The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 9, 1982-Page 1 1 -D
LEACH WINS NCAA SINGLE'S TITLE
Netters take Big Ten title-again
Bv LARRV MISHKIN Michigan needs in order to hel im- the boy's 18 group Sharton was ranked
1982 seemed like another normal year
for the Michigan men's tennis team. It
won most of its regular season mat-
ches, it won its 15th consecutive Big Ten
title, and qualified for the NCAA tour-
nament only to lose in the opening
round to Georgia.
However, 1982 was the year that
credibility was restored to Michigan
Snnis as Wolverines singles player
ichael Leach won the NCAA singles
championship, making him the first
non-Southern or non-Western player to
win the title since Barry MacKay won
the title for Michigan in 1957.
ACCORDING TO head coach Brian
Eisner this credibility is the buoy that
prove its recruiting capabilities.
"From a team's, coach's and
player's standpoint," said Eisner,
"Leach's win restores our credibility. A
player now knows that he can come to
Michigan and be the best. We've always
felt that, but it has been difficult when
recruiting to get players to come to a
cold weather area."
Apparently the cold weather was not
a 'factor in this year's recruiting
program as Eisner landed a fine group
of players including two that he is
especially excited about.
THE FIRST is Jim Sharton, a lefty,
from Boston who was the number one
player in the New England area this
past year. In last year's rankings for
100th nationally and Eisner predicts
that ranking may be as high as 30 when
this year's rankings come out.
"(Sharton) is on the move," said
Eisner. "We feel he is the type of player
who will improve a great deal in
college." Eisner added jokingly that he
has always had great success with lef-
ties from Boston as Leach, who is lef-
thanded, is from Weston, just outside of
Eisner's other blue chip recruit is
Hugh Kwok from Montreal. Kwok won
the Canadian National Indoors this past
year and will be spending the summer
representing Canada in the Inter-
national Championships in Europe
where he will play in a variety of tour-
naments in various countries including
the Junior Wimbledon tournament.
ANOTHER INCOMING freshman
who Eisner feels could make a con-
tribution to the team is Eric Johnson
from Ann Arbor Pioneer High school
who Eisner has been working with for
the past six years.
At the other end of the spectrum,
Michigan will be losing three of its top
players as Leach, Bill Godfrey and Ihor
Debryn have all graduated. Eisner
though, is very confident about the
players who will be returning citing
Mark Mees, Tom Haney, Ross Laser,
and Rodd Schreiber as the team leaders
for this season.
"We're losing three quality players,"
said Eisner, "but we've got good
players coming back and some exciting
freshmen. Each year we lose certain
players, but we always have players
waiting in the wings to do the job."
Eisner said that although winning the
conference title has become almost a
habit, each year is a new and separate
"I feel very positive about this year's
team," said Eisner. "Our major con-
cern is how we can improve our people
and our program. Our primary goal is
to win the conference title again. We
feel the most pressure at the conference
level because we've always won and
we're always the team that people are
Women netters have experience,
7ook to e
By RON POLLACK
Every now and then, a single play can
alter an entire season for a team. Such
was the case this past season for the
Michigan women's tennis team.
It happened against Indiana when
~ichigan's star player, Marion
emer, tore cartilage in her knee. The
injury required surgery, and she
missed the remainder of the season for
the 13-10 Wolverines.
"WE WERE 10-5 when Marion got
hurt," said head Coach Oliver Owens.
"If that hadn't happened, we would
have finished higher. We think she'll be
okay, but may have to wear a brace to
play next year.
"She's been working real hard on the
abilitation. But she's lost three to
ithur months. So a lot will depend on how
hard she works in the fall. But I expect
her to have'at least as good a year this
coming season, as she did this past
season (when she was 10-1 in singles
and 8-2 in doubles play)."
While the team's record may have
suffered because of the loss of Kremer,
there was at least one positive result
that took place because of her injury.
And that was that number two singles
player Mary Mactaggart got to play
number one singles and gain experien-
ce against top players.
"THAT'S EXACTLY what she
needed, because her biggest problem is
that she lacks confidence," said Owens.
"She got a chance to play top people
and she did fairly well against them.
When she first moved to number one
singles, she was a little nervous, but af-
ter awhile she felt more comfortable."
Also back for Michigan this season
will be Jane Silfen, Jill Hertzman,
Karen Milczarski, Robbie Risdon,
Juliet Naft and Marianne Ring. These
six filled out the singles roster all year
behind Kremer and Mactaggart.
Of these six, Silfen, Milczarski and
Ring all were transfers last season.
"That obviously helped a lot," said
Owens. "Sometimes when you bring in
transfers, it can upset the team. But we
were fortunate in that they fit in and
were well received."
