Cahana Ranked #11 In Preseason Poll

September 10, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 10, 2002

NORFOLK, VA -- Two-time All-American women's tennis player Nataly Cahana (Quriat Balik, Israel) was ranked #11 in the preseason edition of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released Monday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The CAA Co-Player of the Year, Cahana finished the 2001-02 season ranked #11 with an 18-2 dual meet record. She ranked fourth at the NCAA Women's Individual Tennis Championship, where she advanced to the second round of play. Last fall, Cahana reached the final of the Riviera All-American Championships and the quarterfinals of both the National Intercollegiate indoor Championships and the Eastern Region Championship.

Tennessee's Vilmarie Castellvi was voted No. 1 in singles poll. A senior, she finished at #4 in last season's singles rankings while advancing to the NCAA singles quarterfinals and helping the Lady vols to the semifinals of the NCAA team tournament.

The first of three national championship tournaments for the 2002-03 take place next month with the Rivera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, CA, taking on place Oct. 10-13.

The preseason team rankings come out in January, 2003. The complete preseason top 100 singles and top 50 doubles can be found at

Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings
Division I Women's Singles - Top 20

1. Vilmarie Castellvi, Tennessee, 800 votes 2. Megan Bradley, Miami (Fla.), 792 3. Agata Cioroch, Georgia, 784 4. Jewel Peterson, Southern California, 776 5. Kelly McCain, Duke, 768 6. Sara Walker, UCLA, 760 7. Erin Burdette, Stanford, 752 8. Kate Pinchbeck, North Carolina, 744 9. Adria Engel, Arizona State, 736 10. Sarah Riske, Vanderbilt, 728 11. Nataly Cahana, Old Dominion, 720 12. Lindsay Dawaf, Florida, 712 13. Maja Mlakar, Arizona, 704 14. Alice Pirsu, Pennsylvania, 696 T15. Lauren Barnikow, Stanford, 688 T16. Amanda Johnson, Duke, 688 T17. Mira Radu, Mississippi, 688 18. Raquel Kops-Jones, California, 664 19. Julie Rotondi, Florida, 656 20. Luana Magnani, Southern California, 648