The libero position on the volleyball team is one of the most important positions in the game of volleyball (Rank by importance were Setters, Outsides, Liberos). Defense is important but serve receive passing can sometimes be the game changer that it takes to win a game. The only time the libero isn't on the court is when another player serves during their opposite position, and so the libero is ultimately on the court at all times.
Serve - Receive - Pass
Many coaches during the recruiting process have claimed that "A lot of players can defend, but can they pass well?" As much as passing might not be fun (which I would argue that it is) it is probably the most important fundamental skill that the libero needs to possess. And not only does a libero need to possess that skill, they often need to be the best passer on the team. Passing a three ball so your offense can be in system (your setter can set to any hitter) is more important than getting that amazing dig. Consistency at the serve receive pass will put you above other liberos, and so when you think that you've passed enough during practice, there's always more passing that can be done.
You Need to Be a Leader
It doesn't matter if you're a freshman or senior on your college team, being a leader as a libero is crucial. Because the libero is essentially on the court at all times, controlling the atmosphere and energy will go a long ways. The libero has the ability to tell the hitters what spots are open on the other side of the net while also frequently talking about what is happening on the other side of the net is essential. A quiet libero, while still talented, will not be as beneficial to the team as a vocal leader libero.
The Spark Plug
While the libero cannot jump above the height of the net and attack the ball, the libero can spruce up the energy when a fellow teammate gets a kill. Coaches are on the look for players that have a great energy while playing. You want to be the person that every one would pick to play with. Are you fun to play with? Cheer when your hitters get a kill, recognize that amazing set from your setter, and motivate everyone around you to play as hard as you do.
A libero has to hustle to cover her hitters back to base position, and then read a play and moved to defensive position, and then repeat. Hustle to get the tip up, hustle to save the off-blocker hit, hustle to chase a shanked pass, hustle, hustle, hustle. By hustling 100