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Women's tennis
vs. Miami of Ohio
today, 6 p.m.
Huron Valley Tennis Center

SPORTS

Men's tennis.
vs. Northwestern
today, 2:30 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building

The Michigan Daily

Friday, April 4, 1986

Page 8

Tennis teams take on tough weekend

Men look to
win Big Ten
By DEBBIE deFRANCES
Withthe 20th-ranked men's tennis
team in the country, Michigan head
coach Brian Eisner is looking for his
squad to defend its 1985 Big Ten title.
The Wolverines, now 3-5 on the
season, start their conference
schedule with a home opener against
Northwestern today at 2:30 p.m.
"CURRENTLY WE'RE ranked
number 20 in the United States and
that really marks the first time in the
last four years that we've been a top
20 levelrteam," said Eisner who has
coached Michigan to 17 conference
titles in 18 years. "I think that gives
you a good indication that we have
fairly dramatically moved ahead this
year."
Eisner said this year's squad is
much improved over last year's
young, inexperienced players.
Although their level of play is of
championship quality, they'll have a
tough time in this year's Big Ten.
"The team that has been our major
competition for the last four or five
years is Minnesota, and they have
dramatically improved their team
this year also," said Eisner. "It's all
relative, in other words, we have to
continue improving because
everybody else is too."
MICHIGAN RECEIVES its first
taste of this year's conference talent
this weekend against Northwestern
today and Iowa tomorrow. Eisner
hopes today will start a streak of dual

meet victories, since four of the
Wolverine's five losses have been to
top 20 teams.
Michigan will slot the same six in
singles positions that had played on
their Texas roadtrip a week ago.
Freshman sensation Dan Goldberg,
from Avon, Conn., will play the top
position for Michigan. Senior captain
Jim Sharton will start at number two
and junior Ed Filer at number three.
John Royer, a junior from Columbus,
Oh., moves down one slot from last
season to fourth singles. Sophomores
Jon Morris and Brad Koontz round out
the Wolverine's singles roster in fifth
and sixth positions.
Freshman Chip McColl joins the
doubles action as he teams with Brad
Koontz for the third doubles tandem.
Rounding out the Wolverines 12-man
roster are senior Hugh Kwok, junior
Jed Hakken, sophomores Franz

Geiger and John Solik and freshman
Michael Pizzutello.
EISNER SAID the motivation level
on the team is very high and most im-
portantly, the players want to be a
good team. Eisner said, however,
their goals of repeating their con-
ference championship and making it
to the NCAA Championships, will be
made difficult by more experienced
squads.
"What makes our role very difficult
is that we've been very successful and
have won so many championships,
that everybody's recruiting is based
on what our recruiting is," Eisner
said. "They have to say 'Is this guy
good enough to beat Michigan?' when
they recruit."
One thing that would make the
Wolverines' quest for another Big Ten
title easier, according to Eisner,
would be much more student support
at their home matches.

Rtt's women
fight iuries
By ERIC MAXSON
As women's tennis coach Bitsy Ritt
puts it, "We're hurting." They face
two tough meets this weekend, going
up against Miami of Ohio and Big Ten
foe Northwestern. The problem is, the
Wolverines are riddled with injuries.
Tina Basle, Tricia Horn and Lynn
Wise are sidelined. While Basle and
Wise could possibly play, Ritt has
decided to hold them out of this
weekend's meets.
MIAMI, SECOND in the Mid-
American Conference last year, will
be favored when the two teams face
off tonight at the Huron Valley Tennis
Center. Still, Ritt says, "We have a
legitimate shot when we're healthy."
To win, she says, "Everyone will have
to be competitive with her opponent.
We're going to have a good day."
The situation against Northwestern,
ranked ninth nationally, is the same,
but even tougher. The Wildcats, a

perennial power, are expected to con-
tend for the Big Ten title. Upsets are
rare in tennis because it takes five
victories to win a meet, according to
Ritt.
She insisted, though, that her
players have a good attitude. "We
can't go in with a losing attitude.
We're not going to make excuses. You
have to deal with these injuries."
WHILE THE situation is bad, it
isn't disastrous. "We can still accom-
plish all our goals at this point," says
Ritt. "If we have to have three
players out, this is the best time of the
year." All three should be back for the
last five meets of the season, the
Wolverines' most crucial matches.
They are sitting out now in an-
ticipation of those meets.
Basle and Wise, sophomores, are
expected to play against Marquette on
April 11, in time for most of the Big
Ten season. It's uncertain how long
Horn, a junior, will be out, but she
shouldn't be lost for the year
Meanwhile, some lesser-used
players will get to see some action.
Sophomore Susie Patlovich and junior
Mary Jo Raftery will play fifth and

sixth singles respectively. "This will
be a good chance to see what they can
do, says Ritt. Monica Borcherts and
Erin Ashare will move up two spots
each, to third and fourth singles, while
Leslie Mackey will move up one spot,
to second singles.

