Marija Jovanovic begins her first season as a graduate assistant with the Cumberland volleyball team.
Jovanovic was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Memphis, finishing her career ranked 10th in school history with 1,285 career kills. She averaged of 3.15 kills per set and posted a career .203 attack percentage.
She finished second on the club as a senior with 353 kills, 2.92 per set, which ranked 15th in Conference USA, and registered a career-best 70 blocks (67 assists). She posted double-figure kills in nine of her final 11 matches and 21 total for the season while recording one double-double.
Jovanovic ranked eighth in C-USA as a junior with 3.23 kills per set, registering 381 for the year, and added 201 digs in 33 matches. She earned All-Tournament honors at four different events, including the San Francisco Asics/Powerade Challenge, the Saluki Invitational, the Spartan Spiketacular and the Memphis Invitational. She registered six double-doubles, had eight matches with double-digit digs and also collected 66 total blocks (63 assists).
She recorded 386 kills (3.24 per set), 99 digs and 62 total blocks (56 assists) as a sophomore, registering double-digit kills in 25 matches. Jovanovic ranked ninth in C-USA in kills and seventh in aces (32) and had one double-double. She tied her career-high with 24 kills versus Marshall and at UTEP.
As a freshman Jovanovic played in 14 matches, posting 165 kills with 97 digs and 23 blocks (22 assists), recording 24 kills and 10 digs in her collegiate debut against Houston. She registered nine matches with double-figure kills, three double-doubles and seven outings with at least eight digs.
She was a member of the Serbian junior national and youth national teams that claimed a silver medal at the 2007 European Championships. She also helped the Serbian youth national team to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 World Junior Championships and won the 2006 Balkan Championships with the Serbian junior national team.
Her father, Zoran, is 7-foot-1 and lettered on the LSU basketball team from 1984-87. He was also the center for the Yugoslavian national team that won the gold medal at the 1990 World Championships and also the 1991 EuroBasket Championships.