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Schmidt Reaches Tennis Finals
Womens Golf Places Third
Mules Fall to Top Seeds in Singles, Doubles
Sophomore Amy Schmidt of the Muhlenberg womens tennis team had a busy Sunday on the Swarthmore courts, playing in three consecutive matches against some of the best players in the region.
Schmidt reached the final of the Centennial Conference Individual Championships in singles and doubles (with senior Gena Ross), but had to settle for second place both times.
In her first match of the day, the eighth-seeded Schmidt defeated fifth-seeded Melissa Sviatko of Dickinson in the singles semifinals. After falling behind 3-2 in the first set, Schmidt was the epitome of composure as she reeled off the next eight games, breezing to a 6-3, 6-2 win.
Schmidts opponent for the title was No. 1 seed Anjani Reddy of Swarthmore, the fifth-ranked player in the Atlantic South Region. Reddy led 4-2 in the first set when the match was interrupted by a thundershower. The Garnet player finished the first set indoors, winning 6-3.
Schmidt had the serve, ahead 4-3 in the second set, but Reddy broke her and then won the next two games to wrap up her third CC championship in four years. She finished her career undefeated (49-0) against CC opponents.
After a short break, Schmidt teamed up with Ross to face Neko Browder and Shoko Nakamura of Washington in a matchup of the top two seeded doubles teams. The Washington team is ranked fourth in the Atlantic South, one spot ahead of the Muhlenberg team. When the two duos met last Saturday at Muhlenberg, the Shorewomen scored an 8-2 win.
The match would be much closer this time. The Mules fell behind early, 4-2, but rallied to tie the first set at 4-4 and had Washington down love-40. The Shorewomen came all the way back to win that game and went on to capture the first set, 7-5. In the second set, Muhlenberg fought off three match points before Browder and Nakamura finally ended the match to win their third straight CC title.
The day capped an outstanding year for Schmidt in which she was a member of CC championship teams in soccer and tennis and became the first player in the history of the tennis team to reach the finals in both doubles and singles in the same year. Schmidt was 18-2 as a singles player in 2004, with her losses coming to the fifth- amd 10th-ranked players in the reigon.
Ross, the 2003 CC singles champion, ended her career with a record of 82-32.
Fourth Title in Eight Years for Berg Men
The Muhlenberg mens golf team claimed its fourth Centennial Conference championship by shooting a 321 in the final round of the CC tournament at windy Eagles
Sophomore Brian Farrelly finished up the tournament with an 80 in the third round, tying him for second place with a three-day total of 231. He was only one stroke back of medalist Carson Crooms of Franklin & Marshall.
Senior Matt Katz joins Farrelly on the All-CC team. He tied for fifth for the second straight year, four shots off the winning score. Katz has finished in the top 10 at CCs in all four of his years at Muhlenberg.
We all peaked this weekend, said Katz. We played the best three rounds weve played all year, and it came at the perfect time.
The Mules had a total score of 936, five strokes better than second-place F&M and Gettysburg. Muhlenberg entered the day with a three-stroke lead. They shared the lead with F&M after two rounds last year, but the Diplomats pulled away to win on the last day, leaving Muhlenberg in second.
One more year of experience made a big difference, said Farrelly. All five of us came to play on the same day this year, and that was huge.
Junior Matthew Schoenfeld tied for eighth with a 236. Sophomore Chris Walach led all golfers with a 75 in the final round.
Muhlenberg last won the CC title in 2001, when Katz and fellow captain Jesse Neider were freshmen before Kevin Edwards took over as coach. Edwards is in his last season with the Mules. He will be the head pro at Riverview Country Club, which is scheduled to open in Easton in late July.
Its a good way to go out as seniors. We hadnt won the tournament the last two years with our coach, and hes moving on after this season, so we wanted it as a present for him, said Katz.
Farrelly is the third Mule ever and the second in two years to place second or better in the CC. Neider tied for second last year with a score identical to Farrellys 231.
I wasnt very confident coming in; I had shot 90 and 85 in my last two rounds before the tournament, said Farrelly, who put up scores of 77 and 74 on Friday and Saturday. After I got my first round in this weekend it gave me a lot of confidence.
The Mules also took the crown in 1999 and shared the championship with Ursinus in 1997.
Bruschi Leads Womens Squad
Junior Kristen Bruschi shot a 92 in the second and final round to lead the Muhlenberg womens golf team to a third-place finish at the Centennial Conference Championships in Berlin, Md.
Bruschi placed eighth with a two-day score of 197, five shots better than freshman Kristen Amore, who fired a 101 for the second straight day.
The Mules shot a 436, five strokes lower than their first-round score, to finish with 877. They finished behind champion McDaniel and Gettysburg and ahead of Franklin & Marshall and Dickinson.
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