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Cooke named UAA Rookie of the Year, heads to NCAA Championships

By Brian Tabakin

Section: Sports

May 19, 2012

Carley Cooke ’15 was selected to play in the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Individual Championship tournament. The event, hosted by Meredith College in Cary, N.C., from May 24 to May 26, will consist of 32 individual athletes. Additionally, in the same week, Cooke was named the UAA Rookie of the Year.

Cooke became the first Brandeis women’s tennis player selected to participate in the NCAA Championships since Abby Lerner ’05 in 2005. Cooke, who played the No. 1 spot on the Brandeis roster throughout the season, posted a record of 15-4 during the season and earned second-team UAA honors. With her selection, Cooke becomes just the third player in program history to be selected to the Championships joining Lerner and Jane Chae ’05, who went in 2003.

“I am excited to have this opportunity to keep working with her this year, and to see her progression throughout her career,” head coach Ben Lamanna said in a university press release. “Carley is everything Brandeis could ask for in a student athlete.”

With Cooke in the No. 1 spot, the squad went 15-5 on the season, matching the 1980-81 team for most wins in program history. Additionally, behind Cooke’s play, the Judges earned a national ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the majority of the season.

Cooke and her doubles partner Faith Broderick ’13 were selected as alternates in the doubles tournament. On the season the pair posted a 14-5 record at No. 1 doubles. If they get to play, the duo would become just the second Brandeis pairing selected to attend the tournament, joining Lerner and Colleen Donnelly ’08 in 2005.

Allyson Bernstein ’14 was also selected to the all-UAA second team along with Cooke. Bernstein, who played in the No. 3 spot for the Judges during the majority of the season, posted a 16-4 record, leading all teammates in wins.

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