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Women's Tennis Represented In Preseason Rankings

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 13, 2000
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PRINCETON, N.J. - The Old Dominion women's tennis team and two individuals from that team are represented in the preseason edition of the WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings for the 2000-01 season, administered and released Tuesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The Lady Monarch tennis team is ranked #75, hopping into the rankings with 46 votes. In addition, freshman Nataly Cahana (Qiriat Bialik, Israel) and junior Ana Radeljevic (Zagreb, Croatia) are represented in the individual rankings.

Cahana is #4 in the women's singles rankings while the duo of Cahana and Radeljevic place #29 on the women's doubles rankings. Cahana marks the first top five qualifier for Old Dominion women's tennis since Tzipi Obziler was ranked #1 with a 29-3 record in 1995. During her time here, Obziler was ITA National Clay Court Champion, an ITA All American finalist, and Milwaukee Tennis Classic Champion.

Earlier this fall, Cahana won the ITA Eastern Regional Individual Tournament at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. With the victory, she earned a spot in the Rolex National Indoor Championships in Dallas, Texas to be held in February. She has beaten seven players ranked in the top 100. Radeljevic advanced to the quarterfinal round, marking the first time a Lady Monarch had advanced that far into the regional tournament.

The Stanford men and women were voted No. 1. The Stanford men, coming off their fourth NCAA title in five years, return five of six starters from last season's squad. Rounding out the Top 10 in the men's rankings behind Stanford are (in order): Tennessee, UCLA, Duke, Texas A&M, TCU, Georgia, Illinois, Florida and Virginia Commonwealth.

The Stanford women are No. 1 for the second straight year. The Cardinal women return five of six starters from last season's NCAA runner-up squad, including sophomore NCAA champ Laura Granville. Right behind Stanford in the women's rankings in a tie for second are defending NCAA champ Georgia and Florida. Rounding out the Top 10 behind Stanford, Florida and Georgia are: Duke, California, Texas, Arizona State, Wake Forest, UCLA and Pepperdine. Duke also received one first-place vote.

Complete rankings and other information on national intercollegiate tennis may be found at www.itatennis.com.

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