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    May 1, 1998

    Marc Silva Named Big Ten Tennis Player Of The Year

    Silva and Witt Earn All-Big Ten Honors

    EVANSTON, Ill -- Northwestern junior Marc Silva (Telford, Pa./Pennridge) was named the 1998 Big Ten Tennis Player of the Year as voted upon by the conference coaches. Silva and senior Alex Witt (Houston, Texas/Memorial) were named to the All-Big Ten Team.

    Silva earned the player-of-the-year award after having a 26-4 overall record and a 9-1 mark during the Big Ten regular season. This is the second-consecutive year that a Wildcat has won player-of-the-year honors, with Witt winning the award in 1997. Ranked No. 22 nationally, Silva has won 23 of his last 24 matches. Twenty-four of Silva's 26 wins have come in straight sets. The 1998 Big Ten Singles champion, Silva has now earned All-Big Ten honors for two-straight years.

    Witt, who is ranked No. 17 nationally, is garnering All-Big Ten honors for the third-straight year. The 1998 Rolex Midwest champion and Big Ten Singles runner-up, Witt currently has a 29-8 overall record and a 7-3 mark in conference play. He has beaten six players that were ranked in the top 50 this season, including top-ranked Bob Bryan of Stanford (7-6 (5), 6-3).

    The 'Cats, ranked No. 28 nationally, are competing at the Big Ten Conference Championship in Champaign, Ill., this weekend. The second-seeded 'Cats defeated seventh-seeded Indiana, 4-1, in the second round of the tournament. NU takes on third-seeded Purdue at 9 a.m. in the semifinals on Saturday.