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Ritt
...injury concerns

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Tracksters open season

Goldberg
... No. 1 netter

Eisner
... shooting for NCAA's

Linksters ready to open season

By LIAM FLAHERTY
For all those who didn't get the tan
or relaxation they were looking for on
their recent week off, men's golf
coach Jim Carras knows how you feel.
His spring break didn't work out
either.
In March the Wolverines went to
Florida placing thirteenth in the South
Florida Invitational. They played in
Carras' simple estimation, "not very
well. Four out of five of our golfers did
worse than we expected.
HOWEVER CARRAS was quick to
point out that it was not as bad as it
seemed. "We didn't expect to do that
well, he said." These southern schools
have already played at least five
tournaments, this was our first time
out."
For Michigan the real season begins
tomorrow when they travel to West
Lafayette for the Purdue Invitational.
The Wolverines will be led by seniors
Peter Savarino and Chris Westfall.
Savarino, who replaces graduated
Dan Roberts as captain, had the best

scores in Florida last month.
Juniors Scott Chipokas and Jon Rife
will also be prominent members of
this year's squad. Last year was
Chipokas' first with the team, and he
posted the fourth-best average with
78.1.
FRESHMEN BOB PAPP and Hersh
Patell will be expected to give some
immediate help as well.
Last year the Wolverines finished
third in the Big Ten tournament and
this year coach Carras wants to do at
least that well. "We've talked about it
and we want to finish in the top three
in the Big Ten. We want to do well in
every tournament we play this year,
and we want to win at least one."
Ohio State is considered the favorite
in the Big Ten with Michigan predic-
ted to finish somewhere in the middle
of the pack. But according to Carras,
preseason predictions "don't mean a
heck of a lot." The Wolverines hope to

start proving that this weekend in
Indiana.
For the women's golf team, there
are no such pressure filled expec-
tations. Their main season is in the fall
and women's coach Sue LeClair con-
siders her three tournaments this
spring as "warmups."

By DOUGLAS VOLAN
Highlighted by the return of All-
Americans Sue Schoeder and Cathy
Schmidt, the women's track team
begins its 1986 outdoor season at the
Texas Relays in Austin, Tex.
Schroeder's list of accomplishmen-
ts includes being runner up in the 1985
NCAA Outdoor Nationals in the 5000-
meter run. She also placed third in the
3000-meter run. She followed this up
with a fifth place finish in the 1986
NCAA Indoor Nationals in the 3000-
meter run.
"SUE IS THE best all-around
athlete on the team," said head coach
James Henry. "She is the person we
depend on to come through for us in
the outdoor season."
Schmidt's career high came this
spring when she placed third in the
1000 meter run during the NCAA In-
door Nationals. She can run anything
from the 1/2 mile to the 3000 meter
run, showing versatility.
Kelli Bert is the third person for
distance that Henry is counting on.
She was an NCAA National qualifier
in the 1000-meter run in 1986. Like
Schmidt, Bert is versatile. She can
run the /2 mile to the 1500 meters for
the team.
ANOTHER STRONG point for the
Wolverines are the sprinters, who are
led by senior Joyce Wilson. Wilson
was injured for this year's Indoor Big
Ten Conference Championships, but
she is expected to be ready for the
outdoor season. "She's going to come
out and do some good things for us,"
said Henry. "She is our best sprinter.
We will depend on her in the 400 and
800 meter runs."
Henry is also expecting big things
from freshmen Dana McKiethen,
Michelle Gallier, and Gretchen
Jackson. All will compete in sprints
and jumps. Jackson, injured during
the indoor season, was an All-
American triple jumper in high
school.
Another Wolverine, multi-event
specialist Lauretta Mallard, will

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All this though, will do no good
unless the team can remain healthy.
With injuries to Wilson and Jackson,
the Wolverines placed sixth in the
Big-Ten Indoor meet. "If we can
forego injuries, we will be up there in
'the top three (of the Big Ten)," said
Henry.
Guerrero is
in jured for
3 months
VERO BEACH, Fla 'AP), -
Slugging outfielder Pedro Guerrero of
the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a
severe injury to his left knee
yesterday and will be sidelined at
least three months, a club spokesman
said.
Guerrero was trying to steal third
base in the bottom of the second in-
ning as part of a double steal in an
exhibition game against the Atlanta
Braves when his spikes apparently
caught in the dirt, causing the injury.
Guerrero, who hit .320 with 33 home
runs and 87 runs batted in, helping the
Dodgers win the National League
West championship last year, suf-
fered a ruptured patela tendon, the
spokesman said, adding that surgery
will be necessary.
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