Leon Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week – HerdZone.com

DALLAS – After a dominant weekend at the net, Marshall volleyball graduate Destiny Leon was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.


“I’m so proud of Destiny during this first weekend of play, both defensively and offensively,” Herd head coach Ari Aganus said. “She put in the work all summer and it has showed since the first day of preseason. Destiny has been such a leader on the court and has a whole new demeanor to her game this season. It’s going to be very exciting to see what she’s going to accomplish this year.”


The reigning C-USA Defensive Player of the Year was a force at the net for the Herd during the Marshall Invitational to open the 2021 season. Leon recorded 23 total blocks, an average of 1.77 per set. She started the weekend with nine blocks against Alabama. Leon kept it going with five versus Austin Peay and another nine against Miami (OH).


Her presence caused issues even when a block was not recorded with opponents needing to be ready to try and keep the rally going off a block, or forced attack errors. In the five-set win over the Miami Redhawks, the Herd defense forced 30 errors as Miami hit just .140. Leon was there, along with Macy McElhaney, for the block on the final point in the fifth set to secure the win.


Leon led a strong defensive performance from Marshall throughout the weekend. The Herd’s opponents hit .171 and Marshall totaled 42 blocks for an average of 3.23 per set. The Herd recorded 12 total blocks against Alabama, 13 versus Austin Peay and then finished the weekend with 17 against Miami. Marshall’s 17 in the final match was its most since also recording 17 in a win at FIU back on Nov. 8, 2019.


Leon’s dominance was not just felt defensively with her constant swats at the net. She also played well offensively with 29 kills, 2.23 per set, and hit at a .383 clip. Her hitting percentage leads the team.


The recognition was Leon’s second weekly award from Conference USA, and her first since Sept. 16, 2019. Leon has recorded at least one block in 45-straight matches going back to the 2019 season-opener. In her career Leon has 227 total blocks. She is third all-time in career blocks per set at 1.20.


Marshall returns to the court Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4, at the Tru by Hilton Dayton Beavercreek Invitational, hosted by Wright State. The Herd plays DePaul, Wright State and Ball State.


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Players Mentioned

Destiny Leon

#16 Destiny Leon

6′ 3″
Graduate Student

Macy McElhaney

#13 Macy McElhaney

6′ 2″