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The seniors on the Muhlenberg volleyball team got a real wake-up call before their final home match.

“When we woke up this morning, all our dorms were decorated,” said Kate Haggerty. “It really got us motivated to leave Memorial Hall on a good note and I think we did that today.”

Indeed they did. The Mules (9-14, 3-5) set a school record for a four-game match with 68 kills and came back from a first-game loss to power past Swarthmore for their second win in a row.

Haggerty and Monica Sella, two of the five seniors, went out with style, both hitting career highs in kills. Haggerty had 21 kills with only two errors in 38 attempts, and Sella chipped in with 14 kills and no errors in 31 tries.

Haggerty and Sella had emphatic slams of overpasses at the net on back-to-back points to help Muhlenberg open up a 10-1 lead in the second game. Haggerty scored the last three points of the games on kills to close out a 30-20 win.

In Game 3, Haggerty recorded three kills and a block in a 6-0 run that widened a 19-17 lead to a more comfortable margin. Sella scored the final point of that game on a kill, and Haggerty put the exclamation point on the win with a kill on match point.

The 21 kills moved Haggerty into fifth place on the Mules’ all-time list with 944 for her career.

The three other seniors also contributed. Courtney Williams notched five kills and Julia Lamborn three. Kristin Caparro recorded two service aces and a kill from the back row.

Muhlenberg’s future was represented freshman Liz Leslie with 13 kills, sophomore Danielle Losonci with 21 digs and sophomore Megan Eiser, who established career highs with 40 assists and 31 digs.

“[The seniors] are all great role models,” said Eiser. “We definitely showed them we love them by the way we played.”

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The seniors on the Muhlenberg field hockey team bid a grudging farewell to Scotty Wood Stadium with an important 3-1 win over Swarthmore in their final home game.

In the last four years, the Mules are 29-12 at home. They tied a school record, set twice previously, with eight home wins in 11 games this season.

Winning on the road has not come as easily, but it is what Muhlenberg will have to do in order to qualify for the Centennial Conference playoffs. The victory against Swarthmore
CC standings
school record points
Ursinus 9-0 27
Johns Hopkins 7-1 21
McDaniel 6-2 18
Gettysburg 5-4 15
Franklin & Marshall 4-4 12
Swarthmore 4-4 12
Dickinson 3-5 9
Haverford 2-6 6
Washington 2-7 6
Bryn Mawr 0-9 0
put the Mules (9-6, 4-4) into a three-way tie for the fifth and final playoff berth. They close out the regular season with games at Franklin & Marshall and Washington and will clinch a spot with wins in both.

One of the five seniors, LisaAnn Polt, put Muhlenberg on top with a deflection at the left post off a penalty corner just 10:10 into the game. The goal put her into the top 10 in program history with 57 career points.

Despite dominating play for most of the half, the Mules did not add to their lead and got burned when the Garnet (9-6, 4-4) scored off a corner late in the half.

Muhlenberg owned a 17-4 advantage in shots at halftime, but found itself in a 1-1 tie. The Mules continued to apply pressure in the second half, outshooting Swarthmore, 19-2, but needed a pair of late scores to finally break away.

Freshman Nicole Notarianni scored off a scramble in front of the cage with 9:21 on the clock for the go-ahead goal. Only 103 seconds later, junior Jillian Duffy collected a saved shot off a corner and netted her team-leading 11th goal of the season.

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Last updated October 21, 2006