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Old Dominion University junior Nataly Cahana 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.

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.

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.

This article was posted on: April 18, 2003

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