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#2 Melanie Jereb
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6'2"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Cary, Ill.
High School: Cary Grove
2012: Freshman at Creighton
• Creighton’s first freshman ever named First Team All-MVC.
• Named to MVC’s All-Freshman Team.
• Named to MVC All-Tournament Team.
• Ranked third on the team in digs and kills and second with seven double-doubles.
• Named MVC Freshman of the Week on Sept. 17, Oct. 1 and Nov. 5.
• Among MVC freshmen, ranked second in kills per set, third in hitting percentage and fourth in digs per set.
• MVC’s only player to hit .235 or better with at least 800 attempts.
• Owned 10 or more kills in all seven matches against league heavyweights UNI, Wichita State and Missouri State.
• Owned 10 kills in eight straight matches (Nov. 2-24), third-longest streak by a CU freshman.
• Had 14 digs and five kills in debut vs. UCF (8/24).
• Had 10 or more digs in 13 matches, including a high of 20 at Kansas (9/19).
• League’s only freshman to post a double-double in MVC debut, with 15 kills, 10 digs and seven blocks in Valley lid-lifter vs. Missouri State (9/14).
• Had 10 kills and 12 digs in first MVC road match at Southern Illinois (9/28).
• Had career-high 18 kills to go with eight digs and six blocks in win at Evansville (9/29).
• Had 10 kills and six digs in 3-1 win over Northern Iowa (10/5), then had eight kills, 16 digs and five assists vs. Bradley one night later (10/6).
• Did not have an attack error in 72 swings on Oct. 5-6 weekend and had a streak of 139 swings from early in first set vs. Evansville (9/29) until early in third set at Illinois State (10/12) between attack errors.
• Finished with 13 kills and 15 digs in 3-1 win vs. Illinois State (11/10).
• Had 14 kills and 16 digs in win at Bradley (11/2), then followed it with 15 kills and 15 digs one night later in win at Northern Iowa (11/3).
• Had 15 kills while hitting .368 in MVC Tourney semifinal vs. Illinois State (11/23), then added 10 kills and eight digs in MVC Tournament title match win vs. Wichita State (11/24).
• Had 15 digs in NCAA Tournament debut vs. Marquette (11/30).
• One of two freshmen in the MVC to average at least 2.40 kills and 2.40 digs per set, along with her high school teammate Ashley Rosch of Illinois State.

Cary-Grove High School
• Named all-area, all-conference and to the Illinois All-Star Team as a senior.
• Also named all-conference her junior campaign.
• Earned Academic All-Fox Valley Conference honors as a senior.
• Also recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education with a Prairie State Achievement Award for exceeding Illinois Learning Standards in Reading, Mathematics and Science.
• Named All-Area by the Northwest Herald as both a junior and senior.
• Owned 330 digs and 321 kills, along with 45 aces her senior season.
• As a junior, helped team to a 41-1 record and a six-week run as the nation’s top team, finishing second in state.
• Finished junior season with 122 kills, 40 aces, 37 blocks and 177 digs.
• After winning a state title as a sophomore in 2009, team finished second in both 2010 and 2011.
•  Coached by Patty Langanis, her team had five Division I players her junior year, including teammates Kelly Lamberti (Ohio), Colleen Smith (Indiana), Ashley Rosch (Illinois State) and Allison Whimpey (Tennessee-Martin).
• Her Sky High club team won the AAU Junior National Championship in the summer of 2010 and 2011, and was second at USA Jr. National Championships in 2012.
• Named to All-Tournament Team at 2012 AAU USA Junior Nationals.
• Verbally committed to Creighton the night before the Bluejays defeated Iowa State in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Creighton Awards & Honors
2012    First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference
2012    MVC All-Freshman Team
2012    MVC All-Tournament Team
2012    MVC Freshman of the Week, 9/17
2012    MVC Freshman of the Week, 10/1
2012    MVC Freshman of the Week, 11/5
2012-13    Dean’s List
2012-13    MVC Academic Honor Roll
2012-13    MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award

More About Melanie
Full Name: Melanie Diane Jereb
Birthday: Sept. 28, 1993
Birthplace: Cary, Ill.
Parents: Gary and Renee Jereb
Sister: Amy (18)
Major: Enviromental Science
Career Aspiration: Ecologist
Nickname: Mel
Favorite TV Shows: That 70’s Show; How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Quote: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” (Oscar Wilde)
Favorite Vacation Spot: Puerto Rico
Why Creighton: Because of the support Omaha gives Creighton athletics
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, camping
Favorite Part of Ryan Athletic Center: The fans
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