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Bitty Ballers in the 16s Age Division

Setter Kelly Belardi of Surfside is a baller… and a bit more bitty than others her age.

Mini but Mighty. Short Sports. Littles. These are some of the other names that coaches have come up with for the players who might lack in height, but more than make up for it by having a huge heart and impact on the game, too.

When we talk about the best
recruits in the nation, we often note how “physical” and “athletically gifted”
these players are from a height and size perspective. Yes, it’s true that being
tall has its advantages in the sport of volleyball. But, imagine that no one
was six-feet tall.

However, playing without those extra few inches in stature does a lot to an athlete’s mindset and the undersized competitors often play with a gritty edge and a chip on their shoulder. It’s their “I’ll show you!” attitude that allows them to prove to everyone that they have a place among the greats, too. To follow is a list of those athletes who, if only they were a few inches taller, they’d become some of the most talked-about recruits in the nation.

THE CRITERIA (AKA, what it
means to be an “undersized” volleyball player):

- Setters are 5-9 and under
- Pin-hitters (OH/RS) are 5-9 and under
- MBs are 5-10 and under
- Liberos - we reversed this for them... they must be 5-8 or taller

Below are the exceptional bitty ballers in the 16s age division organized in three teams of six, along with a list of Honorable Mention athletes.


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