The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 30, 1984 - Page 11
MATURITY T EMPERS SENIOR'S GAME
By SCOTT SALOWICH
For a prospective lawyer, Rodd
Schreiber does not approach the game
of tennis in a highly reasoned, intellec-
"My strategy is basically to knock
the other guy off the court with my
power," said Schreiber, the number
four singles player on Michigan men's
tennis team who has been accepted at
Michigan Law School.
SCHREIBER attacks the game with
a fiery, emotional attitude which reflec-
ts his personality and provides his less-
experienced teammates with an exam-
ple of the importance of winning. "I'm
an aggressive person," he said, "I'm
not set up psychologically for a finesse
style of play.''
As one of only two upperclassmen on
the squad, Schreiber feels a respon-
sibility to lead by example, and he
believes his aggressive style has a
positive influence on the other
"I really feel like I need to help.
everyone put themselves in the right
frame of mind to play their best ten-
nis," he said. "Through my fire and-
desire, I express how important it is to
win. Naturally everyone wants to win,
but it's a big thing for them to see how
important it is."
COACH 'BRIAN Eisner also
recognized the significance of
Schreiber's role as a team leader.
"Younger players are always looking
for direction from upperclassmen,"
Eisner said, "and this has put pressure
on both Rodd and Ross Laser (the other
senior on the team).
"This pressure had an effect on their
games early in the season, but now they
are able to see their roles, both as
leaders and as players, more clearly
and are able to separate them," Eisner
Eisner said Schreiber's attitude has
helped him overcome the pressure put
upon him, and that his style is a
"positive asset when our players see
how hard he's competing."
Schreiber's impatience is not always
to his advantage on the court, however.
"With my ability, I really shouldn't lose
at number four," he said, "and if I do
it's because of my mind. Unless I focus
only on tennis, my mind takes over
from my athletic ability and I take
"IT BECOMES a self-fulfilling
prophecy, I see I'm losing it, I tell
myself I'm losing it, and I lose it."
Laser, the team's captain, described
Schreiber as a volatile player and said
"Sometimes his fierceness as a com-
petitor interferes with his primary
goal, which is winning the match."
Schreiber has won enough matches
lately to show he can usually put his
emotions to good use. Both Laser and
Eisner attribute this to maturity. "He
has improved about 300 per cent since
his freshman year," said Laser.
EISNER said Schreiber's play has
become more consistent and added that
the consistency has come "as he has
learned more and more about himself."
Schreiber said earlier in his career,
his performances were "up and down
with some big, impressive wins and
some big losses too," but that since last
year he has been winning regularly. He
has found that by playing well every
day he can avoid the highs and lows
which once plagued him. Schreiber's
major trouble today is that he has been
a finalist in the Big Ten Championships
three times in the past two years but
has yet to win a title. In 1982, he lost in
the finals at third doubles and last year
at both fifth singles and third doubles.
"Right now my goals are to graduate
and to win our fourth Big Ten cham-
pionship since I've been here," he said.
"But for a selfish kind of reason I'd
especially like to win a Big Ten title
myself. I'm tired of just being a finalist.
"This year I want to bring home the
hardware," he said.
Netters take on Illini
in first Big Ten match
By ADAM MARTIN
The Woverines will not be chewing
their fingernails in anticipation of
today's match against Illinois
(Liberty Racquet Club, 2:30 p.m.),
but as Michigan coach Brian Eisner
put it, "We'll have our hands full."
Last year in Champaign, the
Michigan men's tennis team cut
down the Illini, 5-4, in a contest not as
close as the score indicated. Today,
in its first Big Ten match of the
season, Michigan may find things a
little less to its liking.W
"ILLINOIS has much the same
team as last year," said Eisner, "so
they're better. They are a scrappy
team. They really hustle and never
The Illini sport a solid lineup from
the first through the sixth singles
positions. According to Eisner,
Illinois doesn't "have a superstar,
just solid people who hustle."
The hustlers include seniors Neil
Adams and David Goodman, junior
John Losito and sophomores Mike
Meyer andAndre Lambert.
ILLINOIS coach Brad Louderback
confirmed his club's lack of stand-
outs, but he isn't too worried.
"Our,strength is our depth," said
Louderback. "We're a lot tougher
than last year and we feel confident
in what we can do."
Louderback sees 'his squad as a
legitimate Big Ten title challenger.
"I expect to finish near the top this
year," he said. "We should be a
Eisner will make a couple of
changes in the Wolverine lineup
heading into today's match. Fresh-
man John Royer will replace
sophomore Hugh Kwok at second
doubles, teaming up swith Senior
Rodd Schreiber. Kwok will move to
the third doubles spot with Satish
Hiremath, who impressed Eisner
last week against Western Michigan
in doubles competiton.
Daily Photo by REBECCA KNIGHT
Wolverine netter Rodd Schreiber smashes a backhand during practice yesterday. The senior's aggressive style of play
sets an important example for his less-experienced teammates.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Hubie Brooks belted a two-run
homer and Mookie Wilson had a three-run triple as the New
York Mets outslugged the Detroit Tigers 15-14 in a 10-inning
Grapefruit League exhibition game yesterday.
The game was tied 14-14 in the 10th when the Mets' Tucker
Ashford singled, moved to second on a wild pitch by Aurelio
Lopez (0-1), and scored on Rusty Tillman's third hit and four-
th RBI of the game.
THE TIGERS tied the game with four runs in the bottom of
the ninth on an RBI single by John Grubb and a bases-loaded
triple by Howard Johnson.
The Tigers led 2-0 in the Mets second when Juan Berenguer
walked Wilson and Brooks belted a wind-blown shot over the
right field wall to tie it 2-2.
In the Mets third, Jose Oquendo singled, Darryl Strawberry
walked and Danny Heep singled to load the bases, Wilson
tripled to drive in all three and Brooks' sacrifice fly scored
Wilson to complete a four-run rally.
The Mets got four more in the fifth with the aid of two
errors by Detroit first baseman Darrell Evans.
Scott Holman walked Detroit's Chet Lemon with the bases
loaded to force in one run in the seventh. Tom Brookens
singled home another, then Chris Pittaro unloaded a grand
slam over the right field wall.
The Mets improved their Grapefruit League record to 11-10,
while Detroit slipped to 10-15.
Dawkins' last second
hoop nets N.J.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -
Darryl Dawkins scored 26 points, in-
cluding the game-winning basket with
four seconds remaining, to propel the
New Jersey Nets to a 118-116 victory
over the Detroit Pistons in the National
Basketball Association last night.
New Jersey, 40-33, was leading 116-
114 after Dawkins grabbed a rebound of
a shot by teammate Darwin Cook and
stuffed it home with 33 seconds left.
Bill Laimbeer tied the score when he
grabbed Kelly Tripucka's missed shot
and banked it in with eight seconds to
The Nets called time out, and then
guard Otis Birdsong passed to Dawkins
at the top of the key. The 6-foot-11, 251-
pound center wheeled on Kent Benson and
drove the left side of the key, laying the
ball in for the winning points. A three-
point field goal attempt by Tripucka
with one second left bounced off the
Detroit's Isiah Thomas led all scorers
with 34 points, including 10 in the final
quarter. Tripucka added 22 and John
Long tallied 20 for Detroit.
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... three pointer won't go
RESERVE NQW FOR
Darryl Dawkins, seen here in a game against Cleveland, pumped in the shot
that killed the Pistons last night in New Jersey.
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