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KIESHA LEGGS NAMED AVCA ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION




Dec. 14, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky.–Senior Kiesha Leggs recorded another career first, as she earned AVCA All-America honorable mention accolades on Wednesday.

Leggs became the third Panther to garner All-America honors under Head Coach Toby Rens. The Stockton, Calif. native joins 2009 All-America awardees Meagan Dooley and Michelle Rossi.

“I’m extremely happy for Kiesha,” Rens said. “This honor validates the hard works she put into improving this past year. I enjoyed working with Kiesha and seeing her compete at such a high level.”

Last week, Leggs collected her first AVCA All-Northeast Region nod. Additionally, she earned her first All-Big East First Team honor this season. Leggs ranked among the league’s top-five in kills, blocks and points, while placing sixth in hitting percentage.

In her two seasons at Pitt, Leggs totaled 607 kills and 219 blocks in 205 sets. She also tied Jessica Moses (2007) for sixth overall on the single-season block assists list with 117 this year.

During her senior campaign, Leggs posted a career high 24 kills against Louisville on Oct. 24 and then tallied a double-double with a career-high 12 blocks and 11 kills against the Cardinals on Nov. 18 in the quarterfinals of the Big East Championship held in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Leggs led the Panthers in kills (435) and blocks (142) to become the fifth player in program history to register more than 400 kills and 100 blocks in a single season.

“I hope Kiesha continues to play and pursues professional opportunities,” Rens added. “We are going to miss her athleticism, but appreciate the effort she gave during her time at Pitt.”