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Page 10-Friday, April 4,1980-The Michigan Daily
Netters aim fr'1 in a row

"They know we're the best and as a
result they're going to be guning for us
everytime," relates Michigan men's
tennis coach Brian Eisner to the perils
of the Big Ten netter wars.
And why shouldn't the rest of the Big
Ten shoot at Michigan considering the
Wolverines dynasty in tennis: 12
straight conference titles (ten under
Eisner) and 21 championships out of the
last 25. Overall, Eisner owns an .825
winning percentage, and a 7-1 record,
number nine national ranking this
season, the highest in five years.
With all of these accolades raining
down upon Michigan tennis, you need
not wonder why the Wolverines
consistently dominate the Big Ten.
Simply put, Michigan draws the superior
quality athletes, exemplified by the
1980 squad.
Neinken, a Big Ten singles champ, and
number four man Jud Shaufler lead a
young team comprised of one junior,
one sophomore and four freshmen.
The lone junior and lone sophomore,
otherwise known as Matt Horwitch and
Michael Leach, respectively, are rated
as the top two players in the Midwest
and "among the top 15 in the nation,"
according to Eisner.
To compliment the four veterans,
Eisner recrited four freshmen, all
outstanding athletes as well as
excellent tennis players, one of the keys
to Michigan's tennis success:
recruiting. "We look at their record
besides tennis. We want to see how
much they'll be able to improve in their
four years at Michigan-and
improvement isrelated to the quality of
athlete they are.
A quick glance at the athletic.
background of the four freshmen
confirms Eisner's statement.
Tom Haney, an Ann Arbor native
from Greenhills, played point guard for
two years in basketball and garnered

an honorable mention all-state honor in
soccer, as well. When asked if playing
other sports helped his tennis, Haney
affirmed that "soccer especially
helped. It got me in the best shape
possible. Soccer has helped with the
footwork, and basketball with the hand-
eye. The other sports keep you
competitive all the time."
Mees, captured the state AAA singles
title in Ohio two years running before
becoming Michigan's number three

singles competitor. Mees probably
draws attention in the IM football
season, as well, because he is known to
fire a football 60 yards in the air.
Rounding out the new faces in
Michigan tennis are Dan McLaughlin
from the Buckeye state and Louie
McKee from Minnesota. f
McLaughlin started on the varsity
soccer team at University H.S. in
Cleveland, and McKee was a jack-of-

all-athletes as he claimed all-staP
honors in football and hockey, as well
as winning the state singles crown in
With this group of athletes, Michigan
enters the Big Ten season heavily
favored to notch consecutive
championship number 13 on their
respective racquets. Michigan opens
against Illinois Friday (at 2:30) a
Purdue on Saturday (at 1:00) in the
Track and Tennis Building.

Blue softballers crush Alma, 6-1

Despite uncooperative weather, the Wolverine
women's softball team played an abbreviated home
opener to up their record to 2-1 by defeating Alma, 6-1.
The Wolverines gained all their runs in the first two
innings by capitalizing on frequent walks. In the first in-
ning, three walks sandwiched between two pairs of hits
put five runs across the plate.
Another two walks, a wild pitch and a sacrifice gave
the Wolverines their final run.
Scheduled to play at Veteran's Park, the noontime
rain forced the softballers to move the contest to Huron
High School, where Laura Reed gained her first victory
of the season.
In all, Reed gave up five hits and one walk, while
dishing out six strikeouts in five innings. The only
damage done by the Scots came in the fourth as a single
followed by a triple gave Alma its only run.x
Michigan's next appearance is in Ypsilanti for a
doubleheader with Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Sims a Lion?
PONTIAC (AP)-Detroit would like to make Billy
Sims its No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft
April 29, but his agent says he club isn't offering enough
money to sign Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy winner.
Detroit, which tied for the league's worst record at 2-14
last season, will lose Sims if they draft him unsigned,
agent Jerry A. Argovitz said.

