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Wednesday, March 17, 2004
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Women’s tennis could move indoors, but the teams that didn’t have that option had to postpone their scheduled games.

Men’s lacrosse against Moravian was rescheduled for Monday, March 22, at 7:00.

Baseball against Misericordia and women’s lacrosse against Widener were postponed indefinitely.

The luck of the Irish was with the Muhlenberg women’s tennis team, which defeated defending champion Swarthmore, 5-4, in its Centennial Conference opener.

The Garnet, ranked 16th in Division III and coming off decisive wins against the teams ranked seventh (8-1) and eighth (9-0) in the Atlantic
Amy Schmidt
Schmidt won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles against a player ranked 15th in the region, improving her combined season record to 6-0.
South Region, had its 15-match CC winning streak snapped. The Mules (2-1) are ranked 11th in the region.

“Everybody was pumped up for this match. We’ve been working really hard to beat them,” said senior Mackenzie Parke, who contributed to two wins. “It was a big win, and well-deserved by everybody.”

Muhlenberg started by taking two of the three doubles matches. At No. 1, senior Gena Ross and sophomore Amy Schmidt broke their opponents the first two times they served and went on to an 8-2 victory against a doubles team ranked fourth in the region.

Parke and freshman Pam Kimmelman won the final three games for a 9-7 win at No. 2. “It was a tough match but we held together when it mattered most,” commented Parke. “Pam played better than I did – she deserves a lot of the credit.”

The Mules clinched the match with straight-sets wins at second, third and fifth singles. At No. 3, Parke breezed past the 14th-ranked player in the region, 6-1, 6-3. Kimmelman’s 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 5 gave Muhlenberg a 5-2 lead before Swarthmore won the final two matches on the courts.

The No. 1 singles match between the last three CC singles champions, Muhlenberg’s Ross (2003) and Swarthmore’s Anjani Reddy (2001 and 2002), lived up to expectations. Reddy, who is undefeated for her career in CC competition but did not participate in last year’s tournament, won 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) in a long back-and-forth match.

The Mules have now won 22 straight matches on their home courts. They have eight consecutive road contests on the schedule before returning home April 8.

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Last updated March 17, 2004