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Page 10- The Michigan Daily-Thursday, April 12, 1990
Blue to face MSU
without No. 1 Kass

Notre Dame on tap
for women netters

by Eric Berkman
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan men's tennis coach
Brian Eisner isn't taking anything
for granted when the Michigan State
Spartans, a perennial second-division
Big Ten team, visits Ann Arbor this
afternoon.
Really. He isn't.
"Michigan State is much im-
proved," Eisner said yesterday.
"They've been ninth or tenth in the
Big Ten for a number of years, but
they've got a good team. They've
got a new coach (Jim Frederick) and
they just defeated Iowa, who recently
defeated us, although we were
without (number one singles player)
David Kass."
The pulled groin muscle that kept
Kass out of singles competition
against Iowa may force him to miss
the Michigan State match as well.
"We've got a fairly major injury
to David," Eisner said, "and it takes
a fair amount of time to rest it.
Without resting it, it can only get
worse." Without Kass, according to
Eisner, the Wolverines don't have a
great deal of depth.
"If you take out the number one
player, you have a real problem,"
Eisner explained. "Everyone has to
move up a spot, and the new number
six player hasn't been playing
regularly." Eisner hasn't decided yet

whether he will rest Kass, use him
only for doubles (which doesn't
require as much of the lateral
movement that is restricted by a
groin pull), or let him play against
the Spartans.
Even without his ace, Eisner is
not losing hope. "Everyone is
playing well," the coach said.
"(Scott) Cuppett won fairly easily
against Iowa playing in the number
one spot. And then Mitch
Rubinstein and right on down the
line, we're doing some good things."
"I think the match Saturday
(against Northwestern) really told us
where we are," Eisner said. "They're
the number one team in this part of
the country and we ended up
splitting singles 3-3. All the doubles
matches went three sets. We ended
up losing 6-3, but we were in a
position to win 5-4. If they're really
the number one team in this part of
the country and we played them that
close, it shows we have a chance at
winning the Big Ten."
As for the match at hand, Eisner
said, "There's nobody we're particu-
larly focused on. One through six,
there's not much difference. They
have no superstar at the top, just a
number of solid players."

by Douglas Donaldson
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis
team, off to an 0-4 start in Big Ten
play, enjoys a break from their
conference schedule this afternoon
against Notre Dame.
Although not especially strong in
the past, the Fighting Irish are on
the rise. "It'll be a close match,"
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said.
"They're starting to put a lot into
their women's tennis program.
They've played several nationally-
ranked teams, and even though they
got off to a slow start, they're
starting to win now."
Yet, the Wolverines may have an
advantage going into today's match.
Notre Dame's No. 1 singles player,
nationally-ranked Tracy Barton, has
been plagued by an elbow injury.
"They have said she won't play,"
Ritt said. "But you can never be sure
until the match begins."
The Wolverines have also made
roster changes, with only the top
three singles positions secure.
"Right now, Amy Malik and
Lindsay Aland are rotating at the No.
4 and 5 spots," Ritt said. "We
determine who plays where by the

opponents-we try to match up
styles. It also depends on who is
playing well at the time, who is
playing with confidence."
Jennifer Lev currently holds down
the No. 6 singles spot. According to
Ritt, "She is playing really well at
the moment, and just came off of a
big win last weekend against
Northwestern."
Michigan needs to finalize its
roster by April 18, when lineups *
must be submitted to the Big Ten
tournament committee.
After an impressive non-con-
ference season, the Wolverines have
struggled in Big Ten play. Despite
the disappointing start, however, the
team still has its sights set high.
"What we have to do now is to
beat Illinois, Purdue, Michigan
State, and Ohio State," Ritt ex-
plained. "Our other match is against
Indiana, and they're favored to win.
"Our goal is to get the 6th seed
for the Big Ten tournament. That
team will play the No. 3 seed, which
will probably be either Iowa, Min-
nesota, or Northwestern. We should
have good chances against any of
those teams."

Junior Stacy Berg powers a backhand during Michigan's 7-2 loss to
Wisconsin last weekend. Playing No. 2 seed, Berg will try to help her
squad rebound from a four match losing streak in the Big Ten today
against Notre Dame.

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"Career Opportunities for Foreign Musicians
in European Orchestras"'
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Campus Orchestra
Robert Debbaut, conductor
Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Griffes: Three Poems of Fiona MacLeod
Lorna Haywood, soprano soloist
Hill Auditorium, 8:00 PM
Northcoast, the U-M Jazz
Ensemble
Edward Sarath, director
Rackham Auditorium, 8:00 PM

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