Women's Tennis 2011-12 Season Review

 

If the 2011-12 season was considered a rebuilding year for the Muhlenberg women’s tennis team, then it’s safe to say the program’s foundation is quite sturdy.

Despite losing four of the winningest players in school history from last year’s squad and only starting one upperclassman, the Mules were

Emily Szulman
Szulman is just the fifth underclassman in school history to earn All-CC recognition and the first since 2004.
in the thick of the Centennial Conference playoff hunt the entire season before finishing one win shy of a berth after finishing 5-5 in CC play and 6-9 overall, with eight of their losses coming to regionally ranked opponents.

It did not take long to see the potential in the youthful lineup as Muhlenberg beat local rival Moravian for the fifth straight year, 7-2, in its lone fall match.

When the spring season rolled around, the Mules alternated wins and losses to start conference play. They beat Bryn Mawr and Franklin & Marshall, 6-3 and 5-4, respectively, and dropped a pair of tough 5-4 matches to CC semifinalists Swarthmore and Haverford.

After beating Ursinus 8-1 when senior Emily Robbins picked up a doubles win in her first career dual match on Senior Day, Muhlenberg won a key CC showdown with playoff qualifier Washington College.

Amanda von Taube
Von Taube compiled nine singles wins, including a 6-3 mark in Centennial Conference play. She ranks third amongst active players in singles wins.
The Mules won two of three doubles matches and swept Nos. 4-6 singles for a 5-4 victory. Junior Amanda von Taube and freshman Sharen Resnikoff won both their singles and doubles matches to snap a four-match losing streak to the Shorewomen, who entered the match ranked eighth in the region.

Muhlenberg then went on the road to beat McDaniel 8-1, giving coach Linda Andrews her 200th win at the helm of the Mules. She became just the second women’s coach in the school’s athletic history to record 200 wins in a sport.

But the Mules dropped their final three matches, including a de facto playoff match with Dickinson for the final CC postseason bid, 5-4, to just miss out on their fourth playoff berth in five seasons.

Sophomore Emily Szulman earned second-team singles All-Centennial Conference honors after compiling a 6-3 mark in conference play at No. 2. She finished second on the team in both CC wins and dual wins.

Freshman Jennifer Goldberg had a very impressive rookie campaign for the Mules. After winning her draw at the ITA Southeast Regional in the fall, she led the team in wins with a 22-17 record, including a 15-4 mark in singles. With her team-best 10-4 singles record in spring dual matches, she was the first Muhlenberg freshman to reach double digits since 2008.

Resnikoff tied for the team lead with seven wins in Centennial Conference play and finished the year tied for third on the team with 16 total wins, while sophomore Gabriela Contino finished with identical 4-4 marks in both singles and doubles play in Centennial Conference matches.

Sophomore Nina Sanders played the entire season at No. 1 singles and doubles for the Mules, finishing with seven wins.