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MUHLENBERG GOLF, TENNIS TEAMS TO COMPETE FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND
Tennis Looks to Add Individual Titles

The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team, which has already won a share of the Centennial Conference championship, will look to add an individual title (or two) when it competes at the CC Tournament this weekend.

The Mule men will also send representatives to the CC Individual Championships, which are scheduled to run from Friday to Sunday. Haverford is the host school, but matches will also be played at Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr.

Neither Muhlenberg team has ever crowned an individual champion, but several Mules enter this weekend among the favorites to win.

For the women, the doubles team of sophomore Gena Ross and freshman Emily Oster went through the regular season 13-0, including a 10-0 mark in CC play. Although they played at No. 2 most of the season, they did compete at No. 1 in three CC matches.

Ross lost only one singles match all season, a close 7-5, 6-4 decision to Haverford’s Alyssa Kennedy, the 2000 CC champion and 2001 runner-up. Sophomore Mackenzie Parke took defending champion Anjani Reddy of Swarthmore to three sets earlier this season before losing 7-5 in a third-set tiebreaker.

For the men, the No. 1 doubles team of juniors Brad Scheller and Matt Fleissig was 9-0 in the spring, including a 5-0 mark in the CC. Scheller has reached the CC doubles final each of the last two years.

Freshman Jeff Kraft had the best singles record on the team, going 13-0 while playing at No. 3 and No. 4.

Tournament information, including updated brackets, can be found by clicking here.

GOLF TEAMS ARE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS

Both Muhlenberg golf teams will look to defend their 2001 titles at the Centennial Conference Championships, held this weekend at Eagles Landing Golf Club near Ocean City, Md.

The men’s tournament is a three-day event, with 18 holes each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The women’s tournament consists of two rounds, on Saturday and Sunday.

The Muhlenberg men won their third title in five years in 2001, easily defeating
Rich Jacobs
Jacobs shot an 80 to tie for eighth place and lead Muhlenberg to its best finish of the spring, third place at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational.
Gettysburg by 33 strokes. Only two of the Mules’ five participants are back this year, however, and sophomore Matt Katz is the only one of the four All-Conference players returning. Katz tied for fourth with a three-day total of 237 and leads Muhlenberg this year with a stroke average of 82.9 in eight rounds.

“We want to defend the title but we all know it will be no easy task,” said Katz. “Being the defending champions helps us because we know the course fairly well, but on the flip side it puts more pressure on our team to defend the title.”

The Mules will also look to their seniors, Rich Jacobs and Kevin FitzPatrick, to have strong rounds. Jacobs shot an 80 and an 82 in his last two tournaments. FitzPatrick is averaging 83.9 this year.

The women’s team won last year’s inaugural CC championship by 12 strokes over Gettysburg. Senior Jenn Risley carded a 200 over 36 holes to finish in second place.

The Mules have fielded a complete team for only one tournament this spring, finishing third at last Friday’s Gettysburg Invitational. Senior Kathryn Baker leads the team with a 117.0 average.


Questions or comments? Send mail to falk@muhlenberg.edu
Last updated April 25, 2002