BLUE TOP SEED IN TOURNEY
The Michigan Daily-Friday, March 23; 1979-Page 11
Netters open in
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
Michigan's men's tennis team,
ranked 15th in the nation, will get top
billing this weekend when it competes
in the Wichita State Invitational Tour-
nament of Champions.
The Wolverines, co-champions of the
Big Ten, lock horns with Missouri
Valley Conference winner Wichita
State tonight at 8 in their first regular
season match. Tomorrow at-noon they
battle Big Eight champ Oklahoma
State, whom Michigan defeated last
month in the National Invitational
WICHITA STATE, 19-4 last year and
3-2 in dual matches this season, can't
wait to play the Blue netters. The
Shockers even have gone so far as to
pay for Michigan's travel expenses, a
sign that the Kansas school is
developing a top-flight tennis program.
Down in Wichita they're calling the
triangular tourney a "Battle of Cham-
pions." Both Wichita State and
Oklahoma State are eyeing the Top
Twenty,. and know thatawin over
Michigan would catapult them into that
But Michigan coach Brian Eisner's
team will be well-prepared for its upset-
minded opponents. The netters have
had five week's rest from competition
since they returned from the national
team tournament in Madison, sufficient
time for them to sharpen their game
and gear up for the season ahead.
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The probable lineup tonight will be:
Jeff Etterbeek, Matt Horwi ch, Jud
Shaufler, Mike Leach, Peter O ler and
Jack Neinken in singles, and Etterbeek-
Horwitch, Shaufler-Leach and Osler-
*einken in doubles. If Shaufler, slowed
by a bad back earlier this week, isn't
ready, quick-footed sophomore Ihor
DeBryn will se9 action.
The past twb days Michigan moved
its practices from the Track-Tennis
Building to the Liberty Racquet Club,
which Eisner owns. The coach said
there was more to the move than just a
change of scenery.
"Jeff and Matt (Michigan's top
doubles team) have played on the
Wichita courts twice and told us that
they're very fast. The surface at the
Racquet Club can give us a better feel
of what the courts will be like. A faster
surface means that ground strokes will
AS IN OTHER sporting events, tennis
matches are often affected by the home
court advantage. Eisner figures that
when a team isn't playing on its home
court, it's giving away one game per
match. The meet will be held in a
Wichita racquet club, not on the
University courts, but the Shockers
have played at the club many times.
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The Dekers Club is again sponsoring
the Michigan Hockey Awards Banquet.
The event will be held on Wednesday,
March 28, at Roma Hall, with cocktails
beginning at 6:30, and dinner scheduled
for 7:30. The price for the entire
evening is $14.00, $10.00 for children 12
and under. The deadline for reser-
vations is tomorrow. Call Glen
Williams at 665-6851 for ticket infor-
The trip to Kansas is part of the
Wolverines' plan to beef up its non-
conference schedule. The team takes to
the road again next weekend, when it
faces powerful Florida and Kentucky in
Lexington. Eisner says that in an effort
attracted some national recognition,
with the dowboys earning a No. 22 pre-
season ranking. Last year Oklahoma
State qualified for the NCAA tour-
nament but was elininated in the first
WHEN OKLAHOMA State and
Michigan met in Madison, the
Wolverines walked off with a seemingly
easy 7-2 victory. Eisner noted,
however, that the score was misleading
in that the Cowboys' No. 1 singles
player, Chris Kaskow, retired after one
set with a pulled stomach muscle, and
five of the other matches were extended
to three sets before Michigan prevailed.
"It's a great opportunity for them to
come back at us," Eisner said of the
Cowboys, who were 25-5 in 1978 but are
struggling at 7-7 this year.
Both Oklahoma State and Wichita
State have dotted their rosters with
foreign players. The Shockers, who won
the 32-team Big Gold Classic in Hat-
tiesburg, Miss., last week, lured three
Australians, one New Zealander, and
one Canadian to the Midwest.
Oklahoma State, a winner in the St.
Patrick's Day Classic in Long Beach,
Calif., features two Australians and one
"This is the biggest NCAA dual mat-
ch ever to be played in Wichita," said
tennis team heading
for southern tourney matchup
BY OWEN MEDD
The Michigan women's tennis team
travels to Nashville this weekend,
hoping to continue their five-match un-
beaten streak while condensing four.
matches into a two-day period.
The netters will meet Indiana State,
Iowa, Vanderbilt, land Tennessee in
rapid succession beginning this mor-
ning, and continuing until tomorrow
Head women's tennis coach Theodora
Shepherd exhibits guarded optimism
about the Wolverines' chances in the
weekend dual meets. "We should do
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well against the teams from our region,
Iowa and Indiana State. We've seen
them before," Shepherd said.'
"It will be interesting to see how well
we do against the teams out of our
region, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. We
don't know how their teams are and
really have no idea how good they are.
They both have good reputations, the
results should be quite interesting."
The depth of the Michigan team
should put them in good stead this
weekend with the number of matches
they must play.
Lone senior Barb Fischley, a transfer -:<
from EMU playing fourth singles and'
half the first doubles team, said, "We
should do pretty good. We have really,
strong doubles teams. The doubles
determine how the match comes out. If
you split in the singles, the match
comes down to the doubles. Who takes
the doubles, takes the match.
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to meet strong opponents, the team will
travel more than in the past.
"We have to look outside regional
competition. No Midwestern teams
received Top Twenty votes," he said.
Wichita State and Oklahoma State have
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