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

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16)
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE