Women's Tennis Receives Early Honors

September 20, 2001
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 20, 2001

NORFOLK, VA -- Three Lady Monarch women's tennis players were ranked among the top 100 singles players in the country according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Pre-Season Rankings.

Sophomore Nataly Cahana (Qiriat Bialik, Isreal), last season's ITA National Player to Watch, ranked fourth in the pre-season poll. Cahana, who collected an impressive 46-4 record, set the school record for most singles wins and finished the dual match season with a perfect 23-0 record. She captured the Colonial Athletic Association's Player and Rookie of the Year honors en route to a #5 national ranking at the close of the year. Cahana won her opening round match-up at the NCAA Individual Championships held at Lincoln Tennis Center at Stone Mountain, topping Baylor's Katja Kovac by a three-set score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, before dropping her second round match-up to WAC Player of Year, Liesl Fichtbauer of Fresno State, 6-4,6-3.

Senior Ana Radeljevic (Zagreb, Croatia) joined her teammate in the poll, receiving a ranking of 87th in the nation. Radeljevic compiled a 20-2 mark, including an 8-1 record in CAA conference match-ups and a 17-0 record at third singles. During the Old Dominion's trip to their first-ever NCAA Tournament, she defeated Iva Puflerova at third singles (6-3, 6-2) in the Lady Monarchs close loss to South Alabama. Additionally, along with Cahana, Radeljevic qualified for the NCAA Individual Championship. She was also named to the ITA All-Academic squad.

The tandem of Cahana and Radeljevic also received another honor as the ITA ranked them 28th among NCAA Division I doubles players. Together, Cahana and Radeljevic, recorded 20 victories dropping just two matches, Florida Atlantic and #22 South Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore Lara Van Rooyen (Pretoria, South Africa) rounds out the Lady Monarchs on the ITA Pre-Season Poll placing 90th in the rankings. Van Rooyen compiled a 20-2 mark, which included a 16-1 record at second singles and a 7-2 record in CAA play. She also played a strong game in the Lady Monarchs' first NCAA Tournament, posting a straight set win over South Alabama's Martina Ondrejkova, 6-1, 7-5.

The defending CAA champions, the Lady Monarchs won their first women's tennis championship, 4-0, over 15-time defending champion William & Mary and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Old Dominion, who finished the year with a 21-2 record and #33 ranking by the ITA, fell to South Alabama, 4-3, in the opening round of NCAA play. They return to action this weekend at the William and Mary Invitational in Williamsburg, VA.