Seven Men's and Women's Student-Athletes Named All-America
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, MA – Seven Amherst men’s and women’s tennis student-athletes recently garnered ITA All-America recognition to cap off a pair of tremendous seasons for both programs.
Sophomores Luis Rattenhuber (Munich, Germany) and Mark Kahan (Unionville, CT) earned All-America singles honors for the Amherst men, with Rattenhuber, juniors Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) and Wes Waterman (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and senior Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany) also securing All-America honors as doubles players.
On the women’s side, first-years Jordan Brewer (Woodland Hills, CA) and Gabby Devlin (McLean, VA) secured All-America doubles accolades, with Brewer, the ITA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year, also getting an All-America singles nod. Head Coach Jackie Bagwell, believed to be just the seventh coach in NCAA Division III to surpass the 300-win plateau, was named the ITA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, rounding out the list of Lord Jeff awardees.
The ITA bestowed All-America praise to just 106 student-athletes nationally (53 men/53 women), with Amherst leading all NESCAC institutions, accounting for seven of the conference’s 25 (12 men/13 women) honorees.
Koenig and Waterman played an integral role in helping the Amherst men capture the program’s first-ever national championship, later advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Individual Singles and Doubles Tournament. The Jeffs tandem posted a 29-7 overall mark on the season with a 20-4 dual-match record that includes a 10-match win-streak.
The duo began their Doubles Championship run with a pair of come-from-behind wins over the University of Redlands’ Cameron Spearman and Jeff Cassard (2-6, 6-3, 6-1) and Emory’s Chris Goodwin and Will Humphreys (5-7, 6-2, 6-2) in the ‘Sweet 16’ and quarterfinal rounds, before falling to second-seeded Zhenya Pereverzin and Ronald Wu of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the semifinals.
Rattenhuber and Chafetz were equally impressive as a doubles pairing, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Tournament with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Trinity’s Bobby Cocanougher and Cory Kowal, before falling to Washington University’s Isaac Stein and Max Woods (6-3, 6-3), to finish the year with an 11-4 overall record.
In singles action, Rattenhuber enjoyed another stellar season, going 14-6 as Amherst’s top player, earning a berth in the NCAA Individual Championships. Kahan, who also competed in the NCAA Singles Championship, finished the season with a 22-4 mark, while going 5-0 at second singles in NCAA Tournament play, including a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Goodwin in the Lord Jeffs’ championship-clinching win over Emory.
Brewer burst onto the scene in her first full season in Purple and White, going 13-1 in fall tournament play en route to the ITA Regional Championship. The first-year sensation finished 23-8 overall in 2010-11, falling to Tufts Julia Browne, the ITA Senior Player of the Year, in the NCAA Individual Singles Championship.
The Woodland Hills, CA native proved to be every bit as effective as a doubles player, teaming with Devlin to form a formidable tandem that went an astounding 33-4 overall on the year – including an unblemished 19-0 mark in tournament play – becoming the first Jeffs duo since Alicia Menezes and Brittany Berckes in 2007 and 2008 to capture the NCAA Doubles Championship.
In her 20th season in the Pioneer Valley, Jackie Bagwell continued to build on the program’s already strong foundation, guiding Amherst its third-straight 20-plus win season and its 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Lord Jeffs continued their run all the way to the NCAA title game, falling to archrival Williams and finishing as the national runner-up for the fourth-time in program history. Surpassing the 300-win plateau on Apr. 23 against Bowdoin, Bagwell has amassed a 307-62 overall record while at the helm of the Amherst women’s tennis program, with her .832 winning percentage currently ranking as the highest mark amongst coaches believed to have compiled 300-plus victories.