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Page 8-D - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1983
D Eisner and men's tennis team
-a shoot for 17th straight title

By STEVE HUNTER
Will the Michigan men's tennis team
win yet another Big Ten title this
season? Many Michigan fans and op-
ponents are asking this question as the
Wolverines come off their 16th con-
secutive title. Even head coach Brian
Eisner admits to considering it.

many imponderables that you don't
think that way. That just comes if you
do the job."
DOING THE job for Michigan in the
upcoming season will include replacing
the number one and two singles
players, Mark Mees and Tom Haney,
who also teamed up for a Big Ten
championship at number one doubles
for the Wolverines in last year's play.
The competition for these two
openings will probably come down to
last year's number three and four

tremely impressive.
"There's a great deal of potential
there" Eisner said in reference to Shar-
ton. "If you play that well as a fresh-
man, it's only going to get better."
Other players which Eisner describes
as "key returnees" include Rod
Schreiber, who took runner-up honors
in the Big Ten at both fifth singles and
third doubles. Also important will be
the other half of last year's number
three tandem, Hugh Kwok.
OTHER RETURNEES, such as this

'For us to feel any different than (we're going
to win the title) wouldn't be Michigan.'
-Brian Eisner
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Last, but certainly not least, are
Michigan's recruits. As of late May
Eisner had three prep stars committed to
Michigan. The first was John Royer of
Columbus, Ohio, who was undefeated in
high school play. The Wolverines lan-
ded Brad Flower of New Jersey, as well
as the number one Class B player in
Michigan, Todd Cohen of Kalamazoo
Hackett.
ALL OF THIS adds up to what Eisner
calls "a great deal of depth" for
Michigan, but the Wolverines still need
to work on their top positions.
That is where the summer comes in.
According to Eisner "The summer for
tennis players is a very, very important
time. All of our people are out there
playing and that's important."
Playing for college players is more
than practice and local tournaments -
it means travel and playing on circuits.
Some of the players, such as Schreiber
and Lamothe, will go as far as Europe
to play this summer, but most work out
near their home. Kwok, a native of
Montreal, will play in Canada, while
Sharton and others will join the USTA
circuit. Formerly known as the Penn
circuit (the former sponsor), it is a
highly competitive group of minor pros
and amateurs struggling for ATP poin-
ts in order to be allowed into the major
tournaments.
With a summer of experience under
their belts, the Wolverines look to be a
very powerful team, despite having
what senior Schreiber calls, "a nucleus
of freshman and sophomores." But only
time will tell.

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singles players, Ross Laser and Jim
Sharton, respectively.
Sharton was particularly impressive
this past year, winning both the number
four singles title and number two
doubles crown at the Big Ten tourney.
Laser also had a share in the glory as
Sharton's partner.
LASER, A SENIOR, will have
maturity over Sharton in the battle for
top spot but, according to Eisner, Shar-
ton's play as a freshman has been ex-

year's number seven man Kurt Licht-
man, as well as Satish Hiermath, Ken
Frank, and Mark Strem, add to
Michigan's depth.
Michigan will also have the services
of Ruben Lamothe, the national cham-
pion of Haiti, and Dan McClaughlin.
Lamonthe was a transfer from Iowa
this past season and McClaughlin was
scholastically ineligible, but both
should be ready to contribute in the up-
coming season.

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"For us to feel any different than
(we're going to win the title) wouldn't
be Michigan," said the 14-year
coach. He is quick to add, however, that
the team doesn't think the cham-
pionship is in the bag. "There's so

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
The senior is one of the

Michigan's Ross Laser prepares to return a volley.
top returning players on the Wolverine tennis team.

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The past season of the Michigan
women's tennis team was much like the
proverbial plans of mice and men -
something went awry. Michigan looked
very strong early in the year, barely
losing to a highly-regarded Indiana
team, 5-4. Later in the year, however,
after losing top players Marian Kremer
and Paula Reichert, the Hoosiers blew
out the Wolverines, 8-1.
Unfortunately for the team, which
had played well all year despite the in-
juries, it came up short at the Big Tens
with a fifth-place finish.
HEAD COACH Ollie Owens at-
tributed Michigan's performance to in-
juries. "Considering the team I took to
the Big Ten had four out of our top eight

out... I thought we did a pretty good
job," he said.
Perhaps not many teams could have
done as well as the Wolverines under
those conditions. Michigan had good
depth last year and needed all of it. Had
it been a team like Indiana, which

carries only eight girls according to
Owens, the injuries would have
devastated the Wolverines.
This raises the question or whether
Michigan will again be a very deep
team. The answer appears to be yes.
GRADUATION, WHICH decimated

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some Big Ten teams such as Michigan,
State, which lost five out of its top eight,--,
will take only number three singles{.
player Jill Hertzman from the
Wolverine lineup.
In addition, the Wolverines will have,
the certain return of Reichert, who,-
played second and third singles before '
her injury last year, and the possible
return of Kremer.
Although Kremer was one of the top
singles players in the country, two
severe knee injuries will force her to'
wear braces and tape in some com-_
bination. Furthermore if she returns,
which is questionable, she is expected.:
to play farther down the lineup.
REICHERT, ON the other hand,
seems to have recovered and is con-
sidered by Owens to be one of the top
players on the team, along with Mary
Mactaggart, Sephanie Lightvoet, and
Karen Milczarski.
Lightvoet, who suffered from in-
flamed knee ligaments last year, is also ,
expected to be ready to play. "Light-
voet, because whe went to the NCAA's,
is really fired up about next year" said-
Owens. "Reichert, because she was in-:
jured, is looking forward to it too."
Other returnees include Ann Mazure,
Jane Silfen, Marianna Ring and Juliet Naft,
who all got starts at one time or another.
last year and have match experience.
SOME OF the new faces for next year.
will include Maryanne Hodges, who
transferred to Michigan last year and
had to sit out a season, as well as two
new recruits. The freshmen-to-be are
Patricia Horn of Cincinnati, who was
ranked thirtieth at Westerns, and
Alison Miller of Chicago.
As for summer training, most of the
girls run and practice according to
Owens. Milczarski said "I'm going to
start lifting after Memorial Day and
play in some tournaments in June and
July."
The Detroit native is also looking
forward to the upcoming season.
"Everyone wil be recovered" said
Milczarski, and added, "I think we're
going to have a strong team and I'm
looking forward to beating North-
western."
Since Owens feels that the Big Ten
runner-up Wildcats got stronger this
year, those are big plans. Whether they
go awry or not remains to be seen.

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Paula Reichert was a mainstay of the women's tennis team until an injury
took her out of the lineup.
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