Posted On: 09/16/20 11:00 AM

Versatility is key to the success of a volleyball player. As a coach myself, one of the biggest mistakes we make with our young athletes is specializing them too early. Volleyball requires that all six athletes on the court can react to any given situation, so the best athletes are those that can be trusted to make any play, whether or not their position typically calls for it.

There are tons of athletes in the NJIC making terrific plays outside of their designated positions. They don’t just do it once or twice; they do it consistently, and they get the job done. Here are three athletes from the NJIC who can fit into whatever role your team needs.

Jessica Balala, OH, Midland Park, Class of 2022

Another reason we don’t overly-want to specialize players is that some players are just so athletic that they can’t be boxed into any single position. This rings true for Jessica Balala, a three-sport athlete from Midland Park. She plays outside for her squad but spent most of her 2019 season pulling back off the net and picking up balls on the defensive. She moved into this primary passer

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