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Women's Tennis
vs. Ohio University
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building
The Michigan Daily

TSPORTS
Tuesday, April 21, 1987

Baseball Doubleheader
vs. Cleveland State
Tomorrow, 1 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium
Page 9

'83 champ excells as coach

By ADAM SCHRAGER
What would you call a coach who embodies
the diligence and intensity of a Bobby Knight or
Mike Ditka and the humanistic and caring side of
a Bill Parcells or K.C. Jones?
This type of coach, according to number one
doubles player Ed Filer, is men's assistant tennis
coach, Mark Mees.
"His no-quit, blue-collar type attitude and his
ability to work with people makes him the ideal
tennis coach to play for," explained Filer.
SINCE TAKING over as assistant coach
after graduating from Michigan in 1983, Mees'
influence on the team has grown every season.
"I think the reason for my increased success
and involvement with the actual coaching," said
Mees, "has something to do with the fact that
now I am farther removed from people that I
played with and were my buddies. I now can act
as a go-between for the players and Brian (head
coach Brian Eisner).
"I have learned, though that you have to
understand that you draw the line between being
buddies with the players and being their coach.
You have to be able to step on them if need be."
This intense attitude for Mees, who played
SPORTS OF THE DAIL Y:

diligently in both matches and practice, is
nothing that people who saw him in his four
years as a Michigan star do not already know.
IN HIS TENURE with the Wolverines, he
earned four All-Big Ten honors and won two Big
Ten doubles titles.
In 1982, Mees teamed with eventual NCAA
singles champion Mike Leach to aid Michigan in
capturing the Big Ten title.
One year later, Mees and partner Tom Haney
combined to win the Big Tens and then advance
all the way to the quarterfinals of the NCAAs to
garner All-American honors.
Mees' success on the tennis court has helped
him gain the respect of the team's present
players.
"We respect his ability on the tennis court,"
said senior captain John Royer. "We know that
for one set, he can beat anybody on this team.
His ability commands respect."
MEES IS ONLY able to play one set these
days, due to a hip injury that kept him from
turning professional. Being a pro was his
ultimite career goal.
"I always wanted to play professional tennis,
but when I injured my hip I realized that I could

not accomplish this goal," said Mees. "In fact, I
am probably hitting as well now if not better
than I ever have before.
"I chose coaching as a career because I loved
college tennis and its team aspect. That idea of
playing as a team is not found much in tennis
anymore. Plus the fact that I'm a sports nut. I
can't imagine doing anything else."
This dedication to coaching college tennis
does not stop at the assistant coach level for
Mees. In fact, the University of Richmond is
flying Mees down to Virginia today as one of the
finalists for the head coaching job for next year.
"I want to be a head coach, but it will be
extremely difficult to leave Michigan," said
Mees. "I have spent my last eight years here and
would come back if the opportunity presented
itself, but I cannot wait around for that to
transpire. The bottom line is that I would love to
coach at Michigan some day."
"I kept telling him that he had to wait until I
left before he could get a head coaching job
elsewhere," said Royer. "He is the reason that I
came here. He is the ideal role-model; the ideal
tennis coach. He has every trait that it takes to
become a head coach. I wish him the best."

Men's golf shoots year's 'best'

-Sports Information Photo
Assistant coach Mark Mees, shown here in his playing days at Michigan,
Will offer his services, as head coach, to the University of Richmond.
Big Ten Baseball Standings

East
w
MICHIGAN.....7
Purdue ............ 5
Indiana.............. 2
Michigan State..... 2
Ohio State.......... 0

L
1
2
2
6
4

Pct
.875
.625
.500
.250
.000

West
W
Minnesota........3
Iowa .. ...........5
Wisconsin......... 4
Northwestern....... 3
Illinois.............1