THE ONLY OTHER returnee for
Michigan is Lisa Noferi, another tran-
sfer, who saw limited action. The only
senior on last season's squad was Betsy
Shapiro, who also saw little playing
Owens is also looking for two recruits
to contribute to a team that finished
third in the Big Ten's last season. In
Stephanie Lightvoet (Kalamazoo) and
Paula Reichert (Grosse Pointe), the
Wolverines will be gaining the services
of the Michigan state champions in
" number one and number two singles
respectively. According to Owens, the
two are "among the top 30 girls in the
country for their age."
Looking at the upcoming seasons as a
whole, Owens said, "I expect a lot bet-
ter season than this past year's. With
all the players that are coming back
and the players that I'm bringing in
who'll help. I'm hoping to be nationally
ranked and move up a notch in the Big
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
MICHIGAN'S MARK MEES rips a forward. Mees along with several other
Wolverine returnees will be trying to bring the Big Ten Championship to Ann
Arbor for the 16th consecutive year in the spring.
RECRUITS SHOULD NULLIFY LOSSES:
Top sprinters gone,
By RON POLLACK
If the Michigan men's track team is to repeat as
Big Ten Champion, it will have to do so with new
faces in the sprints and hurdles since it will no longer
have the services of standouts Andrew Bruce, Shelby
Johnson and Butch Woolfolk, who was also a star per-
former on the Wolverine football team.
During last year's Big Ten Championships, Bruce
won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, Woolfolk
came in fourth in both races while Johnson finished
third in both the 110-meter high and 400-meter inter-
IN SPITE OF such losses, Michigan head coach
Jack Harvey, who was the NCAA District IV Coach of
the Year last season, is not as worried as one might
"We've been working on that, and we have three or
four kids coming in who we think can offset those
losses," he said. "We're having Thomas Wilcher
coming here, and he'll help in both the sprints and
hurdles. Derick Stinson is also coming here and he
finished in second, behind Wilcher, in both the high
and low hurdles in state. Wilcher is probably ranked
number one in the country, so that probably means
that Stinson isn't far behind. Earl Allen will also be
back, and he finished ahead of Woolfolk (in third) in
the Big Ten's in the 100 meters.
"The loss of Bruce is the biggest loss. He never lost
a Big Ten race the last two years. That'll be hard to
WILCHER, LIKE Woolfolk, will be a tailback for
the Michigan football team. Allen also is a member of
the Wolverine grid squad.
Yet another Michigan gridder who will be counted
on next year is Vince Bean, who teams with Derek
Harper to form a very talented one-two punch in the
long jump for Michigan. At the Big Ten's, Harper
took the title with a jump of 24.5" while Bean finished
fifth at 23'111/2". At the NCAA's, the two reversed
positions as Bean jumped 25'2" and Harper 25'0/4".
The Wolverines will be strong at the other field
events as well, with high jumper Dave 'lugin and shot
putter John Nielsen returning. Lugin jumped a
career best 7'33/4" at the NCAA's to give him 14th
place, after finishing second in the Big Ten's with a
effort of 7'0".
NIELSEN TOOK THIRD in the Big Ten shot put
competition and 23rd at the NCAA's. In the pole vault,
Michigan returns Dave Woolley and Don Chevillet,
who took second and fifth place, respectively, at the
In the distance events, Harvey says Michigan will
count most on Bill O'Reilly and Brian Diemer, both of
whom qualified for the NCAA's last season. Diemer
competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:25.65) at
the NCAA's while O'Reilly took part in the 5,000-
meter run (14:55.79).
back from injury
SHOT PUTTER John Nielsen shows the type of
effort that allowed him to finish third in the Big
Ten in the shot put.
Women's track team
improvement in '82
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By JIM DWORMAN
Improvement permeates the
Michigan women's track team.
From 1981 to 1982, the team moved up
from fourth place at the Big Ten Out-
or Championships to second. Its point
Utal increased by more than 50 per-
cent, from 60 to 92%. And seven
Wolverines earned All-American status
with their performances at the
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW) national champion-
ship meet, up from two in 1982.
LEADING THE WAY for coach
Francie Goodridge's squad was shot
putter and discus specialist Penny
eer. The senior won the national
iscus championship with a throw of 183
feet at the AIAW meet. She also won her,
third straight Big Ten title in the event.
Neer broke school records in both the
discus and the shot.
Frederick-gained All-American status
by finishing third at the AIAW's.
Williams, a senior, threw the javelin a
school record 167'6". Bullard, known
locally for her appearance in Detroit
television station WDIV's "Go 4 it"
commercial, cleared 5'8" in the high
jump. Earlier in the season, the Ann
Arbor native set a Michigan record by
topping 5'10". Frederick, a junior,
crossed the finish line in 4:20.99 in the
Lisa Larsen, a cross-country All-
American, earned a similar distinction
in track when she finished fifth in the
3,000-meter run with a time of 9:29.8.
The final pair of Wolverine All-
Americans were relay teams. In the
400-meter relay, Renee Turner, Brenda
Kazinec, Lorrie Thornton and Cathy
Sharpe finished fourth with a time of
46.58. The same four performers
finished fifth in the sprint medley relay,
setting a new school record with a time
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