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      Leslie Cikra
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

High School:
Chagrin Falls H.S.

Height:
6-4

Position:
RSH

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CAREER HIGHS
Kills: 20, 2x (Auburn, 11/16/12)
Attacks: 41 (Colorado State, 9/12/09)
Hitting Pct.: .765 (George Washington, 9/7/12)
Assists: 2, 2x (South Carolina, 9/23/12)
Aces: 1 (Northwestern, 9/10/10)
Solo Blocks: 3 (Wichita State, 9/2/12)
Block Assists: 7, 2x (Georgia, 10/7/12)
Total Blocks: 7, 3x (Georgia, 10/7/12)
Digs: 5, 3x (Auburn, 11/16/12)
*Through December 1, 2012

AWARDS
  • 2012 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (2x)
  • 2012 SpringHill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational MVP
  • 2011 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
  • 2011 First-Team All-SEC
  • 2011 AVCA All-South Region
  • 2011 US National A2 Training Team
  • 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2009 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

AS A SENIOR (2012)
  • Posted 12 kills and five blocks in her final match, the NCAA First Round match vs. Michigan (11/29)
  • Recorded a match-high 17 kills and hit .387 vs. LSU (11/18)
  • Had a career-high tying 20 kills and hit .471 against Auburn (11/16)
  • Committed no errors on 10 swings and had four kills in a 3-0 sweep against Alabama (10/28)
  • Once again tied a career-best with seven blocks against Georgia (10/7)
  • Tied a career high with seven blocks at Alabama (9/16)
  • Tallied 19 kills while hitting .692 at Maryland (9/8)
  • Totaled 13 kills with no errors and hit a career-best .765 vs. George Washington (9/7)
  • Hit .306, had 14 kills and tied a career high with three solo blocks at Wichita State (9/2)
  • Posted seven blocks against Colorado State (8/31)
  • Put down 16 kills, four blocks and hit .389 in a five-frame win over Iowa State (8/25)

AS A JUNIOR (2011)
  • Named First Team All-SEC after hitting .330 on the year in conference matches, which ranked seventh in the league and first for a non-middle position player
  • Selected as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-American and was an All-South Region selection
  • Led the team in hitting percentage on the season, boasting a clip of .313, ranking fifth in the school record books
  • Hit .400 or better in eight matches on the year, including a career-best percentage of .636 against South Carolina on Oct. 30
  • Connected on eight-of-11 attempts in the match versus USC, as the team rolled to a 3-0 sweep over the Gamecocks
  • Her total of 272 kills on the season ranks ninth in Tennessee history
  • Tallied double digits in kills on 14 occasions, including both NCAA Tournament matches against Duke (12) and Ohio State (10)
  • Blasted a season-best 19 kills against Ole Miss on Nov. 11, one off her career-best tally of 20 that came as a sophomore
  • Had a six-match stretch where she tallied double-digit kills, beginning at Florida (17) on Sept. 17 and ending at Kentucky (11) on Oct. 12
  • Played in 98 sets spanning 27 matches, while starting 18 contests
  • Hit .250 or better in all but five matches on the year and ranked second on the squad in kills per set (2.74)
  • Defensively, ranked second on the team in blocks per set during league play, averaging 0.75 putbacks per set
  • Named to the 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll

AS A SOPHOMORE (2010)
  • 109 games played
  • Saw action in every match
  • 215 kills was fourth on the team
  • Averaged almost two kills per game (1.97)
  • Fourth in blocks with 72
  • 14 kills against Pittsburgh

AS A FRESHMAN (2009)
  • Named to the 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Started the first 25 matches of her collegiate career before the team switched to a 5-1 offense
  • Was named to the all-tournament team at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic
  • Finished with 26 kills in three matches in her first foray into collegiate volleyball
  • Also had five blocks and two digs
  • Reached double-digits in kills for the first time with 14 putaways on 40 swings against Western Kentucky on Aug. 29
  • Closed out the Xavier Invitational with a strong performance, hitting .300 (6-0-20) and collecting a career-high four blocks against the host Musketeers
  • Finished one off her career high with 13 kills against Colorado State on the second day of the Carolina Classic
  • Did best her previous high with 41 attacks in that contest though
  • Closed out the tournament by hitting at a personal-best .350 clip (9-2-20) against Marshall later that evening
  • Kicked off UT's SEC schedule with 11 kills and a career-high three digs at LSU on Sept. 18
  • Tallied a career-best .364 hitting percentage in a loss at No. 5 Florida on Oct. 4 with six kills on 11 swings with just two errors
  • Helped UT to a 3-0 victory over Auburn on Oct. 11 with five blocks, including one solo, and a career-high tying three digs
  • Registered seven kills, two digs and a pair of blocks in a 3-1 loss to No. 20 LSU on Oct. 26
  • Hit a career-high .385 with seven kills and just two errors in 13 attacks at Arkansas on Nov. 1
  • Delivered a career-best .400 hitting percentage (7-1-15) in a 3-0 sweep over Mississippi State on Nov. 6
  • Finished off UT's 3-1 triumph over No. 13 Florida on Nov. 22 with a sharp block for the final point of the match
  • Earned a spot on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll for her work in the classroom

PRIOR TO TENNESSEE
  • Ranked as the No. 11-recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com as a senior
  • Was also named a top-50 junior recruit by the Web site in 2007
  • Named to the Ohio State Volleyball Coaches Association (OHSVA) District II First Team in both 2007 and 2008 and earned Chagrin Valley Conference honors in 2006 and 2007, being named to the second and first teams, respectively
  • Claimed All-Ohio Third Team accolades in 2008, as well as The News Herald Player of the Week laurels and Under Armour Second-Team All-America honors
  • Was a member of the Renaissance VBC from 2005-08
  • Claimed titles at both the 2005 East Coast Championships and the Ohio Valley Region (OVR) Regional Tournament
  • The team also emerged victorious at the 2006 OVR National Bid Tournament before placing fifth at the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals in Atlanta
  • The squad repeated its sixth-place performance at the national competition in Minneapolis, Minn., the next season after winning the Best of America Tournament
  • Cikra also led Renaissance VBC to a ninth-place showing at the 2008 nationals in Dallas, Texas
  • Success was not limited to the court as she earned the Principle's Academic Distinction Award as a junior and was the recipient of the Principle's Cum Laude Award in 2008
  • Also helped teach volleyball to middle and elementary-aged children

PERSONAL
  • Is pursuing a major in sport management
  • Names her mother as her biggest influence because she has supported her throughout her entire volleyball career
  • Former teammates playing college volleyball include Chelsea Harvey (Akron), Kelsey Kuehner (Appalachian State), Meredith Paskert (Kent State) and Jessica Mueller (Eastern Kentucky)
  • Models herself athletically after beach volleyball and former Stanford star Kerri Walsh
  • Chose Tennessee over Ohio, Duke and Georgetown
  • Decided to attend UT because of its emphasis on women's sports and academics
  • Would like to become a teach and coach following graduation
  • Her hobbies include photography, attending football games and hanging out with friends
  • Has one sister, Lucy, 18
  • Leslie Farrell Cikra, the daughter of Jeff Cikra and Elizabeth Towns, was born on Dec. 12, 1990, in Cleveland, Ohio
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