Posted On: 03/9/18 3:38 PM

You can’t teach size.

But, you can teach how to overcome a lack of size.

Taylor Raiola, a class of 2020 outside hitter, isn’t tiny at 6-foot-0, but she knows she is lacking in the size department if she hopes to play at the college level at her desired position.

When looking for inspiration for overcoming the odds, she doesn’t have to look far.

Her father, Dominic Raiola, spent 14 years playing in the National Football League as a center for the Detroit Lions despite being given the “under-sized” label throughout his amateur career.

“My dad was always under-sized, especially for playing in the NFL. On days that I struggle with thinking that I am too short or too small to play at a high level, he always reminds me of the hills he had to climb,” Raiola said. “He knows exactly what it is like to be under-sized but to still work hard and be able to standout despite his size. He really pushes me, encourages me and believes in me.”

Dominic has taken on the role of being a strength and conditioning coach for Taylor as she tries to land her first college offer. The NFL veteran stood

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