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May 15, 1975 - Image 11

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Thursday, May 15, 1975


Page Eleven

Thursday, May 15, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven


Although first round pairings
wont be known until later to-
day,the Big Ten tennis cham-
pions get underway this after-
soon at the beautiful Wiscon-
sin Indoor Tennis Center.
With Michigan dropping just
one point all season in Big Ten
play, the Wolverines are a shoo-
in to wrap up their eighth
straight conference title.
Coach Brian Eisner's squad
could not only bring home an-
other trophy, they could very
well set some records in the
Junior Victor Amaya will
be defending his No. 1 sing-
les title he won as a fresh-
man and sophomore and if
he wins this time he will be-

ers eye
come only the third player in c o a c
conference history to earn Greero
the coveted title three years ana, fo
in a row. cility g
Not since the Illini's Tom definite
O'Connell performed the feat second-i
in '26-'27-'28 and more recent- Coach
ly Northwestern's Marty Ries- if not pl
sen during the '62-'63-'64 sea- arranger
sons, has one player dominated "We've
the Big Tens for three consecu- sin) soa
tive years. to playin
Everyone that Amaya will Eisner
face in his quest, he has beaten chosen a
in the past. Should his opponents spectator
be looking to the indoor sur- cility sh
face for an advantage he cau- consisten
tions, "I tend to personally play tions.
a little better indoors." "From
This is the second straight we're
year the championships have whereve
been held in Madison. Many close to


h e s, including Scott
of 1974 runnerup Indi-
el that the Indoor fa-
gives the Badgers a
advantage to take the
place spot this year.
Eisner is unconcerned,
leased with the indoor
played there (Wiscon-
often that we're used
g there," he asserted.
feels that Madison was
gain mainly to promote
c interest, but the fa-
ould also create some
icy in playing condi-
Michigan's standpoint,
better off playing
r conditions are as
perfect as possible,"

he said. "The better the condi-
tions we can play under, the
better our kids will be able to
use the shots they have and
show their dominance."
The Wolverines can indeed
show their dominance. They
have a better than even
chance of being the first team
to win all nine matches (six
singles and three doubles).
Michigan will return eight of
nine defending champions and
some of them have been sup-
planted by better players.
Jim Holman who teamed
with Jerry Karzen at third dou-
bles last year will not see ac-
tion. Instead Eisner will send
freshman Buddy Gallagher and
Jeff Miller at third doubles. In
addition the No. 1 and No. 2
combinations of Amaya-Fred
DeJesus, Karzen - Eric Fried-
ler will also compete.
Behind Amaya in the sing-
les, Eisner will continue with
his season lineup of DeJesus,
Friedler, Karzen, Miller and

Webb Hayne of Illinois, was
the only person to score a point
against Michigan this season.
Playing at No. 3 singles this
year, Hayne will undoubtedly
have to face Eric Friedler who
is currently undefeated at the
Last night the second annual
Ann Arbor Basketball Classic
got underway at Concordia
Lutheran College. The tour-
nament continues tonight and
will run until Saturday when
champions in respective divi-
sions will be crowned.
The games start at 6:30
with the Open division sched-
uled for tonight. Featuring
such pro stars as George
Gervin and Ralph Simpson,
plus our own Joe Johnson and
Campy Russell, it is wel
worth catching. Tickets are
available at the door.

McParland to lead 'M'

While Johnny Miller has been
setting the pro golf circuit
ablaze this year, driving public
and media interest to a cre-
scendo, the Michigan Golf team
has done little tofurther the
games' popularity locally this
In the Big Ten championships
at Indiana on Friday and Satur-
day, it looks as though the Wol-
verines' only hope for recogni-
tion lies with All - American,
team captain, Tom McParlan
in individual competition.
McPARLAN, a senior from
Flint and the subject of rumors
of joining the pro tour after the
season ends, shot a brilliant 69
last week in the first round of
the Spartan Invitational in East
The final round, however,
proved a different story as he
slumped to a 82 to finish four
strokes behind Mark Weston of
Michigan State, the individual
champ. Illinois State captured
the team title.
Coach Bill Newcomb, who re-
tains an air of optimism for his
club, now that school has ended
and his team can devote full-
time to their play, couldn't pin-
point McParlan's startling turn-
about last week.
"All three leaders finished 82-
83-84 in that final round," he
said. "Now I don't know if it
was the course or what but it
sure looked as though the course
right have been tricked up a
lot (designed with a myriad of
sand traps, obstructions etc.)"
But McParlan has an excel-
lent chance of bringing home
the individual crown this week-
end as he currently possesses
the lowest single score in the

in BigT
Big Ten (69) and the third best
average onthe season (75.1).
"Tom has the potential to
shoot a 69 anytime he steps out
on a course like theirs (Indi-
ana)," Newcomb added.
INDIANA is the stout favor-
ite and will also have the ad-
vantage of playing on their own
"They have a good squad
there's no question about that,"
the coach exclaimed. "And the
home course advantage on a
course like their's is tremen-
dous - the home course advan-
tage looks too great for any
squad to overcome."
Don Fardig, also a center on
the hockey team, and Harvey
Ely, both juniors, have played
in the Big Tens before. While
their averages, 80.3 and 81.4
respectively only rank fourth
and sixth on the Wolverine ros-
ter, Newcomb said that their
familiarity w i t h Indiana's
course will be an asset.
On the other hand, Doug Da-
vis, Ken Walchuck and Dave
Casselman are making their
first appearances in the Con-
ference championships.
"It will be a new experience
for them to play the grind of
72 holes over a two day per-
iod," Newcomb stated.
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DAVIS, however, has played
the Indiana course before, and
presently sports Michigan's
second best average at 79.0.
While Newcomb has already
conceded the title to Indiana, he
stressed the importance of a
second or third place finish
which would qualify his golfers
for the NCAA tournament in Co-
lumbus, Ohio later in June.

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