Senior co-captain Katie Hudson takes over the reins this season to lead the Jeffs.

Jeffs Ready to Serve Up Another Great Season in 2006-07

September 20, 2006

A LOOK BACK: 2005-06
The Amherst College women’s tennis team could not have asked for a better fall 2005 season: it rattled off four consecutive team victories to begin the season, including wins over NESCAC rivals Bowdoin College and Colby College, and Little Three victories over archrival Williams College and Wesleyan University. The great start merely foreshadowed the team’s first place finish in the New England championship to end the fall season. The spring 2006 season included another stream of victories, as the Jeffs won their second straight NESCAC championship. Finishing with a 12-4 record, Amherst earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for a 12th straight season, advancing to the quarterfinals for the ninth time in as many years. Highlights of the spring campaign included a four-match winning streak, capped by a victory at Williams, and NESCAC Tournament victories over Bowdoin and Williams, before toppling Bowdoin for a third time in the NCAA Division III Tournament regional match. 

KEY LOSSES
The women’s tennis team loses a trio of senior captains to graduation this year in Hadley Miller, Miranda Kim and the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Senior Player of the Year Kristen Raverta. The Jeffs lose two great leaders and positive forces in Miller and Kim, and a national notable in Raverta. Playing in both the singles and doubles draws in the NCAA Championships, Raverta was the runner-up in singles play in 2006. She was ultimately named to both the singles and doubles squads of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Women’s Tennis All-America teams. Raverta wraps up an illustrious career at Amherst, where she compiled an 87-19 record in singles play and a 70-21 mark in doubles competition, and was named the 2006 NESCAC Player of the Year. Raverta will continue as a presence for Amherst, though; she will try her hand as the program's assistant coach while fulfilling a postgraduate fellowship in Amherst's Dean of Students office.

KEY RETURNEES
Senior co-captains Katie Hudson and Caitlin Rhodes will lead the Jeffs this year, as the team looks to extend its dynastic postseason streak. Hudson consistently saw action last season in the singles top six, and Rhodes is a leader on and off the court. The co-captains are joined by returning juniors Amy DiPilato, Alicia Menezes, Jennifer Murphy, Monica Snyder and Laura Stein. Menezes, Murphy and Snyder each saw season-long action as top singles players for Amherst, and should be a great foundation for another championship run.  Returning sophomores include Anuja Ankola, Laurel LaMontagne, Melissa Moulton and Tara Shabahang. The Amherst class of 2009 had a great rookie season last year, and will look to solidify the program for the years to come. Newcomers to the team include junior Lucy Frye, and a quintet of first year players: Brittany Benkes, Jeno Ouyang, Jill Wexler, April Whitton and Lucy Yao.

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