Maiko Cook reached
the finals of the
B singles draw
at the C-USA
Nov. 11, 2001
Cook won a pair of three-set thrillers in the quarterfinals and semifinals, while Wood fought back from a 5-0, third-set deficit in the semifinals to upset the draw's No. 4 seed. The actual championship match between Cook and Wood was not played due to inclement weather.
"Maiko played very smart tennis during the tournament," head coach David Schumacher said. "She had to win a third-set tie-break in both the quarterfinals and semifinals. It is nice for both her and Lucy to end the Fall with good results."
Cook, seeded second in the B singles draw, opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Cincinnati's Julie Klauck in the first round, while Wood, who was unseeded, posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory over East Carolina's Karen Falduto. In the Round of 16, Cook cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Memphis' Laura Hughes, while Wood claimed a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Cincinnati's Cris Reyes.
Wood advanced to the semifinals when her quarterfinal opponent, Louisville's Melija San Martin withdrew due to an injury. Cook posted a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 win over South Florida's Patricia Kolendo. In the semis, Cook topped third-seeded Kadi Hilpus from DePaul, 4-6, 6-3, 10-8, while Wood upset No. 4 seed Jo Keene from Houston, 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.
In the B doubles draw, the Tulane tandem of Cook and Joyce Bergman reached the finals after winning their first three matches. The Wave duo of Wood and Anneli Axsater reached the quarterfinals of the A doubles draw.
"I think we had a productive Fall season," Schumacher added. "We made progress and I think this gives us some confidence that we can compete with the better teams in Conference USA during the Spring."