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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, April 11, 1978-Page 11

Tennis vet bumped by 'new breed'

At the young age of 21, a pioneer of
women's athletics and a veteran of
Michigan's women's tennis team is
being replaced by a "new breed."
Missy Pollick, senior co-captain of
Michigan's women's tennis team and
Michigan's first four-year varsity let-
terwoman in that sport, has been
relegated to the role of moral supporter
and observer in her final year.
Because of the dedication and suc-
cess of Pollick and her cohorts in
building up women's athletic
programs throughout the state and at
Michigan, Pollick has been literally
pushed out by the stronger products of
her labor, her younger teammates.
But the turn of events is not only self-
induced to a degree but in a way rewar-
ding. She has not only accepted and ad-
justed to the change but is glad to see
things improving.
A product of Berkley, (Mich.) High
School-, Pollick,,who was then ranked
in the Michigan Junior circuit (top ten
in Southeastern Michigan), played on
the boy's -team her sophomore and
junior years in high school.
"My sophomore and junior years in
high school, the girl's program was
terrible," she said. "I never enjoyed
playing on the boy's team. I only did it
because girls weren't supposed to."
Pollick feels that the court rulings
For more sports
see Page 9
that allowed her and other females to
play on male teams helped strengthen
the girl's programs. "I switched to the
girl's team senior year because the
program got better."
Many changes have taken place in
the Michigan women's program since
Pollick came on the scene in the fall of
1974. Four years of turmoil and growth
is what Pollick has sweated through

Pollick was candid in describing her
role as a non-playing member of the
"I've been around for four years and
I understand the system. When I was in
the top six I didn't want to give up my
spot," she said."I look at this year as
sort of an observer's role. I knew the
chances of playing with the new good
freshmen were unlikely."
Although Pollick has improved her
game over last year, Coach John At-
wood says that "Missy just doesn't
have the tournament experience that
some of our freshmen do. Tennis is in a
different aspect now, for instance
freshwoman Sue Weber played in 20-25
tournaments last year. That wasn't
possible for Missy."
This "different aspect" can be at-
tributed to the'dedication of people like
Pollick who struggled through the lean
Atwood says that Pollick is in a dif-
ferent world attitude-wise from the
other girls on the team. The "new
breed" of women's tennis players can
be encouraged to get wrapped up in the
sport because it is rapidly expanding.
For Pollick the opportunities to com-
pete and grow were not there.
"I've played three years and it (ten-
nis) is not a top priority for me now,"
Missy admitted. "I've lost my com-
petitive drive. I never felt I had the
potential to play pro tennis. College just
gave me the opportunity to keep
playing at a competitive level."
Pollick had another goal all along:
Law School.
"I've wanted to be a lawyer since I
was five," she claims.
-~ A history major with a 3.8 grade
point,'Pollick was able to have her cake
and eat it too. Although she sacrificed
many hours to practice and travel with
the tennis team over the last four years
(something she loves to do), Pollick will
be attending U of M Law School in the
Missy Pollick and people like her will
be paving the way for the "new breed"
for a long time to come.

This Week in Sports
Tomorrow is the first day for high school prospects to sign with the
schools of their choice in such winter sports as basketball and wrestling.
Then on Saturday the hockey hotshots get their first chance to ink their ten-
ders. Keep an eye on these pages throughout the week for the latest scoops.
Everybody knows that playing football in April is about as traditional as
flying kites in November, but don't tell that to Bo Schembechler. The grid-
ders month-long workouts will culminate in the annual Blue and White
spring football game this Saturday at the Stadium.
After waging a futile battle with the elements all last week, baseball
coach Moby Benedict must be about ready to throw away his schedule and
play pick-up games whenever Mother Nature allows. In any event, the
Wolverines will attempt to play three twinbills before the week is out, first
squaring off against Toledo this afternoon. Tomorrow the team returns
home to take on the Detroit Titans, before hitting the road again to face
Wisconsin this Saturday. Golf
Coming off a week-long lull in their schedule, the golfers will once again
take to the links in the prestigious Kepler Invitational this weekend in
Columbus. Women's and Men's Tennis
After hosting the Broncos of Western Michigan today at 3:00, the women
netters will also be Columbus-bound. There they will compete in their most
important event to date - the Buckeye Open - against most of the top
teams in the Midwest. The tourney runs from Thursday through Sunday.
Meanwhile, their undefeated male counterpart is also in action at home
today against Michigan State. On Friday they travel to Northwestern for a
dual meet with the Wildcats,
Men's and Women's Track
One of the first big outdoor track meets every spring is the Dogwood
Relays, held in Knoxville. The Wolverines will be sending a full contingent of
thinclads to the event, this Saturday searching for some more NCAA
qualifying times.
At the same time, the women's track squad will be running in the :r
Bowling Green Invitational. In case you're not counting, that makes three
Michigan varsity teams competing in the state of Ohio this weekend.
Rounding out the busy week of action, the softball team is slated for two
away doubleheaders with local rivals. Today the Wolverines head for East
Lansing and a date with the Spartans, before heading into Motown for a pair
with Detroit.

