NCAA Preview: Fourth-Ranked Jeffs to Host NCAA Division III Northeast Regional on Saturday and Sunday

April 30, 2003 

AMHERST, MA - The fourth-ranked Amherst College women's tennis team earned a No. 1 seed and is one of two host sites for NCAA Division III Northeast Regional play, which begins this Saturday and Sunday at the Amherst College courts. With a 13-3 overall record, the Jeffs drew a first-round bye and, on Sunday (1 p.m.), will face the winner of Saturday's first-round match between second-seeded Bowdoin (13-6) and third-seeded Vassar (20-3). The winner will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals, which, along with the NCAA Semifinals and Finals, will be played at the University of Redlands, Redlands, California, May 14-19. This is the third straight year the Jeffs have hosted NCAA Regional play. 

Amherst is no stranger to the postseason. Twelfth-year head coach Jackie Bagwell has led the Jeffs to five consecutive NCAA Quarterfinals, including a string of four straight trips to the NCAA Final Four (from 1998 to 2001) and the college's first and only NCAA Team Championship in any sport in 1999. 

Amherst first-year Kristen Raverta (W. Springfield, MA) was named the NESCAC Women's Tennis Rookie of the Year last week, heading a list of seven Amherst players to earn All-NESCAC honors, including first-team selections Tristan Hedrick (Walnut Creek, CA) and Raverta, and second-team picks Rachel Holt (New York, NY), Roopali Agarwal (Boxford, MA), Hadley Miller (Lancaster, PA), Wallis Molchen (Wilmington, DE) and Erin Murphy (Yonkers, NY). Hedrick was a first-team singles and second-team doubles selection after earning second-team singles honors in 2002. 

Last year, the Jeffs advanced to their fifth consecutive NCAA Elite Eight at Sweet Briar (VA) College, where they fell to Emory University, 6-3, in the national quarterfinals. 

The NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Subcommittee selected the 26 teams that will compete in the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships. 

The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first- and second-rounds played at non-predetermined regional sites. The selection of teams for the championships was based on won-lost record, strength of schedule and eligibility and availability of student-athletes. 

The subcommittee selected seven teams from the Atlantic South region, seven from the Central region, seven from the Northeast region and five from the West region. The committee considered team results in collegiate match play from September 1, 2002, until the time of the final selections.