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vs. Toledo
Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Varsity Diamond


vs. Cincinnati
Saturday, 9 a.m.
Ford Lake

The Michigan Daily
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Tuesday, April 18, 1989

Page 10

Men's tennis tears



Grant enjoys life out west
and hopes Rice will join him
During Gary Grant's four years at Michigan, he averaged 22.4 points-per-
game as the Wolverines posted a 100-29 record.
This year, with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the standout guard has
been on the losing side more often. And he's seen his playing minutes and
scoring average considerably reduced.
So far, though, the positive-spirited Grant has had only one
disappointment - the Clippers have lost so many games.
Grant shares the opinion of most that the Clippers have not experienced
success because of their youth and an injury to No. 1 pick Danny Manning.
Manning, along with former Pitt standout Charles Smith and Grant,
composed one of the best rookie crops an NBA team has ever landed.
GRANT believes the Clippers can rectify their losing ways if they can
obtain Glen Rice in the draft. Since they will get a lottery pick this year,
Rice should be available.
"With Glen on the team, we will be able to alleyoop all the time," Grant
When asked, Grant said the only other teams in the NBA he would want
to play for are "the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons. Cleveland
is where I grew up, and Detroit is near U-M."
Grant has many fond memories of his time spent in Ann Arbor. "The
fans were great and so was the coaching I received," Grant said.
THAT'S RIGHT. No matter how you may feel about departed coach
Bill Frieder, Grant stated that Frieder "was a great coach as well as a great
person" and that people picked on him all the time but forgot when he did
something good.
Grant added, "When he won two consecutive Big Ten titles, nobody said
thanks or anything. Yet, when the breaks didn't happen for him in the
tournaments, everybody jumped on his case."
Also, contrary to popular belief, Grant wasn't the "coach" of the team his
senior year. "Frieder was the coach," Grant said, "and a good one at that."
Grant said he really wishes he could have played with Sean Higgins. He
also said that the difference between Frieder and new head coach Steve Fisher
is that "Frieder is the type who is tense and stays up late at night watching
films while Fisher is more loose and laid back."
GARY GRANT has a message for Michigan athletes and for athletes in
general. He hopes that "athletes concentrate on graduating and don't skip on
your education to go pro. If the athlete is successful in the pros, he can
play, but only for so long."
This is why Grant decided to finish his last three credit hours this
summer at U.C.L.A. Upon his completion, he will receive a B.S. in
Grant said that while in college, "All college students or athletes should
stay away from drugs and concentrate on better preparing yourselves for the
real world. Down with dope, up with hope."
On his personal life out in California, Grant said there are a thousand
things to do and yet he doesn't even have a girlfriend. His girlfriend is
Michigan student Robin Raimey - to whom he passes along his best
wishes. And to the rest of Ann Arbor: Gary Grant is doing just fine.
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apart 'Ca
The Michigan men's tennis team
continued its way back from a
dismal start with two more victories
last weekend, evening its record at 9-
9 overall and improving to.5-0 in
the Big Ten. The team's winning
streak now stands at five.
On Saturday, the 24th-ranked
Wolverines dealt 17th-ranked North-
western its first Big Ten loss. The
Wildcats, who are now 4-1 in the
conference, are one of four Big Ten
teams seriously attempting to de-
throne Michigan this season.
"The teams at this stage are very
closely matched," Michigan coach
Brian Eisner said. "It was a grueling,
five-hour match."
IN THE END, however, the
Wolverines prevailed, 5-4, despite
some shake-ups in the lineup and
close calls on the court. Michigan's
Malivai Washington, the top-ranked
college player in the country, moved
down to second singles due to an
ongoing ankle injury. Washington
still could not manage a win at that
spot, though, falling 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 to
49th-ranked Todd Martin.
Senior Dan Goldberg moved up
to first singles and took the
Wildcats' 11th-ranked Steve Hew-
doiza in three sets, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

