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Woman's Tennis
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, March 22, 10:30 a.m.
Huron Valley Racquet Club


State High School
Basketball Championships
Friday and Saturday, March 22-23
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, March 21, 1985

Page 7

First lady:

Reichert determined and
consistent as team leader

With her baseline consistency, her in-
tense concentration and her ripping
backhand, Paula Reichert is the best
singles player on this year's women's
tennis team.
Reichert, a junior from Grosse Poin-
te, was named to the All-Big Ten team
last year at second singles. This year,
however, playing the top spot,
Reichert will find her Big Ten com-
petition difficult, according to head
coach Bitsy Ritt.
"FOR PAULA to achieve that (All
Big Ten honors) again, would be a real
achievement," admitted Ritt quickly.
"It's not easy in the Big Ten; it's not
going to be automatic." Reichert
agrees, saying that she hopes she will
be able to also make it to the NCAA
Championships at the end of the season.
As for the present, Paula has suc-
cessfully started the spring season
destroying opponents from Calvin
College and Eastern Michigan in
straight sets during her first two weeks
of competition.
Reichert, the team capfain, began
playing tennis at the age of ten and
started competing in junior tournamen--
ts at 13. Although both of her parents
play the sport, Paula admits that most
of her interest was formed by her best
friend and successful tennis pro Susan
Mascarin. Mascarin was once ranked
as the world's best junior player' and
Tennis magazine's player of the month
to watch, according to Reichert.

"SUSIE AND I still keep in touch so
we know how each other is doing," said
Reichert. "In fact, I'm going to Europe
this summer to practice and tour with
In high school, Reichert played
second singles at Grosse Pointe South.
As a junior she was ranked 45th in the
nation and third in the Western Tennis
Reichert continues to share a very
close relationship with both of her
parents. She has two older sisters who
never picked up the sport. "I guess I
was the athletic one of the family," said
Reichert with a modest smile on, her
face. "I was kinda like the son my
father always wanted."
ALTHOUGH she chose Michigan so
she could stay close to home, Reichert's
parents rarely have the opportunity to see
her compete. "My father gets so ner-
vous watching me play," said Reichert
who admits that she too is a bundle of
nerves in father's presence at a match.
"They don't come very often, because I
don't play well when they are wat-
Reichert says that one of her
strengths is her ability to focus her at-
tenion on her own playing. "She relies a
lot on her consistency and her concen-
tration," said Ritt. "She doesn't quit,
she's a fighter and always seems to be
able to comeback," Ritt added.
According to Coach Ritt, Reichert is
definitely a team leader and helps the
others more through her idealized
style of play than through her instruc-

ting ability. "As team captain, she
realizes her responsibility and often
helps the freshmen with their games,"
said a proud Ritt.
ON THE court, Reichert shows little
or no emotion. She said it helps her con-
centration and ability to play well.
"When I was little, my parents said if I
ever got mad on the court, that was it,
no more tennis," Reichert recalled.
Through her dedication and en-
thusiasm to the sport of tennis,
Reichert has developed a consistent
ground stroke game. Her most pre-
ferred style of play is to stay back on
the baseline and rally with her op-
ponents until she has the perfect oppor-
tunity to drill one of her backhand shots
past her opponent for a winner.
"My best shot is my backhand,"
Reichert said with a little giggle. And
she knows how to utilize it, according to
Ritt who says Paula is a smart player.
WHEN SHE'S not on the court, prac-
ticing approximately 15 hours a week,
Reichert can usually be found in the
library studying. "My day consists of
going to class, going to practice and
then to the library," said the
Economics major. "And when I'm not
there, I might be found at my boyfrien-
d's," she added with a quick smile
School and studying are as important
if not more than tennis to the number
one player. Paula enjoys her tennis
career, but conceded that she is not con-
sidering turning professional upon
graduation from Michigan.
"My friend Susie (Mascarin) prac-

tices five, six hours a day, lifts weights.
and tennis is her life," said Reichert. "I
don't see that in my future. Once I'm
out of college, it's the end of my tennis
career and time to work."
One of the junior's main reasons for
competing at the college level of tennis
is to repay her parents for all the time
and effort they have devoted to her
career. "I got a scholarship to
Michigan to play tennis so that I can
pay back my parents for all the money
that they've put into my training,"
Reichert concluded. "I want to make
them proud of me."
Reichert's hard work has proved to
be a success. Although there are many
talented women on the team, Ritt ad-
mits that Reichert is above the rest.
"She's definitely the best player on
the team," Ritt concluded.

Junior Paula Reichert brushes up on her forehand for Friday's home match
against Western Michigan. Reichert, an All-Big Ten performer last year, is
the top player and team captain on the women's tennis squad.

