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Cahana Earns Top Honor On 2003 CAA Women's Tennis Team

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 17, 2003
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April 17, 2003

RICHMOND, Va. - Old Dominion University junior Nataly Cahana (Qiriat Bialik, Israel) has been selected as the 2003 Colonial Athletic Association women's tennis Player of the Year for the third straight season in a vote of the league's head coaches. Cahana was the CAA Co-Player of the Year in 2002 and was the CAA's Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Tournament Outstanding Performer in 2001.

Others receiving top honors from the conference included William and Mary's Megan Muth (Covington, LA/Covington) as the CAA Rookie of the Year and William and Mary's Brian Kalbas as the CAA Coach of the Year.

Cahana is ranked 22nd nationally in singles in the latest Omni Collegiate Tennis Rankings. As Old Dominion's number one seed, the junior has compiled a 16-4 dual meet record and is 26-7 overall. She has been the highest ranked women's singles player all season long in the CAA, reaching the finals at the ITA All-American Tournament and the William & Mary Fall Invitational. She posted victories over five players who were ranked among the top 30 nationally this season.

Muth is ranked 75th nationally in singles in her rookie season at William and Mary, recording an impressive 19-6 mark while playing most at the No. 2 position. She has posted seven victories over players who are ranked nationally and has won 13 straight matches. Muth captured the ITA East Region Tournament in the fall, winning five straight matches, including four over ranked foes.

Kalbas guided William and Mary to a 21-4 overall record and a perfect 4-0 mark in CAA action. The Tribe, which is ranked 9th in the latest Collegiate Tennis Rankings, posted five victories over teams ranked in the top 25 this season. They enter this weekend's CAA championship having won 12 straight matches and W&M's overall record is the best in school history. It is the fifth time that Kalbas as been selected as CAA Coach of the Year.

Also joining Cahana in receiving awards from the CAA this evening was freshman Kerstin Endlich. Endlich, who joined the team this springs, posted a 12-8 dual meet mark, which included a 7-3 record at No. 3 singles.

The awards were presented Thursday night prior to the quarterfinals of the 2003 CAA Women's Tennis Championship, which resumes Friday at Byrd Park. The tournament runs through Sunday, with the women's championship match set for 10:00 a.m. on April 20. The tournament is part of the CAA Spring Sports Festival.

2003 ALL-CAA WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAM

First Team

Singles
Nataly Cahana, Old DominionJr.Qiriat Bialik, Israel
Candice Fuchs, William and MarySo.Sarasota, FL (Pendleton)
Marina Escobar Martinez, Va. CommonwealthJr.Malaga, Spain
Barbora Zahnova, Virginia CommonwealthJr.Trnava, Slovakia
Megan Muth, William & MaryFr.Covington, LA (Covington)
Beatriz Cabrera, Virginia CommonwealthFr.Malaga, Spain
Amy Wei, William & MarySo.Marietta, GA (New Braunfels)

Doubles

Kate Boomershine, William & MarySo.Glenwood, MD (Glenelg)
Candice Fuchs, William & MarySo.Sarasota, FL (Pendleton)
Silvia Urickova, Virginia CommonwealthJr.Trnava, Slovakia
Barbora Zahnova, Virginia CommonwealthJr.Trnava, Slovakia
Megan Muth, William and MaryFr.Covington, LA (Covington)
Amy Wei, William and MarySo.Marietta, GA (New Braunfels)

Second Team

Singles
Kate Boomershine, William and MarySo.Glenwood, MD (Glenelg)
Silvia Urickova, Virginia CommonwealthJr.Trnava, Slovakia
Nina Kamp, William & MarySr.Pine Brook, NJ (Newark Acad.)
Kerstin Endlich, Old DominionFr.Neustadt, Germany
Margie Zesinger, James MadisonJr.Erie, PA (McDowell)
Jessica Wilkes, DelawareSr.Bethlehem, PA (Nazareth)

Doubles

Sallie Kiser, UNC WilmingtonSo.Stoneville, NC (Morehead)
Lindsey Hess, UNC WilmingtonFr.Fayetteville, NY (Saddlebrook Prep)
Christina Arribas, Virginia CommonwealthFr.Madrid, Spain
Beatriz Cabrera, Virginia CommonwealthFr.Malaga, Spain
Kari Olsen, William and MarySr.San Diego, CA (Torrey Pines)
Lingda Yang, William and MaryFr.Coconut Creek, FL (Cardinal Gibbons)

2003 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nataly Cahana, Old Dominion

2003 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Megan Muth, William and Mary

2003 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Brian Kalbas, William and Mary

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