Although the Muhlenberg womens tennis team qualified for the first
Centennial Conference playoffs and was ranked ninth in the region in 2006,
the squads accomplishments were overshadowed by those of its top
Senior Amy Schmidt, coming off a year in which she reached the
round of the NCAA Tournament, topped herself by advancing to the
semifinals. Unseeded, Schmidt won three matches at nationals, including a
straight-sets win against the No. 2 seed, before falling to the eventual
national champion. She was fifth in the final ITA rankings of the season,
adding a second All-America honor to a year in which she repeated as CC
player of the year.
Schmidt was 37-1 for her career in CC regular-season singles matches. Her
third-place finish tied for the second-best by any Muhlenberg individual
or team in an NCAA championship event.
Schmidt breezed through the regular season undefeated (13-0) in singles
matches, dropping only 40 games. She was named to the All-CC team for both
singles and doubles for the third year in a row and finished her career
with a combined record of 114-26, including a 65-7 singles mark.
Schmidt led the Mules to an 8-7 record and third-place CC finish in 2006.
Four of the first five losses came to nationally ranked teams, and the
last two came to Washington the second in the opening round of the
inaugural CC team tournament. Muhlenberg had its 33-match homecourt
winning streak snapped by Swarthmore but finished in the top three in the
CC for the sixth year in a row.
Three Mules went 8-2 in CC singles action: junior Kelly Fraser and
of freshmen, Carly Rotfeld and Jenn Powell, who represent
the future of
the program. Rotfeld, playing at No. 3, was second on the team in singles
wins with a 10-5 record and earned All-CC honors as Schmidts doubles
partner. Powell, the No. 4 singles player, led the team with nine doubles
wins in the spring.