UNLV: Leiana comes back as one of four returning starters for her fourth season with the Rebel volleyball team. 2002: Leiana led the team with 333 kills and was third on the team in digs with 103. She put together 18 double-digit kill games and a career-high 21 kills against Oregon on Sept. 14. She had seven double-doubles in 2002 with her best game coming against Northern Arizona when she put up 20 kills and 18 digs. She earned a spot on the 2002 UNLV/Hard Rock Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team and was named to the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team for the third straight year. With 909 kills in her three-year career, Leiana needs only four more to surpass Angie Sylvas (912) as UNLV's all-time career kills leader. 2001: Leiana had the team's third-best kill output with 269 and was the team's second most proficient server with 28 aces. Her 181-dig total was second highest on the team behind Patricia Assuncao. She also blocked 49 balls. 2000: Leiana played in all 27 matches and all 91 games, leading the team with 307 kills and 951 attempts. She tied teammate Amber Graham with a team-high 189 digs. She also led the team with 13 solo blocks, while recording five double-doubles (kills and digs) through the season. She tallied 17 matches with double-digit kills, including nine of the last 11 matches played. 1999: Redshirt.
COLLINS ON OSWALD: "Leiana is the best conditioned athlete on the team. She has really developed into a good all-around player. She is stronger and healthier now than she was for any previous year and we expect her to have a great senior season."
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1999 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Vancouver, B.C., Canada ... selected as her league's MVP during her senior season ... was named first-team all-provincial her senior season ... was team MVP for her final two seasons at Notre Dame in both basketball and volleyball... also named MVP of the track team ... named the school's female athlete of the year her last two years ... earned a 3.77 or better grade point average each of her five years of high school ... coached by Chris Gervais ... was a Team BC player from 1996-99 and won the NJCC's in 1998 ... was a 1998 alternate (top 18) for the Canadian Junior National Team.
PERSONAL: Leiana Catherine Oswald was born on May 29, 1981 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada ... the daughter of George and Anne-Marie Oswald ... has three sisters, Anne-Marie, who was a nationally-ranked race-walker and an NAIA All-American, Dawn, who played volleyball at Simon-Frasier University in Burnaby, and Teresa ... has one brother, John ... majoring in nutrition ... credits her club coach Bob Yuen as her biggest influence for introducing her to competitive volleyball.