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Catherine Denenberg faced her twin sister, Lizzy, a student at Franklin & Marshall, in a doubles match earlier this season. “It was a lot of fun playing her, but a little nerve racking. It’s a very hard match because we know each other so well. I wanted to win, but at the same time, I didn’t want to beat her,” commented Denenberg. She did beat her, winning 8-3 in a pro set.
Catherine explained that the twins grew up playing tennis together all the time. They grew to know each others strategies and overall style of play. The match made the Muhlenberg freshman feel nervous, but did not distract her from her game. “We talked before, after and even some during the match. We didn’t trash talk each other much, but there was a little joking around,” Denenberg mentioned.
Catherine and Lizzy’s mother attended the match and Catherine explained that her mother had a hard time with it, not knowing who to cheer for.
No matter what the situation, playing against a sibling in a sporting contest is exciting. The game suddenly becomes more fun, and there’s an added pressure to succeed. Playing collegiate athletics against their siblings is an experience that these Muhlenberg athletes will never forget.
BY LINDSAY M. GOWARD‘03
Passion. Persistence. Poise. Power. Practice. Pride. Parke.
Siblings Cameron ’03 and Mackenzie ’04 Parke have exhibited these traits and others in their years at Muhlenberg College as students and as members of the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Their success on and off the court can be attributed to their love of the game and the desire to achieve the best results in the classroom.
The siblings reside in Livingston, N.J., where tennis is among its residents’ most popular sports. While watching either Cameron or Mackenzie play, it is hard not to notice their consistent and fluid tennis game. One would assume they have played the sport since they had the ability to hold a racquet; however, Cameron did not start playing competitively until he was 13, whereas Mackenzie was about eight when she started. Nevertheless, the Parkes have managed to secure their spot amongst the top players in the history of Muhlenberg College tennis.
By spending time with Cameron and Mackenzie, an individual can instantly recognize their bond as they interact. They support, encourage and listen to each other in all they do in life, the classroom and on the court. “Mackenzie is a very close friend and confidant,” says Cameron. “She is probably the strongest and hardest working person at Muhlenberg. She is also extremely intelligent and well-rounded, and is amazingly strong-willed — she gets up at 5:30 a.m. regularly to study.”
Having her older brother at Muhlenberg was not a major factor in Mackenzie’s decision to attend the College, although she describes it as a big bonus to making her college experience all the more rewarding. As a result, the pair have become closer. “It is like having a piece of home at school,” she says. “We spend a good deal of time together here and I see how hard Cameron works, both academically and in tennis. The time, dedication and sacrifices he makes because he wants to do well and succeed inspire me and makes me push myself harder.”
Add Muhlenberg’s men’s tennis coach, George Henry, to that
list of admirers of Cameron Parke. After taking over as head coach in
the summer of 2002 from his role as assistant coach in 2001, Henry was
able to witness the senior
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