Daily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN
Missy Pollick-
She practices but never plays

and it was worth the wait.
"I've s(en the budget andbenefits of
women's sports go up each year. My
first year we had no lockers or equip-
ment and we only had three hours of
court time a week - two one-and-a-half
hour shifts," described Pollick.
"Last year they started scholarships
and this year everything is better. We
get two full hours of court time a day,
the coaching has improved and we get
racquets, shoes, grips and strings."
The University acknowledged
Pollick's contribution to the team and
her tenure last year by giving her a
scholarship for her remaining two

Scholarships for several women's
sports including tennis were offered for
the first time last year. According to
Women's Athletic Director Phyllis
Ocker, freshwomen were excluded in
the first year offerings in order to
"make it up to people like Missy who
would have been entitled to them if they
had been available."
After starting for three years, Pollick
has yet to break into this year's starting
top six. The team runs a series of
challenge matches to see who the top
six will be. Pollick recently lost out to
Elaine Crosby for the sixth spot in a
close match.




Tennis conflict m ay oust women


by L' nt.*r - a.
The stage is set for a battle of the
sexes over a few tennis courts this af-
ternoon, and, in all likelihood, the male
forces are destined to victory.
But, please, allow for a bit of
background before branding coach
Brian Eisner and his racquetmen as a
bunch of male chauvinist no-goodniks.
DETROIT 5, Cincinnati 3
American League
National League Cleveland 5, Boston 4
Los Angeles 5, Houston 2 Texas 5, New York 2
Atlanta 8, San Diego 7 Kansas City 4, Baltimore 2
New York 6, Chicago-0

" 61 5 E. Liberty
" 61 1 E. University
Hope to see you next fall!

For your head and feet
and in between

A YEAR AGO Eisner scheduled a
meet with Michigan State for today at
2:30. Then, a month or so ago, John At-
wood, coach of the Wolverine women's
team, scheduled a meet with Western
Michigan. also for today, at 3:00.
All of which is perfectly legitimate,
as long as it doesn't rain, that is. And
you can just guess as to what is in the
forecast for today.
"If it rains, we'll have to postpone our
meet," said Atwood, explaining that the

men have the privilege to move to the
Track/Tennis Building, based upon the
simple, first-come, first serve basis. "If
I had scheduled the meet first, I'd get
the same priority."
ACCORDING to Atwood, the visiting
Broncos are aware of the potential
postponement, and it's O.K. by them.
"It'll be a drag if we don't play, but
I'm not going to get upset about it,"
said Atwood. "We're just hoping that it
doesn't rain."

406 E. Liberty


I mumow


Rec Spots


The Department of Recreational
Sports in sponsoring a summer day
camp for children aged 7-12 called
Camp Adventure. There will be two
sessions of Camp Adventure:
Session I: July 3- July 21
Session II: July 31- August 18.
Camp Adventure will meet from, 9
a.m.-12 noon at the NCRB, 2375 Hub-
Registration for both session is April
1 June 21. For session II, registration
is extended to July 19. The price for
Camp Adventure is $45 with a
children's user pass or $54 without the
For more information call 763-4560.

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