Taka Bertrand
Taka  Bertrand

Great Falls, Va.

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Vanderbilt set for NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships

Singles begins Wednesday, doubles set for Thursday

2006-07 (Junior): Chosen as 2006 Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame...Earned All-SEC Second Team honors after finishing 10-1 in conference singles play at the No. 4 position...Finished the season with a 20-11 overall record...Struggled at the start of spring season, but finished strong winning 13 of her last 14 matches...Finished the 2007 season ranked No. 104 in singles...Teamed with Catherine Newman at No. 2 doubles and finished with a 20-6 overall record and 9-2 record in conference matches...Finished 11-4 in fall season, including going undefeated at the Furman Fall Classic and the June Stewart Invitational.

2005-06 (Sophomore) : Was named SEC Player of the Year for her undefeated conference performance... First Team All-SEC... was the only SEC player to earn Player of the Week recognition twice in 2006... started the 2006 dual match season 10-0 in singles... went undefeated in singles at the ITA Indoors tournament... defeated Top 30 opponents No. 3 Diana Srebrovic of Florida, No. 9 Zuzana Cerna of Baylor, No. 30 Anna Sydorska of TCU... advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship... peaked at No. 19 on the ITA rankings.

2004-05 (Freshman): Was named the SEC Freshman of the Year after posting a 20-6 overall record and an 8-3 conference mark ... Teamed with Amanda Fish to go 20- 6 at the No. 2 doubles ... Defeated all five ranked Top-100 opponents she faced, including No 12 Zerene Reyes of Florida ... Tabbed as the ITA Rookie Player of the Year in the southeast region ... Came back from down 5-4 in the third set at No. 2 Kentucky in the final regular-season match of the year to clinch Vanderbilt's biggest win of the season and assure the Commodores would be the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament.

Prep/Juniors: Led Langley H.S. to two district and regional champions, went to semifinals at state level ... Was chosen as MVP of her high school team ... Received honorary mention for the All-Metro team her freshman year ... Voted best athlete her senior year ... Received two letters playing tennis ... Honor roll student ... played at the junior tennis champions center in College Park, MD ... won 16s at Peachtree State ... won 16s at the National Open ... Won three 18s at National Open, Quarters and winter supernationals.

Personal: Tarakaa Bertrand ... born August 11, 1986 ...daughter of Trent and Chume Bertrand ... born in Washington, D.C. but raised in Great Falls,,VA ... one sibilng; Thiki Bertrand ... Father Trent played football at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.

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