Michigan matmen finish ifth in NCAA

Michigan finished fifth in last
weekend's NCAA wrestling tour-
nament, no disappointment considering
the odds of knocking off eternally first
-ranked Iowa were as good as Lehigh
beating Georgetown.
Behind two second place finishes, Joe
McFarland at 126 pounds and Kirt Trost
at heavyweight, the Wolverines ac-
cumulated 52 points in the three day-
tourney held in Oklahoma City, behind
Iowa, (1451/), Oklahoma (94%), Iowa
State (70), and Oklahoma State (56).
"WE FELT THAT if we wrestled as
well as we could, we'd finish in the top
ten," said assistant coach Joe Wells,
speaking for head coach Dale Bahr who
left for a week's vacation after the
tournament. "We were ranked ninth in
the tournament poll and anytime you
move up in the top ten it's good."
The Wolverines had NCAA entries at
six weights as a result of each of them
finishing in the top four in the Big Ten
w tournament. Along with McFarland
and Trost were William Waters (118
pounds), John Fisher (126), Steve

Rechsteiner (177), and Bill Elbin (190).
Fisher, the freshman from ]Flint,
went into the tournament as the eight
seed, but managed to advance all the
way to the quarterfinals before losing to
the eventual champion, Wisconsin's
Jim Jordan, 6-1. Fisher then went to the
wrestlebacks (consolation round),
where he finished fourth, thus
becoming All-American. He ended his
season at 40-7.
THE REST OF the Michigan entries
were not as successful. Bill Elbin lost in
the second round of the preliminaries,
3-2, to Cal-Poly's Mark Tracey. He
finished his final year at 33-13-2.
William Waters lost in the first round,
as did Scott Rechsteiner. Rechsteiner's
loss was especially painful, as the
senior from Bay City was seventh
seeded but lost to unseeded Monte
Wilcox of LSU, 8-1.
"His opponent's style went against
the grain," said Wells - noting that
Rechsteiner's weakness is "on the
mat" (as opposed to on the feet). "The
NCAA (tournament) points out if any
wrestler has any glaring weakness.

Wrestlers at the tournament are good
enough to capitalize on the
But whereas Rechsteiner was the vic-
tim of an upset, heavyweight Kirk Trost
was the perpetrator of one. Trost met
number one seeded Rick Peterson of

Lock Haven in the quarter finals, and
knocked off the heavily favored Peter-
son 10-8. Even the coaches were
"I THOUGHT there was a decided
difference between the top two seeds in
the rest of the field," conceeded Wells.
"I felt (the.top two seeds) were a notch
above everyone else. Kirk proved me
Or at least partially proved. Although
Trost advanced to the final round, he
was dominated by second seeded Bill
Hyman of Temple 12-2. Trost, a senior
from New Lennox, Illinois, finished 44-
8. He will return for a fifth year of
eligibility, and is likely to be one of the
nation's top ranked heavyweights when
the '85-'86 season begins.
But if making the finals only to lose
proved to be a major success for Trost,
it was only a disappointment.,for Joe
THE SENIOR again failed to win the
NCAA championships, finishing second
for the second year in a row. Mc-
Farland cruised through the tourney
before meeting Iowa's Olympic Silver-

Medalist, Barry Davis, and falling, 8-4.
"I really felt that going into it, that I
was going to win it," said the North
Olmsted, Ohio native.' "I did all I
Still no loss could detract from Mc-
Farland's career at Michigan. He
finished the season at 43-3, was a four
time All-American, and had a career
mark of 166-24. In addition to twice
being runner up at the NCAA tour-
nament, McFarland won the Big Ten
title once, finished second three times,
and was twice the champion of the
prestigious Midlands Tournament.

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Tigers' rally sinks Pirates, 11-5

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Pinch-
hitter Ron Johnson hit a three run
"double to spark a six-run eighth inning
s the Detroit Tigers coasted to an 11-5
exhibition baseball victory over the Pit-
tsburgh Pirates yesterday.
The Tigers sent 11 hitters to the plate
in the eighth as they tagged reliever
Rod Scurry for four hits. Scurry, 0-1,
took the loss.
DETROIT WAS trailing 4-3 before the
big inning.
Chet Lemon hit his third homer of the
spring with one man on in the fourth in-
ning. The blast, off starter Rick
Rhoden, sailed over the left field fence.
The Tigers' Aurelio Lopez was the
winning pitcher after working the last
four innings and holding the Pirates to
six hits and two runs.
graves 3, Royals 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Pascual

Perez stopped Kansas City on two hits
over five innings and the Atlanta
Braves capitalized on two errors to
edge the Royals 3-1 in an exhibition
game yesterday.
Kansas City managed just three hits
off Perez, Marty Clary and Terry For-
ster, scoring its only run in the fourth
inning when Pat Sheridan scored on Pat
Putnam 's groundout. Sheridan had ad-
vanced to third after leading off with a
single. I
The Braves scored all three of their
runs in the second inning on three
singles and errors by third baseman
George Brett and center fielder Willie
Wilson. Paul Runge walked with the
bases loaded in the inning and Paul
Zuvella, who had two hits, was credited
with a run batted in.
Philadephia 6, New York 5
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Shane

Rawley held the New York Mets Phillies d
scoreless for five innings to lead the of them ur
Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 victory in The Met
an exhibition game yesterday. and three
Rawley, who had retired just one bat-, Chapman;
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singles and struck out two during his
five inning stint against the Mets. The Ph
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