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Tennis Teams Sweep McDaniel
Mules Turn Terror Inside-Out
When a brief shower during warmups threatened Muhlenbergs combined home tennis match against McDaniel, the women decided to go indoors while the men stayed outdoors.
Inside or out, both teams were successful, winning by shutout to continue their recent dominance over the Green Terror.
The Mule women (3-4, 3-0) have won seven in a row against McDaniel, all by 7-2 or more. The men (2-3, 1-2) have not lost to the Green Terror since 1982, a span of 23 matches.
The women dropped only nine games in nine matches. Senior Amy Schmidt recorded her 16th career 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 1 singles, completing a perfect day that saw her win 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.
Junior Pam Kimmelman also won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.
Junior Michael DiVita won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.
The men won two of three doubles matches, then swept the singles to pick up their first Centennial Conference win of the season.
Senior Adam Nodiff, playing with freshman Brian Wernick for the first time, won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, then pulled out a tight 7-5, 6-4 match at No. 2 singles. Wernick also won his singles match.
Sophomore Jesse Kirschenbaum helped Muhlenberg complete the shutout by coming back from a set down to win at No. 3.
The weeks of chilly weather in the Lehigh Valley cleared in time for the
Muhlenberg mens and womens track and field teams to host the
seventh annual Muhlenberg Invitational. After running in snow three years
ago and having last years meet cancelled by torrential rain, the
Mules and the 13 other schools from Divisions I, II and III that converged
at Scotty Wood Stadium could handle the occasional strong gusts of wind.
The Mules were highlighted by senior Karen Mount, who provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships as she broke her own school record in the 1,500 meters set last week by over five seconds. She finished in first place by 13.31 seconds, while also setting the Scotty Wood Stadium record. With a time of 4:36.49, Mount easily eclipsed the provisional standard and missed the automatic-qualifying mark by fewer
The Mules also had five other individuals and two teams qualify for the ECAC Championships at the non-scoring meet.
Junior Rachel Drosdick surpassed her personal-best leap in the high jump by three inches for first place in the event. Her jump was the third-best in school history and the best since 2001. Classmate Sarah Mitchell took third in the javelin and qualified for the ECACs. The 4x100-meter relay team of sophomores Jenna Lombardi and Emily Karel, junior Lauren Carballo and freshman Amanda Martini placed fourth, coming in better than a second under the ECAC-qualifying time.
Other top performers for the womens team included juniors Courtney Williams in the discus and Kim David in the pole vault. Both Mules set personal bests in their respective events: Williams finished fifth with the third-best throw on the Mules performance list, and David, who also took fifth in the 100 hurdles, placed sixth with the second-best vault on the performance list.
For the men, juniors Lex Mercado (in the 800) and Steve Rothwell (in the 1,500) each took second place while meeting the ECAC-qualifying time. The 4x400-meter relay team of senior Kyle Douglass, sophomore Dan Steinhart, Mercado and Rothwell finished two seconds faster than the ECAC standard and in second place behind a Division II school.
Junior David Chesny finished first among Division III runners in the steeplechase by over six seconds. Steinhart recorded a personal-best time and was second among Division III runners in the 400 meters.
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Last updated April 1, 2006