#7 Brook Buck
Awards & Honors
Four-Time BIG EASTAll-Tournament Team (Singles: 2005, 2006; Doubles: 2005, 2007)
Former national #1 player in singles and doubles and four-time Oklahoma state singles champion … made an immediate impact over first three seasons at Notre Dame … takes over new role as team leader and possible replacement to graduated All-American Catrina Thompson at No. 1 singles … has played No. 1 and No. 2 in both the singles and doubles lineups … has been ranked among the top 60 in the nation in both singles and doubles … owns Notre Dame freshman record for doubles victories (27) … athletic player who is very quick … big backhand is her most effective weapon … also has a good serve … great doubles player is an outstanding volleyer … has improved her forehand and also worked on coming to the net more frequently … teamed up with junior Kelcy Tefft, with whom she won five Super National USTA doubles titles in junior action, to capture a pair of Midwest Region doubles titles … in singles, owns a career mark of 64-27 overall … holds 33-20 career record away from home, plus a 44-15 record indoors and a 35-8 mark vs. the Midwest Region … is 33-29 in close singles sets (6-4, 7-5, or 7-6) and 13-13 in close matches … holds 60-4 career singles record when winning the opening set, including 13 straight wins to close the 2007 season … in doubles, 88-26 overall for her career and 59-14 with current partner junior Kelcy Tefft … boasts a 21-5 career record at home, plus a 38-7 mark indoors and an 6-0 record against the BIG EAST … earned monograms each of first three collegiate seasons.
AS A JUNIOR: Named to BIG EAST all-tournament team in doubles … finished with a 17-5 record after missing over a month of the spring season with an ankle injury … opened the year ranked 66th in the ITA national singles poll … went 14-1 in dual action, including 1-0 at No. 4, 1-0 at No. 5 and 12-1 at No. 6 … closed the year with 13 consecutive victories … registered a pair of match-clinching victories, including the 4-3 (last match off) victory over archrival and eighth-ranked Northwestern on Feb. 3 … the triumph jumped the Irish into the finals of the ITA Team National Indoor Championships … was pushed to a third and deciding set just three times during the 13-match winning streak … dropped four games or less in seven of those 13 matches … picked up a pair of victories over ranked opponents … knocked off #50 Sanaz Marand of North Carolina (6-3, 3-6, 7-5) to help Notre Dame advance into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year … upended #108 Tarryn Rudman of Georgia Tech (7-6 (0), 6-2) in the NCAA quarterfinal loss to the Yellow Jackets … went 27-8 in doubles, including a 19-4 mark in dual action (17-4 with junior Kelcy Tefft at No. 2 doubles) … at No. 1 doubles, went 1-0 with departed Catrina Thompson … also went 1-0 with sophomore Colleen Rielley at No. 2 doubles … opened the season at #27, climbed as high as #5 and closed the season ranked #27 … reached the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships … along the way, knocked off a pair of ranked teams … upended #40 Silverio/Miller of eventual national champion Georgia Tech (8-5) … defeated #65 Slater/Macfarlane of Florida State (8-4) … lost in the semifinals to top-ranked and eventual champion Moulton-Levy/Zoricic of William & Mary (Moulton-Levy/Zoricic also reached the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship) … captured the ITA Midwest Regional Championship … disposed of #30 Prousis/Rose of Northwestern (8-4) in the final … along with Tefft, led Irish doubles teams with eight clinching victories … dominated the Midwest region in both singles and doubles (6-1 in singles and 12-0 in doubles).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Named to BIG EAST all-tournament team in singles and doubles … finished with a 24-10 record and was 90th in the final ITA national singles rankings … went 18-7 in dual action, including 4-1 at No. 2 and 14-6 at No. 3 … registered a team-high seven match-clinching victories … put together a five-match and career-high eight-match winning streak … went 1-4 against ranked foes … lone victory over ranked player came against #24 Alexis Prousis of Northwestern (6-3, 6-3) … went 3-1 and led three other matches in post-season action … went 18-6 indoors, 4-4 in tie breakers, 11-1 in close sets, 23-1 when winning the first set, 6-4 outdoors, 3-6 in close matches, 14-2 at home and 18-2 against the Midwest Region … went 34-6 in doubles, including a 24-4 mark in dual action — all with sophomore Kelcy Tefft … at No. 1 doubles, went 5-1 … at No. 2 doubles, went 19-3 … opened the season at #60 and climbed as high as #29, but did not appear in the final national rankings … reached the ITA Midwest Regional Championships … captured 18 of their first 20 matches, including a 9-7 victory over #19 Batty/McGaffigan of Indiana … marquee victory came against #11 Bercek/Robinson of Duke (8-5) … recorded match-clinching victories in the BIG EAST semifinals, BIG EAST finals, NCAA first round and NCAA round of 16 … went 23-4 indoors, 1-2 in tie breakers, 11-2 outdoors, 8-2 in close matches, 14-3 at home and 21-3 against the Midwest Region.
