What a difference seven months can make.
Wernick finished his career with 30 wins.
The 2008-09 Muhlenberg men’s tennis season opened in mid-September when the Mules hosted Elizabethtown and two other teams in a tournament. Muhlenberg went 2-6 in head-to-head matches against the Blue Jays that day.
In late April, the Mules finished their campaign on the same courts against Elizabethtown, which had gone undefeated in the regular season in its conference. This time, they fared much better, winning 6-3 to end the year on a three-match winning streak.
Best of all, Muhlenberg had no seniors playing in its lineup for that final match. With most of its team slated to return in 2009-10, the Mules appear to have a promising future.
Muhlenberg finished the season 6-7 overall and 3-6 in the Centennial Conference. After several years in which injuries forced
the team to constantly juggle players, the lineup stayed relatively consistent throughout the spring.
Kral posted a combined record of 12-7 for the year.
A pair of freshmen, Zach Adler and Jordan Rutt, kicked off what would be a great year together by reaching the doubles consolation final at the F&M Fall Invitational. The duo combined to go 9-10 for the year, including a respectable 4-5 mark at No. 1 doubles in the tough CC.
Adler played No. 2 singles in the spring, finishing with a record of 4-9. He notched the clinching win, coming back from a set down to win in three, in a 5-4 win against Gettysburg in the final CC match of the season.
Rutt started the year at No. 6 before working his way up to No. 3, where he went 4-1. Rutt’s 8-5 spring singles record was the best on the team, as were his combined 19 wins for the year.
Junior Matt Kral also climbed the ladder, earning a spot in the singles lineup for the second half of the year after playing only doubles the first half. He ended up with a 5-2 singles mark and teamed with sophomore Wayne Mitchel for a 6-4 record at No. 3 doubles.
Sophomore John Osborne had the tough task of playing No. 1 singles in the CC. Senior Brian Wernick and junior Yoni Farber served as team captains and rounded out the lineup.