Jeffs Looking to Repeat as NESCAC Champions in 2014-15

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The Amherst College women’s tennis team is fresh off its 2014 NESCAC championship and a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division III Championship. The Jeffs have now earned at least a share of nine conference titles in the last 11 years, and have earned 20 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament since 1995.

The Purple & White, under the guidance of 24th-year head coach Jackie Bagwell, posted a stellar 22-4 record in 2013-14, and a perfect 8-0 mark in NESCAC action. For her efforts, Coach Bagwell was named the league’s coach of the year for a second time since 2007.

Amherst is poised to remain a national contender, but it will have to do it without four of its top players from a year ago, including the doubles tandems of Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14; and Jen Newman ’14 and Zoe Pangalos ’14.

Brewer, the 2011 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, has been named a first team all-conference selection for the third time in her career in both singles and doubles. Devlin, a four-time All-NESCAC First Team doubles honoree, has played a pivotal role in the duo’s success. Newman and Pangalos also earned NESCAC doubles laurels in 2014, and each has garnered an all-conference accolade in three of four seasons as a Jeff.

Despite the loss of four key contributors in a class of nine seniors, Amherst returns 11 players to the court in 2014-15, led by the doubles pair of Safi Aly ’15 and Sarah Monteagudo ’16, and a 2014 Second Team All-NESCAC singles honoree in Sue Ghosh ’16.

Aly, a doubles specialist, and Monteagudo posted an impressive 17-4 record in No. 3 doubles play a year ago, including five straight victories to close out the season, culminating in an 8-4 victory over third-ranked Williams in the NCAA tournament semifinals.

In singles action, Monteagudo posted a stellar 22-6 record, primarily from the No. 6 court, while Ghosh posted a similarly impressive 23-6 mark from the No. 4 court. Ghosh was 6-1 against conference competition in 2013-14, and also posted a 3-3 record in six doubles appearances during her sophomore season. Classmate Rebecca Pol appeared in a pair of doubles matches and helped pace the Jeffs to victory in both.

Maddy Sung ’16 and Lara Min ’16 will look to add depth to the squad this season. Sung went 4-0 in singles and doubles action, while Min was 2-0 in her two singles outings.

The Jeffs also received consistent play from its crop of first-year players, including Megan Adamo ’17 (6-0 singles, 1-0 doubles), Simone Aisiks ’17 (4-0 singles, 1-1 doubles), Claire Carpenter ’17 (3-0 singles, 1-1 doubles) and Amanda Zalameda ’17 (4-4 singles, 2-0 doubles). Coach Bagwell will look for similar production out of her younger players again this year as the squad gears up for another NESCAC title run.

The Purple & White begins its 2014-15 slate on Friday, Sept. 26 with the three-day ITA Regional Championships hosted by Williams College.