Posted On: 06/22/21 6:44 AM

Sometimes I like to sit in the stands of volleyball matches at club tournaments and just listen to the spectator conversations that take place.  Almost always there is someone who asks the question, “Why does that player have on a different jersey than the rest of her teammates?”  Then you usually you hear some chuckling and then someone defines the “Libero” position. 

 

There are very many adjectives that people use to describe the players in the vaunted Libero spot. Words like Fiery, Tenacious, Energetic, Quick, Relentless, I could go on and on.  They are all usually spot on when describing these players on this list. College coaches across the country have always told me that if you want to win a Championship, you better have a great setter and a great libero.  Liberos and Defensive Specialists are the key to playing great volleyball.  Volleyball is a very unique sport in which high offensive efficiency is the direct result of the ability to transition defense into viable offense.  That is where the liberos and defensive specialists come into play.  They must stop the other team.  But not just stop them.  They must stop them and put the ball in a place to

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