Amherst Women's Tennis 2001 Milestones
1) Finished with a 16-4 overall record and advanced as the top seed to its fourth consecutive NCAA Final Four at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas (lost to host Trinity 5-4 in the NCAA Semi's, dropped its third place match to Emory University, 7-2) after downing Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
2) Hosted and won the NCAA Northeast Regional with a first-round bye and a second-round victory over NESCAC rival Wesleyan University.
3) Also hosted the inaugural NESCAC Championship Tournament, finishing second to eventual NESCAC and National Champion Williams College.
4) Spent much of the spring as top-ranked Division III team in the nation according to the ITA/WingspanBank.com rankings conducted by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association after blasting defending national champs Trinity University, 8-1, in California on March 23. Amherst also downed Hardin-Simmons and Wisconsin-Eau Claire in California, while its lone loss may have been its most impressive outing - a narrow 3-4 defeat at Division I power Cal St.-Fullerton on March 21.
5) Picked in the March 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated for Women as the favorite to win the Division III NCAA National Championship.
6) Finished the season ranked fourth nationally and second in the Northeast in the final WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings
administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
7) During the fall, placed second at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament, hosted by M.I.T. at Amherst College Oct. 20-22.
1) Senior Co-Captain Jamie Cohen (Rye, NY)
*Tabbed the National Senior Player of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association after advancing to the semifinals at the NCAA Division III Singles Championships for the second straight year (won the national singles title as a junior in 2000).
*Was the second-seed in this year's NCAA singles draw before falling to Joanna Toke of the University of Rochester, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, ending her bid to become just the third Division III women's tennis player to win the individual title two years in a row. She posted straight-set wins over Trinity College's Diana Goldman and Denison University's Lauren Gerlach to advance to the national semifinals.
*Also named the NESCAC Player of the Year, ITA Northeast Senior Player of the Year and NESCAC Spring All-Academic.
*Spent much of the spring as the top-rated singles player in the East according to the ITA and part of the region's third ranked doubles team, along with sophomore teammate Susanna Burke.
*Finished the season as the fourth ranked Division III singles player in the nation and second in the Northeast according to the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Also teamed with Vass Kozoulina as the eighth ranked Division III doubles team in the nation - third in the Northeast.
*Tabbed a 2000 Rolex Collegiate All-Star as a junior after finishing the season with a 30-2 overall record, including singles and doubles titles at the New England and Rolex East Championships.
2) Junior Stephanie Fong (Los Altos, CA)
*Tabbed First Team All-NESCAC after advancing to the "A" Singles Championship at the inaugural NESCAC Championship Tournament, where she fell to Selma Kickic of Williams, 6-1, 6-3.
*Qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships along with Cohen and was eliminated in the second round by Erika Proko of Washington & Lee University, 6-4, 6-2, after a 6-4, 7-5 first-round win over Jenny Pekulik of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
3) Senior Co-Captain Carolyn Pastel (Old Lyme, CT)
*Tabbed First Team All-NESCAC after advancing to the "C" Singles Championship at the inaugural NESCAC Championship Tournament, where she fell to Kate Troy of Williams, 6-1, 6-1.
4) Sophomore Susanna Burke (St. Louis, MO)
*Tabbed Second Team All-NESCAC for their standout performances at the inaugural NESCAC Championship Tournament.
*Finished the season as the 15th ranked Division III singles player in the Northeast according to the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.
5) First-year Wallis Molchen (Wilmington, DE), sophomore Roopali Agarwal (Boxford, MA) and junior Heather Cole (Baltimore, MD)
*Each tabbed Second Team All-NESCAC for their standout performances at the inaugural NESCAC Championship Tournament.
6) Head Coach Jackie Bagwell
*Completing her 10th season as head coach, Bagwell has led the Jeffs to four consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances and produced back-to-back national singles champions in Jamie Cohen Õ01 and Neely Steinberg '99
*Earned Boston Area Coach of the Year honors at the annual Boston Sports Awards in Sept., 2000. Bagwell competed against Boston Red Sox manager Jimmy Williams and Boston Bruins head coach Pat Burns, among others, for the honor.