Jeffs Advance to NCAA Semifinals with 6-0 Win Over Trinity University

May 12, 2004 

MEMPHIS, TN - The Amherst women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the sixth time in the last seven years on Wednesday with a decisive 6-0 NCAA Quarterfinal win over Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas at the Racquet Club of Memphis, Tennessee. The Jeffs will take on archrival Williams College - which downed Denison University 6-3 in the quarterfinals - Thursday at 1 p.m. The winner will advance to the NCAA Championship match against either Washington & Lee University or defending NCAA Champion Emory University, Friday at 1 p.m. 

Weather forced play indoors at the Racquet Club, and Amherst opened strong, sweeping all three doubles matches. At No. 1 doubles the Jeffs' pairing of Tristan Hedrick (Walnut Creek, CA) and Rachel Holt (New York, NY) downed Trinity's Hayley Dittus and Heather McGowan, 8-1. At the No. 2 spot, Wallis Molchen (Wilmington, DE) and Kristen Raverta (W. Springfield, MA) defeated Trinity's Christy Austin and Megan Suarez, 8-3. Amherst's No. 3 team of Hadley Miller (Lancaster, PA) and Erin Murphy (Yonkers, NY) defeated Trinity's Jackie Mendillo and Leigh Pankonien 8-4. 

The Jeffs continued their momentum as singles play began. Needing only two points to secure a spot in the national semifinals, the Jeffs earned three points nearly simultaneously. Raverta defeated Dittus at the No. 2 spot, 6-3, 6-2. At No. 4 singles, Miller defeated Austin, 6-2, 6-4. Just after that match had been decided, the No. 3 singles match finished with Holt defeating Mendillo, 6-3, 6-1. No.'s 1, 5, and 6 singles did not reach completion. 

Amherst has now won six straight, upping its season record to 16-3. Thursday's matchup against Williams is particularly intriguing - the Jeffs lost to the Ephs 5-4 on Oct. 10, but downed Williams 6-3 on April 24. Amherst and Williams were also crowned Co-NESCAC Champions with 27 points each at this year's conference tournament. 

Amherst won the college's first-ever NCAA Team Championship in any sport in 1999 and is making its 10th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Jeffs have advanced at least to the NCAA Semifinals six times, including four straight appearances from 1998 to 2001. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 @ The Racket Club of Memphis 
1) Megan Suarez (T) led Tristan Hedrick (7-5, 1-5) 
2) Kristen Raverta (A) def. Hayley Dittus (6-3, 6-2) 
3) Rachel Holt (A) def. Jackie Mendillo (6-3, 6-1) 
4) Hadley Miller (A) def. Christy Austin (6-2, 6-4) 
5) Wallis Molchen (A) led Heather McGowan (6-4, 2-5) 
6) Katie Hudson (A) led Libby Benoist (6-3, 3-0) 
1) Holt/Hedrick (A) def. Dittus/McGowan (8-1) 
2) Raverta/Molchen (A) def. Austin/Suarez (8-3) 
3) Miller/Erin Murphy (A) def. Mendillo/Leigh Pankonien (8-4)