HUSKER VOLLEYBALL: Reilly, Jackson Lead U.S. U21 Team to Gold Medal

LINCOLN–(NU Athletics June 30)–Nebraska sophomores Bergen Reilly and Andi Jackson led the U.S. U21 National Team to the gold medal at the NORCECA U21 Continental Championship in Toronto, Canada on Sunday. Nebraska assistant coach Jaylen Reyes served as an assistant coach for the U21 National Team.

Team USA swept Puerto Rico 25-12, 25-16, 25-16 in the gold medal match to finish the tournament without dropping a set in five matches. Jackson finished with nine kills, three blocks and one ace, while Reilly set the U.S. to a .464 hitting percentage.

In other international competition, Nebraska seniors Merritt Beason, Taylor Landfair and Lexi Rodriguez took the silver medal at the NORCECA Final Six as the U.S. National Team fell to Dominican Republic in five sets, 14-25, 25-17, 25-23, 16-25, 11-15. The U.S. National Team – comprising only college players for this tournament – went toe to toe with the senior national team of the Dominican Republic. Beason had a team-high 14 kills in the final, while Rodriguez had 10 digs.

 

Women’s NORCECA Final Six (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
Final
Dominican Republic 3, USA 2 (25-14, 17-25, 23-25, 25-16, 15-11)
Merritt Beason – 14 kills
Lexi Rodriguez – 10 digs

Semifinals

USA 3, Puerto Rico 0 (25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Merritt Beason – 13 kills
Lexi Rodriguez – 19 digs

 

Group Stage

USA 3, Canada 0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-13)
Merritt Beason – 4 kills, 3 digs
Taylor Landfair – 5 kills, 6 digs, 1 block, 1 ace
Lexi Rodriguez – 3 digs

 

USA 3, Mexico 0 (33-31, 27-25, 25-15)
Lexi Rodriguez – 14 digs

U21 NORCECA Continental Championship (Toronto, Canada)
Final
USA 3, Puerto Rico 0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-16)
Andi Jackson – 9 kills, 3 blocks, 1 ace
Bergen Reilly – Set Team USA to a .464 hitting percentage

 

Semifinals
USA 3, Dominican Republic 0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-12)
Andi Jackson – 8 kills, 1 block, 1 ace
Bergen Reilly – 6 digs, 3 aces, helped set U.S. to a .410 hitting percentage

 

Group Stage
USA 3, Puerto Rico 0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-15)
Andi Jackson – 8 kills, 2 blocks, 3 aces
Bergen Reilly – helped set U.S. to a .314 hitting percentage

 

USA 3, Suriname 0 (25-10, 25-5, 25-9)
Andi Jackson – 5 kills
Bergen Reilly – 8 assists

 

USA 3, Dominican Republic 0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-11)
Andi Jackson – 8 kills, 4 blocks
Bergen Reilly – 33 assists, 1 ace, 5 digs