Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Jaylen Reyes is headed to Japan at the end of May. Don't worry, he's coming back to Nebraska (though given that NU's assistants continue to get promoted, you are forgiven if that wasn't your first thought). Reyes was selected as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Volleyball Collegiate National Team during its upcoming international tour.
The squad, featuring 12 players who are still in college, will tour May 19–30 in Japan where it will have a series of training sessions and matches. The tour is unique in that the U.S. will play against Nippon Sport Science University, one of the best collegiate volleyball teams in Japan, as well as Japan’s Women’s 20 and World University Games teams.
Heather Olmstead, the head women's coach at BYU, will serve as head coach for the CNT. Reyes played and coached men's volleyball at BYU before joining the Huskers last season.
USA Volleyball also released the roster on Monday for the Japan tour. Reyes won't have the chance to coach any Huskers, but the 12-woman roster does feature five players from the Big Ten: Mica Allison (S, Illinois), Taylor Bannister (OPP, LSU), Brooke Botkin (OH, USC), Dani Drews (OH, Utah), heather Gneiting (M, BYU) Saige Kaahaaina-Torres (S, Utah), Kenzie Koerber (OPP, Utah), CC McGraw (L, Minnesota), McKenna Melville (OH, UCF), Taylor Morgan (M, Minnesota), Katie Myers (M, Maryland) and Jacqueline Quade (OH, Illinois).
In other international volleyball news, former Husker Jordan Larson helped her team Eczacibasi win the Turkish Cup title with a victory over Fenerbahce on Sunday. Larson is the team's captain.
Larson, along with fellow former Husker Kelsey Robinson, will be back in Lincoln this summer as the Volleyball Nations League returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena in early June.
The Grab Bag
- Hank Bounds is stepping down as University of Nebraska President.
- Nebraska impressed the coaches with its first practice back from spring break.
- Senior wide receiver Jaron Woodyard is making a strong case for more snaps.
- Hype isn’t a necessarily a bad thing when it comes to recruiting.
Today’s Song of Today
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.