AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Jamie Cohen (Rye, NY) has been named the National Rookie of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for her outstanding performance in the 1997-98 season. The first-year had claimed East Regional Rookie of the Year to qualify her for national recognition. This is the first time an Amherst College women's tennis player has ever received this award, though teammate Pam Diamond '99 (Trumbull, CT) was named the ITA Player to Watch as a freshman in the 1995-96 season.
Cohen closed out her first collegiate season as the No. 3 player in the nation after playing first-flight singles for Amherst since early October. Compiling a 30-4 individual record overall, the rookie posted victories in both the singles and doubles draws of the 1997 Rolex New England Championship and the 1998 New England Showcase. Cohen jumped out to a 16-0 record in the fall before falling in the semifinals of the New England Championship, and she boasted a 9-0 mark until the final regular season match in the spring.
Amherst women's tennis finished as the No. 4 team in the country after upsetting top-seeded Trinity (TX) in the quarterfinals for the Jeffs' first trip to the Final Four. Making the team's fourth-straight appearance at the NCAA Tournament, women's tennis is only the third team in Amherst history to advance to the national semifinals. The team finished its 1997-98 campaign with an 18-3 record with its third straight New England Championship.
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