Two seniors closed out their careers with solid seasons for the Muhlenberg
mens tennis team in 2005.
A two-time Players Player, Reading won the
Sportsmanship Award at the Philadelphia Area Team Tournament in the fall.
Jeff Kraft finished the season as the Mules No. 1 player for
the third year in a row. He went 7-5 in singles play as a senior and ended
his career with a combined record of 89-54, including a 48-24 singles
Playing at career-high spots of No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles,
Mitchell Reading led Muhlenberg in combined wins (15) and singles
wins (eight) in spring dual matches, running his career record to 64-50.
Unfortunately for the Mules, the play of the seniors did not translate
into great team success. For the second year in a row, Muhlenberg was 5-7
overall and 2-6 in the Centennial Conference.
The team started out strong, going 2-0 in the fall and winning four of its
first six spring matches, but had difficulty down the stretch. The
Mules last win came in come-from-behind fashion at home: For the
first time since the start of seven-point scoring, they dropped the
doubles point but rebounded to capture five of six singles matches.
Junior Brad Gutwillig posted a 7-5 mark at No. 2 singles and is the
leading returning candidate to take over the No. 1 slot. Freshmen Jesse
Kirschenbaum (6-5 at No. 5) and David Yaron (5-4 at No. 6) both
posted winning records in their first collegiate season.