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NOVOTNY, PEDERGNANA PERFORM CLEAN SWEEP OF NEC TENNIS AWARDS FOR UMBC
Josef Novotny earns his third NEC Player of the Week award of the 2002-03 season following an impressive 6-7, 7-5, 10-8 (tiebreaker) victory over Virginia’s Stephen Nolan, the #1 singles player for the 56th-ranked Cavaliers. Novotny, a first team all-NEC performer last season, improved to 4-1 on the spring season and is the lone Retriever with a winning record to date.
Alessandra Pedergnana, a freshman who has cracked the UMBC lineup, is off to a quick start this spring for the four-time defending NEC champion Retrievers. She did not drop a game last week in #4 flight singles victories against St. Francis (PA) and Towson. She also teamed with Jana Karaskova for an 8-2 win at #2 doubles vs. the Red Flash, and paired with Sarah Mostellar for an 8-4 victory at #3 doubles against the Tigers. Pedergnana leads UMBC with eight double victories (8-1) and is 7-2 in singles. Her 15 total victories tie her with Karaskova for the most on the team.