The Muhlenberg women’s tennis team was charging toward a great season when an untimely injury slowed its momentum.
Still, the Mules put together a very good season. They went 10-5, with all three losses at full strength coming to nationally ranked teams, tied for second in the
Centennial Conference with an 8-2 mark, and ended the year ranked 11th in the Atlantic South Region.
Powell was named women’s tennis player of the year by the Lehigh Valley Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Her career record was 83-54.
Muhlenberg took the court with a lineup of two seniors and four sophomores that was virtually identical to the one that produced a 9-5 record in 2008.
In the fall, the Mules defeated Moravian, 7-2, in their lone dual match and competed in a pair of individual tournaments.
Muhlenberg began the spring before Spring Break with losses to 27th-ranked New Jersey and 22nd-ranked Vassar. Nearly a month later, the team resumed action by defeating Ursinus, 8-1, before suffering a 9-0 loss to 21st-ranked Johns Hopkins.
All three of the teams the Mules lost to early in the season would remain in the national rankings the whole season and earn bids to the NCAA Tournament. Johns Hopkins, which ended the year ranked 10th, was clearly the best team in the CC, but Muhlenberg made a strong bid to be second-best.
The Mules rebounded from the loss to Hopkins by recording its first win ever at Swarthmore, 6-3. That kicked off a six-match winning streak that included a road victory at regionally ranked Salisbury.
Sitting at 6-1 in the CC heading into an important match against 6-2 Washington, Muhlenberg lost one of its
players for the rest of the season. The Mules wound up losing to the Shorewomen, 6-3, and nine days later lost to them again in the first round of the CC playoffs.
Rotfeld’s career record of 91-52 included a 56-18 singles mark.
Senior Jenn Powell played No. 1 singles for the third straight year and compiled an 8-6 record. She was named to the All-CC first team and ended the year as the 17-ranked singles player in the region.
Classmate Carly Rotfeld had an outstanding season at No. 3 singles, winning her final 11 matches (three 6-0, 6-0 and three others 6-1, 6-1) for a team-best 13-2 record. Powell and Rotfeld were 7-8 at No. 1 doubles, including an 8-5 win against a Salisbury duo that was eighth in the final regional rankings.
The four sophomores were nearly unbeatable in doubles action. Caitie Druker and Sara Sutker went 13-4 at No. 2 doubles, while Danielle Winston and Lindsay Schmidt teamed up for an incredible 17-2 mark at No. 3, including fall tournament titles at Franklin & Marshall and the ITA Southeast Regional.
Sutker added a 15-4 record at No. 4 singles and led the team with 30 combined wins for the year. Both she (54-22) and Winston (50-16) reached the 50-win mark in only two years, with Druker (49-26) just missing.