Leanna Jadus named NE-10 Rookie of the Week
Edgar Ayala – Sports Writer
Freshman Leanna Jadus of the volleyball team was recently named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week after several superb performances for the Owls.
Jadus was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week and earned a spot in the NE-10 Conference weekly honor roll, all within the same week.
Despite achieving all this, she couldn’t help but take a moment to realize what she accomplished throughout her first weeks as a college athlete.
“I was surprised and I still am,” Jadus said. “It was a pleasant surprise, but I feel really honored about it.”
Even though she was shocked to win NE-10 Rookie of the Week, her teammates thought differently.
Bridgette Walsh, freshman defensive specialist for the Owls, said Jadus’s performances and hard work throughout the season has led her to earn these prestigious awards.
“Her performances have been extraordinary,” Walsh said. “Our team utilizes her a lot and she is a player that never fails both on and off of the court. She always gives her all no matter what the circumstance.”
And giving her all is what she has done: Jadus is the only player on the team to start and play in every of the 12 games this season.
Additionally, Jadus currently averages a double-double of 12.42 kills and 10.75 digs per game. She has tallied up eight double-doubles on the season and recorded her first career triple-double against NYIT back on Sept. 5.
Even with Jadus giving red-hot performances, the Owls have been losing steam. They’ve lost their last seven games, totaling a record of 2-10.
“Our performances have been decent,” said Jadus. “Our team has the skill, but our confidence and ability to fight through high-pressure situations needs huge improvement. We have great potential, but we just need to develop our chemistry and stay positive to pull out some W’s.”
Volleyball aside, Jadus joined SCSU after attending Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, Calif. She said even though Connecticut is completely different from her home state of California; she wanted to try something new in her life.
“I chose Southern because I wanted a completely different experience,” said Jadus. “I wanted to see a completely different part of the country and have a good education at the same time. I also loved all the girls on the team, so they made my decision much easier.”
Jadus, a business major concentrating on accounting, said her teammates have really helped her settle in and transition from one side of the country to the other. She has noted the campus and the people to be a few of things she loves most about Southern.
It was people like Walsh who made Jadus feel more at home. Through their time together on the team, Walsh said it’s hard to pick one particular thing she likes about Jadus, but noted her work rate to be exceptional.
“She doesn’t stop; always playing through everything,” Walsh said. “No matter how tired, stressed, hurt, or hungry she is, or how much honors homework she has back at her dorm, you would never know by her performances.”
It’s those spectacular performances that Jadus needs to maintain in order for the lady Owls to overturn their losing streak and their season.
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