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Incoming Lion Earns All-America Honors

Feb. 26, 2007

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Incoming Loyola Marymount freshman Whitney Leonard was named a Senior All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). It is the first annual All-American team for high school seniors selected by the AVCA.

Leonard (Saratoga, Calif./Archbishop Mitty High School) was one of just three defensive specialists/liberos to be named to the 35-player All-American squad. She was also one of just three players from all of California to earn the distinction.

Leonard won the state championship with Archbishop Mitty High School in 2004. She was the school's first defensive specialist/libero to receive first-team all-league honors when she was All-WCAL in 2006.On the club side, Leonard was a silver medalist and all-tournament selection at the 17-open Junior Olympics in 2005.She is the sister of Courtnay Leonard, the Lions' libero in 2003 and 2004.

In the AVCA selection process, each state was given representation by a delegate high school coach, and then put into one of 10 regions. Each state representative ranked the nominated players in his/her region, and sent those rankings to the chairperson of his/her region. Each region was represented on the AVCA High School Senior All-America Committee, who then chose the All-America Team based upon the rankings of the state representatives, extensive research conducted by the members of the committee, as well as dialogue between the committee members.

Leonard will join the Lions for the 2007 season.