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    May 6, 1998

    Katherine Nasser Named Big Ten Female Tennis Player of the Year

    Nasser and Duffy earn All-Conference honors.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern sophomore Katherine Nasser (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) was named the Big Ten Female Tennis Player of the Year as voted upon by the conference coaches. She and freshman Shannon Duffy (Plano, Texas/Plano) also were named to the All-Big Ten team.

    Nasser, who is ranked No. 63 nationally, has a 24-17 overall record and a 9-1 Big Ten mark at No. 1 singles. She has beaten four players that have been ranked in the top 70, including Karoline Borgersen of Pepperdine and Elisa Penalvo of Marquette who were both ranked No. 21. Nasser has teamed with freshman Colleen Cheng at No. 1 doubles to notch a 9-6 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the conference. This is the second-consecutive All-Big Ten honor for Nasser. Last season, she also was named the conferencešs freshman of the year. Nasser is NUšs first-ever female tennis player of the year. She joins Wildcat head coach Lisa Fortman who won that award while at Wisconsin in 1986.

    Duffy made an impact in her first season at Northwestern. She set the Wildcat single-season record for wins with her current mark of 31-10. She broke Marjorie Gantmanšs record of 30 set in 1996. Duffy, who is ranked No. 78 nationally, posted an 8-1 mark in the Big Ten. She teamed with sophomore Leigh Weinraub at No. 2 doubles to post a 10-6 overall record and a 7-2 mark in conference action. Duffy also was named the Big Ten Female Tennis Player of the month of April.

    The ŒCats swept conference tennis player of the year honors as junior Marc Silva was named it on the menšs side.