University of Miami Athletics

Janice Leao


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Graduate Student


New Bedford, Mass.

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Janice Leao - Volleyball - University of Miami Athletics

Career Honors

  • 2021 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention
  • 2021 AVCA East Coast All-Region
  • 2021 All-ACC Second Team
  • 2021 Bobcat Invitational All-Tournament Team
  • 2022 All-ACC Academic Team
  • 2022 All-ACC First Team
  • 2022 AVCA East Coast All-Region
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 20, 2023)
  • 2023 All-ACC Second Team
2023 (Graduate Student)
  • Played in 19 matches, started in 17
  • Appeared in 69 sets due to injury throughout the season (missed 11 games)
  • Tallied 133 kills, 1.93 kills per set and a .391 hitting percentage for fourth most on the team
  • Earned 88.0 blocks (four solo and 84 block assists) and 1.28 blocks per set to lead the team
  • Logged 179.0 points and 2.59 points per set for fourth most on the team
  • Recorded 11 digs and two assists
  • Had six double digit kill matches
  • Tied sixth for most block assists in a match (9 vs. Boston College 11.25)
  • Tied third for most blocks in three sets (8 vs. Arizona 9/9)
  • Tied fourth in most blocks in five sets (9 vs. Boston College 11/25)
  • Tied second for highest attack percentage in a season (.391)
  • Eighth most blocks per set in a season (1.28)
  • In her career, she ranks third for highest attack percentage all-time (.334), sixth for most solo blocks (41), second in block assists (456), third in most total blocks (497), fourth in blocks per set (1.22)
  • Season highs: points (16.5 vs. NC State), kills (13 vs. NC State), blocks (nine vs. Boston College), digs (2 vs. NC State)
2022 (Senior)
  • Saw the court for all 30 matches and played in 109 sets
  • Recorded a career high of 356.5 points for the season and 3.27 points per set; season-high of 20.5 points in a match vs. Clemson (11/11)
  • Ranked 10th in the ACC on hitting percentage with .324
  • 4 assists, 0.04 assists per set, 18 aces and 0.17 aces per set
  • 42 digs and 0.39 digs per set
  • 259 kills and 2.38 kills per set
  • Led the team with 143.0 blocks (sixth most in program history) and 1.31 blocks per set; ranked second in the ACC and 31st in the NCAA in total blocks and blocks per set
  • Jumped to second in Miami record book with 10 blocks in a four and five-set match
  • Notched her name a second time on the top-10 for 127 block assists in a season for seventh
  • Tied for fourth in the ACC in blocks in a match with 10.0 vs. Duke (11/20) and Virginia (10/16); tied for third in program history
  • Moved into top-10 all-time for solo blocks with 37 and third in block assists with 372
  • Reached third in total blocks with 409
  • Earned four aces in a match vs Oregon (9/18)
  • Had a .480 attack percentage vs. Notre Dame (9/25) for third most in a match on the team
2021 (Junior)
  • Was one of two Canes to start all 30 matches and play in all 107 sets
  • Ended the year ranked 11th in the NCAA with 1.36 blocks per set and 15th with 146 total blocks
  • Posted the second most blocks per set in the ACC in the regular season with 1.35 and the fourth highest blocks mark of 139
  • Ranked eighth in the regular season in the ACC with a .335 attacking percentage
  • Moved to third in program history with a .325 career attacking percentage
  • Moved into 10th in school history with 245 block assists in her career and fifth with 1.20 career blocks per set
  • Posted 1.36 blocks per set, the fourth most in a single season at Miami
  • Recorded the fifth highest amount of blocks for a Hurricane in a single-season with 146
  • Tallied 128 block assists for the sixth most in program history
  • Notched the 10th best attacking percentage for a season in UM history at .330
  • Recorded nine blocks against South Florida (9/3) for the third most in a four set match at Miami
  • Her nine blocks against NC State (10/3) is the second highest in a three set contest
  • Her nine blocks against South Florida and NC State are the sixth highest for a match in program history
  • Finished with four solo blocks against South Florida (9/3), the most in a match in the school record book
  • Led Miami in blocks in 18 matches, kills in five contests and points in seven games
  • Had 17 matches with five or more blocks
  • Ended the year with 12 games with double-digit kills
  • Was first on Miami with 146 blocks and 1.36 blocks per set
  • Finished third on the team with 259 kills, posting 2.42 kills per set
  • Recorded a career year in kills (259), digs (53), digs per set (0.50), blocks (146) and blocks per set (1.36)
  • Tallied a career mark of 15 kills against Pitt (10/15)
  • Notched a career best five digs at FIU (8/28)
  • Totaled nine blocks at South Florida and against NC State, a new career high
  • Hit .867 at Texas State (9/10) with 13 kills
2020 (Sophomore)
  • Opened the season with eight kills and four blocks in the five-set win against Georgia Tech (9/24)
  • Matched her career high in kills with 12 and registered four more blocks against the Yellow Jackets (9/25)
  • Tied Miami’s second-best attack percentage in Miami history at .650 with 13 kills and added two aces and four assists in a 3-1 win over Wake Forest (10/2)
  • Added nine kills, seven blocks and two aces in a 3-1 win over Wake (10/3)
  • Hit above .600 in both matches against Clemson, totaling 19 kills, four aces and eight blocks in No. 12 Miami’s weekend against Clemson (10/8, 10/9)
  • Recorded nine kills, two assists and three blocks in No. 11 Miami’s 3-1 loss to FSU (10/15)
  • Helped Miami sweep FSU with 11 kills, two aces and six blocks (10/16)
2019 (Freshman)
  • Led the Canes with 84 total blocks
  • Took over the starting MB position and appeared in 89 of Miami’s 102 sets played this season
  • Hit a career-high .364 against FGCU at the Hurricane Invitational (Sept. 20)
  • Recorded a season-high 12 kills against Syracuse (Oct. 18)
  • Boasted a season-high eight blocks at UNC, tying for the fifth-most in Miami history in four sets
  • Sank three aces against Louisville at home on Nov. 8, adding three kills and on block
  • Ended the season with 10 kills against Georgia Tech and four blocks (Nov. 29)
High School
  • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, playing volleyball and basketball for four years
  • Was named the Standard Times Player of the Year, both junior and senior year and was named to the Super TeamAll Sports for the Standard Times
  • Finished her high school career with 956 kills and a .474 attack percentage
  • Registered 213 blocks and 85 aces
  • Daughter of Jose and Lucia Leao
  • Has three brothers, Jack, Cyril and Javon and two sisters, Ariana and Eliza