3 Leah Best
|Birth Date:||Sept. 12, 1991|
|High School:||George Walton HS|
|Previous College:||Western Carolina|
AS A JUNIOR (2012): Averaged 1.34 kills per game (167 overall), ranking fourth on the team…led the Titans with 123 total blocks (20 solo, 103 assists), averaging 0.98 blocks per set…103 block assists tie for fourth all-time in single-season history…1.91 points per game ranked fourth on the team…finished the season totaling at least 10 kills in five matches…attacking percentage of .733 (12-1-15) vs. in three-set win over Brown was the best mark for any Titan in 2012 (09/14)…nine total blocks in five-set loss to Santa Clara tied the season-high for a Titan in 2012 (09/15)…in four straight matches from Sept. 20-Oct. 13, averaged 13.0 kills per match and 4.5 blocks per match as the Titans finished 4-0 during that stretch with wins over UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and Long Beach State.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2011): Played in 75 sets over 25 matches (21 starts) • Her only match with 10-or-more kill came on Sept. 17 against Utah State. She set a career high that night with 12 kills (.368) • Posted 5-plus kills on eight occasions and hit .538 (8-1-13) on Oct. 1 at Cal State Northridge • Had third most blocks (46.0) on the team – nine solos, 37 assists • Had a season best 5.0 blocks on two occasions (Sept. 20 at San Diego State – 5 assists and Oct. 1 at Cal State Northridge – one solo and four assists.
WESTERN CAROLINA `10: Lettered one season for Head Coach Manuel Concepcion and the Catamounts • Played 86 sets over 27 matches tallying 72 kills, 23 digs and 61 blocks • Had a season-high 11 kills on Sept. 29 against Appalachian State • Scooped up three digs on two occasions, with the last coming on Oct. 30 at The Citadel • Had seven blocks in a match against Presbyterian on Sept. 15.
GEORGE WALTON HS: Was a four-year letterwinner for Coach Susanne Fitzgerald • As a senior, helped her team to a 45-5 overall record and a state runner-up finish • Was a 2009 Georgia High School All-Star • Became the first player in GWHS history to go on to play NCAA Div. I volleyball at Western Carolina University • Also lettered twice as a basketball player.
PERSONAL: Born on Sept. 12, 1991, in London, England • Full name is Leah Francesca Best • Parents are Don and Peggy Dobbs • Has one younger sister, Anouska (16) • Majoring in public relations and minoring in history • Has aspirations of playing for the English Olympic volleyball team • Her most prized possession is her green card • Favorites include: Avett Brothers (musical artists), "Some Like it Hot" (movie), "Workaholics" (TV show), Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird (athlete) and pasta (food).