NCAA Preview: Jeffs Headed to Memphis for NCAA Quarterfinals

May 6, 2004 

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's tennis team will vie for its second national championship next week at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, opening play in the NCAA Elite Eight with a quarterfinal match against Trinity (Tex.) College, Wednesday at 2 p.m. 

The Jeffs hosted one of two NCAA Northeast Regionals on Saturday and Sunday, May 1-2, dismantling Middlebury College 6-3 after drawing a first-round bye. A win over Trinity on Wednesday would set up an NCAA Semifinal matchup against Williams College or Denison University next Thursday at 1 p.m. The NCAA Finals are set for next Friday at 1 p.m. 

The Jeffs (15-3) have beaten two of the seven teams joining them in Memphis, upending the University of Redlands during their spring trip to California and downing Williams on April 26. Last year, Amherst advanced to its fifth NCAA Final Four, held at the University of Redlands, falling to Washington & Lee University in the national semifinals. 

Thirteenth-year head coach Jackie Bagwell has led the Jeffs to seven consecutive NCAA Quarterfinals, including a string of four straight trips to the NCAA Final Four (from 1998 to 2001), another Final Four appearance in 2003 and the college's first NCAA Team Championship in any sport in 1999. 

Amherst is on a roll this spring, winning five straight matches, including a trio of victories against teams ranked ahead of them in the latest ITA Division III Poll - third-ranked Tufts, sixth-ranked Middlebury and eighth-ranked Williams. Amherst is ranked 11th according to the most recent national poll, which was released at the conclusion of the fall season. 

The Jeffs won a share of their first-ever NESCAC Championship on April 18, tying archrival Williams for first place in the team standings on the strength off all-conference performances by first-year Katie Hudson (Los Altos, CA), sophomore Kristen Raverta (W. Springfield, MA), juniors Tristan Hedrick (Walnut Creek, CA) and Rachel Holt (New York, NY) and senior captain Wallis Molchen (Wilmington, DE). Molchen, Holt, Hedrick and Raverta are all repeat All-NESCAC selections. 

Hedrick, Holt and Raverta have each qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships as well. Holt and Hedrick will also play in the NCAA Doubles Championships, while Raverta and Molchen were selected as doubles alternates. Singles and doubles play will take place May 15-17. 

FULL BRACKET (pdf format) 

INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS: (Alphabetical by name) 
Carina Alberelli, Emory (17-4) 
Ne'ko Browder, Washington (Maryland) (19-4) 
Katie Frick, UC Santa Cruz (13-11) 
Lauren Gerlach, Denison (15-7) 
Kelly Glassburn, Ohio Wesleyan (13-3) 
Stephanie Gong, Rhodes (18-4) 
Mary Ellen Gordon, Emory (19-1) 
Lindsay Hagerman, Washington and Lee (27-4) 
Stephanie Hall, Williams (21-7) 
Tristan Hedrick, Amherst (17-7) 
Rachel Holt, Amherst (23-5) 
Lauren Hom, Gustavus Adolphus (25-3) 
Tara Houlihan, Gustavus Adolphus (16-5) 
Kelli Howard, Pomona-Pitzer (18-5) 
Sara Hughes, Colby (10-2) 
Ashley Kriwinsky, Wheaton (Massachusetts) (23-2) 
Jennifer Lejb, Tufts (14-4) 
Jeannine Liang, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (20-5) 
Elizabeth Maclellan, Wheaton (Illinois) (26-3) 
Julie Mallory, Williams (17-9) 
Kristen McClung, Washington and Lee (20-6) 
Jessica Nagasako, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (16-9) 
Kristen Raverta, Amherst (18-3) 
Anjani Reddy, Swarthmore (25-3) 
Jackie Ross, Middlebury (13-9) 
Debbie Sharnack, Vassar (22-4) 
Tatiana Steinberg, Redlands (18-5) 
Jolyn Taylor, Emory (24-4) 
Christin Tiegs, St. Benedict (31-4) 
Caroline Tien, MIT (18-5) 
Rebecca Watkins, Hardin-Simmons (15-6) 
Lauren Willet, Sewanee (14-10) 

INDIVIDUAL ALTERNATES (Alphabetical by name) 
Kacie Cook, Washington U. in St. Louis 
Amelia Crace, Denison 
Hayley Dittus, Trinity (Texas) 
Paulette Hricko, Bowdoin 
Mona Iyer, Carnegie Mellon 
Jennifer Luten, Tufts 
Megan Suarez, Trinity (Texas) 

DOUBLES QUALIFIERS: (Alphabetical by school) 
Rachel Holt/Tristan Hedrick, Amherst (16-5) 
Jen Hansen/Becca Hunau, Cal Lutheran (20-4) 
Sara Hughes/Allison Dunn, Colby (7-3) 
Amelia Crace/Lauren Parsons, Denison (25-1) 
Lauren Gerlach/Erin Coughlin, Denison (23-7) 
Mary Ellen Gordon/Jolyn Taylor, Emory (20-1) 
Margaret Moscato/Carina Alberelli, Emory (27-4) 
Lyndsey Palen/Tara Houlihan, Gustavus Adolphus (17-7) 
Kara Smiley/Lauren Hom, Gustavus Adolphus (26-4) 
Rebecca Watkins/Nancy Chandler, Hardin-Simmons (18-3) 
Whitney Henderson/Kelli Howard, Pomona-Pitzer (22-7) 
Haley Dittus/Heather McGowan, Trinity (Texas) (17-6) 
Jennifer Luten/Jennifer Lejb, Tufts (13-7) 
Ne'ko Browder/Shoko Nakamura, Washington (Maryland) (19-4) 
Lindsay Hagerman/Ginny Wortham, Washington and Lee (16-2) 
Stephanie Hall/Kate Troy, Williams (24-6) 

DOUBLES ALTERNATES: (Alphabetical by school) 
Kristen Raverta/Wallis Molchen, Amherst 
Jackie Ross/Sandy Spring, Middlebury 
Laura Hoffmeister/Hennessy Howell, Rhodes 
Katie Frick/Sara Moslen, UC Santa Cruz