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LANA KHVALINA & JOSEF NOVOTNY NAMED NEC TENNIS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
The NEC named UMBC sophomore Lana Khvalina and junior Josef Novotny men's and women's tennis Players of the Week.
Novotny, an all-NEC player at #1 singles in 2001-02, reached the semifinal round of the East Coast
Tennis Championships at Old Dominion University to earn Player of the Week honors for the first
time this season. After receiving a first round bye, Novotny disposed of players from Old Dominion
(6-4, 6-1) and Maryland (6-4, 7-6 (1)) to set up a meeting with Zoltan Csanadi, the defending “A”
Flight champion. Csandi ousted Novotny, 6-3, 6-4, and proceeded to defend his crown in the
Khvalina, who capped off a spectacular freshman season in 2001-02 by being named all-NEC at #4
singles, won three matches to earn a spot in the semifinals of the East Coast Tennis Championships at Old Dominion over the weekend. She defeated “C” flight opponents from Temple (6-3, 6-2) Howard (6-3, 6-2) and North Carolina State (7-5, 6-3), before falling to Richmond's Casey Cohen in a three-setter (4-6, 7-5, 6-0). She also teamed with Aimee Lim to reach the “C” flight doubles final following wins over Connecticut (8-2) and James Madison (8-1). The duo dropped an 8-1decision in the title match against Old Dominion.