Women's Tennis

1999 Spring Player Profiles

NCAA Final Four
No. 4 in Nation


1995, 1996, 1997
Little III and
New England Champions


1998-99 National Championship Contenders!


Amherst will look to improve upon a good thing in 1998-99 after graduating only one player from its Final Four team. Leading the nationally ranked Jeffs will be senior captains Pam Diamond, Neely Steinberg and Sam Toerge; these three veterans have been to three national championships, won three Little III Titles and three New England Championships. Joining the tri-captains will be ITA Rookie of the Year, Jamie Cohen.

Amherst enters the 1998-99 season as three-time
Little Three Titlists, defending New England Champions
and as the No. 1 team in the East

Fellow sophomores Carolyn Pastel, Patti Jo and Alison Comfort will also return. Pastel was a New England Champion at No. 6 singles and won the Rolex Doubles Championship with partner Cohen. Lone junior and Sportsmanship Award winner Kristen Ogdon will also be on board to provide leadership and depth. An extremely talented freshman class will join the team in 1998 with the matriculation of Lori Mahoney (McLean, VA), Stephanie Fong (Los Altos Hills, CA), Vassilissa Kozoulina (New York, NY), Heather Cole (Pikesville, MD), Dana Bazelon (Philadelphia, PA) and Sanwaree Sethi (McLean, VA).

1997-98 Amherst Women's Tennis: A Year in Review

The Amherst women started what would be their most successful year with very convincing wins for their most traditional and coveted crowns: the Little III and the New England Women's Intercollegiate Championships. Not only did the team accomplish these wins by a safe margin, but they did it for the third year in a row to earn the first "three-peat" of both these events in Amherst history. Other impressive wins in the fall were a 4-3 win over the Division I UMass-Amherst and a 5-4 victory over eventual National Champion, Skidmore College.
During the team's spring trip to Claremont, California, Amherst got off to a strong start by defeating Pomona-Pitzer 8-1 before losing a close match to Claremont, 4-5. The team bounced back the next day to defeat the University of the South, 7-2. Once back in Amherst, the team easily finished off the rest of their New England opponents before heading to the National Championships at Washington & Lee University. At NCAAs, Amherst disposed of UC-San Diego 9-0 in the first round before knocking off top-seeded Trinity (TX) 6-3 in the second round. Facing Skidmore in the semi-finals, Amherst suffered not only its second loss of the season, but also the talents of its No. 2 singles player: All-American Pam Diamond tore her ACL. Without Diamond, the team fell in a very close, 5-4 loss to Gustavus Adolphus in the national consolation match.
The team was led by Neely Steinberg, who concluded her junior season with a perfect spring, boasting a 14-0 record at No. 3 singles. Steinberg also teamed up with Diamond and compiled a spring doubles record of 11-1. ITA Rookie of the Year Jamie Cohen lost just one singles match at the team championship to eventual national champion Jamie Levine from Skidmore.

Coach Jackie Bagwell

Jackie Bagwell is in her ninth year as the head coach of women's tennis at Amherst College. She guided the formerly unranked Lord Jeffs to their first Division III New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Championship in 1993, a feat which the team has repeated in 1995, 1996 and 1997. The Amherst College Women's Tennis teams have also been invited to the last four NCAA Championships with four top ten finishes under Bagwell's tutelege, including an NCAA Final Four showing in 1998.
Before coming to Amherst, Bagwell spent three years as the Director of Racquet Sports at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Bagwell is a 1985 graduate of Indiana University and also heads the women's squash program at Amherst.
Amherst College At A Glance
Location: Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Founded: 1821
Affiliations: NESCAC, ECAC, NCAA Division III
Enrollment: 1,650
Colors: Purple and white
Mascot: Lord Jeffs
President: Tom Gerety
Athletic Director: Peter Gooding
Athletic Phone: 413 542-2274
Fax: 413 542-2026
Sports Information: Colin Barnacle '98
Sports Information Phone: 413 542-2390
Fax: 413 542-2527
Head Women's Tennis Coach: Jacqueline Bagwell
Address: Box 2230, Alumni Gymnasium
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Phone: 413 542-2316
E-mail: jkbagwell@amherst.edu