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Reyes Chosen as Assistant Coach for USAV Collegiate National Team

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Jaylen Reyes has been selected to be an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Volleyball Collegiate National Team for the upcoming Japan 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.

BYU women's volleyball head coach Heather Olmstead will serve as head coach. Reyes played at BYU and was an assistant coach for the men's team there from 2016-18 before joining the Huskers in 2018.

In his first year on the Nebraska staff as an assistant coach, Reyes made a huge impact in helping the Huskers to a fourth-straight final four and an NCAA runner-up finish with a team that included eight newcomers. Reyes coordinated Nebraska's blocking and defense and led the Huskers to their best opponent hitting percentage since 2005 (.144). That mark led the Big Ten, and Nebraska held 13 opponents to their season-low hitting percentage. In conference play only, the Huskers averaged 2.89 blocks per set, the most in the Big Ten.

Under Reyes' guidance, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins hit .421 during the season, the third-highest mark in school history, and she was an AVCA first-team All-American. Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach had 177 total blocks, a Nebraska freshman record and the eighth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era. Outside hitter Mikaela Foecke was also an AVCA first-team All-American, bringing Reyes' total of All-Americans coached to seven in four years as an NCAA Division I assistant.

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