Cahana Named CAA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year

July 07, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

July 7, 2004

RICHMOND, Va. (July 7, 2004) - ODU senior women's tennis player Nataly Cahana was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and William & Mary senior men's basketball player Adam Hess (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in voting by the league's 10 sports information directors.

The conference selected a Scholar-Athlete in each of its 21 championship sports this season, and each of those winners was placed on the ballot for the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. All of the winners were a starter or important reserve on their team and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Among the contenders for the award, four were CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2003-04 and three others were named to national All-Academic teams in their respective sports. Not only did the finalists excel in the classroom, but also as athletes. Seventeen of the Scholar-Athletes earned all-conference honors this season.

Cahana is a three-time ITA Academic All-American and a two-time winner of the CAA Scholar-Athlete award in women's tennis. The senior international business major was named to the VaSID Academic All-State team and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades in 2003. On the court, Cahana became the first women's tennis player in conference history to earn CAA Player of the Year honors during all four years, sharing the award with W&M's Megan Muth in 2004.

She was also chosen as the ITA East Region Senior Player of the Year and finished the season ranked 34th nationally by the ITA. Cahana reached the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship in 2004 and finished her career with a singles record of 143-28. She won the ITA East Regional earlier this year and reached the semifinals of the Cissie Leary Fall Championships

Hess was selected as a first team CoSIDA Academic All-American in men's basketball this season after making the All-America second team in 2003. The finance major was a six-time member of the Dean's List at W&M, a three-year member of the CAA All-Academic team in men's basketball, and twice won the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in his sport. Hess was also one of just three Division I men's basketball players to receive a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this year. On the court, Hess was a two-time first-team All-CAA selection and was also named to the NABC All-District 4 and All-State teams in 2003 and 2004. The forward became the first Tribe player to lead the CAA in scoring this season with 20.3 points per game and he ended his career ranked 10th on W&M's career scoring list with 1,341 points.

His career scoring average of 17.9 ppg is sixth at W&M and ranks in the top 10 in CAA history. Hess was also among the CAA's top 15 in seven other statistical categories this season, including rebounds (6.7 rpg) and steals (1.6 spg).