As a sophomore on the Vanderbilt University tennis team, Taka Bertrand was named SEC Player of the Year for her undefeated conference performance. She was named First Team All-SEC and was the only SEC player to earn Player of the Week recognition twice in 2006. Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Great Falls, Virginia, Taka started the 2006 dual match season at 10-0 in singles. She went undefeated in singles at the ITA Indoors tournament and peaked at No. 19 on the ITA rankings. As a freshman, Taka was named SEC Freshman of the Year after posting a 20-6 overall record and an 8-3 conference mark.