Senior captain Wallis Molchen (pictured) teamed with sophomore Kristen Raverta for a key doubles win.
Jeffs One Win Away from National Championship
May 13, 2004
MEMPHIS, TN - With Thursday's 5-3 victory over archrival Williams College in the national semifinals, the Amherst College women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Finals for the first time since winning the national championship in 1999, where they'll face defending national champion Emory University - 5-0 winners over Washington & Lee in Thursday's other national semifinal - Friday at 1 p.m.
For the second straight day, rain forced play indoors at the Racquet Club of Memphis, and the Jeffs endured a grueling four-hour battle in their third match of the year against the Ephs. Amherst held a 2-1 lead heading into singles play, but Williams quickly knotted the score 2-2 with Katie Troy's 6-0, 6-2 victory over Amherst's Hadley Miller (Lancaster, PA) at the No. 4 spot. The Jeffs regained control with Tristan Hedrick's (Walnut Creek, CA) 6-0, 6-4 win over Williams No. 1 Stephanie Hall and Kristen Raverta's (W. Springfield, MA) 7-5, 7-5 win over Williams No. 2 Julie Mallory, but the Ephs fought back when Brittany Binet bested Amherst No. 6 Katie Hudson (Los Altos, CA), 6-4, 6-4. Amherst clinched the match when Rachel Holt (New York, NY) outlasted Williams No. 3 Alexandra Maclennan, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, giving the Jeffs a shot at their second national championship.
In the first match of the day, Emory got off to a quick start by sweeping all three doubles matches, including an 8-1 win by defending national doubles champions Mary Ellen Gordon and Jolyn Taylor. The Eagles needed just two singles points to secure the victory, and found them with match wins by No. 5 Margaret Moscato and No. 6 Jamie Chan.
Amherst (17-3) and Emory (23-1) are scheduled to meet outdoors at Rhodes College, weather permitting. The two teams met earlier this year at Amherst College, where Emory earned an 8-1 victory. Emory's only loss of the season came at NAIA power Auburn-Montgomery on April 3.
Thursday, May 13, 2004 @ The Racquet Club of Memphis
AMHERST 5 - Williams College 3
1) Tristan Hedrick (AC) def. Stephanie Hall - 6-0, 6-4
2) Kristen Raverta (AC) def. Julie Mallory - 7-5, 7-5
3) Rachel Holt (AC) def. Alexandra Maclennan - 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
4) Kate Troy (WC) def. Hadley Miller - 6-0, 6-2
5) Caroline Wasserman (WC) led Wallis Molchen - 6-7(3), 6-4, 4-3
6) Brittany Binet (WC) def. Katie Hudson - 6-4, 6-4
1) Hedrick/Holt (AC) def. Hall/Troy - 8-3
2) Molchen/Raverta (AC) def. Maclennan/Mallory - 8-3
3) Binet/Wasserman (WC) def. Miller/Erin Murphy - 8-3