The 2007-08 Muhlenberg men’s tennis season did not lack for success, dramatics or, unfortunately, injuries.
The Mules finished the year with an 8-7 record, their first winning record and most wins since the 2003 squad went 9-2. Their 3-6 Centennial Conference mark ended a
string of four straight years with only two league victories.
Goldman finished his career with 34 wins, including a 22-18 singles record.
Of the eight wins, four came by the smallest of
margins, 5-4. In three of those matches, Muhlenberg came back after losing two of the three doubles contests.
The team repeatedly displayed impressive fortitude despite playing shorthanded. Two of the three seniors on the squad were sidelined by injuries for the entire year, and two talented freshmen also missed time with injuries.
The Mules played an unusual schedule that had them on the road for the whole month of March and at home for all but the last match in April. After starting off 3-3, the team won its next four matches, beginning with an 8-1 victory at Goucher.
Returning home, Muhlenberg dispatched of Moravian, McDaniel and King’s. Although the middle match was decided by a comfortable 8-1 margin, the other two came down to the wire. Junior Brian Wernick, playing at No. 2, was leading 5-1 in the third set when his Moravian opponent retired, giving the Mules a 5-4 victory against their local rivals. In the King’s match, Wernick and sophomore No. 1 Robbie Goldwein both prevailed in three sets to pull out a 5-4 win.
Wernick played the role of hero again in a 5-4 defeat of Franklin & Marshall, winning 7-6, 7-5 in the last match on the court.
Freshman Wayne Mitchel led Muhlenberg in singles wins during the spring, compiling an 8-3 mark, mostly at No. 5. Senior Jamie Goldman went 7-2 playing anywhere from third through sixth. Wernick finished with a 6-7 record, while Goldwein was 5-6 competing at the top of the ladder in the tough CC.
Mitchel and Goldman were the top doubles tandem, splitting 10 matches at No. 3.
Freshmen John Osborne and Dan Zakheim captured the fourth and sixth singles brackets, respectively, at the Muhlenberg Fall Classic in their first taste of collegiate competition.