Before the 2009-10 season the Muhlenberg men’s tennis team’s home courts received a “U.S. Open-style” makeover. Once play began on the newly repainted courts the Mules continued in their push to be made over into Centennial Conference playoff contenders.
Kral ended his career just one win shy of .500 in singles action and 29-33 overall.
Muhlenberg finished 3-6 in the CC for the third straight year and 5-9 overall. After a promising 3-1 start to the spring schedule, the Mules dropped six straight before recovering to split their final four matches. Three of Muhlenberg’ s five victories came by shutout, and a fourth by the score of 7-2.
Much as he did as a freshman, sophomore Jordan Rutt quickly worked his way up the singles ladder. Rutt won the No. 4 singles bracket in the Muhlenberg Fall Classic in the fall and by the spring had become the Mules’ No. 1 singles player. He finished the year 7-9 overall in singles, and was 4-5 in CC matches at No. 1 doubles, including an 8-6 defeat of a Swarthmore doubles team that featured two regionally ranked players, with a variety of partners.
Following a year off from school, junior Robbie Goldwein moved into the No. 2 singles spot after playing No. 1 two years ago. Midway through the year he paired with Rutt at No. 1 singles, where they went 2-3 in the CC.
Farber was a four-year starter and two-year team captain.
Three of the final four singles spots were occupied by seniors. Yoni Farber spent the most time at No. 3 and Matt Kral at No. 4, where he went 3-3 in the CC. Mark Apostolos split his time between No. 5 and No. 6 and went 8-3 overall in singles and 5-3 in the league.
Junior Wayne Mitchel was 5-6 overall in singles, mostly at No. 5. Farber and Apostolos combined for the best overall doubles mark with a 3-2 record.