"If the Lions don't sign him before the draft, they
never will," said Argovitz, a Houston dentist and real
estate developer. "He'll either play in Canada or sit out
a year."
Ohio State linebacker Tom Cousineau was drafted No.
1 by Buffalo last year, but went to the Canadian Football
League's Montreal Alouettes because the Bills' contract
offer did not satisfy him.
"The numbers they've offered are so unrealistic, I
didn't even bother making a counter-offer," said
Argovitz, who declined to say what Sims is asking.
"Billy deserves to be paid as much as any No. 1 draft
pick in any professional sport," Argovitz continued.
"Detroit has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to draft a
player of Sims' magnitude and they're offering him
below an average salary; less than some linebacker
Argovitz said the Lions have missed his informal
deadline of April 1 for reaching a contract with Sims.
Celtics seek Sampson
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP)-General Manager Red
Auerback of the Boston Celtics of the National
Basketball Association will meet here next Tuesday
night with the parents of Virginia basketball star Ralph
Sampson to discuss a possible professional contract.
Sampson, a 7-foot-4 freshman who led Virginia to the
National Invitation Tournament championship and was
named the most valuable player, will not be present.

Newcomers face big weekend test-

If a year without freshmen is
paradise, then ex-women's tennis coach
Theo Shephard had a taste of the fruit
last year. Not one freshman was
recruited; nor did any play on the team
last season. And all was wonderful with
But this spring, when Ollie Owens


replaced Shephard in paradise, the
fruit went sour and Owens had to run to
the freshman class for refuge.
"WE HAD eight girls returning from
last year, but four quit the team," said
Owens. "I even had to give the girls
that I had cut another chance to make
the squad,"
The second chance that Owens gave
was only to fill vacant spots in the
reserve line; the real team had been
Owens has been blessed with three
freshman walk-ons, Robbie Risdon, Jill
Hertzman and Daisy Martin. Debbie
Klein, a sophomore transfer from
Duke, was also able to walk on and join
the four- returning netters, seniors
Kathy Karzen and Ann Kercher and
juniors Sue Weber, and Kathy
WALK-ONS ARE not unusual to
women's tennis because of the scarcity

of scholarship funds and because of the
prevalent attitude among the women
that school comes first, and if time
permits, maybe tennis can be squeezed
in as well. A full four-year scholarship
is really an unusual occurrence.
Michigan's reputation as an excellent
academic institution is what drew
many of the newcomers to Ann Arbor,
probably saving the season for Owens
and his team.
Klein, a native of Toledo, came to
Michigan because "Duke was so
isolated, and Michigan is in the middle
of everything. You can do so much
more here."
"WHEN I came to Michigan, it was
for the school, and if I could make the
team, then I'd play," said Hertzman, a
freshman from Louisville, Kentucky.
"I had an offer from Miami of Ohio, but
I turned it down. It was embarrassing
when we lost to them last weekend."

Risdon, a Bloomfield Hills resident,
thought of leaving the area to go to
school, but is now happy with Michigan.
"I had scholarship. offers from little
schools in the area but nothing worth
mentioning. I thought about the
University of California at Berkeley for
the sunshine; here, the weather is
terrible all year.
Owens is pleased to have a well-
tested team, as this weekend's con*
petition (,versus Wisconsin and Mii
nesota in Madison today and against
Northwestern and Iowa in Evanston
tomorrow) will put heavy pressure on
the players.
THREE OF THE walk-ons sport
championship titles from their respec-
tive areas. Risdon was the Michigan
high school state champion, Hertzman
won the Kentucky Closed Champion-
ship, and Klein earned the Midwes
Women's Tennis Champioship troph
"This weekend is what it's all about,"
Owens said. "most of the season comes
down to this. Wisconsin and North-
western are the ones we've got to beat.
Owens lamented this weekend's
rugged schedule. "The girls are used to
playing two matches in a meet, but this
weekend, they play four matches a day
for two days," said Owens. "We're in
good shape, but not that good."
The ,Big Ten Tournament this year
held in Ann Arbor, is just three wee
away and the weekend action coul
give preview of the action at the Big
"Indiana was ranked around twen-
tieth in the nation at the start of the
season, but I don't know how they've
done," said Owens. "Purdue and
Wisconsin are a bit above us, so I'd say
we're fourth in the Big Ten. We'll see
how that holds up this weekend."

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