June 13, 2012

Cooke earns All-America honors from ITA

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University rookie Carley Cooke of San Diego, Calif., has been named a Division III All-American by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). She is the first women's tennis All-American in Judges' history.

Cooke earned the All-America honor by finishing 17th in Division III in the ITA's final regular-season rankings. She posted a 16-6 record this season, including a 3-3 record against other All-Americans.

Cooke was one of 32 individuals selected to play in the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Individual Championship tournament in Cary, N.C., in May, hosted by Meredith College.      Cooke was the first Brandeis women's tennis player to be selected to the NCAA championships since Abby Lerner '05 in 2005. Cooke fell in the first round to Washington and Lee's Sonja Meighan, a quarterfinalist and fellow All-American, 6-2,  6-1.

She played in the No. 1 slot for the Judges all season long, posting a 15-4 record in dual matches, including 2-0 in the competitive University Athletic Association (UAA). She was named the UAA Rookie of the Year and second-team All-Conference in a league that produced eight singles All-Americans.

Cooke led the Judges to a 15-5 record this season, matching the 1980-81 squad for most wins in a season. She also helped the Judges to a national ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for much of the season, peaking at No. 19 and ending the season ranked No. 22. The Judges finished fifth in the UAA after dropping a narrow 5-4 decision to Washington University in the opening round of the tournament. They bounced back for wins over New York University, 9-0, and Rochester, 6-3.