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______SPORTS
The Michigan Doily Wednesday, March 25, 1981
SINGLES PLAY SPARKLES I'*X

Page 7

'M' netters crush Seminc

ยข y CHUCK JAFFE
-The Michigan men's tennis team,
behind four overpowering individual
performances, crushed an inexperien-
ced and tired Florida State squad, 6-3,
yesterday. Michigan, currently ranked
12th in the nation, swept the first four
singles matches. The Wolverines held
on for the win, despite the absence of
Matt Horwitch, who was limited to
doubles play due to a severely sprained
ankle.
Michael Leach, Mark Mees, Ross

Laser, and Tom Haney won their
singles matches by a combined score of
48-9. Leach, playing first singles, was in
excellent form, as he easily disposed of
FSU's Marco Abilhoa, 6-1, 6-2.
"I THINK THEIR plane flight up
here hurt them," Leach said. "I haven't
taken a plane trip in a long time, so I
was on the ball. I figured that I could
wear him down by just working and
pressing, and I felt pretty aggressive,
so I figured I could win."
Mees added another stalwart ner-

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formance at second singles downing the
Seminoles' Herman Luque, 6-0, 6-1.
Laser continued the .onslaught by
defeating John McLean, 6-3, 6-0. Fourth
singles player Tom Haney captured
both of his sets by 6-1 counts.
With the first four matches won,
Michigan began to falter. Florida
State's fifth and sixth singles players
won their matches, and made it look as
if the team competition would be close.
FSU'S ROBERT Burgess overcame
the Wolverines' Ihor Debryn's early
lead, to win the match 6-4, 6-4. At sixth
singles, Kevin Green narrowly defeated
Michigan's Dan McLaughlin in the first
set, 7-5, and finished strong to take the
match, 7-5, 6-2.
"Today was the first time we've won
two'singles matches against top com-
petition," said FSU coach Randy Job-
son. "We were pressed at the top, but
that's why we play the best teams we
can."
In doubles competition, Leach com-
bined with Horwitch to win 6-1, 6-3.
Horwitch, who sprained his ankle last
weekend, showed few signs of the in-
jury, as the Michigan pair controlled
play.
"MOBILITY HAS never been his for-
te," Leach said of his partner. "But one
leg or no legs, he'll get to the ball and
make all the shots."
The most exciting match of the day

les,_6-31
was at second doubles, where the FSU
team of Weiner and McLean upended
Laser and Haney. The Michigan pair
started quickly, taking the first set, 6-1,
but the Seminoles forced a tie-breaker
in the second set, which they won, 7-6.
The third set was all Florida State, as
they took the set and match, 6-3.
Mees and McLaughlin combined to
end the match on a winning note,
beating their opponents by a 6-1, 6-1
count. The two Michigan players
breezed through the match in only 40
minutes.
FLORIDA STATE WAS an unknown
quantity to us," said Michigan coach
Brian Eisner. "We were very un-
familiar with their players, and we had
no idea of what to expect from them."
"I thought we played very well in the
first four singles," Eisner said. "But we
had troubles with the last two, and we
still have some troubles with our
doubles teams. But it's obvious that we
have a good team."
"We got up at 5:30 this morning,"
said FSU's Jobson, "but I don't know if
that affected the outcome."
"In general, when you beat a team of
this quality you've done well," Eisner
said. "Buthwe have a long way to go.
First we have to have a healthy Matt
Horwitch, and more consistent play,
but I like what I saw today."

End of an era...
; five seniors mrove on
EXTYEAR'S EDITION of Michigan basketball will most certainly be
sporting a different look. Gone will be Mike McGee, Johnny Johnson,
Mark and Marty Bodnar, and Paul Heuerman, the seniors who have been the
nucleus of the Wolverine cagers since they arrived in Ann Arbor four years
;ago.
In their place will be Eric Turner, a speedy, ball-handling, passing whiz
from Flint; Leslie Rockymore, a scoring ace from Detroit; Greg
Washington, a dual athlete who will join the cagers when Bo Schembechler is
finished with his services on the football squad, and several more recruits
still to be named.
For Michigan's five departing seniors, last Thursday's 91-76 career-ending
loss to Syracuse spelled the end of four frustrating years of second division
finishes in the Big Ten and failure to earn an NCAA tournament invitation.
But despite their inability to live up to the success of the teams that preceded
them, the seniors of this year's squad can hardly be called failures. True,
they never led the Wolverines to the glory that the NCAA tournament brings,
but in their own, individual way, each member of the senior class has left his
mark on Michigan basketball.
MIKE McGEE-More than anything, McGee will-be remembered for the
way he scored. And how much he scored. His 2,439 career points put him in
the record book as Michigan's and the Big Ten's all-time total point
producer. McGee will certainly be playing somewhere in the NBA next year.
The pros like guys that can put the ball in the bucket, and that's what McGee
does best. He may never be remembered as one of the greatest ever to play
the game, but the Omaha native has certainly left his mark on the record
books.
J.J. finally found home
JOHNNY JOHNSON-His senior year was the only time that J.J. ever felt
totally comfortable at Michigan. The 6-4 guard never really saw eye-to-eye
with former coach Johnny Orr, and his performance showed it. It wasn't un-
til Frieder took over that Johnson felt at home. His scoring average jumped
to 14 points-per-game this year, up from last year's eight ppg, and at times
Johnson showed flashes of brilliance on the court. After three years of
rumors about his transferring, Johnson finally found his place at Michigan.
PAUL HEUERMAN-Probably the most pleasant surprise of the class of
81, Heuerman rose from obscurity when he arrived in Ann Arbor four years
ago to become one of the Big Ten's most respected centers last season. More
'importantly, Heuerman proved that it's possible to be a good student as well,
as a good athlete. Carrying a 3.4 grade point average, Heuerman is theL
epitome of a student-athlete. Frieder said it best during the season. "Paul's
worried about getting into law school and he's going up against guys that are
worried about getting into the NBA," said the coach.
MARTY BODNAR-Players like Marty Bodnar are a rare breed. He cer-
tainly doesn't posses the athletic talent of an Isiah Thomas, but what he
lacked in ability, he more than made up for in hard work and determination.
And in the clutch, there was no one better to have on the floor. Four times
Marty won a game for the Wolverines with a last-second shot, all the more
reason he will be missed next season.
MARK BODNAR-Bad luck with foot injuries plagued Mark throughout
the first three years of his career at Michigan, but when he was healthy, he
played with the same aggressiveness and hustle that his brother displayed.
If not for the injuries, Mark might have developed into a leading contributor.
So while Turner, Rockyrmore, and Washington will be moving on to a new
life at Michigan, the five departing seniors will be leaving the Universtiy for
other pastures.
"I sure will miss those guys," said Frieder earlier this season. So will
Michigan basketball.

