The Muhlenberg mens tennis team was just
a couple individual matches
away from a winning season in 2004.
Kraft went 12-4 overall in
singles to push his career record to 38-16. He has a 71-37 combined career
The Mules won four of their first six matches of the spring, but lost
three straight matches
by 4-3 scores in the middle of the Centennial Conference season and
finished 5-7, 2-6 in the CC.
Junior Jeff Kraft had a tremendous year as the Mules top singles
player, taking his last eight dual matches to improve his spring record to
9-3. He went 7-1 against CC foes to earn the top seed in the league
tournament, where he advanced to the quarterfinals. After the season,
Kraft was selected to the All-CC singles team.
Included in Muhlenbergs hot start were a shutout of Penn
Valley and 6-1 wins at home against Moravian and at McDaniel in the CC
opener. The team also scored a 7-0 defeat of Gettysburg and won at
Barkauskas won 25 doubles matches and 19 singles
contests in his career.
The Mules took the doubles point in seven of their 12 matches, with Kraft
and senior co-captain Brian Barkauskas posting a team-best 6-3 record at
doubles and winning four of their five CC matches.
Sophomore Brad Gutwillig posted an 8-4 singles record and won five CC
matches. He and classmate Adam Nodiff went 6-6 at second doubles, equaling
Nodiffs singles record.
Junior Mitchell Reading won five matches at No. 3 singles and teamed up
with senior co-captin Gaspare Pizzo for a 5-4 doubles mark.
The Mules warmed up for the spring with two wins, 4-3 at Scranton and 7-2
at East Stroudsburg in the fall of 2003.