Cal's Mia Jerkov Named Third Team All-American
Dec. 30, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - California's sophomore outside hitter, Mia Jerkov, has been selection as a 2002 third team All-American, it was announced Dec. 20 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Jerkov, a 6-3 outside hitter from Split, Croatia, is the first Cal All-America volleyball player since Sylvie Monnet was a second team All-America selection in 1983. In 2002, Jerkov helped lead the Bears to a 20-12 overall mark and their first NCAA postseason appearance since 1989.
Jerkov latest accolade adds to her already long list of awards received in 2002. She was tournament MVP for the Golden Bear, UNLV Gameworks Classic and the SMU DoubleTree Invitationals; she was the Oct, 21 AVCA National Player of the Week; was twice named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 9, Oct. 21); was first team All-Pac-10 and was honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic. Jerkov was also the first Cal volleyball player to earn AVCA All-Region honors since Sienna Curci was second team All-West Region in 1993.
Jerkov led the Bears and the Pac-10 with 578 kills and 635.0 points (combining kills, service aces and blocks). She recorded 30 or more kills in six matches this season and established school records for single match kills (39, Oct. 17 versus Washington) and kill attempts (91, Nov. 22 versus Stanford). Jerkov also established a school record for single season kills (578), despite missing five matches due to ankle injuries.
In other Cal volleyball news, the Bears finished the 2002 season just barely out of the final USA Today/AVCA Division Top 25 Poll. Cal received 162 votes, which would have placed the Bears 26th in the national rankings. During this past season, Cal defeated No. 10 ranked Washington State, No. 12 ranked Arizona on the road and twice defeated No. 19 Santa Clara, once at Santa Clara and once in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at UC Santa Barbara.