Toledo’s Maurissa Leonard became the sixth active player with 2,000 digs to her credit with a 23-save haul against Ball State on Thursday.
Leonard now has 2,010 career digs, making her the first Toledo player and 15th player in Mid-American Conference history to reach the milestone.
She has posted double-digit dig tallies in 14 of the team’s 15 matches in 2018, including 20 or more 12 times and 30 or more on three occasions.
The Oregon, Ohio, native posted 507 digs (4.49 per set) as a rookie, notching 23 double-digit efforts, including 13 with 20 or more saves and four 30-dig performances.
She tacked on a season record 569 digs (4.78 per set) as a sophomore with 30 double-digit efforts, with 10 20-plus dig efforts and two 30-dig performances.
Last year, Leonard added 564 digs, registering a school season record 5.58 per set as a junior. She tallied double-digit saves in 25 matches, including 20 or more 15 times and 30 or more three times. She pulled up a career-high and school record 40 digs at Marshall (9/9/17).
All told, Leonard has put together 82 double-digit dig efforts, 50 20-dig efforts and 12 30-dig performances.
Leonard boasts three of the top five spots for season digs and digs per set. Entering 2018, Leonard ranked second in career digs behind Lora Sarich (1,736 from 2003-06). She broke Sarich’s record with a 32 dig effort against George Washington on August 31.
The Rockets are 7-9 on the season and 2-3 in MAC play heading into Saturday’s road match at Akron (9-7, 1-4 MAC).