If you ask Miami Dade College’s women’s volleyball coach Kiko Benoit about his star sophomore, Camila Hernandez, he will tell you that she is the best libero in the nation. “Libero” – a volleyball term for a defensive specialist – is a position that suits Hernandez. At 5 feet 3 inches tall, she patrols the back line, repeatedly diving to dig out hard-hit spikes that are struck by opponents nearly a foot taller than she is. “You have to be fast and agile,” said Hernandez, who made first-team All-Southern Conference last year. “But, more than that, a libero has to be a leader. My teammates have to trust me.” Benoit said Hernandez is also the College’s most accomplished player internationally. A 22-year-old native of Cali, Colombia, Hernandez represented her country this past summer in the World Grand Prix. “Playing for my country is more than what the people see,” said Hernandez, who is majoring in economics. “I’m not just playing for my flag. I’m playing for my family, my friends … everything.” Hernandez has won a pair of silver medals in the South American championships while representing Colombia. Volleyball has also taken her to numerous countries such as Romania, where she lived and trained for a year, the Czech Republic, Peru and Turkey. – WV
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