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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 4, 1980-Page F-13*

Women netters face rebuilding

Michigan women's tennis coach Ollie
Owens is doing things his own way this
year. He wasn't satisfied with the
status of the team which he inherited
last winter. The women who did play
were only able to produce a 3-11 season
mark. Owens was left holding the bag
as four of his top players quit because of
lack of interest.
But Owens has survived his first
year, and has decided to do things his
own way.

"We've got four aggressive freshmen
coming in; they'll change our style of
play," said Owens. "And the girls
remaining from last year are the ones
who really want to play tennis."
recruiting, Owens has shown what he
can do. The theory that has guided
Owens in his plans is that the big hitters
are the winners in college tennis.
"If you recruit the girls who really
can hit the ball, then you can teach
them consistency," he said. "But if you

bring in girls who just get the ball back
and can't hit a winner, then they'll
usually be beaten at this level. You just
can't teach them the great shots that
make a winner."
In top recruit Marian Kremer, he has
the chance to prove his point. The
freshman from Memphis is ranked in
the top twenty on the national level and
has been ranked consistently
throughout her career.
Mary McTaggart of Port Huron, has
the aggressiveness which Owens wants.
McTaggart, the top player in Michigan
last year, is hoped to fill the second
singles spot behind Kremer. "Mary
comes to the net well," said Owens.
"And she's a great volleyer. She'll be
one of our top doubles players."
Juliet Naft, a freshman from
Chicago, should strengthen the
Wolverines' doubles competition.
"Juliet should be
great for the team," said Owens. "Her
serve in doubles allows her to get to the

net quickly. Hopefully, we can pair her
with Robbie Risdon if they complement
each other."
THE FINAL recruit is one whom
Owens hopes to develop into an
aggressiye player like McTaggart.
Stacy Falled of New York is not
nationally known, but Owens feels she
has great potential. '.Stacy has talent
galore," said Owens. "I don't think
she's had the national tournament
pressure like the other girls, but if she
works, she'll play in our top six."
The lineup for this season will depend
on how fast the freshmen develop,
Kremer should be the number one
singles player and McTaggart is expec-
ted to play in the second singles spot.
Senior Sue Weber will most likely be
third singles with sophomore' Robbie
Risdon at number four. The remainder
of the spots will be competed for by
sophomore Jill Hertzman, Naft, junior
Debbie Klein, and sophomore Daisy

Coach: Oliver Owens (second
Last season: A score of prema-
ture departures. Several team
members quit the squad either
before or during the season, and
that ultimately led to disaster.
With veterans Kathy Krickstein
and Whit Stodghill gone, the net-
ters slipped from an 18-3 record
to a 3-13 mark.
This season: Uncertain, to say
the least. The corps of veterans
are not particularly strong, but
Owens' recruiting efforts may
make up for that. The comeback
will not be immediate, however.

WOMAN NETTER Sue Weber displays the steady forehand swing which Coach
Ollie Owens is counting on to bolster his unit at third singles this season. Things
can only get better for Owens after a 1980 campaign in which four of his top
performers quit and the team finished 3-11.

... early departure will hurt

'13' Proves Lucky
For Eisner's netters, another title


For the 13th consecutive year, the
script has come to the same conclusion.
Michigan's men's 'tennis team took
the 1980. Big Ten championship by a
comfortable margin, with several per-
formers tabbing top individual honors.
SCoach Brian Eisner's team, led by then-
sophomore sensation Michael Leach of
'Weston, Mass., junior Matt Horwitch of
*Highland Park, Illinois, and freshman
Mark Mees of Zanesville, Ohio, ac-
cumulated 68 points, more than twice as
many as runner-up Northwestern could
"I DON'T THINK anyone can believe
how proud 1! am of this team," said
Eisner. "The competition was probably
the best ever and we doubled our final
score from the previous year. In my
mind, this is the best team that I've had
in five years."
"During the season, the Wolverines
streaked to 18 straight match victories
after an early season setback at the
hands of top-ranked California.
"During that streak, we were con-
stantly rated among the top 10 teams in
the country," continued Eisner. "We
were well prepared when tournament
time came along."
"WELL PREPARED" is quite an-
understatement in describing the
Michigan netters by the time the post-
season tournaments rolled around.
The Wolverines finished the season
with an 18-1 overall record and a 9-0 Big
Ten record and had compiled some im-

