Van der Merwe, Csanadi and Cahana Headline All-Time Tennis Squad

August 03, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Aug. 3, 2006

NORFOLK, VA--In final celebration of the 75th anniversary of Old Dominion University, Izak van der Merwe (`05), Nataly Cahana ('04) and Zoltan Csanadi (`04) headline the 10-member All-Time ODU tennis squad as voted by the fans on the ODU athletic website.

Rounding out the team are: George Consolvo ('67), Gary Cuppernull('85), Robert Hale ('81), Louis Morris ('76), Tzipi Obziler ('96), Miguel Rosa ('96), and Pat Shaulis-Robertson ('81).

Izak van der Merwe reached the NCAA national semi-finals in singles in 2005 after knocking off four nationally ranked opponents. He also reached the semi-finals of the ITA National Indoor Championships and the quarterfinals of the ICY HOT/ ITA All-American championships. He is ODU's first two-time tennis All-American in singles, and also earned All-American honors in doubles. Van der Merwe posted a 27-12 singles mark and concluded his career with a 100-39 Singles mark, placing him second all-time in ODU men's tennis history. He is also a two-time CAA Player of the Year selection.

Nataly Cahana (Qiriat Bialik, Israel )closed out her career as one of the most prolific women's tennis players in ODU history. Her four-year record of 143-28 is the best in Lady Monarch tennis history. The four-time CAA Player of the Year and ITA East Region senior Player of the Year made four appearances in the NCAA tournament reaching the second round three times. She is only the second Lady Monarch tennis player to reach the semifinals of the Riviera All-American tournament. Cahana ranked as high as fourth nationally by the ITA in the 2000-01 season and was the ITA East Region Rookie of the Year, as well as the CAA's Rookie of the Year. Cahana also got it done in the classroom earning ITA Academic All-American honors three times and was named the 2004 CAA female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Zoltan Csanadi (Timisoara, Romania) teamed with Izak van der Merwe for a brilliant run at the 2004 NCAA national championships in doubles. Ranked 14th nationally, the duo were 14-6 overall and as they advanced to the NCAA semi-finals. The doubles squad were also finalists at the National Indoor Championships earlier that season. Csanadi completed his career with a 103-46 singles mark and a 79-50 doubles mark. He holds ODU's all-time career singles win record. A first team All-CAA in singles and doubles as a junior and senior, he earned All-American honors in doubles in 2004.

George Consolvo (Norfolk, VA.) compiled a 43-17 record while playing number one singles for ODU from 1964-67. Consolvo won the NCAA College Division Eastern Region championship in 1966 and 1967. The 1967 Tom Scott award winner and the WTAR Scholar Athlete award winner was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

Pat Shaulis-Robertson (Milford, NJ.) compiled an 81-20 record at ODU from 1978-81. As a freshman, she was 34-8 and 20-3 as a sophomore and qualified for the AIAW regionals. In 1981 she was 16-7 leading ODU to a 15-4 dual record winning the regular season state crown, and second at the state championships. Shaulis advanced to the Region II Championships that season. She was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Robert Hale (Ontario, Canada) became the first Old Dominion University tennis player to earn a top 50 national ranking when he vaulted to number 43 in 1981. Hale set a school record with 14 straight victories as a senior and compiled a 28-6 career record during his two years at ODU. He helped lead the Monarchs to the 1979 and 1980 Virginia Intercollegiate State Championships. He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Louis Morris (Portsmouth, VA.) the 1976 Tom Scott Award winner as ODU's top senior athlete and helped the Monarchs to 17th place at the 1976 NCAA Division II National Championships. At those championships, Morris won his first round singles match and teamed with Jose Benjumea to qualify for the 1975 and 1976 NCAA Division II doubles National Championships. Morris graduated summa cum laude at ODU in 1976. He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Tzipi Obziler won the ITA National Clay Court Championship in October of 1995. On Dec. 12 of 1996 she was the nation's number one ranked college tennis player and completed the season with a 28-3 record before returning to Israel to play for her country's Federation Cup team. She continues to compete internationally.

Gary Cuppernull from Huntington Station, NY. was the Sun Belt Conference doubles champion in 1983 and 1984 Sun Belt Conference singles finalist. He won 15 matches as a senior and 20 matches as a junior. He won the Sun Belt Conference consolation finals and teamed with Soichi Nakamura to win the number one consolation doubles at the Sun Belt championships in 1985, as ODU finished third. Cuppernull represented ODU in the NCAA fall regionals four straight years.

Miguel Rosa from Londrina, Brazil ranked 45th nationally in the fall of 1994. As a junior, Rosa named CAA Player of the Year. That year, Rosa was 29-8 in singles and went undefeated during the CAA tournament. As a senior, Rosa was 16-8 and earned All-CAA doubles honors.

Receiving honorable mention votes were: Lynn Bybee('84), Bill Clark ('81), Cindy Clare('81), Cayce Connell ('91), Christian Dalzell('94),Kristin Fulton ('96), David Howell, Carina Hughes ('83), Debbie Karlen ('90), Niclas Kohler ('99), Amy Morrissey ('96), Delphine Priest ('94), Ana Radeljevic (02), Diana Rake ('83), and Diego Valor ('97).