UCLA's Cook Named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Volleyball Player of the Week
Sept. 15, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- UCLA freshman setter Lauren Cook has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week for Sept. 8-14.
Playing in her hometown of Lincoln, Neb., Cook was named the Most Valuable Player of the Ameritas Players Challenge after helping the eighth-ranked Bruins to a 3-0 weekend, including a victory on Sunday over fifth-ranked Nebraska, snapping the Huskers' 90-match winning streak in front of an NCAA regular season-record crowd of 13,870.
For the weekend, Cook averaged 10.38 assists, 3.38 digs and 1.15 kills, hitting at a .519 clip with only one error. In Thursday's victory over BYU, she posted 43 assists and 14 digs for her first-career double-double. Against Virginia of Friday, she registered another double-double, collecting 44 assists and 15 digs, while setting the Bruins to a .315 hitting percentage in UCLA's win over the Cavaliers. In Sunday's win over the Huskers, Cook, the daughter of Nebraska's head coach John Cook, had her third-straight double-double, notching 48 assists and 15 digs in a thrilling five-set match in front of a capacity and record crowd at the Devaney Sports Center.
This marks the fifth time an athlete from UCLA has received the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, the last being Nana Meriwether on Sept. 5, 2006.