Nebraska volleyball recruits help US national team win gold at Pan American Cup | Volleyball

The United States junior national volleyball team won the gold medal at the under-19 Pan American Cup on Saturday, and they did so with four future Huskers in the starting lineup.

The Americans swept Brazil 25-15, 25-14, 25-17 in the championship match. The US squad finished the weeklong tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a 5-0 record and never lost a set.

With the win the Americans qualified for the 2023 FIVB World Championship. Brazil (4-1) will now look to earn its berth at the South American championship.

Each of the four players with Nebraska ties started on Saturday β€” Husker freshman middle blocker Maggie Mendelson and Husker commits Harper Murray, Bergen Reilly and Andi Jackson.

Murray led Team USA on Saturday with 15 points on 13 kills and two blocks. She had the kill on match point on a back-row attack.

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Mendelson, the US captain, had 10 points with six kills, two blocks and two ace serves. Reilly, the setter, had a team-best three ace serves.

The US dominated Brazil in kills (41-17), blocks (10-9) and ace serves (9-1).

Reilly was named tournament MVP and best setter. Murray was named best spiker, and US libero Laney Choboy won best receiver.

Over the five matches, Murray led the US in scoring with 45 points on 35 kills, six blocks and four ace serves. Jackson, an explosive 6-foot-3 middle blocker from Brighton, Colorado, also had an impressive tournament with 22 kills, six blocks and eight ace serves.

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