AS A FRESHMAN: Impact rookie was immediate force for Notre Dame in both singles and doubles … played No. 2 in both lineups all season, finishing 13-9 in singles and 16-9 in doubles … tabbed to BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team in both singles and doubles … was second on team in overall singles victories with 23-12 record … set Irish freshman record for doubles victories and ranked tied for third – behind only the All-American Thompson twins – on the Irish, with a 27-12 mark, all with Lauren Connelly … strong fall saw her vault into the ITA national singles rankings in January (the first set for which she was eligible) and then remain ranked throughout remainder of season … peaked at 59th on March 8 and finished 83rd … was briefly ranked 59th in doubles … went 7-6 against nationally-ranked players in singles … top win came in 6-1, 6-1 decision against #16 Karin Coetzee of Wake Forest in dual action … came through with victories against ranked players in 4-3 Irish defeats against #5 Duke and #13 Texas … claimed three-set triumph in 5-2 Irish win at UNLV … earned win in 4-3 ND victory at Illinois … clinched wins over Boston College and vs. St. John[apos]s in semifinals of BIG EAST tournament … had final three matches of season abandoned … went 10-3 in first collegiate fall, with upsets of #37 Dora Vastag from Indiana and #93 Hala Sufi of Purdue in the Indiana Invitational … was one of just two freshmen to reach round of 16 in ITA Midwest Championships, where she fell to #1 Cristelle Grier … went 3-4 against higher-ranked players … was 21-1 when winning the opening set … posted 17-7 record indoors and just 6-5 mark outside … formed prolific team with Connelly, turning in third-highest season victory total ever by a Notre Dame team … upset #48 Muth/Wei from William & Mary and #36 Prousis/Roemer from Northwestern in April, which led to their entry into the national rankings … won 9-7 over Anderson/Durkin from #17 Harvard in final match on court to give ND doubles point in 4-3 loss to the Crimson … lost tiebreaker to #52 Prousis/Roemer in last match remaining to give Northwestern the doubles point in second round of NCAA tournament … also lost in that situation against #6 Vanderbilt and Illinois … clinched doubles point six times, including against Wake Forest, #6 Duke, UNLV, and Iowa in the first round of the NCAAs … also had victories against Michigan and Indiana … posted 11-3 record during fall … began with 9-1 mark before losing to nation[apos]s eighth-ranked team (from Michigan) in the quarterfinals of the ITA Midwest Championships … were 10-4 at home and 17-8 on the road … notched 18-7 mark indoors and 13-6 record against teams from the Midwest Region.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked #1 in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) 16-and-under national rankings in both singles and doubles in 2002 … had outstanding prep career at Oklahoma Christian School, winning four Oklahoma state championships at No. 1 singles to become just the fourth player to do so … ranked 11th in the USTA 18-and-under national rankings in 2004 … five-time USTA national doubles champion with current Irish junior Kelcy Tefft … in 2002, they won titles at Winter National Championships, the Spring Super National Championships, and Super National Hardcourt Championships … runner-up in singles play at the `02 Super National Hardcourt Championships … 2003 Oklahoma and Missouri Valley section Player of the Year … also earned four letters in cheerleading … student body secretary and member of the National Honor Society … father Tony and uncle, Rick Buck, played football at Oklahoma State … grandfather, Richard Buck, played football at North Carolina … cousin, Rachel Cody, played field hockey at Northwestern … cousin, Buck Cody, played baseball at Texas … born Dec. 31, 1985, in Oklahoma City, Okla. … daughter of Gayle and Tony Buck … has three siblings … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as sociology major.