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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, March. 31, 1977

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By BOB WARREN
Michigan's w o ni e n s tennis,
team opens up its spring season
today against Eastern Michigan.
EMU should pose little trouble
for Michigan since it lost its
number one player, Barb Fish-
ley for the season.
"We're really optimistic aboutI
the upcoming season," re-1
marked coach John Atwood. At-
wood, who just returned from a
southern recruiting trip, has1
good reason to be optimistic
about the teams' season, after '
its undefeated fall performance
of seven wins and no losses.

"The best thing about the
team is that even though we had
a great fall, the girls all radical-
ly improved their games overc
the winter," Atwood explained.!
"Each girl has improved some#
aspect of her game, which is ,
very important now that we'
have the Midwest regionals and.
the National championships to
think about.'
THE LOSS OF junior co-cap-z
tain Missy Pollick, who devel-,
oped a case of mononucleosis aI
month ago, is one of the few
dark spots in, an otherwiseE
promising outlook.t

":We're going to miss Missy,
Atwood said. "She was working,
very h-rd this winter when she
came down with mono. We still'
have some hope of Missy re-
turning this spring. Although she
comes to practice she is still
very weak."
Kathy Karzen, a nationally
ranked singles player from Chi-
cago. has been working with At-
wvood on developing a new va-
riety in her groundstroke game.
Karzen, who did not lose a
match last fall, has a strong,
powerful groundstroke game
from both her forehand and
backhand.
"We're trying to have Kathy
work on some variety with her
winners," Atwood continued. "If'
Kathy would hit one-third of her
winners soft, she would domin-
ate most of her opponents."

FRESHPERSON Karzen will '"r>:..': ....
play number one singles today.>
Karzen displaced sophomore*
Barb Selden, from whom Coach 8,
Atwood expects a lot.
"Barb, who lost only one S orts
match last fall, is very good at
the net and is a very strong hit- NIGHT EDITOR:
ter," Atwood said. "She is get-?> CUB SCHWARTZ
ting her act together and should
challenge Kathy to regain her
number one spot this spring."
Selden, playing number four Debbie Rentschler, the num-
today, is optimistic about her ber five player, is another im-
game. "My attitude is much proving freshperson on the
better than it was a little while Michigan squad. Atwood be-
ago. I think I will be better than lieves that a better game plan
I was in the fall.,, and hard work combined with

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Atwood had praise for the abil-
ity of second singles player Ann
Kercher.
"Ann has as much talent as
anyone on this team. She is a
very creative athlete who can
improvise to adapt to any situa-
tion that arises on the tennis
court."
JODY STROM, who already
has a dynamite forehand, is
working on an Atwood taught
two-handed top-spin backhand.
Atwood and Strom believe that
she is on the verge of a break-
ihrough with her new stroke that
could solidify her number three
position.

Rentschler's deep penetrating
drives, could generate a strong
offensive game for her.
Senior co-captain Jan Karzen,
playing number six singles, once
again gives the team a very ma-
ture, smart tennis player. Kar-
zen has abandoned the Atwood
backhand experiment but ran
still rely on her strong forehand.
AT NUMBER seven is senior
Janet Wilson. A very consistent
athlete, Wilson rarely loses a
match on errors.
Elaine Crosby, number eight,
is another improving freshper-
son. Crosby has improved her
footwork and her net game
since the fall season and should
play some doubles and singles
this spring.
Melinda Fertig, who played for
the Michigan women's basjet-

ball team, rounds out the squad.
Selden and Kathy Karzen will
play first doubles, Rentschler
and Kercher are at second d(u-
bles and Jan Karzen and Strom
are the third doubles team.
WITH THIS strong lineup, At-
wood doesn't foresee many dif-
ficulties with Eastern Michigan
today.
"We shouldn't have a lot of
trouble," Atwood said. "East-
er's new number one player
Angie Sweet has a good serve
and volley game but she will not
give Kathy any trouble."
Atwood believes that Sweet is
the only skilled player on the
Eastern Michigan squad.
Co-captain Jan Karzen sees
today's match as only a warm-
up.
"We're really thinking about
Northwestern Saturday and Ohio
State later on," Karzen com-
mented.
Ohio State is the defending
Big Ten champion, but Michigan
defeated the team last fall at
Columbus.
"OHIO STATE is our toughest
match but we beat them at Co-
lumbus before and we should
do it again this spring," said
Kercher.
Atwood thinks his team is the
best in the Big Ten but the team
is concentrating more on the
Midwest; regional and national
championship where Michigan
may have a very tough time.

