"Christoph showed a great amount of maturity and improvement during last season in becoming a legitimate player in the top of our line-up. We look forward to seeing him elevate his game to a higher level as he adds more aggressiveness. His doubles game also is improving as his volleys continue to get better."
Honors at Rice
2007, 2008 & 2009 All-Conference USA First Team (Singles); 2008 All-Conference USA First Team (Doubles); 2008 & 2009 Most Outstanding Doubles Team of C-USA Championship; C-USA Player of the Week (April 17, 2007, Feb. 5, 2008, Jan. 27, 2009, February 24, 2009, March 10, 2009); C-USA Player of the Month (September 2006 & October 2007); 2006-07, 2007-08 & 2008-09 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2008-09 Season (Senior)
Finished the year 16-6 in singles, including a 12-2 mark at No. 2 and is ranked 53rd in the nation heading into NCAA action. 4-5 vs. ranked opponents, including a win over current #6 Michael Venus of LSU...Twice named C-USA Player of the Week for his play in singles and once with doubles partner Tobias Scheil. Combined with Scheil for a 15-9 mark in doubles and a No. 52 ranking... Duo finished second at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship and were 4-3 vs. ranked opponents... Came into his senior season tabbed the 35th-ranked singles player nationally and teamed with Bruno Rosa to rank 25th in doubles in the initial ITA rankings ... advanced to the quarterfinals of the Wilson/ITA South Central Regionals (Oct. 27) ... teamed with Rosa to reach the doubles consolation draw at the D'Novo ITA All-American ... reached the round of 16 in singles and doubles at the HEB Baylor Invite ... teamed with Sam Garforth-Bles to upset Oklahoma's No. 2 seed Oleksandr Nedovyesov and Nathan Byrnes.
2007-08 Season (Junior)
Notched a 17-6 record anchoring the No. 2 singles position ... claimed his second consecutive All-Conference USA First-Team singles selection ... won six of his nine decisions against ranked opponents ... joined Ralph Knupfer, Dennis Polyakov and Filip Zivojinovic for third place on the team securing two match-clinching points ... instrumental with a pair of gritty three-set victories over Nick Cavaday of No. 20 North Carolina State (Feb. 1) and Stefan Hardy of No. 10 North Carolina (Feb. 3) en route to capturing C-USA Player of the Week (Feb. 5) ... picked up a 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 97 David Rosenfeld of No. 24 Miami (Feb. 10) ... his 7-6 (4), 6-0 triumph over Eidy Igarashi secured Rice's fourth point at No. 42 Old Dominion (Feb. 16) ... upended No. 18 Kellen Damico of No. 5 Texas (Feb. 24) 7-6 (7), 3-6, 1-0 (6) ... took down No. 66 Dean Jackson of No. 67 San Diego (March 23) 6-4, 6-1 ... reeled off six consecutive wins (April 9-May 9) to close season, including all three decisions at the C-USA Tournament in straight sets ... knocked off No. 97 Robin Fahgen of No. 47 SMU (April 19) 6-3, 7-6 (3) in semifinals and No. 58 Victor Kolik of No. 9 Tulsa (April 20) 6-4, 6-2 in championship ... pulled Owls even at 3-3 grinding out a 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Emanu Brighiu of No. 34 TCU (May 9) at NCAA Tournament ... up a break on No. 41 Kellen Damico of No. 7 Texas (May 10) 6-7 (3), 6-0, 2-1 when play was stopped ... teamed with Knupfer for an 8-6 record, including a 3-3 mark against nationally-ranked opponents as Rice's top doubles team ... duo earned All-Conference USA First-Team honors along with Outstanding Doubles Team of the C-USA Championships en route to a No. 28 final ranking and an NCAA Individual Doubles appearance ... wrapped up a team-high six doubles points, including a 9-8 (2) upset of No. 3 ranked Taylor Fogleman and Chris Kearney of No. 10 North Carolina (Feb. 3) ... also came through with hard-fought wins over ranked pairs from No. 43 College of William and Mary (Feb. 19) and No. 17 Florida State (March 11) ... ahead or tied in three matches at the C-USA Championships, including a 7-5 edge over No. 25 ranked Andy Connelly and Ross Cunningham of No. 9 Tulsa (April 20) ... knocked off Kriegler Brink and Emanu Brighiu of No. 34 TCU (May 9) 8-6 at the NCAA Tournament ... stopped on-serve at 5-5 against No. 9 Kellen Damico and Ed Corrie of No. 7 Texas (May 10).Tallied a 6-5 singles record in the fall ... won C-USA Player of the Month for October after winning six of his nine matches during the month ... made a run to the quarterfinals knocking off top seed Bojan Szumanski of Texas Tech at the Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 20-23) ... tallied an 8-3 doubles mark teamed with fellow German Ralph Knupfer ... made a run to the finals at Baylor Invitational (Sept. 21-23) ... turned in a semifinal effort at Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 20-23).
2006-07 Season (Sophomore)
Led all Rice players with 28-10 singles mark and picked up All-Conference USA First Team honors ... won 18 of his 22 dual match decisions ... strung together five straight wins to open spring season (Jan. 28 - Feb. 11), capped by a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 97 Evan Dufaux of Vanderbilt (Feb. 11) ... won C-USA Co-Player of the Week award (April 17) after No. 3 singles wins against No. 61 SMU (April 13) and No. 18 Michigan (April 15) ... evened the score at 2-2 with a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Luka Ocvirk in the No. 3 match at No. 35 Texas A&M (May 11) during the NCAA First Round ... paired with Jason Mok and compiled a 20-15 doubles record, including a 10-10 mark at the No. 2 position ... started fall campaign winning seven of nine singles matches en route to C-USA Player of the Month ... recorded his first win against a ranked foe, downing No. 117 Dimitar Kutrovsky 6-3, 6-1 of Texas to advance to the ITA South Central regional Round of 16 ... made a run to the quarterfinals with Mok at the ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 21-24).
2005-06 Season (Freshman)
Matriculated at Rice in January 2006 ... quickly earned a spot in the line-up, posting a 12-9 singles record ... won six of his seven decisions in the No. 6 hole ... won five of his last six to close out the regular season ... teamed with Ben Harknett for a 10-6 doubles mark as the pair went 9-4 at the No. 3 slot.
2005 graduate of Max-Planck-Gymnasium in Karlsruhe, Germany ... achieved a ranking of 134 in Germany.
Son of Winfried and Christel Müller ... born on May 6, 1986 in Karlsruhe, Germany ... majoring in economics and managerial studies ... member of Wiess College.
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