June 4, 2004
AMHERST, MA — After leading Amherst College to a 17-4 record, a share of the NESCAC Championship and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships, juniors Tristan Hedrick (Walnut Creek, CA/Northgate) and Rachel Holt (New York, NY/Brearly School) and sophomore Kristen Raverta (W. Springfield, MA/W. Springfield) were each named to the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America Team.
Hedrick was an All-America selection in both singles and doubles, advancing to the NCAA singles quarterfinals and teaming with Holt to qualify for the NCAA doubles championships. She also earned ITA All-America honors in doubles last season and is a four-time All-NESCAC selection.
Holt joins Hedrick as an All-America in doubles after earning both singles and doubles All-America honors in 2003 and singles All-America honors in 2002. Like Hedrick, Holt is a four-time All-NESCAC selection. She also earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Northeast Region Rookie of the Year and ITA National Co-Rookie of the Year honors as a first-year in 2002.
Raverta earned singles All-America honors for the second straight year, capping a season in which she won the NESCAC A-Flight singles championship and paired with senior captain Wallis Molchen (Wilmington, DE/Tower Hill School) to win the NESCAC B-Flight doubles championship. She is a three-time All-NESCAC selection and was named the NESCAC and ITA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year as a first-year in 2003.
Amherst fell just one victory shy of claiming its second NCAA Women's Tennis Championship, dropping a 5-0 decision to Division III powerhouse Emory University in the title match. With the win, Emory (24-1) earned its third national championship and became just the second team in NCAA Division III history to win back-to-back NCAA titles. Thirteenth-year head coach Jackie Bagwell has led Amherst to seven consecutive NCAA Quarterfinals, a string of four straight trips to the NCAA Final Four from 1998 to 2001, back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2003 and 2004 and the college's first NCAA Team Championship in any sport in 1999.
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June 4, 2004