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Muhlenberg senior tennis player Amy Schmidt advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, but was defeated two wins away from a Amy Schmidt national championship.

Schmidt opened the second day of competition with a 6-2, 7-5 win against Katie Tabb of Washington & Lee in the quarterfinal round. After winning the first set handily, Schmidt fell into a 3-0 hole in the second, but came back to defeat Tabb for the second time this season.

In the semifinal round, Schmidt drew another Washington & Lee player, third-seeded Emily Applegate, who won the ITA Southeast regional championship in the fall. Applegate, the top-ranked player in the Atlantic South Region, moved on to the final with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

“I think the difference in the match was that she was a lot more consistent than I was today,” said Schmidt. “Her placement was NCAA championship banner great. She hit the corners all the time.”

The loss was Schmidt’s first since last year’s NCAA Tournament. She ended the year with a record of 16-1. A two-time All-American, Schmidt closed her career 65-7 in singles competition and 114-26 overall.

The third-place finish (there is no consolation match) tied for the second-best by any Muhlenberg individual or team in an NCAA championship event. Track athlete Will Elson finished second in the 1,500 meters at the 2003 NCAA indoor meet.

“I feel great about the way I played here,” said Schmidt of her two days of competition in California. “I’ve been getting so many calls, so it’s nice to know that everyone has been supporting me. It was such a wonderful experience and a great way to go out.”

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Last updated May 22, 2006