Men's Tennis 2011-12 Season Review

 

Bookend winning streaks highlighted the 2011-12 season for the Muhlenberg men’s tennis team.

The Mules, who finished 5-9 overall and 2-7 in the Centennial Conference, went 2-0 in the fall season with an 8-1 win at Arcadia and a 9-0 blanking of Penn State Berks. Freshmen Daniel Lakhman

Jordan Rutt
Rutt picked up five singles wins and seven doubles victories to finish his career with a team-high 50 total wins.
and Eric Chavis each picked up two wins in their first career match against Arcadia. The Mules only dropped six games versus Penn State Berks, including a shutout at No. 3 doubles from the team of senior Robert Buesser and freshman Corey Galembo.

Andrew Brod
Brod, who entered the year with three career doubles wins, picked up five this season, including three in conference play.
When the spring rolled around, the Mules dropped their first seven matches, four to regionally ranked teams and one to Division I Lafayette, before posting their 29th straight win over McDaniel, 7-2.

The Mules swept the doubles matches in a conference contest for the first time in almost two years to stay undefeated against the Green Terror since 1982. Senior Jordan Rutt lost only three games in winning at No. 1 doubles and singles.

Following a pair of losses, including a tight 5-4 setback at Dickinson, Muhlenberg knocked off Ursinus and Moravian to close out the year.

The Mules rallied from a 2-1 hole after doubles play by winning the middle four singles matches to beat Ursinus, 5-4, on Senior Day. Sophomore Jason Teitelbaum came back after dropping his first set to clinch the match with a win in a third set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles.

Then Muhlenberg put together one of its best performances of the season, dropping only one doubles match and sweeping singles play to beat a Moravian squad that qualified for its conference playoffs, 8-1, and secure a tie for the Matte Award.

Rutt avenged a three-set loss from a year ago to his Moravian counterpart, who was 10-2 entering the match, by posting a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1. Classmate Andrew Brod picked up his first singles win of the season, dropping just three games at No. 5 and also teamed with sophomore Ben Berkowitz for an 8-0 shutout at No. 3 doubles. Freshman Keith Beizer earned his first career singles win in impressive fashion, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 6.

Berkowitz finished the season with a team-high nine singles wins, including four in conference play, and Lakhman tied for second with eight singles victories. Teitelbaum tied for the team lead with seven doubles wins, while Chavis finished his first season second on the team with eight singles victories.