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Holt, Fong Tabbed Division III ITA All-Americans

Steph Fong '02
Senior co-captain Steph Fong graduates as one of the most decorated women's tennis players in school history

June 17, 2002

AMHERST, MA Amherst College first-year sensation Rachel Holt (New York, NY) and senior co-captain Steph Fong (Los Altos) were named Division III Women's Tennis All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The duo led Amherst to the Northeast Regional title and its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Elite Eight at Sweet Briar (VA) College, where they fell to Emory University, 6-3, in the national quarterfinals.

Holt's award caps an outstanding rookie campaign in which she was named the ITA National Co-Rookie of the Year, the ITA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and Second-Team All-NESCAC. She qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships and advanced to the second round with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Trinity University's Lindsay Smith, but was eliminated in the second round by Erika Proko of Washington and Lee University, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Holt finished the season ranked 10th nationally and fifth in the Northeast in singles according to the final ITA rankings.

Fong finishes her career as one of the most decorated women's tennis players in school history, helping lead the Jeffs to their only NCAA Championship in any sport in 1999, a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances in 2000 and 2001, and the NCAA Quarterfinals this past season. She was a Second-Team All-NESCAC honoree in 2002 after earning First-Team honors as a junior, was a NESCAC Spring All-Academic selection, and qualified for both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. Fong finished the season ranked ninth nationally and fourth in the Northeast in singles according to the ITA rankings, and 13th nationally and second in the Northeast in doubles, paired with fellow senior co-captain Heather Cole (Pikesville, MD).