Women's Tennis 2012-13 Season Review

 

Amanda von Taube
A two-year captain, von Taube was 5-5 in both singles and doubles in the CC and ended her career with 35 wins.
The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team missed the Centennial Conference playoffs by the slimmest of margins in 2013.

The Mules finished in a three-way tie with Washington and Franklin & Marshall for the fifth and final playoff spot but were on the short end of the tiebreaker (individual matches won in contests between the three teams). It was the second year in a row Muhlenberg defeated a playoff team despite not qualifying for the playoffs itself.

Playing against an incredibly challenging schedule, the Mules finished 5-10 overall in the spring and 5-5 in the CC. It was their 13th consecutive year at .500 or better in the tough CC. Nine of the 10 losses came to regionally or nationally ranked teams, including two 5-4 setbacks.

Muhlenberg got excellent play at the top of the lineup from junior Nina Sanders, who went 6-8 in her second year at No. 1 after going 2-14 in her first. Six of her losses were to players ranked in the top 20 in either the Atlantic South or Northeast regions. Sanders was named to the All-CC second team for singles and received honorable mention in doubles with classmate Emily Szulman. The Mules’ top duo was 6-8 overall and 5-5 in the CC, with five of their losses coming to ranked duos. The Muhlenberg tandem came close to a couple of upsets, losing 9-7 to the 11th-ranked doubles team in the Atlantic South and 9-8 (7-5) to the 13th-ranked team.

Szulman (6-4 at No. 2) and sophomores Jennifer Goldberg (7-3 at No. 3) and Sharen Resnikoff (6-3 at No. 4) also posted winning CC records in singles play. Resnikoff reached the final of the Blue 3 singles draw at the ITA Southeast Regional in the fall and was named CC player of the week in the spring after overcoming a 5-2 deficit in the third set to win 7-5 and give the Mules a 5-4 victory against Washington.

The bottom two players in the Muhlenberg ladder, senior Amanda von Taube and junior Gabriela Contino, combined to go 4-4 in doubles play.