Saints Begin Their Quest for a 10th MAAC Title Friday Night
Volleyball Standout is One of 52 Division I Finalists
Volleyball Captain One of 30 National Candidates for Prestigious Honor
Akana and Skeen Named to Preseason All-MAAC Team
Nearly 42% of Siena's Student Athletes Posted Cumulative GPA's of 3.20 or Better
GENERAL: Program's all-time digs leader...Excellent defensive player who continues the recent trend of Hawaiian's with great ball control in Loudonville...Mature, hard-working player...Steady, calming influence on the court...Saw immediate playing time in the back row as freshman, and emerged as one of MAAC's top liberos the past two seasons...The top passer on the team, and perhaps the best in the league...Has great footwork and understanding of the game...Leads by example.
2011: MAAC co-Defensive Player of the Year...Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month (October)...Became program's all-time digs leader with 22-dig effort in stunning sweep at Niagara (11/5)...Posted double-digit digs in 27 of 28 matches, and 20 or more digs 14 times...Joined the 30-dig club with 32 digs in three-set sweep of Marist (9/29)...Posted 858 service receptions with just 34 errors (.960)...Had five 25+ dig MAAC matches.
2010: One of two Saints to appear in all 31 matches, and the only player to see action in all 113 sets...Led team with 569 digs and ranked fourth in MAAC with 5.04 digs per set...Posted double-figures in digs in all but four sets, and 20 or more 12 times...Fifth on the team with 20 aces...Had season-high 35 digs in four-set loss at Cornell (9/3)...Posted 30 digs in four-set loss at Manhattan (10/9), and 29 in 3-2 win at Canisius and 3-2 MAAC Tournament win over Saint Peter's (11/18).
2009: Played in 25 of the 28 matches, mostly as libero...Led team and finished eighth in the MAAC with 4.03 digs/set (387)...It marked the 11th most digs in a season in program history...Posted 10 or more digs in 20 of the 25 matches she appeared in...Joined the 30-dig club in 3-1 win at Iona (30 - 10/17)...Had 20 digs or more four times and finished season with at least 10 digs in 14 of the last 15 matches she played.
BEFORE SIENA: A two-year letterwinner at the highly regarded Kamehameha schools where she helped her program to consecutive Division 1 State Championships as a junior and senior...Selected First team All-State Libero in 2008...Also named to the 2008 Honolulu Star Bulletin Fab 15 and tabbed a 2008 ILH Honorable Mention selection...Also played basketball and soccer growing up.
PERSONAL/COMMUNITY: Daughter of Lester and Cherie Akeo...Older brother Thomas (29) attended Kapiolani Community College and older brother Lester attends Hawaii Pacific... Selected to the Honor Roll at Kamehameha as a freshman and senior...Has two younger sisters: Lynzi (15) and Lexis (10)...First cousin Dane Sardinha played much of 2009 season in the major leagues for Detroit Tigers and is now in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, cousin Bronson Sardinha is in the Rockies organization...An undecided major with a 3.72 GPA.
PIERRE ON AKEO: "Lesli is really the engine of our team. She is one of the best passers I have ever been around, and one of the top players Siena has ever had. She plays with a quiet confidence and a high maturity level. I expect Lesli to have another steady year anchoring our back row."
GETTING TO KNOW LESLI AKEO:
Minor: Information Systems
Professional athlete: Mariano Rivera, Misty May
Pro sports team: Yankees
Food: Hawaiian food
Spot on campus: The gym and my bedroom
Flavor of ice cream: Haagen-Dazs Strawberry
Pizza Topping: Pepperoni
Color: Blue and White
Holiday: All of them
TV show: Suits, Nikita, Vampire Diaries, Burn Notice
Flower: Pikake, Pakalana, Gardenia