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Four Old Dominion University student-athletes were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors' Academic All-State Teams. Nataly Cahana of the women's tennis team, Attila Vendegh of men's soccer, field hockey's Angie Loy and sailing's Anna Tunnicliffe all received the honor.

Cahana, a native of Israel, earned first-team honors while ending her tennis career at Old Dominion University as one of the most prolific women's tennis players in school history. She is a four-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year and was the ITA East Region Senior Player of the Year, compiling a 30-8 singles record and a 17-10 doubles record this season.

Earning second team honors was Vendegh, a native of Slovakia. He ended his soccer career at ODU holding the all-time scoring record with 56 goals and 22 assists totaling 134 points. Vendegh currently plays with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the A-league.

A native of Pennsylvania, Loy earned third-team honors. She led the Monarchs to an eighth consecutive CAA title and earned first-team All-American honors from both the NFHCA and womensfieldhockey.com for the second consecutive season. Loy completed the 2003 season ranked second nationally with 69 points and 21 assists. She is currently a member of the U.S. Field Hockey National Team.

Tunnicliffe, of Perrysburg, Ohio also earned third-team honors. She was a finalist for the Quantum Award for the 2003-04 season, given to the nation's top female sailor. Tunnicliffe made history last November when she became the first sailor to win back-to-back ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championships.

Sports information directors from around Virginia voted for the academic teams. To be selected a student athlete must have a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, must have reached sophomore standing, must have completed at least one full academic year at the school and must have participated in 50% of their teams' games or events.

This article was posted on: June 8, 2004

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