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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - February 10, 1992- Page 7

Kass upset in second
round of Rolex tourney

Three marks fall
for women's track

by Todd Schoenhaus
Daily Sports Writer
This past Thursday Michigan
men's tennis ace, David Kass, headed
to Minneapolis hoping to capture
the Rolex Indoor Tennis Champi-
onship. He was ranked No. 4 in the
NCAA and was the tournament's
second seed. Most expected to see
him in yesterdays finals. However,
Ball State's Dan Kronauge had dif-
ferent plans.
Friday morning, the unseeded se-
nior destroyed Kass' chances, win-
ning the second round match 6-3, 3-
6, 6-0. Kronauge then lost in Friday
afternoon's quarterfinals.
The Wolverine junior attributes
the outcome of the match more to
himself than his opponent. Kass
thought he simply was not himself
out there.
"Tamer El Sawy (Kass' first
round opponent) played much better
than Kronauge," Kass said. "I
couldn't get myself going that day.
To tell you the truth, I don't know
what happened."
Several factors might explain
Kass' difficulties. First, he has been
bothered recently by nagging in-
juries that have affected his stamina.
Second, he has always had trouble
with morning matches and was
forced to compete at 8 a.m. But he
did not make excuses.
"Although I am not used to
playing in the morning, the time re-
ally wasn't a factor," Kass said. "I
don't think I would have played any
better at 1 p.m."
Kass again took, a while to get
into a groove and did not play a
strong opening set. Thursday he
dropped the first set 7-5, and Friday
he lost the first, 6-3. .
"I've had problems in the first
set the last couple of years," he
stated. "I am probably a little too
overconfident going into the
matches that I am expected to win. I
took the guy way too lightly."

The second set was a complete
reversal of the first, with Kass con-
centrating on each point and playing
closer to his usual game. But the
third set was an utter disappoint-
ment, in which the Michigan repre-
sentative failed to salvage a single
game.
"Going into the third set, I
thought I hadthe momentum," he
said. "Unfortunately, I had some
bad breaks early and lost it from
there. Before I knew it, the match
was over.",
The match was over and so were
Kass' chances of winning a Grand
Slam Tournament. For now that is.
Kass will have the opportunity
to participate in the fourth leg of
the Collegiate Grand Slam - the
NCAA Championship. It will be
held in Athens, Ga., May 20-24.
The finale is the most presti-
gious tournament in college tennis
due to the publicity and the fact that
the winner earns a wildcard entry
into a professional Grand Slam
tournament, the U.S. Open. Al-
though the tournament is months
away, Kass will begin gearing up
immediately.
"I will train harder and be more
eager to win," Kass said. "I have to
get myself better prepared for these
tournaments, both physically and
mentally."
In addition to preparing for indi-
vidual tennis, Kass will soon lead
the Wolverines into the Big Ten sea-
son. Last year Michigan tied for sec-
ond in the conference with seven
victories and two losses. Kass real-
izes though, that the team must
work much harder in order to be vic-
torious this season.
"I just think all the guys have to
take a lot more responsibility in
their training and contribute greater
efforts, or else we won't have much
success this year," he said.

by Benson Taylor
'hAfter a lull two weekends ago,
the women's track team responded
by shattering three records Saturday
at the Spartan Relays. No points
were kept at the meet, but the
team's presence was felt.
"We did much better overall as a
team than last weekend," Michigan
coach James Henry said. "I was
a happy with the improvement."
The strong outing couldn't have
come at a better time for the Wol-
verines. "We should be up for the
conference championships," Henry
said.
With the Big Ten Champion-
ships only three weeks away, the
team showed they are a force to be
reckoned with.
Improvement came in the 200-
meter dash by means of a new school
record. Richelle Webb, who finished
fourth in the event, ran the record-
breaking time of 25.04, surpassing
' the old mark by three-tenths of a
PAUL TAYLOR/Daily second.
Dan Reddan and the rest of the Michigan men's gymnastic team The record was a goal that Webb
competed in the annual Spartan Relays this weekend in East Lansing. had been gunning for since the sea-
son's onset. "It was something I had
Men's track impresses at MSU

in mindi going into the meet," Webb
said.
Webb's performance was a for-
shadowing of races to come. The
3200 relay team of Jessica Kluge,
Carrie Yates, Kristine Westerby and
Amy Bannister established a new
meet record with a time of 8:56.88.
While the time wasn't fast enough
to earn a spot at the NCAA meet,
the team remained optimistic.
"We raced really well today,"
Westerby said. "It's not that we
couldn't have qualified today, but
this is the first time we had the
team together, and it's rare for a
team to do well in their first race.
We need time to put things together
as a relay team."
The most exciting race of the day
occured at the meet's finale in the
1600 relay. The team, comprised of
Webb, Bannister, Jennifer Ridgley,
and Weterby, trailed Michigan State
for the first three legs but was
never behind by more than a few
strides.
That was more than enough time
for Westerby, who out-kicked the
Spartans' anchor runner Sara Re-
ichert for the victory. Michigan's
time of 3:49.6 was only three sec-
onds off the school best, and it
eclipsed the old Spartan Relays
record by a fraction of a second.
Other outstanding open events
included Amy Buchholz, who estab-
lished her personal best for the sea-
son and won the 5000 with a time of
17:09.2, Courtney Babcock, who ran
a winning 9:56.02 in the 3000, and
Karen Harvey, the victor in the mile
run with a 5:04.42.
There were also strong perfor-
mances in the other relay events. The
sprint medley relay of Christi Fos-
ter, Laura Jerman, Alison Smith, and
Megan Nortz, and the distance med-
ley relay - Nortz, Tanya Clay,
Mayrie Richards, and Jennifer Stuht
- finished second and third respec-
tively.

by Bruce Inosencio
Daily Sports Writer
Saturday's Spartan Relays in
East Lansing gave the men's indoor
track team a chance to see what they
are up against in the upcoming
Central Collegiate Championships.
It looks like the Wolverines will
have some tough races and field
events ahead of them.
In running events Michigan's
highest finish came from the 3,200-
meter relay team. Andy Darien,
Nick Karfonta, Gregg Duffy and
Aaron Grzymkowski combined
their efforts to finish in 7:48.05,
more than four seconds ahead of the
next team.
The distance medley relay found

Michigan battling Eastern Mich-
igan for first place. Michigan's Joe
McKown, Brian Bozo, Ian Forsyth,
and Chris Childs crossed the line in
10:04.3, as did the Eagles. In the
official standings, however, EMU
was credited with the victory.
"Chris Childs ran a great anchor
leg for us and got us back into the
race," McKown said. "When he got
the baton we were about four sec-
onds down so he did an incredible
job to get us back into the race at
all."
Milers Matt Schroeder and Joe
McKown finished third and fourth
for the Wolverines, respectively,
with times of 4:15.14 and 4:16.26.
"The mile was the kind of race

that consists of a lot of shoving and
bumping - the race was pretty
much tactical and in the end it came
down to who could kick it out,"
McKown said.
The field events allowed Mich-
igan to showcase some talent as
well, as the shot put and pole vault
saw the Wolverines take more top
places than any other school.
Vaulters Mark Smith, Mike
Carson and Toby VanPelt all
cleared 16 feet, but due to misses
during competition, placed third
through fifth respectively.
In the shot put, Mike Hennessey
lofted the shot 52 feet, 4 3/4 inches
to take third, while teammate Jerry
Hannifin captured fifth.

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