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Women's Softball
vs. Ohio State
Friday and Saturday
Varsity Softball Diamond

SPORTS

Baseball
vs. Bowling Green
Today, 1 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium
Page9

hThe Michigan Daily

Tuesday, March 31, 1987

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Men's tennis defeats trio of non-conference foes
Netters sweep south

C

THE SPORTING VIEWS

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By ADAM SCHRAGER
The men's tennis team prepared
for the Big Ten season, which starts
this Friday, by crushing non-
conference foes Kansas, West
Virginia, and Richmond in a three
team dual match in Morgantown,
W. Va. last weekend.
The weekend was supposed to
provide tough competition for the
Wolverines who start the Big Ten
season by hosting defending
champion Minnesota this Friday,
but the result was the opposite.
1 Michigan lost only one match the
entire weekend.
"I was concerned with the fact
that we were going outside," said
Michigan head coach Brian Eisner,

who now owns 274 career wins.
"After playing for so long indoors,
you never know what could
happen."
The 27th-ranked Jayhawks of
Kansas were the first team to feel
the wrath of the 17th-ranked
Wolverines. Michigan swept the
six singles matches and thoroughly
dominated their opponents in the
process. Fifth and six singles
players, John Morris and Brad
Koontz led the way with 6-1, 6-1
and 6-1, 6-0 victories, respectively.
The doubles matches were not
played due to the one-sided singles
results.
Against West Virginia,
Michigan continued its domination,

losing one set in six singles
matches. The Wolverines led by the
strong play at number one singles
by Ed Nagel defeated the
Mountaineers on their own home
courts. Once again the doubles
matches were not played due to the
Michigan's domination in singles.
The final match of the weekend
further completed the Wolverine

BY PETER ZELLEN
Here it is, the National League West. I like to
call it the crap shoot Division because almost
anyone could win it. In such a weak hitting
division, the teams have become dependant on
pitching. The team which scores just enough runs
to squeak by will win this division. And that team
will be:
San Fransisco Giants - This pitching staff
is underrated. For the last two years, it's simply
been outstanding. Last season the Giants posted a
3.33 team earned run average, which was third in the
league. There's no reason they can't do it again.
Twenty-game winner Mike Krukow is back.
Offensively, this team is no pushover. Look for
outfielders Jeffrey Leonard and Chili Davis to finally
achieve those MVP years that they've been toying
with the last two seasons. Look for a strong bench
and of course a great staff to take the Giants into the
playoffs.
The rest in order of predicted finish:
Houston Astros - More
great pitching, but it won't be
able to compensate for the
declining offense. They have no A .L
catcher to speak of, and outfielder
Jose Cruz isn't getting any
younger.
Their chances of repeating will be greatly
improved if manager Hal Lanier can talk the front
office into signing free-agent catcher Rich Gedman.
Doesn't watching 40-year old Nolan Ryan throw
at 94 mph just bring tears to your eyes?
Los Angeles Dodgers - Gotta love that
pitching. There's nothing you can say about their
great staff. As for offense, I'm still waiting for
Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, Ron Cey,
Steve Yeager, and Reggie Smith all to return. But
they ain't coming back, and the offense just isn't

Giants look big .
.pitching the key
there.
Pedro Guerrero may never play the game as well
after his career-threatening knee injury of last
spring. Needless to say, the lineup is shaky even
without the injuries. Wouldn't Tim Raines look
great in Dodger blue patrolling center field in
Chavez Ravine?
Cincinnati Reds - This team is almost as
overrated as its manager, Pete Rose. People think
that Eric Davis is the next Willie Mays so therefore
a pennant is automatic. Look up how many
pennants the Giants won during Willie's 20-year
stay. I'll tell you how many, two.
The first was in his rookie year, 1951, and we all
know that was the result of destiny. Besides, Mays
didn't do so well that year anyway. The second came
a few years later. The remainder was spent in
futility. That's where the Reds will be if they don't
get some starting pitchers. Name the rotation after
Bill Gullickson and Tom Browning. Sometime
during June Pete's going to call himself up to play
first base after he gets mad at Nick Esasky, again.
San Diego Padres - This
team is going to finish towards
the bottom in 1987, but there's
nothing wrong with that. The
Youth Movement has begun, and
manager Larry Bowa will start
rookies Stan Jefferson in center
field and Benito Santiago at catcher. Forget
about 1987 but look out 1989 or 1990!
Atlanta Braves - There's going to be another
trial in Manager Chuck Tanner's future. The
prosecution will be similar to the one he faced
during the Pittsburgh drug affair. They will ask
"Were you at all aware that the team you were
fielding was not of major league quality?"
And he will reply just like he did in Pittsburgh,
"I had no idea what was going on. I knew nothing
about it." Chuck, you're absolutely right.
F