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Daily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN
It appears that freshperson Kathy Karzen, the Wolverine
number one singles player, is not at all modest when it comes
to showing off her expertise in the overhand smash. Karzen
and her fellow Michigan nesters host Eastern Michigan in the
season opener today.

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By RICK MADDOCK1
A number one team can fall into many pitfalls because of its
high achievement. Everyone wants to knock number one off, but
another, more serious problem can arise with a top team.
The problem of taking the new season too lightly. Michigan
baseball coach Moby Benedict is afraid that his team's two con-
secutive Big Ten championships has affected the player's atti-
tudes. Benedict thinks this attitude could hurt the team's title
chances.
"Our team, you bet your life, they'll be in the race if they
do one thing. They have to pay the price, and so far they haven't,"
Benedict said.
BENEDICT HAS few positions decided upon. "Many guys who
played last year think they have the job made - not so," he said.
CPUT A STUDENT
ON CITY COUNCIL1

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"This is the only light
the brigaf:de would charge fowl"
(Tennyson)

ENVIRONMENT
Ann Arbor is getting buried
in its own garbage. Estimates
show that we will run out of
landfill within five years. The
time is now for a waste man-
agement complex-to recycle
glass and metal, and to pro-
duce energy.

The infield corners are being fought for by three players -
junior Bob Wasilewski, senior Greg Lane and junior Dave Chap-
man. Wasilewski plays first base and Chapman fields the hot
corner, while Lane plays both.
LANE BATTED .333 in the spring trip of 10 games, in which
the Wolverines were 4-6. Chapman batter .296, and Wasilewski
hit .120.
Scott Anderson, who hit .389 this spring, leads the second
base candidates. His keystone combination partner will be junior
Jim Berra.
"We're gonna make this a competition thing. Nobody has.got
a spot, except Jimmy Berra," Benedict said of the infield.
IN THE OUTFIELD, senior Mark Grenkoski was tabbed by
Benedict as a sure starter, probably in left field. But the out-
field spots depend on whether center fielder Rick Leach will
be able to play the entire season.
Leach, who has a conflict with spring football, batted .190
in the spring, but he led the 1976 team with a .345 average.
PITCHING LOOKS BETTER than what Benedict expected
before the spring trip. "Our pitching was a pleasant surprise in
Florida," he said.
He picked junior righty Bill Stennett, freshman lefty Steve
Howe and sophomore righty Steve Perry as the nucleus of the
staff. Senior Kevin Clinton appears to be the mainstay of the
bullpen, although he will get starting opportunities.
THE ENTIRE STAFF compiled a 3.35 ERA in Florida. Clin-
ton pitched eight scoreless innings of relief ball. Perry led the
starters with a 1.17 ERA, and was 1-1.
Stennett, who was the workhorse with 21 innings, had a 2.14
ERA, plus a 1-1 record. Howe was 1-1 with a 6.84 ERA.
The pitchers will not have any complaints about their bat-
tery mates. Both catchers senior Ted Mahan and sophomore Jim
Capoferi, will see .action. Benedict said he will probably rotate
them and maybe use the other as the DH.
Mahn hit .257 in Florida while Capoferi batted .219 including
one home run.
John Jagels, a senior second and third baseman, led the team
in Florida with a .429 average. Junior Mike Parker, who played
in right field and DH, hit .333 and had a home run. Parker led
the team in slugging with a .556 percentage. Senior Steve Sey-
ferth, an outfielder, hit .300 in Florida.

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S Toledo........................at Toledo
6 WAYNE STATE (2) .................... Ann Arbor
8 DETROIT (2)... ...................:Ann Arbor
9 Bowling Green ............... at Bowling Green
12 WESTERN MICHIGAN (2) ............. Ann Arbor
16 MINNESOTA (2)...................Ann Arbor
17 IOWA (2) ...........Ann Arbor
19 Western Michigan (2).............at Kalamazoo
21 NOTRE DAME (2) .................... Ann Arbor
24 Eastern' Michigan (2)..............at Yp-Aanti
30 Purdue (2) .... ....................... at L-Fayette

May 1 Illinois (2) .:....... ................ At Urbana
May 4 OAKLAND ................................ Ann Arbor
May 7 Ohio State (2) ...........................at Columbus
May 8 Indiana (2) . . . ......... at Bloomington
May 11 BOWLING GREEN (2) ................ Ann Arbor
May 14 WISCONSIN (2) ........................ Ann Arbor
May 15 NORTHWESTERN (2)..................Ann Arbor
May 18 EASTERN MICHIGAN (2) ............... Ann Arbor
May 21 MICHIGAN STATE (2) ..... ..... Ann Arbor
May 22 Michigan State:.................... at East Lansing

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