Cook Named AVCA National Player of the Week

Sept. 15, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Freshman setter Lauren Cook was named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Tuesday, becoming only the fifth player in UCLA history to receive the honor. Cook earned the award one day after being named Pac-10 Player of the Week following her MVP performance at last weekend's Ameritas Players Challenge.

Cook helped the eighth-ranked Bruins to a 3-0 weekend, including a victory on Sunday over #5 Nebraska that snapped the Huskers' 90-match home winning streak in front of an NCAA regular season-record crowd 13,870.

On Thursday against BYU, the Bruins won in four, as Cook posted her first career double-double. The freshman had 43 assists and 14 digs, adding four kills against the Cougars. On Friday in a four-set win against Virginia, Cook had another double-double, recording 44 assists and 15 digs, setting the Bruins to a .315 hitting percentage. She also chipped in six kills and no errors in 10 attempts for a .600 hitting percentage.

On Sunday, Cook and the Bruins faced Nebraska in front of a capacity and record crowd at the Devaney Sports Center. Cook, a native of Lincoln, Neb. and daughter of Nebraska head coach John Cook, helped UCLA snap the Huskers' 90-match home winning streak in the thrilling, five-set victory. The freshman posted her third straight double-double, notching 48 assists and 15 digs. She added five kills and no errors for the second straight match on nine attacks for a .556 hitting percentage.

For the weekend, Cook averaged 10.38 assists, 3.38 digs and 1.15 kills per set, hitting at a .519 clip with only one error. On the season, she is third on the team in digs at 2.42, leading the squad with 10.32 assists per set and a remarkable .519 hitting percentage.

Cook joins Annett Buckner (1994), Kristee Porter (1998), Nellie Spicer (2005) and Nana Meriwether (2006) as the only Bruins to earn AVCA National Player of the Week honors.

The Bruins, who moved up to seventh in this week's AVCA Top 25 poll, face #25 Pepperdine in Malibu on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Thursday, Nov 12
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
(25-17, 17-25, 25-27, 25-23, 12-15)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-19)
Friday, Nov 20
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
(25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-10)
Sunday, Nov 22
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
(22-25, 27-29, 27-25, 25-21, 10-15)
Wednesday, Nov 25
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 12-25, 15-12)
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 11-15)
Friday, Dec 04
vs. Lipscomb
Los Angeles, CA
(25-10, 25-22, 25-15)
Saturday, Dec 05
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
(23-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 15-11)
Friday, Dec 11
at Texas
Austin, TX
(25-23, 22-25, 10-25, 20-25)
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS