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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 19, 1990

Jackson to decide
between Michigan,
Georgetown today

by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
He may not be Chris Webber,
but Ray Jackson could become Steve
Fisher's third blue-chip recruit today.
According to Jackson's coach, Mike
McShane, Jackson will almost
definitely announce his collegiate
plans today. The final two:
Michigan and Georgetown.
"He's always loved Michigan,
ever since the third grade. Mich-
igan's always been number one, and
then (coach John) Thompson and
Georgetown rolled in," McShane
said. "It's a coin-flip to me.
"I hope he goes to Michigan. I
like that school and the coach," he
added. "It's a first class program, but
so is Georgetown. I told him, 'You
can't go wrong."'
The 6-foot-5 swingman is
averaging 25 points and seven
assists per game so far this season
for Lyndon B. Johnson High School
in Austin, Tx., and last year he led
the school to the Final Four of the
Texas state championships.
In high school he plays at any
position on the court, but once he
hits the college level, he'll do his
best work on the perimeter.
"He can handle the ball and shoot
the threes," McShane said. "He's a

scorer, an assist man, a rebounder
and a shot blocker. He's got a lot of
confidence in himself."
While McShane obviously has a
lot of praise for his star player,
Jackson is listed just inside the top
100 high school seniors in the
nation.
Steve Fisher has already garnered
two top recruits, Chicago Voca-
tional's Juwan Howard, and another
Texan, Jimmy King from Plano.
This has elevated this year's Wol-
verine class into the top five in the
nation, and Jackson would boost the
ranking more.
McShane doesn't think that King
or Michigan rookie Rich McIver,
also from Texas, will strongly
influence Jackson's decision.
"He likes to play with good
players," McShane said. "He kind of
liked seeing himself playing the
point. Georgetown is looking for
that kind of player."
Both of Jackson's parents are
teachers, and his father is also a
football coach, so education is also
important for him. With an 840 on
his SAT, McShane believes Jackson
will be able to handle the work at
either school.

A new form of the high stepJ
LSA senior Jenny Fields (right) is especially cheerful as she dances with another band member during a
special post-game band show honoring senior band members.
Michigan skiing teams prepare
for season, annual Ski Swap

Agassi takes ATP title

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP)
- Andre Agassi, playing the best
tennis of his career, beat top-ranked
Stefan Edberg in four sets Sunday to
win the ATP World Championships.
In avenging an earlier defeat to
Edberg during the round-robin
portion of the tournament, Agassi
earned $600,000 for his 5-7, 7-6, 7-
5, 6-2 victory. In all, Agassi
collected $950,000 from the $2
million purse in the eight-player

tournament.
After winning the second-set
tiebreaker, Agassi dominated the
match and broke the Swede three
times in the last set.
Agassi became the first American
to capture the season-ending champi-
onship since John McEnroe in 1985.
"There is no question that this is
the high point of my career," the 20-
year-old American said.

From Staff Reports
The members of the Michigan
men's and women's skiing teams
have been training for one month,
preparing for their seasons which
begin after winter break. .
Although no snow is yet on the
ground, the skiers train through
"dryland" exercises, like running,
soccer, and other endurance tests.
When the season begins in
January, the team will travel to
Northern Michigan, Wisconsin and
Minnesota where the skiing is more
competitive.
Both the women's and men's
teams skied well last season. Both A
teams, consisting of the five top
skiers on the squad, finished in first

place in their division, qualifying for
the Regional Championships in
Minnesota.
At the regionals, the top three
team finishers would advance to the
National Championships in New
Hampshire. The men unfortunately
failed to qualify, finishing fifth
overall. The women, however, tied
for third place in the region. But, the
tiebreaker forced the women's team
into the fourth-place slot, denying
them the chance to compete for the
national title.
"It was such a big let down
because we had made it that far and
came so close to going to Nation-
als," women's co-captain Lisa Witty
said. "It all came down to minor

technical scoring and we just missed
it."
This year, both teams return with
a majority of last years skiers still
on the team. In addition, there are
new racers who have joined the squad
who look to be promising skiers.
The skiing team, while receiving
some funding from the university,
will hold its annual fundraiser, Ski
Swap, to raise money to support its
entire season. The Ski Swap will be
held at the Coliseum on Saturday,
Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and
Sunday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m.
The team encourages everyone to
bring new or used alpine or cross
country ski equipment for the swap.

Seles
wins in
first five .
set match
since '01
NEW YORK (AP) - Riding her
powerful two-fisted groundstroke
attack, Monica Seles captured the
first five-set women's tennis matcW
since 1901 on Sunday, defeating
Gabriela Sabatini to win the
Virginia Slims Championships.
The 16-year-old Yugoslav,
disregarding the Madison Square
Garden crowd chanting "Gabby,
Gabby, Gabby," outlasted Sabatini,
6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a match
that lasted three hours and 47
minutes.
It was the young legs of Seles, at
16 nearly four years younger than
Sabatini, that finally told the
difference in the first women's match
to go five sets since Bessie Moore
beat Myrtle McAteer 6-4, 3-6, 7-5,
2-6, 6-2 at the U.S. National
Championships in Philadelphia in
1901.
Tennis officials finally said five
sets was too long for women tc
play, and all women's tournaments
were limited to best-of-three-sets for
its title match until the Virginia
Slims Championships reinstated the
best-of-five-sets format for its title
match in 1984. Since then, three
championship matches have gone
four sets, but none five sets -
none, that is, until this riveting
season-ending finale.
And, in the fifth set, Seles was
marvelous. She jumped on every
short ball, rocketing it back across
the court. And she continued to
chase down everything that Sabatini
could throw her way.
Sabatini put on a display of the
varied shots of the game, using her
impeccable touch for topspin, slice,
drop shots, chips, lobs, half volleys
and stretch volleys. Everyone in the
crowd was impressed - except for
Seles.
Seles, for the most part, hit
everything at one speed - hard.
Sometimes she switched and hit the
ball harder.
But the key to Seles' success,
especially early in the match, was
she kept the ball in the court,
making fewer unforced errors. And
she pounced on Sabatini's short@
serves, if not hitting winners
outright, then putting her
immediately on the offense.
And though Sabatini had the
crowd and the momentum, having
beaten the No. 1 seed Steffi Graf in
the semi-finals, Seles proved to have
the ability to dictate each point in
the end.
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