Playing for a college team takes more than talent or level of skill, and coaches are looking for different characteristics and traits in recruits for their college team.
Remember, it is the coach's team. The coach has built a culture and program that he/she wants the recruit to not only fit into, but maintain and progress during the continued years of playing. They aren't just looking for a volleyball player, the coaches are looking for someone to become a part of their culture, team, and family.
1) A Good Personality
A good personality can go a long way! Coaches are looking for athletes and recruits that get along and work together well with others. They want to see someone who is involved in their high school community outside of volleyball, someone who has a good relationship with their teammates, and someone who is passionate and motivated by different things, whatever that may be. Once you play for a team, you become a representative of that sport at the college– and the coaches want to make sure you will represent the team well.
2) Strong Work Ethic
Depending on the high school you go to and the high school team you play on, you might have easily fit into a starting position for your team. In college, it will not be so easy and having a strong work ethic will show your character and leadership potential. A coach once told me, "The girl that's working 50