Few players can handle a role reversal as can Marc Hansen.

After earning consecutive All-Area selections as a potent outside hitter for Oak Lawn, the recent graduate returns to the back row to play libero for Ultimate Gold, one of the top club teams in the Midwest.

“I’m pretty excited,” Hansen said. “I’m more comfortable and confident playing libero than outside.”

That must be some comfort. His senior season statistics at outside were gaudy. The 6-foot-2 Hansen led the Southland with 395 kills. He notched 20 kills in five different matches and added 36 aces and 121 digs on the season.

“I don’t feel it’s that difficult,” Hansen said. “I’ve been around the game and I know what I’m doing, so I don’t think it was that big of a transition for me.”

Now back with Ultimate, Hansen teams with Brother Rice’s Mitch Weiler and Ryan Paull, Providence’s Brendan Surane and Lincoln-Way North’s Jake Walenga, the 2013 SouthtownStar Player of the Year, to name a few.

“I like playing with Surane because he doesn’t talk it all,” Hansen said. “But you know it when he gets pumped up and into the game. I like playing with Jake, too. He’s off the wall — a lot of energy and a good player.”

The squad is one of the best in the nation and will compete for the 18-and-under AAU National Championship in Reno, Nev., starting Wednesday. The team took fourth in 2012.

“I feel like we have a more solid team now than we did last year,” Hansen said. “We’ve added players. Surane was on Youth National team, so he wasn’t with us. (Minooka grad) Maalik Walker and Ryan Paull are new in the middle, too.”

One constant is that Hansen will be back doing what he does best: hitting the setter with precise passes.

“Teams rarely ever served to him,” Oak Lawn coach Matt Hunt said. ‘When they did, from what I recall, he only made four or five errors passing on the season. His serve-receive is always on the money.”

In order to be that multifaceted, Hunt noted Hansen is a smart, instinctive player.

It also just might be in his blood.

Hansen’s older brother Randy was named the Division III Player of the Year and piloted Carthage to the national championship game in 2012. Randy returned to coach Oak Lawn’s sophomore team this past season.

It was a reunion of sorts for the trio, as Hunt grew up next door to the Hansen brothers and first introduced them to the sport.

“Matt would always be outside playing with his buddies and sometimes I’d bring Marc over to play,” Randy said. “I hadn’t seen him play in a long time because I’d been away at school. It’s a cool experience for me to see him grow into the volleyball player he is now.”