Waverly's Bekka Allick goes up for a block against Lincoln Lutheran on Aug. 27, 2020, at Lutheran High School.
It’s time to announce the winners of the 2021 Prep Sports Awards. These high school athletes have had amazing seasons this year and we are proud to celebrate their achievements.
Bekka Allick has been chosen to play for the United States youth national team, which will compete next month at the FIVB U18 World Championship.
Allick, a senior middle blocker at Waverly and Nebraska volleyball commit, was one of four Husker recruits chosen for the 12-player roster.
The other three Nebraska commits are each in the junior class: Harper Murray (outside hitter from Ann Arbor, Michigan); Caroline Jurevicius (right-side hitter from Gates Mills, Ohio); Bergen Reilly (setter from Sioux Falls, South Dakota).
The team was chosen after a recent tryout for 24 players in Anaheim, California. The team will return to train in Anaheim beginning Sept. 16 at the National Team Training Center. The FIVB U18 World Championship is Sept. 20-29 in Durango, Mexico.
The United States is the defending champion after taking the title in 2019 (the first-ever gold for the U.S. in the event).
Of the 12 athletes on the roster, eight are committed to continue their volleyball careers at the collegiate level. Four athletes will compete at Nebraska, two at Minnesota, one at Florida and one at Penn State.
Photos: Through the years, with Husker volleyball coach John Cook
New assistant: John Cook was named Nebraska associate head coach in 1999. Cook was volleyball coach of Wisconsin, and took the Badgers to the regional finals of the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Cook is shown with his team during a regional semifinal win over Cal-Santa Barbara at NU Coliseum in December.
Sports: NU volleyball coach John Cook addresses supporters in the Devaney Center after returning from their national championship.
Former NU volleyball coach Terry Pettit congratulates Nebraska coach John Cook for winning the NCAA Championship in Richmond, Va., in 2000.
Husker coach John Cook watches the final minutes of his team's season during the NCAA semifinals in San Diego.
John Cook, Husker volleyball coach works some of his players like Ally Rebholz, from L, Christina Houghtelling, and Jennifer Saleaumua during the first day of practice in the NU Coliseum in 2004.
John Cook, University of Nebraska-Lincoln head volleyball coach and his team. Photographed in the NU Coliseum.
Coach John Cook reviews the Husker's game plan in the locker room meeting area before the start of the volleyball match against Kansas State.
Former NU volleyball coach Terry Pettit congratulates head coach John Cook for winning the NCAA Championship game in Richmond, Va.
Nebraska women's volleyball head coach John Cook raises the NCAA National Championship trophy along at a rally held at the Coliseum to celebrate the win.
Nebraska head volleyball coach John Cook (bottom), leads the team in stretching including freshman Lindsey Licht (center) and senior Christina Houghtelling.
Nebraska coach John Cook reacts to a controversial call in the fifth set of Wednesday's loss to Iowa State in 2009.
Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook speaks during Tuesday's press conference at Memorial Stadium in 2010.
Nebraska head coach John Cook rallies the team after their win in five sets against Illinois in the Ameritas Players Challenge at the Devaney Center in 2010.
Nebraska head coach John Cook gets into it with Washington coach Jim McLaughlin after the Huskers' loss in 2010.
Husker oach John Cook addresses reporters during the Nebraska volleyball team's media day at Memorial Stadium in 2011.
Nebraska coach John Cook watches his players run drills during practice at the Devaney Sports Center in preparation for the NCAA Lincoln Regional semifinals in 2013.
Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook (left) and assistant coach Dan Meske in action during the opening day of fall camp in 2014.
Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook chuckles at a observation from a caller during a show with radio host John Baylor in 2016.
Nebraska head coach John Cook watches a drill as his team practiced at the Devaney Sports Center in 2016.
Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook raises the Big Ten trophy Nov. 25 at the Devaney Sports Center in 2017.
Nebraska head coach John Cook gets soaked after the NCAA volleyball national championship final at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., in 2017.
Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook answers a question as middle blocker Lauren Stivrins (26) and outside hitter Jazz Sweet (12) look on during the NCAA regional semifinals action at Wisconsin Field House in 2019.
Nebraska's volleyball head coach John Cook instructs the team during a volleyball practice Thursday at the Devaney Sports Center.
After the Huskers shot their formal team photo, Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook poses on the floor for fun as Husker players (top left to right) Nicklin Hames, Lauren Stivrins, Anezka Szabo, Hayley Densberger and Kenzie Knuckles look on Friday during Nebraska's volleyball media day at Devaney Sports Center.