 1 1 0 4 .250 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.0
Oct 31 at Cal State Northridge L, 3-0 3 7 5 19 .105 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7.5
Nov 2 at UC Davis L, 3-2 2 2 1 10 .100 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.0
Nov 9 UC Riverside W, 3-0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Nov 15 UC Irvine L, 3-2 5 5 3 13 .154 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 5 0 8.0
Nov 16 Long Beach State L, 3-1 4 2 1 11 .091 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 2.5
Nov 22 at UC Santa Barbara L, 3-0 3 3 0 7 .429 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 4.5
Nov 23 at Cal Poly W, 3-1 4 4 0 10 .400 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 3 0 5.5
Nov 30 Hawai'i L, 3-0 3 4 2 11 .182 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 5.5
  m s k k/s e ta pct a a/s sa sa/s digs d/s bs ba tot b/s pts pts/s
Total 27 91 182 2.00 69 476 .237 6 0.07 0 0.00 23 0.25 13 44 57 0.63 217.0 2.4
Conference 15 51 89 1.75 35 260 .208 3 0.06 0 0.00 14 0.27 8 26 34 0.67 110.0 2.2
Exhibition - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Home 12 44 88 2.00 34 218 .248 4 0.09 0 0.00 10 0.23 7 25 32 0.73 107.5 2.4
Away 11 35 65 1.86 26 197 .198 1 0.03 0 0.00 10 0.29 5 14 19 0.54 77.0 2.2
Neutral 4 12 29 2.42 9 61 .328 1 0.08 0 0.00 3 0.25 1 5 6 0.50 32.5 2.7

Wins 10 35 76 2.17 22 187 .289 4 0.11 0 0.00 10 0.29 5 21 26 0.74 91.5 2.6
Losses 17 56 106 1.89 47 289 .204 2 0.04 0 0.00 13 0.23 8 23 31 0.55 125.5 2.2