singles and Neinken and Haney at third
Neinken, the lone senior on the team,
concluded a Big Ten career during
which he won a title in all four of his
competitive seasons.
NCAA Championships in Athens,
Georgia, where it lost its opening match

to Arkansas 5-0 and was eliminated
from competition.
Horwitch, however, came back in the
individual competition and gained All-
American status by finishing among
the top 16 singles players.
The Wolverine netters are optimistic
about the future, as they are losing only
Neinken from this year's team.

"I FEEL GOOD about- next year
because all of our key players will be
much better," said Eisner. "And many
of the top schools will be losing some of
their key personnel; we could establish
ourselves as a force to be reckoned with
and have a good shot at the NCAA
Eisner had recruited only one fresh-
man (at press time) for the next
season's squad, Ross Laser of Lincoln-
wood, Illinois.
"Ross has been ranked in the top 30 in
the nation, and I think he will be a
valuable asset to our team in the
future," Eisner predicted.

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To NEW STUDENTS Enrolling at Michigan for the Fall Term:
Here's Your Special 1980 Football Ticket Information
We are providing this information to insure that every student who wishes to see Michigan play
this fall receives a ticket. The six (6) game home schedule this year is one of the most attractive in
Michian's long history. The deadlines established in this letter are extremely important to you to
adhere to if you intend to purchase a ticket (limit one [1] student ticket per person). Inasmuch as
we have a waiting list for football tickets, all tickets not ordered by new first term enrollees prior
to September 12 will be purchased almost immediately by alumni and the general public. Stu-
dents attending Summer Registration through the Office of Orientation will have an
August 10 deadline to turn in applications. Therefore, we urge each of you to place your ap-
plication for football tickets immediately. As noted below, should your plans change and you
do not enroll in the University of Michigan you can apply for a refund anytime prior to August 31.
Refund requests after August 31 cannot be honored.
Instructions for Filing Football Applications
For Student Football Tickets Fall Term 1980
1. You may apply in person at the Athletic Ticket Office, corner of Hoover and State Streets, or
send your remittance by return mail to: The University of Michigan Athletic Ticket Office, 1000
South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Checks should be made payable to the Mich-
igan Ticket Department.
2. Student football seating priority is determined by credit hours earned atMichigan. All seat
assignments within the priority will be based ona random selection, (the priority date for this
selection was June 1, 1980). Group seating (limit of 50) will be-based on the lowest priority
student in the group. All new students (Freshman, Transfer or Graduate/Professional) will
have first term or Freshman priority.
3. New students assigned living space in University Housing may write the name of their Hall and
House within the Hall (e.g., Markley-Butler or West Quad-Wenley, etc.) across the top of
their application card. The Athletic Department will attempt to assign all students providing
this information seats in blocks by housing unit. Students are strongly reminded that they
must sit in their assigned seats as all seats in the stadium are reserved seats. The formula-
tion of housing blocks will be discontinued if the principle of reserve seating is violated.
4. The cost of the half-price student season ticket is $30.00 (6 home games). For an additional
$45.00 you may purchase a spouse ticket (proof of marriage required at time of pick-up).
5. You must be enrolled for the Fall Term at the time you order your tickets. If your plans change
and you do not attend Michigan you will be entitled to a refund if you apply before August 31.
6. Tickets will be mailed to your home address the latter part of August.
7. The Computer will check your priority plus whether you are registered in school. Any student
who does not fill in Computer Application properly will forfeit chance to purchase a student


... conference's best player
pressive individual statistics as well.
Number one singles player Leach had a
12-1 record; second singles man Hor-
witch chalked up 14 wins against only
one defeat; number three singles com-
petitor Mees boasted a 20-2 record;
number four singles player Jud
Shaufler went 14-5; senior Jack
Neinken sported a 15-4 record at fifth
singles; and at sixth singles, freshman
Tom Haney compiled a 13-5 slate.
In the doubles category, the team of
Leach-Horwitch had an unblemished
mark of 17-0. The number two team of
Haney-Neinken also had a spotless
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