2013: Sophomore at Creighton • Preseason All-BIG EAST selection. • Named to Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team. • Owned 14 matches with 10+ digs and five contests with 10+ kills. • Season-high in kills was 12 vs. No. 11 UCLA on Sept. 14 and matched at Georgetown on Nov. 9. • Owned season-high of 15 digs twice, done vs. both No. 13 BYU (8/30) and at Bowling Green (8/31). • Tied a season-high with three aces vs. DePaul (10/11). • Turned in four blocks in consecutive road matches at Marquette (10/25) and DePaul (10/26). • Started first 48 matches of her career before coming off the bench on Oct. 13 vs. Marquette. • Had season-high five blocks in 3-1 win at Georgetown (11/9). • Tied for ninth in BIG EAST play with 0.25 aces per set. • Finished second on the team with 22 aces. • Helped Creighton to an NCAA Tournament victory vs. Arkansas with eight digs, five kills and three blocks (12/6).
2012: Freshman at Creighton • Creighton’s first freshman ever named First Team All-MVC. • Named to MVC’s All-Freshman Team and MVC All-Tournament Team. • 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). • 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. • 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. • Won state as a sophomore in 2009, and team was second in 2010 & 2011. • Coached by Patty Langanis, her team had five Division I players her junior year, including Kelly Lamberti (Ohio), Colleen Smith (DePaul), 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 2013 Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team 2013 Preseason All-BIG EAST 2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2013-14 Dean’s List
More About Melanie Full Name: Melanie Diane Jereb Birthday: Sept. 28, 1993 Birthplace: Cary, Ill. Parents: Gary and Renee Jereb Sister: Amy (19) Major: Environmental Science Career Aspiration: Wetland Ecologist Nickname: Mel Favorite Vacation Spot: Florida Everglades Hobbies: Reading, hiking, camping, fishing Favorite Part of Ryan Athletic Center: The fans Favorite Athlete: Jonathan Toews Funniest teammate: Kelli Browning Best Volleyball Memory: Winning nationals twice