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After helping the Colorado Mesa volleyball team reach the South Central Region finals, Leanndra Gilbert is back on the basketball court to give the Mavericks a boost heading into this weekend’s games.

Filling the void

Gilbert taking on leadership role for Colorado Mesa

Leanndra Gilbert walked off the volleyball court at Brownson Arena on Sunday evening in tears.
Monday morning, she was back on the basketball court, still bummed about the end of the volleyball team’s playoff run, but eager to see what the basketball season has in store.
“I have so much more free time now, but it’s weird,” she said, “and sad. I was really looking forward to going to Kentucky (for the NCAA Division II fall sports championships) with cross country and soccer.”
Friday, Gilbert, a 5-foot-10 senior forward, will likely be in the starting lineup for the first time in her career as the No. 16 Colorado Mesa women’s basketball team faces Simon Fraser (British Columbia) University in the Holiday Inn-Airport Thanksgiving Classic.

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