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Midterm Report Card
With Muhlenberg observing its Fall Break and most teams at or just past the halfway point in their seasons, we asked athletes to grade their team’s performance to date. Tuesday: Women’s Cross Country.

Volleyball: B

The defending Centennial Conference regular-season co-champion, Muhlenberg is 11-14 so far in 2002 and has a 3-2 mark in the CC. The Mules face two big road matches in Franklin & Marshall (Wednesday) and Gettysburg (Saturday)
Lisa Giammalvo
Senior Lisa Giammalvo needs 16 digs to become the second Muhlenberg player this year to reach the milestone of 1,000 career digs. Classmate Dana Ferrelli was the first.
when they return from break.

“We’ve excelled in some areas, but any good team still has its flaws,” said senior defensive specialist Jennifer Leigh. “I would say a B would be our midseason grade, with the conference championships being our final exam, hopefully giving us the A.

“This season has been a very competitive one – we have played some top teams at our Daytona and Amherst tournaments. Our biggest victory was against Scranton, who had beaten us the previous weekend. That game reminded us of how much potential we have, and geared us up for the conference.

“All of our upcoming conference matches hold importance, for each win solidifies our spot in the playoffs. Gettysburg is our biggest rival in the conference, as they beat us out last year for the Conference championship.

Field Hockey: A+

With a 9-3 record, Muhlenberg is off to its best start since 1990 and has already topped its win total from all of last year. The Mules won their first seven games against Division III opponents and are just underway in the Centennial
Laura Diez
Diez has scored two goals for the Mules this season.
Conference, with a 1-1 record against the two teams that tied for first place last year (Franklin & Marshall and Washington).

“I would give the team an A+ because we have won so many close games,” said senior forward Laura Diez, referring to the Mules’ six one-goal wins. “Last year when the other team scored first we would put our heads down and we weren’t able to come back. But this year we’ve picked our heads up and fought hard.

“The Washington game was our most significant win, because it was our first conference win and it came down to the last two minutes. Winning both games in New York against Rochester and Ithaca was a big morale booster.

“All our conference games are important. Our conference is so close this year, everyone [except Johns Hopkins] has a loss already. Nothing is set in stone, so every game we have to try our hardest.”

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Last updated October 13, 2002