Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Saturday, October 6, 2001
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Sophomore Maria Poluka posted career highs of 14 kills and 23 digs to lead Muhlenberg (14-6) to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Oneonta State in the consolation match of the Oneonta State Invitational. The Mules, who won their pool Friday night, dropped the semifinal match to Skidmore in three games.

Senior Laura Funsten was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.0 assists and 2.2 digs in the four tournament matches. King’s won the tournament, sweeping Skidmore in the championship match.

Poluka was one of four Muhlenberg players to reach double figures in kills against the host team. Junior Meaghan Billie had 13, including four on five attempts in the decisive fifth game. Juniors Lisa Giammalvo (10 kills, 16 digs) and Dana Ferrelli (10 kills, 12 digs) both recorded double-doubles as the Mules eked out the win by capturing the last two games, 31-29 and 15-13.

Billie led the offense with 15 kills against Skidmore. For the tournament, Giammalvo had the most kills on the Mules (48) and Poluka registered the most digs (64).

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Mules Do All Their Damage in the First Half Again

Ben Long
Junior Ben Long assisted on the first and third goals against Washington.
For the second straight game, Muhlenberg (7-3, 3-2) scored all its goals in the first half and breezed to a comfortable shutout victory, 3-0 over Washington. The Mules have never lost to the Shoremen; they are now 13-0-2 all-time against their Centennial Conference rivals.

Muhlenberg scored little more than two minutes into the game when junior Ben Long sent a perfect cross that classmate David Vassilaros headed in for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Long later set up sophomore Justin Henning for his second goal in as many games.

In between, freshman Tim Sparta scored off a Henning throw-in and Evan Smallwood flick.

The two decisive wins this week (8-0 against Centenary on Tuesday) put the Mules back on track following a week in which they lost two CC games. Muhlenberg faces defending national champion Messiah on Wednesday, then returns to conference action for a road game against regionally ranked Western Maryland.

“We were at a similar point after the Johns Hopkins game last year and kind of got down on ourselves and lost a couple of games we felt we should have won,” noted senior co-captain Greg Ramos, who is part of a defense that allowed a total of seven shots in the two games. “This year we concentrated on the training leading up to the games, so we were ready to go and ready to make sure they were wins.”.

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Last updated October 6, 2001