One year after leading UNLV in digs as the team’s starting libero, Leka Kiner-Falefa is no longer playing volleyball as she is not listed on the team’s roster.
A 5’8″ native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Kiner-Falefa would have been a junior in 2018. She originally attended North Texas after a prestigious career at Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii. As a freshman with the Mean Green in 2016, she played in all 32 matches and notched 2.96 digs per set. However, North Texas went 13-19 while she saw UNLV go 24-8, and the opportunity was too good to pass up as she transferred.
As a sophomore with UNLV, Kiner-Falefa took over the libero duties on a team that went 8-23. In 31 matches and 121 sets played, she recorded 480 digs (3.97 per set) to pair with 57 assists (0.47 per set) and 25 aces (0.21 per set).
UNLV is now left with two libero/defensive specialists on their roster in Elena Ivanova (1.54 digs per set in 70 sets/21 matches) and Shania Scott (2.20 digs per set in 121 sets/31 matches), who are both sophomores for 2018.