2 Leigh Stephenson
2 Leigh Stephenson
Birth Date: 09/21/1986
Height: 5-4
Year: Senior
Hometown: Nipomo, Calif.
High School: Nipomo HS
Position: LIB
UC Santa Barbara
2007 Golden Eagle Award Winner
2007 Academic All-Big West
Started every contest at libero for UCSB...Set the school and Big West single season digs record with 650...Ranked third in the conference for digs per game, averaging 5.24...Was second on the team, recording 24 service aces with a career-high three in the Nov. 23 contest against Temple...Had double-digit digs in all but two contests with 20 or more on 18 occasions...Posted a personal-best 30 scoops against Virginia on Sept. 8, but surpassed that mark with 31 digs at Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 2)...Tallied 55 assists, including a career-best five at UC Irvine (Nov. 10)...Earned her second Academic All-Big West honor in addition to being named the UCSB women's volleyball Golden Eagle Award winner, given to the upperclassman on the team with the highest GPA. 2006
Played in 29 of the Gauchos' matches, starting two during her sophomore campaign...Tallied double-digit digs on seven occasions including a season-high 13 vs. Western Michigan (Nov. 24)...Had at least one scoop in 27 of her 29 matches played and appeared in all but 11 games...Was fifth on the team with 169 total digs on the season and second amongst returning players...Earned Big West Academic All-Conference for her diligence in the classroom. 2005
Competed in four matches during her first season at the college level, starting two at libero...Amassed a season-high 25 assists in her debut appearance, a four-game win at UC Davis (Sept. 15)...The following night, again earned the start and scooped 20 balls in a tough loss to Utah State...Had nine digs on Sept. 16 vs. Saint Mary's - accompanied by four assists - while her final scoop came during a home win over Cal State Northridge (Oct. 14). High School
Member of Nipomo High School's inaugural graduating class in 2005...Three-year varsity letterwinner under head coach Claudia Trudeau...As a senior she repeated as Los Padres League MVP and was named San Luis Obispo County Player of the Year while leading the Titans to the CIF Division III state tournament...Reaching that stage in just the school's third year of existence is her greatest sports accomplishment...First Team All-CIF honors in 2004 after earning second team recognition the previous year...First of her three straight all-county selections came as a sophomore in 2002...Transferred to Nipomo from Arroyo Grande High School where she was a Second Team All-Northern League defensive specialist in 2002...Also an all-league soccer player at Nipomo as both a sophomore and junior, while she served as yearbook editor as well...Member of the California Scholarship Federation. Club
Gained club volleyball experience with SLO Juniors. Personal
Leigh Ellen Stephenson was born to Jeanne and Kris Stephenson on Sept. 21, 1986 in Santa Maria, Calif....Megan is her older sister...Affectionately nicknamed "Leafy" or "Fers"...Is majoring in history with a minor in German at UCSB...Aspires to be a teacher, following in the footsteps of her mother, and to live abroad following graduation...Enjoys traveling, fishing, laughing, spending time with her family, making up games, and eating hot dogs when not playing volleyball...Listens to the music of Jimmy Buffett and names "Top Gun" as her favorite film...Says "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" is her favorite book...Names the two toughest women she knows, her mom and her teammate Lindsay Fletcher, as her personal heroes. Career Stats
200514 400.0000.00040.2900.00
2006104 2910.0103.33380.0800.00