tsV Hawks
Third singles also went the
distance, with Michigan's first-year
player Dave Kass prevailing, 6-4, 4-
6, 7-6.
AFTER Wolverine Mike Pizzu-
tello defeated Gary Cohen at sixth
singles, 6-1, 6-4, Michigan went on
to take two of three doubles matches
for the win.
On Sunday, Michigan traveled to
Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes.
"After Northwestern, I was worried
about going into Iowa," Eisner said.
"We got in at one o'clock in the
morning after an emotionally drain-
ing match."
Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes
(3-2 in the Big Ten), though, it did
not take Michigan long to wake up.
"About 45 minutes into the match,
it was very close," Eisner said. "And
then we started to pull away."
AND AWAY and away. With
Washington's return to number one
singles, Michigan took all six
singles matches en route to an 8-1
victory. Iowa avoided the shutout
only by taking second doubles.
The Wolverines dropped only two
sets all day: at first singles, where
Washington beat Claes Ramel, 2-6,
6-3, 7-5, and at fourth singles,
which saw Tummala bounce back
for a 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 win.

File Photo
Former Michigan guard Gary Grant, now of the Los Angeles
Clippers, mugs for the camera during his days as a Wolverine.
Greenwell homer in eighth
spurs Red Sox past Orioles

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BOSTON (AP) - Mike Green-
well hit a two-run homer as the
Boston Red Sox rallied for five runs
in the eighth inning yesterday to
beat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-4.
The Orioles scored two runs in
the ninth, but fell short in their bid
to win consecutive games on the
road for the first time since August
Ellis Burks led off the Boston
eighth with a triple off Brian Hol-
ton, 1-2, who replaced starter Jose
Bautista at the start of the seventh.
Greenwell then hit his fourth homer

of the season, a 420-foot blast into
the bleachers in right-center.
Jim Rice followed with a single
that extended his hitting streak to 11
games. Danny Heep singled one out
later, sending pinch runner Randy
Kutcher to third and knocking
Holton out of the game.
Reliever Mark Williamson then
walked Jody Reed and Rick Cerone
to force in a run. Williamson was
replaced by Kevin Hickey, who
struck out Wade Boggs before giving
up a two-run single to Marty Barrett
that gave Boston a 6-2 lead.

Wings leave fans hungry
for springtime octopus
I crave an octopus feast in the spring, but I have gone hungry this year.
The usually abundant amount of squid that graces the ice at Joe Louis
Arena has been sadly missed. The Red Wings weren't that hungry this year
and they let down a city that expected the world of them. The fall of the Red
Wings in the '88-'89 season is a tragedy, but not a suprise considering the
problems they have had.
Problem one was Probert. He struggled to return to the occasional
brilliance which took him to the All Star game last year, but off the ice, he
ruined his life at the U.S.-Canadian border. He let down a coach which
perhaps gave too much to him. He is the living Len Bias that will haunt the
Wings for a"time.
Another sour spot which befell the Wings was Petr Klima. Drunk driv-
ing, skipping practices, and numerous instances of insubordination shrouded
his late-season comeback. A 50 goal contribution could have greatly helped.
Defense was a problem - if you could find it. Deplorable is too good a
description for the calibur of play from Rick Zombo, Gilbert Delorme, and
Lee Norwood. Steve Chaisson was one bright spot in the dark defensive
abyss for the Wings, but far short of what they needed to defeat an inferior
Black Hawk squad in the first round of the playoffs.



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Coach Jaques Demers did his part to confuse and bedazzle the Wings in
his constant line reorganizations and personnel switches. Even prodigy
Steve Yzerman was forced to play with at least four different lines
throughout the season. A superstar deserves more stability than that.
Counter that with the demise of their once effective powerplay, and the
Wings were a different team.
Statistics often tell the clearest story. In '86 the lowly wings managed
less than 40 points. In '87, they soared to 78 points. Last year, they were
unconscious by Norris Division standards with 91. But this year they fell to
just 80. They were an unhappy team doing a job, not a bunch of Detroit
heroes having fun.
The Wings have a lot to consider over the summer, a lot to rebuild. And
perhaps, come next October, they'll show us some of that octopus hunger
which they lacked in '89.

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