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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104
 484-664-3232
 falk@muhlenberg.edu

Women’s Tennis
2005 Season Review:

A true winning program is one that can absorb heavy graduation losses and still maintain a high level of success. Such is the case with Muhlenberg women’s tennis, which graduated five senior starters off its 2004 Centennial Conference championship team, then came back with possibly its best season ever in 2005.

Relying with one exception on players who stepped into expanded roles, the Mules tied a school record with 12 wins and earned their first bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.

The exception was junior Amy Schmidt, who stayed at the top of the lineup and on top of her
Emily Oster
Emily Oster, the lone senior on the team, set school records for doubles wins (45) and combined wins (82) in spring dual matches. She graduated as the winningest “class” in program history, with a four-year record of 46-11 overall, 36-4 in the CC.
game. She put together the best season ever by a Muhlenberg tennis player, going 20-2 in singles play and winning a match at the NCAA Championships.

The Mules split their first six matches of the season, falling to three teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last year (New Jersey, Mary Washington and Swarthmore). The latter two matches were decided by 5-4 margins, and the loss to Swarthmore snapped Muhlenberg’s 19-match CC win streak.

After falling to Swarthmore, the Mules reeled off nine straight wins – seven of them by 8-1 or 9-0 – to close out the regular season with a 12-3 record. The biggest victory during the streak came at home against regionally ranked Franklin & Marshall, when Muhlenberg captured four of six singles matches to eke out a 5-4 triumph.

The ninth straight win, at Ursinus, should have marked the end of the season. The Mules were ranked eighth in the Atlantic South Region for the third year in a row, and the top seven teams are selected for the NCAAs. But when Sewanee withdrew from the tournament, Muhlenberg was asked to take its place.

The Mules received and accepted the invitation on Thursday, flew to Atlanta on Friday and, after not practicing in almost two weeks, faced an experienced Rhodes team in the first round on Saturday. The
Amy Schmidt
Schmidt won seven of her matches 6-0, 6-0, and dropped only 71 games while winning 247 in her 22 singles matches. She will enter her senior season with a combined career record of 91-18.
result was a 5-0 loss that gave Muhlenberg a nice taste of national competition.

Schmidt got a further taste two weeks later when she traveled to Kalamazoo, Mich., for the NCAA Individual Tournament. Schmidt, the sixth-ranked singles player in the region, was one of 32 players invited to compete in the tournament. Given a chance to redeem herself after suffering her first loss of the season in the CC final, she defeated a returning All-American in the first round before falling to the eventual national champion in the Round of 16. Schmidt was named an All-American, the first in program history, and finished as the 19th-ranked singles player in Division III.

The NCAA experience capped a year in which Schmidt was named CC player of the year, compiled a combined singles and doubles record of 36-5, became the first player in team history to go through spring dual matches undefeated (15-0) and broke the school record for career singles wins in spring dual matches (40).

Schmidt and her doubles partner, freshman Ashley Reed, combined to go 13-1 in dual matches and were ranked 10th in the region. Reed added a 10-3 singles mark at No. 4.

Among the players who thrived in greater roles were sophomores Pam Kimmelman and Kelly Fraser. Kimmelman held down the No. 2 singles spot all year after playing no higher than fourth as a freshman and went 12-3 overall, 9-1 in the CC. Fraser, who hardly played as a freshman, was 12-3, 8-1 at No. 6.

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