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Date: September 12, 2003
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 458-8676
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Former Women's Tennis Player Among 51 Honorees Nationwide

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- On Friday afternoon, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced the state winners for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Erika Proko, a 2003 Washington and Lee graduate and former member of the University's women's tennis team was named the winner of the award for Virginia.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility.

Proko was among 12 Division III athletes recognized with a state award out of 340 nominees nationwide. She will now be considered for the 10 finalists for the national award which will be announced in late September. It is among the NCAA's most prestigious individual awards.

Proko graduated from W&L with a 3.685 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in neuroscience. This spring, she was awarded one of 58 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships for use while attending medical school at the University of North Carolina.

A six-time All-American and the 2003 ODAC Player of the Year, Proko helped lead the Generals' women's tennis team to a school-record 24 wins and runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament this spring. An All-American in both singles and doubles in 2003, Proko graduated 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 Lindsay Hagerman to post a single-season school-record 30 wins and form the nation's top-ranked doubles duo. She reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

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 of both organizations' Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-458-8676