Cohen Ousted In NCAA Individual Semifinals

May 22, 2001 

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Amherst College senior Jamie Cohen (Rye, NY) was ousted in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championships in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday. Cohen, the defending national singles champion and second seed in this year's draw, fell to Joanna Toke of the University of Rochester, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, ending her bid to become just the third Division III women's tennis player to win the singles title two years in a row. 

Junior Amherst teammate Stephanie Fong (Los Altos, CA) also saw action in the singles competition on Monday but was eliminated in the second round by Erika Proko of Washington & Lee University, 6-4, 6-2, after a 6-4, 7-5 first-round win over Jenny Pekulik of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. 

Cohen posted straight-set wins over host Trinity College's Diana Goldman and Denison University's Lauren Gerlach on Monday to advance to the national semifinals. She also led Amherst to a fourth place finish in the National Team Championships, which ended on Sunday. 

Cohen was named the ITA Northeast and NESCAC Player of the Year earlier this season after leading the Jeffs to their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals. She was also a key member of the 1999 women's tennis squad that stands as the only Amherst team to ever win a national championship in any sport.