Fourth-Ranked Jeffs Fall Just Short at NESCAC Championship Tourney

April 21, 2003 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - Competition was fierce at 2003 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship Tournament, held at Williams College over the weekend, as the host Ephs - ranked seventh nationally in the latest ITA poll - edged out fourth-ranked Amherst and fifth-ranked Tufts to take the conference title for the third straight year. Amherst and Tufts ended the tournament in a tie for second place. 

William' Stephanie Hall put a wrench in Amherst's plans in the A-flight singles bracket. Hall took two sets from Amherst sophomore Rachel Holt (New York, NY) in the semifinal round, before meeting Jeff first-year Kristin Raverta (W. Springfield, MA) in the finals. Hall took the championship, 6-3, 6-1. But the tables would turn in the B-flight bracket; Amherst sophomore Tristan Hedrick (Walnut Creek, CA) put a stop to Williams' Kate Troy in the semifinals, and then went on to beat Williams' Alexandra Maclennan in the championship, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3. Amherst first-year Hadley Miller (Lancaster, PA) worked her way into the bracket as well, reaching the quarterfinal round before falling to Maclennan. Sophomore Erin Murphy (Yonkers, NY) advanced into the semifinal round of the D-flight singles draw, before losing a tough 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 match to Tufts' Neda Pisheva. 

The doubles brackets drew more points for Amherst. Hedrick and Holt teamed to batter their way through the #1 doubles draw, before Tufts' Jennifer Lejb and Katie Nordstrom beat them in the finals. Senior co-captain Roopali Agarwal (Boxford, MA) and Miller met a similar fate in #2 doubles; they handed losses to duos from 16th-ranked Bowdoin College and Middlebury College, before Williams' Tracy Cheung and Julie Mallory grabbed a victory in the finals, 9-8. Molchen and Murphy also came maddeningly close; Williams' Brittany Binet and Maclennan ended Amherst's run in the #3 doubles round as well. 

The Jeffs will look for revenge on Saturday, when they travel back to Williams for a rematch. On Sunday, the squad will come home to Amherst to host Wellesley College, in preparation for the NCAA Regional Tournament, slated for the first weekend in May. 

TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 

2003 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship Tournament - Team Finishes 
1) Williams College (31 pts.) 
T2) Amherst College (25 pts.) 
T2) Tufts University (25 pts.) 
4) Bowdoin College (11 pts.) 
5) Colby College (10 pts.) 
T6) Middlebury College (9 pts.) 
T6) Wesleyan University (9 pts.) 
8) Bates College (4 pts.) 
9) Connecticut College (3 pts.) 
10) Trinity College (2 pts.) 
11) Hamilton College (0 pts.)