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lLY

ers Win Big 10 Title Again

By FRED STEINHARDT
'inning its fifth Big Ten cham-,
ship in six years, Michigan's
-us team continued to shine
er Coach Bill Murphy in 1960-
he netters turned back a strong
thwestern challenge with some
ch play to walk away with the
59-50. Competing in the
mament, which was played at
nston, were Gerry Dubie, num-
one singles, Frank Fulton,
n Wiley, Jim Tenney, Bill Vogt
Bruce MacDonald at two
ugh six singles respectively.
uilton won the number two
lea crown and MacDonald
iber six. Wiley and Duble won
number one doubles.

However the championship came
as a result of outstanding team
depth. Three points were awarded
for each win. Wiley, Tenney and
Vogt advanced to the finals of
their respective divisions and Ten-
ney and MacDonald went all the
way to the finals at number three
doubles.
Four Titles
This accumulation of points
more than offset host Northwest-
ern's four titles.
Just as heartening as the per-
formances at Evanston are the
prospects for 1961. Returning vet-
erans who played at Evanston are
Dubie, Tenney, MacDonald and

Vogt, whose eligibility is in ques-r
tion. Others coming back are Tom
Beach and Ken Mike, who played
most of the season at number five
singles.l
Moving up from the freshman,
team is the highly touted Ray
Senkowski.
Handicapped by bad weatherj
and lack of practice, the team got
ox to a slow start. On the south-}
ern trip, over spring vacation, theyj
lost two matches to Miami andI
one to Yale. Then followed vic-
tories over Ohio Wesleyan, West-
ern Michigan, Wisconsin, Michi-
gan State, Minnesota, Purdue and
Northwestern and a close 5-4 de-
feat to Notre Dame.
(Collegiate tennis runs six sin-
gles matches and three doubles
for a total of nine points for a
dual match.)
Weather Uncooperative
The weather was uncooperative'
to the end. A total of five matches'
were washed out and the confer-
ence championships were thrown
off schedule and pushed indoors.
The two departing seniors, Ful-
ton and Wiley, figured in a mid-
season maneuver by Coach Murphy
which helped to win the confer-
ence title. They won the number
three doubles title in 1959 and
played together at number two
until midseason as Dubie teamed
with Mike at number one. Then
Wiley was moved up to pair with
Duble and Mike dropped back to
join Fulton. It paid off as Wiley
and Duble went on to win the
numb~er one crown.
Fulton, who- came to Michigan
from Bay City, competed for three
seasons, 1958-9-60. Only 5'4", he
always played a waiting game, al-
ways forcing his opponents into
errors. But beneath this steady
front was a fierce competitor who
never quit until the last point,
often coming from behind to win
matches. His play at Evanston was
probably the key to Michigan's
success.

the unexpected nine that Fulton
got.
Wiley, from Toledo, was a pillarE
of strength all year. After the'
spring trip, he went undefeateda
until the conference finals when;
he lost to Steve Hibben of North-
western after the team standings
had already been determined. In
an earlier match he had easily
disposed of Hibben.
Dubie, elected captain for 1961.
played his best tennis against"
highly rated Bill Cook of Western
Michigan, whom he downed 6-1,
6-2. Cook was rated the equal of
any player in the Big Ten. Dubie
lost to Brian Eisner of Michigan
State, Don Ralph of Notre Dame,
and Konicki of Northwestern.
Combine for Title
In the conference champion-
ships he teamed with Wiley to take
the number one doubles title. In
singles at Evanston he lost to
Konicki in straight sets in the
semifinals after defeating John
Stoy of Iowa and Joe Epkins ofj
Illinois. Konicki went on to win
the conference title.
Tenney, who will be a junior in
1961, was a pleasant surprise to
Murphy. Stocky and slow mov-
ing, he plays a baseeline game, re-
treiving until his opponent makes
a mistake. His opponents made
enough mistakes for him to go
unbeaten all the way to the finals,
when, like Wiley, he saw his string
snapped by a Northwestern man
whom he had beaten before.
Tight Schedule
Probably, the most tired out by
the squeezed schedule, Tenney
simply did not have enough steam
to chase the brilliant net shots
of Charlie Lockhart, also a sopho-
more.
But Lockhart, playing inspired
tennis, had played the same stren-
uous slate, being a member of the
winning number two doubles team,
MacDonald, who will be a senior
this year, is a scrappy, aggressive
player, who likes to rush the net
on his second shot and stay there
until he blasts his opponent off
the court. He holds the distinc-
tion of being the only member of
the team not to lose a match after
the spring trip.
His victory in the conference
finals was a pleasure to watch.
Playing his best tennis of the year,
he ran Steve Bard of Northwest-
ern off the court, 6-1, 6-1 in the
match that clinched the team title
for Michigan. Like Fulton, he is
from Bay City.
Murphy's second personnel shift
of the year was a coaching mas-

terpiece. Ken Mike, who had play-
ed rather erratically at number
five singles all year, was replaced
in the championship by Bill Vogt
of Saginaw, who had been a
stranger to many fans. But Vogt
had competed in 1958 as a sopho-
more and was forced to sit out
1959 because his afternoon classes,
conflicted with practice and meet
schedules.
Although the tournament play
was his first competition of the
year, he was ready to meet the
task. He swept to the finals be-
fore bowing to Ron "Spider" Mes-
call of Michigan State. He de-
feated top seeded Lon Reudisili
of Wisconsin 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, taking
most of the first set to accustom
himself to the competition.
Afterwards Reudisili claimed
Vogt was the best number flve
man he met in his college career.
If he is eligible for 1961, he will
be more than welcomed.
Versatile Athlete
Mike, who is remembered by
Detroit sport fans as an all-State
halfback and four time all-City
tennis star, suffered from incon-
sistency. Big and strong, he would
wipe the floor with his opponent
one day and be helpless the next.
He seemed to improve however as
the season progressed and could
be arealassetin 1961.
Beach, who prepped at Kalama-
zoo, lost an early challenge match
to MacDonald for the number six
position and played out the season
as a reserve. He could move into
a starting slot this year.
The main reason for the op-
timism for 1961 played freshman
tennis last season. Ray Senkow-
ski, who teamed with Dubie to
win a National Scholastic Doubles
title at Hamtramck, figures to be
one of the best in the conference,
along with Eisner of Michigan
State, and Dubie. A .,strong, tall,
and blond belter, he won the Na-
tional Scholastic singles title and
was a member of the Junior Davis
Cup team.

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Key Match

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He came up against first seeded
Gay Messick of Northwestern in
the quarterfinals. Messick was
rated one of the outstanding in-
dividuals -in the conference, who
was playing at number two because
of the presence of Denney Konicki
at number one.
Down five games to three and
at match point in the second set
he came back to defeat Messick
and take the title from Jerry Utley
of Iowa. That match cost North-
western 18 points, the nine that
Messick was expected .to get and

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LABER ONE SINGLES-That's the position Gerry Duble held
the powerful Michigan tennis team last spring. Eliminated in
ference singles competition, the Hamtramck senior combined
h John Wiley to win the Big Ten doubles crown.

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