2013-09-13 / Sports

Playing Big

Jenna Hoffman: Making a big name for herself in NCAA Division 1 Volleyball. Jenna Hoffman: Making a big name for herself in NCAA Division 1 Volleyball. After four years of playing varsity volleyball at Archbishop Molloy High School, and seven years of club volleyball, two years of Aviator Sports and five years of Creole Big Apple Volley Ball, Jenna Hoffman is now playing as a Libero/Defensive Specialist for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT.

While playing in high school and during the club seasons, Jenna received many different awards, as well as being recognized by the New York newspapers, and MSG Varsity magazine as “best player in the city, inch for inch.”

That description of “inch for inch” could not have been more appropriate, because at 4 feet 11 inches Hoffman is now the shortest American girl playing NCAA Division 1 volleyball anywhere in the United States.

In a sport clearly defined by the height of the players Jenna Hoffman is definitely the exception to the rule, and proof that if you have the talent, and are willing to work harder than anybody else, with determination and belief in your abilities anything is possible!

In the near future Jenna will be starting a blog to chronicle her experiences as a 4’ 11” volleyball player competing in the NCAA Division 1 level.

Hopefully her example and experiences can inspire other young athletes who may have thought or been told that their physical size (either too small or too large) would prevent them from reaching the highest levels of their sport. Jenna’s example proves that it’s not about how big you are; it’s about how big you play!

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