May 19, 2001
SAN ANTONIO, TX - The top-seeded and number-one ranked Amherst College women's tennis team fell to defending National Champion Trinity University, 5-4, on Saturday in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in San Antonio, Texas. The Jeffs and Tigers split the morning's six singles matches, while host Trinity took two out of three doubles matches to seal the win and advance to Sunday's championship round. Amherst, which fell to 16-3 with the loss, will take on the loser of Saturday's other semifinal match between Emory University and Williams College tomorrow at 9 a.m. to determine the tournament's third place finisher.
A heartbreaking doubles loss proved to be the difference as Amherst juniors Stephanie Fong (Los Altos, CA) and Heather Cole (Baltimore, MD) fell to Trinity's Laura Cumming and Emily Jacobs in a tie-breaker, 9-8 (7-3). The two teams split the remaining doubles matches, with Amherst senior co-captain Jamie Cohen (Rye, NY) and junior Vass Kozoulina (New York, NY) posting the Jeffs' lone doubles victory, 9-7, over Lizzie Yasser and Abbe Ulrich.
Under the gun to turn the tide in singles play, Cohen and Fong responded with victories over Yasser and Lindsay Smith, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 and 7-5, 4-6 (default), respectively. Amherst senior co-captain Carolyn Pastel (Old Lyme, CT) also posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over Jacobs, and the Jeffs needed just one more singles victory to take the match and advance to Sunday's championship round. However, Lindsey Baldwin, Ulrich and Cumming swept the remaining three singles matches for Trinity, which will vie for its second consecutive national championship Sunday at 1 p.m.
The loss marks the second consecutive year the Jeffs bowed out in the national semifinals. Amherst, which won the national championship in 1999, reached the Final Four for the fourth straight season after downing the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 7-2, in the NCAA quarterfinals on Friday.
Saturday, May 19, 2001 - NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships
@ Trinity U. - San Antonio, TX
Trinity University 5 - Amherst College 4
1) Jamie Cohen (Amh.) def. Lizzie Yasser (Trin.) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
2) Stephanie Fong (Amh.) def. Lindsay Smith (Trin.) 7-5, 4-6 (Default)
3) Lindsey Baldwin (Trin.) def. Susanna Burke (Amh.) 6-3, 6-3
4) Abbe Ulrich (Trin.) def. Heather Cole (Amh.) 7-5, 6-1
5) Carolyn Pastel (Amh.) def. Emily Jacobs (Trin.) 6-4, 6-1
6) Laura Cumming (Trin.) def. Vass Kozoulina (Amh.) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
1) Yasser/Ulrich (Trin.) def. Cohen/Kozoulina (Amh.) 9-7
2) Fong/Cole (Amh.) def. Cumming/Jacobs 9-8 (7-3)
3) Smith/Baldwin (Trin.) def. Burke/Pastel 8-0