The University of California women’s volleyball program has signed Mia Jerkov to a National Letter of Intent, it was announced by Golden Bear head coach Rich Feller.
Jerkov (pronounced her-cove), a 6-3 outside hitter from Split, Croatia, is Cal’s most highly touted signee since Feller became the Bears coach in December of 1998. She attends the High School of Language-Pula and plays volleyball for coach Boris Brescic of the Pula-Istarska club team.
Jerkov has also been a member of the Croatian Junior National Team since 1998 and was a member of the Croatian Senior National Team in 2000. She has competed in several Junior World Championships and competed in this past summer’s World Cup in Japan. Jerkov was named the Best Under 18 Attacker for Croatia in both 1999 and 2000. Her father, Zeljko, is a former player on the Croatian National Basketball Team.
“Mia brings with her years of high level international experience,” said Feller. “Although only 17 years old, she has played volleyball in several World Championships for the Croatian National and Junior National Teams. Mia is talented and intelligent. Her goal is to become one of the best volleyball players in the world. Mia told me that she believes that a college education will give her additional lifelong tools and help her accomplish that goal. She will not only add her volleyball skills to our team, but will bring with her cultural and competitive experiences that will benefit Cal’s program in many ways. We are very pleased to have Mia Jerkov joining the Golden Bear family next year.”