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

Pistons downed

ATLANTA (AP)-Tom McMillen and
Wes Matthews combined for 13 points
down the stretch to give the Atlanta
Hawks a 96-91 National' Basketball
Association victory last night over the
Detroit Pistons.
The Hawks trailed 85-81 when Mc-
Millen hit two quick layups and a free
throw to give Atlanta an 86-85 lead, A
dunk by the 6-foot-1 Matthews, his
second of three, expanded the lead to
88-85 before two baskets by Phil Hub-
bard and one by Keith Herron, against
only one basket by McMillen, put the
Pistons back ahead at 91-90.
A CORNER SHOT by Eddie Johnson
gave the -Hawks the lead with1:05left.
Another dunk by Matthews with 42
seconds to play and his two free throws
closed out the scoring.
McMillen finished with 21 points, high
for the game. Johnson had 17 and Mat-
thews 16 for the injury-depleted Hawks.
Hubbard's 18 was high for Detroit,
which also got 17 points from Herron.
Tigers 5, Pirates 4
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Despite
committing six errors, the Detroit
Tigers defeated thebPittsburgh Pirates
5-4 in exhibition baseball yesterday
thanks to two-run homers by Richie
Hebner and Lou Whitaker.
DAVE PARKER honwered for the
Pirates, who got two runs in the second
inning as Stan Papi committed two
errors and Duffy Dyer one for the
Tigers. But Whitaker homered
following a Dyer walk in the fourth and
Hebner connected on his round-tripper
in the fifth.

Leach to minors
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Former
University of Michigan quarterback
Rick Leach was among seven players
the Detroit Tigers sent to their Evan-
sville, Ind., farm club yesterday.
THE OTHERS assigned to Detroit's
AAA affiliate of the American
Association are pitchers Mike Chris,
Bruce Robbins and Dave Steffen; cat-
chers Marty Castillo and Larry John-
son plus outfielder Darrell Brown.

AP Photo
Damn Yankee
New York Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent leaps over Atlanta's Claudell
Washington to complete a double play during yesterday's exhibition game in
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Yankees bombarded the Braves with 16 hits en
route to a 15-6 win.
DIRECTORS SOUGHT
The University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan So-
ciety seeks a dramatics director, music director and
set designer for its fall production. Shows being
considered are Utopia, Sorcerer, Grand Duke and
Mikado.
CANDIDATES WILL BE INTERVIEWED MARCH 29
For more information and appointment, please call Ms. Oja,
764-1417 or 663-7109.

IM SCORES
Monday
Volleyball
Women's Competitive
;Sokel15-15, Kappa Kappa Gamma 0l-0
'Phi Beta Phi i54-15, Barbour 9-15-10
Independent Competitive
Big Dogs 15-15, Irradicators 9-6
Midshipmen B 15-15, Long Hitting Lamas 5-6
Fraternity A
;Beta Theta Pi 15-15, Zeta Psi 11-5
Phi Delta Theta 15-5, Sigma Phi 0-0 (forfeit)
Fraternity B
}Sigma Phi Epsilon 15-15, Zeta Psi 0-0 (forfeit)
Phi Delta Theta 15-15, Delta Tau Delta 4-7
Co-Rec
} t(Competitive )
v.B. Strikers 15-15, Michigan House 4-11
;V.B.'s 15-15, Positrons IlI O-0 (forfeit)
;Que;tonable Quadd"es 15-15, Couzens Blue 9r7
'Shveenlas 15-15, Couzens Gold 0-0
;Breakers 15-15, Spikers 3-12
'Alpha ChiOmega 15-13-15, Phantom Daze 12-15-10
;Nitwits 15-16, High Ho's 4-14
Eclectics 13-15-15, Shootzie Scores 15-9-9
(Recreative)
Agent Orange 15-15, APO II 10-5
Meds 15-15, MBA Green 8-5
Molson Mutilators 10-15-15, Spikes 154.8
Residence Hall
Butler 15-15, Fletcher 7-8
Eiliot Titans 15-15, Fred Strikers 0-0 (forfeit)

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