by Gerald Bohulano, ABS-CBN News
LONG BEACH, CA — Jordan Molina’s defense recently led Long Beach State University to an NCAA national volleyball championship.
His team rallied to defeat home team, UCLA, 15-12, in a five-set thriller. The 49’ers have not won the title since 1991.
Jordan’s comfort level was tested when he transferred to Long Beach. He grew up in Carson, California and played as an outside hitter. He went from an attacker position to now only playing defense.
Molina wasn’t highly recruited at 5’9’. He had to accept his new role in the back row where he could contribute to the team.
“It did take a toll kind of more or less, but I got into a rhythm of enjoying stopping the other team from getting an attack or getting a good pass that leads to a great set that gets a kill. The transition was tough, but thought some hard work and working with what you got, I was able to find the enjoyments of being a Libero.”
Picture of jordan graduating and shots of him playing.
Molina recently graduated with a degree in business. He has one year of eligibility to play college volleyball and plans to pursue his master’s degree in exercise science. He hopes the volleyball sport will grow among young Fil-Ams.
“My advice would be to surround yourself with people that you know will help you be more successful.”
Molina wants to play volleyball professionally overseas and try out for the USA Olympic volleyball team after college. He’d be the first Fil-Am Libero on an American Olympic team.”