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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 7, 1989

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Men's tennis hopes
to net Big Ten foes

TEXAS RELAYS NEXT HURDLE FOR MICHIGAN
lviMen's track heads south
{ BY MICHAEL SPIRO "We pretty much know who's mile relay. The distance medley team
The men's track team heads into good out there," Harvey said. "It's consists of Claude Tiller (400-
the Texas Relays this weekend just a matter of getting some nation- meters), Omar Davidson (800-

BY ANDREW GOTTESMAN'
The Michigan tennis team
hopes to ward off both conference
contenders and injuries when it
begins the defense of its Big Ten
title this weekend against Indiana
and Ohio State.
"Knock on wood, everybody
will play," coach Brian Eisner
said, referring to the return of
many injured players. "And we're
going to need them."
For a good portion of this
season, Michigan tennis players
have felt like ducks in a shooting
gallery. Top-ranked Malivai
Washington was out for three
weeks with a back injury while
first-year singles player Dave Kass
aggravated an old shoulder
problem. Kass, ranked 20th in
collegiate polls, had been holding
down the third-singles position.
Senior singles player Mike Pizzu-
tello also missed competition due
to an ankle injury.
Both players and coaches

attribute many of Michigan's (4-9)
early season problems to these
injuries. A factor which may help
Michigan, however, has been the
difficulty of their schedule. "We
used the strong schedule to see
where we need work and make
changes," Eisner said.
In any case, the team knows it
will need all the help it can get to
defend the Big Ten championship
against a vastly improved con-
ference, especially top-contender
Indiana.
"This is a big match," Indiana
coach Ken Hydinger said. "It's
going to determine Big Ten
standings, but it's not a do-or-die
match."
The Hoosiers (13-5 overall, 0-1
in the Big Ten) have been ranked
as high as 14th nationally this
season and currently reside in the
Top 20. In addition, Indiana
defeated both Clemson and
Arkansas in the same tournament
this season. Michigan lost to

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hoping to come away with some
solid individual performances and an
increased national exposure.
The non-scoring meet will
feature a strong field of teams, in-
cluding such powerhouses as Arkan-
sas, Georgetown, Baylor and Stan-
ford. Although the competition will
be tough, coach Jack Harvey is not
particularly concerned with how his
team fares against the rest of the
field.

al recognition and a chance to com-
pete against them."
Harvey sees this meet not only as
an opportunity to assess Michigan's
competitors, but is also concerned
with how the team's individuals will
perform.
"Our goal is to go down there and
place these guys," Harvey said. "If
we place them we'll feel good."
Michigan will enter both the
distance medley relay and the two-

meters), Brad Barquist (120U-meters)
and John Scherer (1600-meters).
"We feel that's our best shot,"
said Harvey. "We should be really
competitive in the distance medley."
The two-mile relay will be run by
Kraig Watkins, Neal Newman, Jeff
Barnett and Davidson. Michigan also
has Brad Darr and Dave Irvine entered
in the pole vault and Brad Holwerda f
in the high jump.

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Pizzutello
...returns from injury
both. "It gives you some idea how
good Indiana is," Eisner said.
Sunday's match against Ohio
State (9-5) should be a little
easier. Although Eisner is wary of
the Buckeyes, saying, "They are
very solid right through their
lineup," Ohio State does not pose
a real threat for the Big Ten
championship.

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BY JODI LEICHTMAN
The Michigan women's track
team begins its outdoor season to-
day against a field of 52 colleges -
the biggest gathering of collegiate
competition - at the Texas Relays
in Austin.
The Wolverines, who finished a
disappointing eighth at the Big Ten
Championships last year, look to
place in the top six in eight of the
events this weekend. The field of
competition will include Big Ten

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Women's track kicks
off season at Texas Relays

Women's tennis
BY MARK KATZ
The Michigan women's tennis team will try to
overcome their recent erratic play tomorrow against
Big Ten rival Michigan State at the Track and Tennis
Building at noon.
The Wolverines are coming off an up-and-down
weekend in the Big Ten. The team convincingly
topped Iowa last Saturday, 7-2, and promptly
submitted to Minnesota, 9-0, the next day.
Coach Elizabeth Ritt called the victory over the
Hawkeyes the "best overall team performance of the
year.
Michigan dominated the singles matches with
strong play by five of the six singles players. Stacy
Berg, Wendy Stross, Amy Malek, Kathy Schmidt, and
Jennifer Lev all played "strong matches against very

seeks consistency
good opponents," Ritt said.
The loss against the Gophers saw a 180-degree turn
in Michigan's performance. "We were actually in very
few of the matches," Ritt said. "I think some of our
players were intimidated. We were not very aggressive,
and we committed a lot of unforced errors."
The Wolverine's fourth straight Big Ten matchup
this Saturday will, in part, determine Michigan's seed
at the Big Ten Championships in three weeks. The
team still has a chance to receive the fifth seed if they
beat Michigan State tomorrow and Illinois and Purdue
in two weeks.
Michigan dropped their two matches against
Michigan State last year. However, Ritt feels that if
the team accomplishes its goals they should do well.

rivals Illinois, Wisconsin, and Pur-
due, which placed first through third
at the 1988 Championships, respect-
ively.
Although the Wolverines will be
competing with schools who have
already had five or six outdoor
meets, head coach James Harvey
expects at least 12 of the 18 women
representing Michigan to be as
competitive as the better athletes
who will be participating at the
relays.
According to Harvey, "We have

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Michigan Rugby club will try to
tackle Toronto team three times
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Michigan Rugby football club continues its spring season with three
matches this weekend vs. the Toronto Saracens.
The club's A side sports a 2-1 record with recent victories against the
Detroit Tradesmen and the Milwaukee RFC. The club's other two sides have
come up short against grizzled veteran squads from the same clubs.
The B and C sides are comprised of some veteran players, but mostly of
younger students. The youth replaces size and experience with dedication and
toughness. Usually outmatched in size, they have performed above
expectations.
The more experienced A side has a challenging schedule this spring. They
hope to finish strong and be prepared for the Michigan Cup tournament,
which they finished second in this fall.
The all-student side, comprised of students from the A-B-C sides, is
looking forward to next fall's Big Ten tournament. They finished second
this year and earned a berth to the Midwest Tourney, but are unable to go
because the tournament falls on the two weekends before finals.
This weekend's matches start at 12:30 p.m. at Mitchell field.
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the personnel to compete with the
teams which will be there."
Barring unforeseen injuries,
"We're expecting bigger and better
things this year," Harvey added.
Ireland
Continued from Page 9
His experiences with kids include
working at Domino's Farms' Kids
Day and Michigan's summer basket-
ball camp. He was also involved in
organizing speakers from the Michi-
gan football team to talk with juve-
niles on probation in Washtenaw
County, and he has worked with
retarded children.
"I've always enjoyed working
with kids," Olszewski said, "but
football did have an impact in furth-
ering my work with them. Kids look
up to athletes and need guys who are
good role models. And as an individ-
ual you gain a sense of satisfaction
when your work has a positive im
pact for the kids."
Mouton's and Olszewski's travels
begin in Dublin, on the eastern coast
of Ireland, and move west, event-
ually departing from Shannon.
They will visit the Viking
Adventure Center and sit in on class-
es at an Irish school. The group will
also partake in a private tour of tho
"Book of Kells" at Trinity College
and will travel to the ruins of Blarn-
ey Castle.
"When I was a little kid,"
Mouton added, "I always heard stor-
ies about the Loch Ness Monster.
This will give me the yopportunity to
see from where the myth originated."'

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