The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, May 15, 1979-Page 15
Netters cruise in Big Ten finals
By MARK BOROWSKI
Mother Nature and strong opposition
failed to foil Michigan's dominance in
men's tennis as the Wolverines cap-
tured their 12th consecutive Big Ten
title Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
The weather conditions changed
drastically from day to day, but the
Wolverines play did not as they steadily
won four of six singles titles and one of
three doubles titles. "Considering
everything, we performed very well.
There was a lot of tension because we
were the favorites," said coach Brian
Sophomore Matt Horwitch retained
his number two singles title by edging
Mike Balken of Northwestern in the
finals 7-6, 7-5. Freshman sensation
Michael Leach netted the third singles
championship by easily ousting In-
dian's Mike Dickinson 6-2, 6-2.
The other singles champions-for
Michigan were Peter Osler and Jack
Neinken. Outgoing senior Osler won his
first Big Ten crown at the number five
singles position, by manhandling Mark
Klinglehotes from Wisconsin 6-2, 6-2.
Neinken won his third Big Ten title by
devastating Northwestern's Tom
Benezra 6-2, 6-3.
This year's tournament was much
different than last year when
Michigan and Wisconsin were the only
teams vying for the championship.
Singles winners lead
Blue to NCAA's,
"This year it wasn't a race between
ourselves, any one team, but there were
three to five teams behind that could
move into second place and North-
western had a good tournament and
took over the number two position"
Leach and Jud Shaufler were the only
doubles team who could muster enough
strength to snag a doubles title. The
Michigan team ably defeated Michigan
State's Matt Sandler and Jeff Wickman
" The tournament was not all roses fora
the Wolverines, however, as their num-
ber one singles player, Jeff Etterbeek,
was unable to retain his number one
singles title. Etterbeek was upset by
Ohio State's Ernie Fernandez 2-6, 7-5, 7-
5 in the semifinals. Fernandez went on
to win the championship over Wiscon-
sin's Ken Thomas 6-4, 6-3.
Etterbeek and Horwitch, defending
Big Ten doubles champions, were upset
in the finals by the newly formed team
of Ted Kauffmann and Mike Trautner
from Minnesota 7-6, 6-4.
The team is now preparing for the
NCAA tournament which takes place in
Athens, Georgia next week. The
Wolverines have been the team selec-
ted to represent the Midwest region for
the team championship and will com-
pete with 15 other teams for the
national title. Etterbeek, Horwitch, and
Leach will be three of the four players
to represent this region in the NCAA
singles championship tournament
which takes place after the team
championship is decided.
Thincld place high
With small contingent
Carrying that age-worn adage, said Simmons. "It was one of the best
"quality, not quantity" as their battle combined efforts of any team I've ever
cry, a Michigan contingent of six coached."
managed to place fourth out of 26 teams Both Neer's and Williams' meet
in the Midwest AIAW Women's Track records were set under less than ideal
and Field Championships last weekend conditions, as rain forced post-
in Terre Haute, Indiana. ponement of the competition for two
Red Simmons' small band of and a half hours.
Women netters turn
By GEOFF LARCOM
If you were to ask Theo Sheperd to list
the things that dissatisfied her about
last weekend's SMAIAW women's ten-
nis championships, the Wolverine men-
tor would be at a loss to come up with
Sheperd's netters ran away with the
team trophy, beating Central Michigan,
9-0, and Michigan State, 7-2, in East
Lansing, and then returned home to
capture all five individual regional
"ACCORDING TO the tournament
director, Kris Royles, a sweep in this
0n - ke
Fischley downed Mascarin in the quar-
terfinals, only to lose to teammate and
number three Big Ten singles champ,
Whit Stodghill in the semifinals.
"Barb played a strong and relaxed
match against Mascarin," said
Sheperd. "She hit hard throughout and
came to the net often, playing with a lot
ALONG WITH Fischley, regional
singles qualifiers included Kathy Kar-
zen, who successfully defended her
number one singles title, Stodghill and
In the all-Michigan semifinals, Kar-
zen defeated Weber, the Wolverines'
number two player, while Stodghill
downed Fischley to set up the Karzen-
Stodghill matchup'for all the marbles,
Karzen coming out on top in that one, 6-
BUT KARZEN'S bid for a second
weekend crown in the doubles tourney.
was foiled by Stodghill and Kathy
Krickstein, who turned back Karzen
and Fischley ina three-set affair to lock
up the fifth and final regional berth.
Coming into this weekend's regional
play the Blue netters sport a 16-2
record. Indiana will host the com-
tracksters set three new meet records,
along with two new Michigan marks in
qualifying three women for the May 24-
26 national championships to be held in
'Erery girl we took
scored points. It 'was
one of the best com-
bined efforts of any
team I've ever coached.'
Olympic hopeful Debbie Williams,
whom Simmons describes as "the best
woman athlete to enroll at Michigan,"
grabbed a first in the javelin with a toss
of 153 feet, while Penny Neer placed fir-
st in the discus to also qualify.
Accompanying Neer and Williams to
East Lansing will be Cathy Sharpe, who
churned out a second in the 100-meter
Simmons was obviously pleased with
the results of the meet, as his team was
able to qualify competitors nationally
in only its second year of existence.
"Every girl we took scored points,"
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Sheperd. "We played four matches a
day last weekend, yet I think we were
pretty sharp the whole weekend."
Sheperd cited as the competitive
highlight of the meet Barb Fischley's
defeat of Debbie Mascartirn thisyear's,,
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