Lady netters
edged by Irish,

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By ROB LEVINE
This past weekend the women's
tennis team traveled to the Hoosier
state to battle ninth-ranked Indiana
and Notre Dame. The Wolverines
fell to the Hoosiers, 8-1, on
Saturday in Bloomington and were
defeated by the Fighting Irish, 5-4,
in a close match Sunday in South
Bend.
Michigan's record now stands at
7-8 overall, 1-3 in the Big Ten.
Against a tough Indiana squad,
the Wolverines only managed to
come away with a win at number
one singles. Tina Basle beat Kelly
Mulvihill, 6-4,6-4.
"Tina's had a great spring," said
Michigan head coach .Bitsy Ritt.
"She's really playing well: With
each win, she's gaining more and
more confidence. For her to get a
win against Indiana was really to
her credit."
AT SECOND singles, Leslie
Mackey lost a close three-setter to
Indiana's Cindy Kopetzki, ranked
29th nationally. "It could have gone
either way," said Ritt.
The Hoosiers' third through
sixth singles players gave strong
performances. Angela Farley
defeated Tricia Horn at third singles,
6-2, 6-1. Janet McCutcheon won,
6-0, 6-2, over Susie Patlovich at
fourth singles. Jane Paulson
downed Anne Marie Floreno, 6-1,6-
0, at fifth singles, and Ann Heidt
edged Alison Miller, 7-6, 6-4.
Indiana's dominance carried into
the doubles matches. Mulvihill-
McCutcheon crushed Basle-Horn, 6-
2, 6-0 at one doubles, and Farley-
Kopetzki blitzed Mackey-Floreno
by the same score at second
doubles. The team of Patlovich and
Big plans
for Payton
LONDON (AP) - Chicago Bear
running back Walter Payton said
yesterday that he wants to buy a pro
football team, possibly to play its
home games in London.
Payton, the NFL's all-time
leading rusher, said that he would
play one more season, then pursue
his ambition to be a team owner.
Britain, with a growing interest
in American-style football, is a
possible site for his team, Payton
said in reiterating statements he
'first made last summer.
"For a long time now I've
wanted to own a professional team,
in London or the States. But I think
the time is coming when a British
team could compete in the NFL,"
Payton said. "We'd be going into
uncharted waters, but the potential
is there for a gold strike."
About 90 teams play in semipro
football leagues in Britain each fall,
anti me. rlo talevicinn shnme with

Kathy Schmidt put up a fight
before bowing at third doubles, 6-3,
7-6, to Paulson-Heidt.,
"On the big points we did not
have the experience that Indiana
had," said Ritt. "They have
confidence they can come through.
"Against Indiana, I was really
happy because I felt we looked
strong."
PLAYING an easier opponent
in Notre Dame on Sunday wasn't
enough to register a win. Basle won
again, 6-4, 6-4 over Michelle Dasso
and Alison Miller squeezed past
Rosa Kelly, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, but the
Irish swept the middle four singles
spots.
Stephanie Tolstedt nipped
Mackey, 7-5, 5-7, 7-6. Alice Lehrer
stopped Horn, 6-3, 6-1. Tammy
Schmidt beat Patlovich, 7-5, 6-3
and Floreno fell Natalie Illiq, 6-3,
6-3.
The Wolverines won at the first
two doubles positions, but couldn't
pull out a victory at third doubles.
Basle-Horn tripped Dasso-Lehrer, 6-
3, 6-3 and Mackey-Floreno edged
Tolstedt-Illiq, 6-4, 6-4. Third
doubles proved to be the decisive
match as Schmidt-Kelly beat
Patlovich-Schmidt in a tight three
set match, 7-6, 0-6, 6-4.
"Notre Dame was struggling a
bit and we were concerned they
would be really ready for a win,"
said Ritt, "and they were."

Eisner
... racks up 274th victory
domination. They defeated the
University of Richmond, 8-1,
losing only the number one doubles
match in three sets. Chip McColl
and Franz Geiger formed a doubles
team for the first time and were
successful at the number-three spot.

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Women gymnasts place fifth

By JULIE HOLLMAN
A tenth of a dollar can only buy
a gumball, but a tenth of a point
can buy a higher position in a Big
Ten championship. This was the
unfortunate reality of gymnastics
economics this past weekend as the
women's team placed fifth in the
title meet at the Wisconsin Field
House.
For the fifth consecutive year,
Ohio State ran away with the crown
but the next four teams were no
more than .35 tenths away from
each other. Second place Michigan
State finished with a 180.65 and
Minnesota ended with a 180.45.
The tightness continued as Illinois
came in only .25 behind the
Gophers and finally the Wolverines
grabbed fifth only .35 out of fourth.
Wisconsin scored a 177.95, 1.10
behind Michigan, and Iowa filled
out the field with a distant 173.10.
Although Michigan head coach
Dana Kempthorn had hoped to
finish either third or fourth, she was

not disappointed with her team's
performance. "The kids did what I
asked of them, we hit 22 out of 24
routines," said Kempthorn. "They
went in and hit their routines and I
couldn't be happier. We only had
two falls on beam and I saw some
teams falling eight or nine times."
Although the Wolverines didn't
win any of the events, they did post
some of their best scores of the
season. The all-around team score
of 179.05 was Michigan's third
highest mark and the team's 45.1
vault performance behind Jannie
Klepek's 9.35 routine, ranked as
Michigan's best in that event.
The Wolverines' top
performances were turned in by
Klepek and Angela Williams.
Williams finished with a 36.7 all-
around score and Klepek recorded a
36.65. These scores helped both
gymnasts qualify for the individual
competition. Janna Jeffries also had
a good day as she delivered a
personal high uneven bars

performance with a 9.3.
In the individuals, Williams and
Klepek made sure to leave a mark
of maize and blue in the standings.
Williams came in sixth in the all-

around and Klepek followed right
behind to notch seventh. Williams
continued to show her stuff by
capturing third on the vault and
Klepek took fourth on the beam.
Janna Jeffries also qualified for the
individuals and capitalized on her
opportunity with an eighth place
routine on the bars.
In the floor competition,
Williams failed to recapture her
1985 title but still managed to
come in fifth. Williams and
Klepek's finishes qualified them
for the NCAA regional competition
to be held April 10 and 11 at the
University of Alabama.
All and all, the team was pleased
with its performance but with eight
freshmen on the squad, the
Wolverines also learned something.
"The freshmen know now that they
have to get a little more difficulty
and get those routines a little more
perfected and because they know
this they will be better prepared for
next year," said Kempthorn.

Williams
... vaults to third

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