Mia Jerkov Named to the 2002 All-Pac-10 Volleyball Team

Nov. 26, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, CA - The University of California volleyball team had three players, sophomore Mia Jerkov, senior Leah Young and freshman Jenna Brown, earn All-Pac-10 honors, it was announced today by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen.

Jerkov, a 6-3 outside hitter from Split, Croatia was selected to the All-Pac-10 team, while Young, a 5-10 outside hitter from Visalia was honorable mention All-Pac-10 and Brown, a 5-11 outside hitter from Friendswood, Texas was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.

Jerkov leads the Bears and the Pac-10 with 517 kills and 568.5 points (combining kills, service aces and blocks) and was tournament MVP at the Golden Bear, UNLV Gameworks Classic and SMU DoubleTree Invitationals. She was also the Oct. 21 AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week and the Sept. 9 and Oct. 21 Pac-10 Player of the Week. Jerkov has recorded 30 or more kills in six matches this season and has established school records for single match kills (39, Oct. 17 versus Washington) and kill attempts (91, Nov. 22 versus Stanford).

Jerkov is the first Bear to be named All-Pac-10 in volleyball since Sienna Curci earned the honor in 1991. She is in contention to be the first Cal's first All-America volleyball player since Sylvie Monnet was named All-American in 1983.

Young is second on the Cal squad with 348 kills this season and is currently eighth on the Bears all-time career list in both kills (972) and kill attempts (2,755). She joined Jerkov as a member of the Golden Bear, UNLV Gameworks Classic and SMU DoubleTree Invitational all-tournament teams and is the only player in the Pac-10 to record a triple-double this season, accomplishing the feat Oct. 22 at Saint Mary's (28 kills, 11 digs, 10 total blocks).

Brown has started every match for Cal as a freshman, leading the Bears with 338 digs and recording 311 kills, eight service aces and 49 total blocks. She is averaging 2.85 kills per game and is 10th in the Pac-10 with 3.10 digs per game.

Last Thursday (Nov. 21), Jerkov and Young were joined by juniors Jenna Grigsby, Caity Noonan and Heather Diers as honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selections.

The Bears, currently 18-11 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-10, are vying for their first NCAA postseason appearance since 1989 and host San Francisco at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Haas Pavilion.

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