UCLA's Lauren Cook Named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week
Lauren Cook, a freshman setter for UCLA, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. She earned the award after leading the Bruins, ranked No. 8 at the time, to a perfect 3-0 record at the Ameritas Players Championship, which included an upset over tournament host, then-No. 5 Nebraska. In Cook's first match, a 3-1 victory over BYU, she registered her first-career double-double, collecting 43 assists and 14 digs, while adding four kills. She followed that with another impressive outing in a 3-1 win over Virginia, which saw her dish out 44 assists and also tally 15 digs and six kills, while guiding the UCLA attackers to a .315 hitting percentage. Cook ended the weekend with her most gutsy performance to date, leading the Bruins to a thrilling five-set triumph over Nebraska, which snapped the Huskers' 90-match home winning streak. Playing in her hometown in front of an NCAA women's regular-season record 13,870 fans, not to mention going head-to-head against her father (NU mentor John Cook), Cook shone, totaling 48 assists, 15 digs, six kills and a block in the win. For the week, Cook, who was named the tournament MVP, averaged 10.38 assists, 3.38 digs and 1.15 kills per set. This marks the fifth time an athlete from UCLA has received the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week award, the last being Nana Meriwether on Sept. 5, 2006. The Bruins are coached by Andy Banachowski.