1997-98 Amherst Women's Tennis: A Year in Review

The Amherst women started what would be their most successful year with very convincing wins for their most traditional and coveted crowns: the Little III and the New England Women's 
Intercollegiate Championships. Not only did the team accomplish these wins by a safe margin, but they did it for the third year in a row to earn the first "three-peat" of both these events in Amherst history. Other impressive wins in the fall were a 4-3 win over the Division I UMass-Amherst and a 5-4 victory over eventual National Champion, Skidmore College.

During the team's spring trip to Claremont, California, Amherst got off to a strong start by defeating Pomona-Pitzer 8-1 before losing a close match to Claremont, 4-5. The team bounced back the next day to defeat the University of the South, 7-2. Once back in Amherst, the team easily finished off the rest of their New England opponents before heading to the National Championships at Washington & Lee University. At NCAAs, Amherst disposed of UC-San Diego 9-0 in the first round before knocking off top-seeded Trinity (TX) 6-3 in the second round. Facing Skidmore in the semi-finals, Amherst suffered not only its second loss of the season, but also the talents of its No. 2 singles player: All-American Pam Diamond tore her ACL. Without Diamond, the team fell in a very close, 5-4 loss to Gustavus Adolphus in the national consolation match.

The team was led by Neely Steinberg, who concluded her junior season with a perfect spring, boasting a 14-0 record at No. 3 singles. Steinberg also teamed up with Diamond and compiled a spring doubles record of 11-1. ITA Rookie of the Year Jamie Cohen lost just one singles match at the team championship to eventual national champion Jamie Levine from Skidmore.