COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 25, 2024) – The U.S. Women’s U21 National Team opened the 2024 NORCECA Women’s U21 Continental Championship with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-11) victory over the Dominican Republic on Tuesday in Toronto, Canada.

The U.S. (1-0) returns to action tomorrow, June 26, at 8 a.m. PT against Suriname.

“I liked the way we competed the entire match. The Dominican Republic started serving us tough and once we settled in with our passing, our offense was able to flow,” said U.S. head coach Heather Olmstead. “Bergen (Reilly) did a good job with distribution as Brooklyn (DeLeye) and our middles (Andi Jackson and Taylor Harvey) took some great swings. We had great energy from the start from the entire team.”

Outside hitter Brooklyn DeLeye led all players with 19 kills and 20 points, adding an ace. She hit at a .679 efficiency with just one error in 29 total attacks. Middle blocker Andi Jackson finished with six of the team’s 11 blocks and contributed nine kills with one error in 12 attacks (.750 hitting efficiency).

Setter Bergen Reilly led the offense to a .347 hitting efficiency for the match, including .640 in the third set when the U.S. registered 18 kills and only two errors in 25 total attacks.

Middle Taylor Harvey (six kills and two blocks) and outside Teraya Sigler (seven kills and one ace) each totaled eight points, while opposite Kennedy Martin added five points on three kills and two blocks.

The U.S. finished with a huge 47-27 advantage in kills, 11-7 in blocks and 6-1 in aces. Outside Abby Vander Wal led the team with two aces.

A DeLeye kill off a set from Gary as part of a 5-0 run early in the first, culminating in an ace from Vander Wal, put the U.S. in front to stay in the first set. A Jackson kill ended the longest rally of the set to make it 21-11. The Dominican Republic scored six of the next seven points but could get no closer than five points.

A pair of Jackson blocks helped the U.S. jump out to a 7-3 lead in the second set. On three different occasions that the Dominican Republic pulled within two or three points, DeLeye responded. She scored back-to-back points with the score 15-12 and 17-15, and scored again when the lead was again cut to three, 21-18.

The lead eventually shrank to two points, 23-21, but a kill by Harvey and another by Sigler on a play started by a great dig from Reilly finished the set.

The U.S. controlled the third set from start to finish, causing the Dominican Republic to take its timeouts early with 7-2 and 12-4 deficits. A Sigler kill on an overpass gave the U.S. its first 10-point lead of the set, 18-8, and later her ace made it 22-9. An ace by Campbell Flynn ended the match with the U.S. holding its biggest advantage of the day at 14 points.

All matches will be livestreamed on Volleyball Canada’s YouTube.

2024 U.S. Women’s U21 National Team
for the NORCECA Women’s U21 Continental Championship

Name (Pos., Ht., Birth year, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
3 Julia Blyashov (OH, 6-3, 2005, San Diego, Calif., Stanford University, Southern California)
4 Blaire Bayless (OH, 6-2, 2005, Plano, Texas, University of Pittsburgh, North Texas)
5 Favor Anyanwu (MB, 6-2, 2006, Rowlett, Texas, Sachse HS, North Texas)
6 Campbell Flynn (S, 6-3, 2006, Rochester Hills, Mich., Mercy HS, Lakeshore)
7 Brooklyn DeLeye (OH, 6-2, 2005, Auburn, Kan., University of Kentucky, Heart of America)
8C Bergen Reilly (S, 6-1, 2005, Sioux Falls, S.D., University of Nebraska, North Country)
10 Taylor Harvey (MB, 6-3, 2006, Bountiful, Utah, Bountiful HS, Intermountain)
11 Ramsey Gary (L, 5-7, 2005, Pendelton, Ind., Indiana University, Hoosier)
14 Andi Jackson (MB, 6-3, 2005, Brighton, Colo., University of Nebraska, Rocky Mountain)
17 Teraya Sigler (OH, 6-2, 2006,  Scottsdale, Ariz., Horizon HS, Arizona)
18 Kennedy Martin (OPP, 6-6, 2005, Fort Mill, S.C., University of Florida, Badger)
19 Abby Vander Wal (OH, 6-3, 2006, Elmhurst, Ill., Timothy Christian HS, Great Lakes)

Head Coach: Heather Olmstead (BYU)
Assistant Coach: Jaylen Reyes (Nebraska)
Assistant Coach: Alex Dunphy (Stanford)
Performance Analyst: Virginia Pham (USC)
Athletic Trainer: Rachel Menze (CSUN)
Team Lead: Courtney Smith (USAV NTDP)

1 Lizzy Andrew (MB, 6-5, 2005, Ridgefield, Wash., Ridgefield HS, Columbia Empire)
2 Jaela Auguste (MB, 6-2, 2006, Spring, Texas, Grand Oaks HS, Lonestar)
9 Taylor Anderson (S, 6-1, 2005, San Antonio Texas, Purdue University, Lone Star)
12 Olivia Mauch (L, 5-6, 2005, Bennington, Neb., University of Nebraska, Great Plains)
13 Kamryn Gibadlo (OH, 6-1, 2005, Cave Creek, Ariz., University of Utah, Arizona)
15 Abigail Mullen (OPP, 6-3, 2006, Kansas City, Mo., Liberty HS, Heart of America)
16 Logan Parks (OPP,5-11,2006, Overland Park, Kan., Blue Valley North HS, Heart of America)
20 Laney Choboy (L, 5-3, 2005, Raleigh, N.C., University of Nebraska, Carolina)

U.S. Schedule
for the NORCECA Women’s U21 Continental Championship
(all times PDT)

June 25 USA def. Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-11)
June 26 at 8 a.m. USA vs Suriname
June 27 at 10:30 a.m. USA vs Puerto Rico
June 28 Quarterfinals (if necessary)
June 29 Semifinals
June 30 Medal matches