L
1
3
4
5
3

Pct
.750
.625
.500
.375
.250

Reds place ex-Blue
,star Larkin on DL

By BRIAN DELANEY
The men's golf team turned in
its best performance of the year,
finishing fifth out of 23 teams at
the Kepler Intercollegiate in
Columbus last weekend.
The women's golf team also
played last weekend finishing 12th
out of 14 teams at Ohio State.
Scott Chipokas lead the men's
team, and the tournament field,
with a three-round total (74-74-74)
of 222.
SUPPORTING Chipokas
were Hersh Patel (234), Bob Papp
(235), John Codere (237) and Mike
Seekell (239).
Coach Jim Carrass was pleased
with the performance of Chipokas
and the team as a whole.
"Scott did a terrific job of
playing solid, steady golf for three
straight rounds," said the Michigan
coach. "When you consider that he
beat the Midwest's top golfers
(Ohio State) on their own course,
then you know what a great
accomplishment this was."
"As a team we played the best
golf of the year at the Kepler, and
probably the best golf of the last
two years."
THE TEAM has improved in
every tournament it has played in
this season. This trend has enabled
Michigan to gain the respect of the
other teams in the Midwest. Said
Carrass, "We've been improving
each week and the other teams are
now starting to look out for
Michigan."
In the women's tournament,
junior Krista Dunton lead the
Wolverines with a three-round total

(80-80-80) of 240. Terri Mage and
Donna Greenbury followed closely
with a 247 and a 249, respectively.
Brigid Cunningham finished with a
263.
The women's team will now
prepare for the Big Ten
Championships in East Lansing,
May 8-10.
Women netters
split matches
A man stood up after the
women's tennis match on Saturday
and said, "That makes it just a split
this weekend."
The man was unidentified and
walked away quickly, but his words
did not gauge the impact of the two
weekend matches.

The Wolverines did split their
weekend matches against Purdue
and Illinois. But, to consider it just
a split, does not reveal, in the
words of coach Bitsy Ritt, "the
most important weekend of the
year."
THE MAN'S words do not
properly describe Michigan's
agonizing loss to Illinois. The
match went down to the last set of
the last match before Michigan
lost, 6-4.
Calling it just a split completely
overlooks Michigan's overpowering
7-2, demoralization of the
Boilermakers on Saturday.
Saying just a split this weekend
would be to forget that with two
wins Michigan's number one
singles player Tina Basle, has

almost assured herself all-Big Ten
honors.
That disillusioned man must
have forgotten that Michigan's win
came against the same Purdue team
that swept the Wolverines last year
in the Big Ten team tournament.
IN THE Illinois match,
Michigan won four out of the six
singles matches. Basle came from
behind to win, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
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CINCINNATI (AP) - The
Cincinnati Reds placed former
Michigan shortstop Barry Larkin on
the 15-day disabled list yesterday
and activated right-hander Mario
Soto, who is scheduled to start
tonight against San Diego.
Larkin hyper-extended his left
knee in a collision at second base
P on Sunday, April 12, and has not
played since. The Reds placed him
on the disabled list retroactive to
April 13, making him eligible for
reinstatement in a week. He is
expected to be ready to play then.
The Reds put Larkin on the
disabled list to avoid demoting a
player to make room for Soto, who
opened the season on the disabled
list as part of his comeback efforts
from shoulder surgery.
Knicks fire coach
Hill, GM Stirling
-NEW YORK (AP) - The New
York Knicks fired coach Bob Hill
and general manager Scotty Stirling
yesterday, in the wake of a 24-58
NBA season and a third straight
R last-place finish.

The announcement was made by
Richard Evans, the new president of
Madison Square Garden
Corporation.
Hill, an assistant coach with the
club, replaced Hubie Brown as head
coach last Dec. 1 and posted a 20-
46 record, including six straight
losses at the end of the season after
the return of injured star forward
Bernard King.
Stirling was hired Jan. 3, 1986,
replacing former Knicks star Dave
DeBusschere as the team's front
office boss. The Knicks, however,
continued to flounder and Stirling
was under fire for a number of his
trades.

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