The Muhlenberg womens tennis team won its second Centennial
Conference championship in three years, its first outright CC title, by
going 10-0 in the conference and shutting out six CC opponents along the
way. The Mules, ranked 28th in Division III and eighth in the Atlantic
South Region, received consideration for an NCAA Tournament berth.
Senior Gena Ross and sophomore Amy Schmidt reached the doubles final at
the CC Individual Championships, and Schmidt also made the singles final.
selection to the All-CC team for singles and doubles.
Ross is one of nine players to make the All-CC first
team three times.
The Mules picked up their biggest win early on, knocking off defending
conference champion and 16th-ranked Swarthmore, 5-4, in their third match
of the spring. That started a string of 11 wins in 13 matches to give the
team a 12-3 overall record and a share of the program record for wins. The
teams only losses came on the road, all to teams that were invited
to the NCAA Tournament.
Muhlenberg set a team record with seven shutouts. Whether playing in
Deitrich Field House or on the new Kern Field courts, the squad was
successful at home, winning all five of its matches and extending its
homecourt winning streak to 25. The Mules have won 17 consecutive CC
After Swarthmore, the team played only one more close match in conference,
a 5-4 win at Franklin & Marshall. The Mules outscored their CC opponents,
27-0, in the three matches in between Swat and F&M. After four more league
wins, three by sweep, they wrapped up the championship with a 7-2 win at
Johns Hopkins in the season finale.
With wins at Hopkins, Schmidt, senior Mackenzie Parke, and freshman Pam
Kimmelman tied the school record with 24 combined wins in spring dual
matches, set by Ross in 2002. Schmidt went 14-1 to set a new
record for singles wins in a season. She
was 10-0 in CC play and 6-0 as the Mules' No. 1 player. The sophomore was
seeded eighth in the CC tournament, but easily defeated a pair of higher
seeds before dropping the final to the top seed.
Parke owns the school record with 78 combined wins in
spring dual matches. Including fall matches and tournaments, she posted a
95-59 career record.
Parke went 11-4 to push her career singles win total to 39 in spring dual
matches, breaking the
school record. She and Kimmelman were 13-2
at No. 2 doubles, tying the Berg season marks for doubles wins by a
team and by an individual and giving Parke a school-record 39 career
Graduating with Ross and Parke as Muhlenbergs winningest senior class
were Sarah Niebler, Megan Schreiber and Jessica Freund, all of whom
helped the team go 45-11 in the last four seasons. Niebler finished second
to Parke in career singles wins (36), doubles wins (35) and combined wins
(71). She and Schreiber rank second in career wins by a doubles team with
Schreiber is third with 35 singles wins after a 7-1 spring.
Ross and Schmidt were 7-2 at first doubles and lived up to their No. 2 CC
and No. 5 regional seed
by making the tournament final against the top seed. Niebler and junior
Emily Oster went 6-3 at No. 3, and Oster was 9-5 at singles. Kimmelman
went 11-2, 8-0 in the CC.
Also a member of the CC-champion womens soccer Mules, Schmidt became
first Muhlenberg athlete since 1942-43 to play on two conference
championship teams in the same year. She provided Muhlenberg with a
representative in the CC singles final for the second straight year,
following Ross, who won the 2003 crown.