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%Women's Gymnastics
Big Ten Championships
Friday and Saturday, Time TBA
Varsity Arena

SPORTS

Men's Swimming
NCAA Championships
Friday and Saturday, Time TBA
Indianapolis, IN

The Michigan Daily
Broncos challenge
young Blue netters
by Phil Green
Daily Sports Writer verines will be the play of first-year
A team's record is not always the player Scott Cuppett who started the
most important thing. Michigan's season slowly due to an illness over
men's tennis team owns a 3-6 record the summer. His recent strong per-
at this point but coach Brian Eisner formance as the team's No.3 singles
is hardly concerned. player was rewarded with a jump to
"The record really isn't an issue No.2 last weekend.
because the quality of teams that we "A number of things have really
play is the important thing," Eisner started to fall into place for Scott.
said. "And what I'm trying to do He was coming off of a summer in
before I get into the Big Ten season which he basically had a blood
is to play the best competition that disease similar to mono, and he ne-
we can possibly play against.
"Because when you use the ver got a chance to play in the tourn-,
competition as a way to improve aments he normally would have,"
you become a much better team and Eisner explained."So when he came'
tis is especially true this year b - in in the fall he had not really played
cause we have an extremely young as much tennis as he normally
and inexperienced team." would have so he was relatively in
Western Michigan poses the poor physical condition.
next challenge for the Wolverines "A whole series of things started
today at 2:00 p.m at the Track and to happen. One, he was pretty well
Tennis Building. The Broncos (6-7) able to eliminate the mono syn-
lost 5-4 to Michigan State this past drome. Second, we were able to get
weekend at East Lansing in a hotly him in better physical condition.
contested match and should provide a And next, there have been a lot of
good test for the inexperienced Mich- changes technically in his game. The
igan team. result is now he is playing very,
"This is one of Western's best very well." Eisner said.
teams, maybe their best team in the Cuppett looks to combine with
last five years," Eisner said. "We're the Wolverines' No.1 player, nation-
certainly going to have our work cut ally ranked sophomore David Kass,
out for us, and it's the kind of a to give Michigan a formidable 1-2
match that we need at this time of opening punch. Only in his second
the year. It's going to be a good season, Kass represents is the only
match." singles player who played in a
One of the keys for the Wol- singles match last season.

Wednesday, March 21, 1990

Page 9

Moeller unveils

1990 squad

by Eric Lemont
Daily Football Writer
For the first time in 21 years,
Michigan football coach Gary
Moeller surveyed the Wolverines's
opening day of spring practice with
no Bo. "I don't know... to say I'm a
little excited - that doesn't sound
right," he said.
If anything, Moeller was more
pragmatic than excited about kicking
off the football season. The team
still has holes at several positions,
most notably at running back and de-
fensive line. "The biggest thing is
running backs right now," Moeller
said. "It's the major concern of the
team."
Last year's team MVP Tony
Boles will be out until at least Au-
gust as he recovers from a knee in-
jury he sustained last season against
Minnesota. In his absence, Allen
Jefferson, Dennis Washington, and
Jon Vaughn will lead a group of
runners competing for time at the
halfback slot.
With the graduation of All-Big
Ten performers Mike Teeter and
Brent White, the Wolverines will
also be looking to improve their de-
fensive line. "Filling the defensive
line and finding an inside linebacker
to replace J.J (Grant) is important
defensively. Very important," Moel-
ler said.
Sophomores Sylvester (Buster)
Stanley and Eric Graves will battle
to join Mike Evans, T.J Osman and
Chris Hutchinson up front. Hutchin-
son has recovered from a back injury
that kept him out of last year's Rose
Bowl but redshirt frosh Todd
Martens will be out indefinitely with
appendicitis.
Moeller's third concern, though
lesser than the other two, is at quar-
terback. "We have to make sure
we've got a guy who can do it," he
said.
Elvis Grbac will enter the spring
session as the team's No.1 quarter-
back although there will be

Michigan head coach Gary Moeller watches his team drill during the first day of spring practice while Derrick
Alexander (left) and Tony McGee take a breather. The Wolverines, who return 17 of 24 starters from last year's
Rose Bowl team, will end spring practice April 21 with the annual Spring Game.

Men's

golf team starts

competition from Doug Musgrave.
Although the second year quarterback
did not play a down last year,
Moeller feels the only "thing he has
to do is strengthen his arm. The
leadership and other intangibles, he's
excellent at."
Grbac or Musgrave will have yet
another talented corps of Michigan
receivers to throw to when the sea-
son opens Sept. 15 at Notre Dame.
Desmond Howard and Derrick
Alexander will move updto starting
roles, replacing Chris Calloway and
Greg McMurtry.
"We've got to get them to play
with the same caliber as Calloway
and McMurtry," Moeller said. "The

talent is there...as for the mind, we
have no idea yet."
Not every position, however, is
in need of repair. In some areas, only
fine-tuning is required.
"It's going to be a technique

spring. We want to make this one of
the best offensive lines we've had
and best secondaries. Those are the
strengths of this team and we better
make sure we take advantage of
that," Moeller said.

season slowly in Tampa

b y Andrew Brown
Daily Sports Writer
After a disappointing finish for
the 1989 men's golf team, this
year's edition has mixed emotions
about the upcoming season. With
the loss of last year's top two
starters, Hersh Patel and Bob Papp,
the squad is full of question marks.
Michigan began its season this
past weekend at the South Florida
Invitational in Tampa, Florida. As
coach Jim Can as commented, "The
team started off well but continu-
ously got worse."
Michigan compiled a three day
score of 934 with rounds of 303,
314 and 317. Their score placed
them 16th in an 18 team field.
"In a tournament such as this, the
target score is 300 or better, with an
average round being 75 per man.
You can't have guys shooting 80 or
higher and expect to succeed," Carras
said.
Carras tried to explain his team's
disappointing finish. "One problem
for a northern school is the lack of
preparation. While the teams from
the South have a chance to play ev-
ery day, we can't even think about
opening our golf course until April."
Michigan's talent, however, runs
deep, starting with fifth-year senior
Chris Pond.
"Chris is an excellent player,"
Carras said. "He is long off the tee
and has an excellent iron game. He
definitely has potential for All-Big
Ten."
Other major contributors are se-
nior captain Tom Paton and first-
year player James Carson, who Car-
ras described as "one of the best
freshman we have had in many
years." In addition, the team picked

up Vanderbilt transfer Patrick Moore
this year who "has potential to be a
strong collegiate player," Carras
said.
"This is a promising team," Car-
ras said. "Anyone can shoot well at
any give time. We can definitely
give every Big Ten team a run for
their money."
Paton, while optimistic, is also a
little unsure about the team.
"This is a very young team," Pa-
ton said. "We are pretty talented
from top to bottom, but no one is
proven. This team definitely needs
improvement."
"Unless we play better, we will
not finish in the top five in the Big
Ten", Carras said. "I hope we place
in the top three."
The Big Ten Championships, an
event usually dominated by Big Ten
rival Ohio State, are May 18-20 in
Minneapolis, Minnesota this year.
"Anyone can get hot and win it,"
Paton said. "If we can put it all to-
gether, this team has a lot of poten-
tial."

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