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María Ángela Leyva Tagle (born November 22, 1996 in Lima, Peru) is a peruvian volleyball player who plays for the Peru national team. At the age of 14 she had already been in all categories of Peru's national team, Child (U16), Youth (U18), Junior (U20) and Senior.[2]

Ángela Leyva
Personal information
Full nameMaría Ángela Leyva Tagle
Born (1996-11-22) November 22, 1996 (age 22)
Lima, Peru
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Spike312 cm (123 in)
Block306 cm (120 in)
Volleyball information
PositionWing spiker
Current clubOsasco Voleibol Clube
National team
2010–2011U-16 Peru
2011–2013U-18 Peru
2012–2015U-20 Peru
Last updated: October 2015

Leyva was captain of the team that won gold at the 2012 Youth South American Championship, the first gold medal for Peruvian volleyball in that category after 32 years and the first gold in any category in 19 years.[3]




Leyva first started playing volleyball at Camino de Vida Volleyball Club in the Peruvian National League. At the age of 14 she was named captain of the U16 squad with looks for the first South American Championship of that category.

She was invited to be a part of the Peruvian senior team for the 2011 Montreux Volley Masters.

When Camino de Vida Volleyball Club dissolved, Cenaida Uribe, Peruvian ex-volleyball player and Olympic silver medalist made the club into Universidad San Martín. Leyva stayed in the team and was joined by international figures such as Dominican Republic's Cándida Arias. The club finished second in their first season at the LNSV.

Leyva then participated in the first U16 South American Championship. The team captained by Leyva defeated Brazil for the first time in 19 years. Peru finished second at the tournament and Leyva was named Best Spiker and Best Scorer.

Leyva was once again invited to play for the senior team at the 2012 Pan American Cups, first at the Senior Pan-American Cup and then at the U23 Cup. Leyva then participated in the 2012 South American Junior Championship where the Peruvian team finished second; Leyva was named Best Server.[4]

2012: South American GoldEdit

Leyva was captain of the team that won gold at the 2012 Youth South American Championship, the first gold medal for Peruvian volleyball in that category after 32 years and the first gold in any category in 19 years. Leyva was named Best Scorer, Spiker and Most Valuable Player of the tournament.[5]

2013: World ChampionshipsEdit

Leyva was part of both the junior and the youth Peruvian teams that competed at the 2013 world championships, in June, at the Junior World Championship, Peruvian girls finished in 12th place[6] and Leyva was the third best scorer of the tournament.[7]

At the Youth World Championship, with the nickname "Dark Horses"[8] Peruvian girls reached the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in 20 years and for the second time ever, Leyva was captain of the team. At the semifinals against China, Peru and China played until the tie-break where Peru had 10 match points but China saved them all, at the end the Chinese won the match 3-2. Peru eventually finished 4th after losing the bronze medal to classic rival Brazil. Leyva was part of the ideal team being awarded as Best Opposite.[9]


Leyva won the Best Opposite individual award from the 2015 Pan-American Cup[10] and her national team ranked in ninth place.[11] She then won the Best Outside Hitter[12] and the silver medal in the 2015 South American Championship.[13]


For the 2017/18 season, she played on loan with the Brazilian club Osasco Voleibol Clube, working under the same head coach as the Peruvian national team.[14] She won the silver medal in the 2017 Bolivarian Games under 23 tournament.[15]


Leyva decided not to be part of the Peruvian team due to a shoulder injury that made it impossible for her to play. [16] She will return to wear the national shirt for the season of selections 2019. For the 2018/19 season, she renewed a contract with the Brazilian club Osasco Voleibol Clube for more than one season.[17]




National TeamEdit

Junior TeamEdit



  1. ^ "height".
  2. ^ Habla la cápitana del equipo infantil (In Spanish)
  3. ^ "Oro Peruano" (in Spanish).
  4. ^ (2012-10-22). "Brasil, Perú y Colombia al Mundial" (in Spanish).
  5. ^ "Oro Peruano" (in Spanish). 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  6. ^ 2013 FIVB Women's U20 Final Ranking
  7. ^ 2013 FIVB Women's U20 Best Scorers
  8. ^ FIVB. "Peru claim a historic win over resurgent Serbia".
  9. ^ "China claim fourth historic gold at Girls' U18 World Championship". Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand: FIVB. 2013-08-04. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  10. ^ "Krista Vansant named MVP of the Pan Am Cup". Lima, Peru: NORCECA. 2015-06-21. Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  11. ^ "Peru overcomes Mexico for ninth place". Lima, Peru: NORCECA. 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  12. ^ "Sudamericano F: I premi individuali. Gabi MVP" [South American Female Championship: The individual awards. Gabi MVP] (in Italian). 2015-10-04. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  13. ^ "Brasil vence o Peru e conquista o Sul-Americano de vôlei pela 19ª vez" [Brazil beats Peru and conquer the South American volleyball for the 19th time] (in Portuguese). Terra. Lance!. 2015-10-04. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  14. ^ "Vóley: Ángela Leyva jugará en el Osasco de Brasil" (in Spanish). Compañía Peruana de Radiodifusión. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Medalla de plata para la selección U23 en los Juegos Bolivarianos" (in Spanish). Lima, Peru: Federación Peruana de Voleibol. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
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Preceded by
  Fernanda Garay
  Karla Ortiz
Best Outside Hitter of
South American Championship

ex aequo   Gabriela Guimarães
ex aequo   Natália Pereira
Succeeded by