Cook claims USTA tennis tournament

Friday, September 18, 2015
Photos submitted Natalie Cook poses with the Lewisburg men's group that Cook proudly said helped her prepare for her victory at Brentwood.

Marshall County High School junior Natalie Cook's practice sessions and matches with the Lewisburg Recreation Center's men's group paid off last weekend.

Cook, playing in her first United States Tennis Association tournament, won the Girls 16-under singles division in the Maryland Farms YMCA Fall Junior Championships at Brentwood.

Support team

Cook dedicated this tournament to her Lewisburg mentors for getting her ready saying: "I want to thank all of these people for being the best support team I could ask for. Through the lessons and hours of tennis each day, I cannot thank them enough."

Natalie Cook and Lewisburg tennis player Robert Ward pose with the first-place USTA trophy Cook captured last weekend at Maryland Farms.

Cook defeated top-seeded Emilia Musgrove (6-0, 6-3) in the semifinals before capturing the title over Jasmine Puria from Brentwood (6-1, 6-2) in the finals.

The USTA tournament sanctioned event drew a field of 95 players.

Top program

Maryland Farms has the pre-eminent junior tennis development program in the mid-state, with more than 250 junior players and a waiting list to join.

Natalie played all summer with the Lewisburg men's group, which plays five days a week at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

Marshall County freshman Alexa Hooten participated in the Girls 14-under singles, losing an 8-2 match to Haley Street before being defeated (6-0, 6-2) by Sonali Dasari in the third round of consolation matches.

The Marshall County tennis team plays in the spring with home matches played on the courts at the Lewisburg Recreation Center