BLOG: Devilbiss helps US junior national team win gold

Patrick Strohecker

Recent Northeastern High School graduate Reese Devilbiss is no stranger to international volleyball competition.

Northeastern grad Reese Devilbiss just completed his most recent stint as a member of the Team USA Junior National team, helping the team to a gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Championships in Canada this past week. Amanda J. Cain photo

He's also no stranger to winning gold medals.

Last week in Canada, Devilbiss was back at it again.

Last summer, as an incoming senior, Devilbiss was named to the 2015 Boys' Youth National Volleyball Team, which took part in the 2015 Boys' Under-19 World Championships in Argentina.

Well, he's just completed his most recent stint as a member of USA Volleyball. Last week, from July 5-10, Devilbiss was in Canada, competing for the Team USA Junior National Team in the Under-21 North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Continental Championships.

Devilbiss, who will play for Ohio State beginning next year, made an impact coming off the bench early in the tournament, but his playing time decreased somewhat during the medal rounds. In Team USA's two group-stage matches, Devilbiss played a key role in helping Team USA go unbeaten, recording a co-team high in kills with seven in the first match against Barbados and then recording five kills and four aces in the team's second-round victory over St. Vincent. In both matches, Team USA swept its opponents.

Once the semifinals and gold-medal matches rolled around, Devilbiss' playing time diminished somewhat. He only played in the team's final two games in its sweep of Canada in the semifinals and then was featured in only one of four games in USA's win over Cuba in the gold-medal match. In both matches, Devilbiss failed to record any stats.

By winning the NORCECA Under-21 gold, Devilbiss and his teammates qualified for the 2017 Under-21 World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Devilbiss recently helped the Northeastern boys' team capture its fourth straight PIAA Class AA state title in June. Devilbiss was part of a senior class that went a perfect 8 for 8 in winning District 3 and state titles during their high school careers.

Devilbiss leaves Northeastern as the top-ranked player in Pennsylvania and helped the Bobcats to the No. 1 ranking in the state and a No. 4 national ranking, according to MaxPreps.