PROKO NAMED ODAC FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
SALEM, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior women's tennis player
Erika Proko (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) has been named the recipient
of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's (ODAC) Marjorie Berkley Award
presented to the league's top female scholar-athlete.
Proko is the first W&L athlete to garner the ODAC Scholar-Athlete
award since Sandy Hooper was presented the male award following the 1997
season. Virginia Wesleyan's John Tomasheski was presented the 2003 "Doc"
Jopson Award given to the top male scholar-athlete.
A neuroscience major with a 3.68 cumulative grade-point
average, Proko recently completed a stellar athletic and academic career
at W&L. A six-time All-American and the 2003 ODAC Player of the Year,
she helped lead the Generals' women's tennis team to a school-record 24
wins and runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament this season. An All-American
in both singles and doubles in 2003, Proko graduates from W&L with
a 92-20 mark in singles and 104-27 in doubles. The program's all-time
leader in doubles wins, she teamed with Hagerman to post a single-season
school-record 30 wins and form the nation's top-ranked doubles duo this
year. She reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the NCAA
A nominee for the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship,
Proko is a three-time Verizon Academic All-District selection who earned
First Team Academic All-State honors from the Virginia Sports Information
Directors Association this spring.
Proko has been involved with the ODAC and NCAA as a member
both organizations' Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC). She currently
serves as the NCAA Division III SAAC chair.
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