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Rachel Holt '05 & Alicia Menezes '08
Senior quad-captain Rachel Holt (left) and rookie Alicia Menezes eanred ITA Regional honors and are candidates for the national awards to be announced at the NCAA Team Championships on May 20.

Amherst's Holt, Menezes Earn ITA Women's Tennis Honors; Jeffs Headed to NCAA Quarterfinals

May 10, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior quad-captain Rachel Holt (New York, NY) was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Division III Senior Player of the Year, and first-year teammate Alicia Menezes (Staten Island, NY) earned ITA New England Rookie of the Year honors as the Jeffs prepare for their eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, held this year at Kalamazoo (Mich.) College.

Already named the NESCAC Player of Year, Holt teamed with classmate Tristan Hedrick (Walnut Creek, CA) to take the “A” flight NESCAC doubles crown as the Jeffs won their second straight conference championship. Holt was an All-America doubles pick last season after earning both singles and doubles All-America honors in 2003 and singles All-America honors in 2002. A five-time All-NESCAC honoree, Holt also claimed 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.

Menezes dominated the Wilson/ITA New England Women’s Tennis Championships, hosted by Williams College in the fall, taking home both the singles and doubles titles. After dropping just one set en route to the singles title, she teamed with Holt to take the doubles championship in similar fashion.

Amherst hosted one of two NCAA Northeast Regionals on Saturday and Sunday, crushing Tufts University 5-1 after drawing a first-round bye. The Jeffs advance to face Trinity (Tex.) College in the NCAA Quarterfinals next Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. A win over Trinity would set up an NCAA semifinal tilt against either defending national champion Emory University or the University of Redlands next Thursday, May 19, at 2:30 p.m. The NCAA Championship match is set for next Friday at 2 p.m.

Fourteenth-year head coach Jackie Bagwell is no stranger to the postseason, leading Amherst to a string of four straight trips to the NCAA Final Four (from 1998 to 2001), another Final Four appearance in 2003, a berth in the national championship match last season and the college’s first NCAA Team Championship in any sport in 1999.

Amherst won its first-ever outright NESCAC Championship (after sharing the crown with archrival Williams in 2004) on May 1, as Hedrick and rookies Monica Snyder (Newton, MA) and Laura Stein (Rockport, ME) each won respective singles titles, while Hedrick teamed with Holt, Snyder paired with junior Kristen Raverta (W. Springfield, MA) and Stein joined senior Erin Murphy (Yonkers, NY) to sweep doubles competition. All six players were named First-Team All-NESCAC for their performances.

Raverta has also qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships, which will commence Saturday, May 21, at Kalamazoo College, where she’ll open against Katie Frick of UC Santa Cruz.

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