Men's Tennis 2013-14 Season Review

 

 

Ben Berkowitz
Berkowitz ended his career with 48 victories, 29 of them in singles.
The 2013-14 year was not without its bright spots for the Muhlenberg men’s tennis team.

The Mules finished the spring with a record of 3-10, but managed to nab a Centennial Conference victory in their penultimate match, a 6-3 decision against Gettysburg. Muhlenberg also defeated rival Moravian, and several of its players gained valuable experience to take with them into next year.

Jason Teitelbaum
Teitelbaum's 51 career wins were the most by a graduating Mule in nine years.
Junior Daniel Lakhman improved steadily over the course of the season, going on a four-match winning streak late in the campaign. Lakhman finished 6-7 overall in dual matches at No. 1 singles and led the team with 10 combined wins on the year. He won five of his last eight contests, with two of the losses coming in three sets.

For his efforts, Lakhman received honorable mention on the All-CC team, becoming the first Mule to earn all-conference honors since 2003.

Seniors Jason Teitelbaum and Ben Berkowitz resumed their place as veteran leaders, serving as the team captains for the second straight year. Each won three singles matches in the spring, while Berkowitz teamed with a pair of partners for six doubles wins.

Junior Eric Chavis spent the majority of the season at No. 4 singles, posting three CC victories, one of which came against CC playoff qualifier Washington College.

Freshman David Woods and sophomore Derrick Eng moved into the Mules’ rotation at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Woods was 4-5 in the spring, including wins in his last two singles matches of the season; the rookie also clinched Muhlenberg’s Matte Award point against Moravian with a thrilling victory in a battle that came down to a third-set tiebreaker.

Sophomore Neil Shulman reached the B7 singles semifinal round at the ITA Southeast Regional in the fall and saw some action at No. 6 singles late in the spring, posting a straight-sets win at McDaniel.