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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - April 13, 1992 - Page 5

'M' women netters top Iowa
Wolverines edge out Hawkeyes with doubles comeback

by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
Extending its winning streak to
four, the Michigan women's tennis
team posted a 5-4 victory over Big
Ten rival Iowa Friday.
The match started at the outdoor
Klotz Courts in Iowa but due to rain
it was moved indoors to the
Westside Racquet Club in Cedar
Rapids after the first set of doubles
play.
The Wolverines split the singles
matches with the Hawkeyes. At the
No. 1 position, Michigan's Kalei
Beamon lost to Iowa's Laura
Dvorak, 6-4, 6-3. Wolverine Kim
Pratt defeated Lori Hash at No. 2
singles, 6-3, 6-1. At third singles,
Michigan's Jaimie Fielding had a
three-set victory over Andrea
Calvert, 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4.
No. 4 singles for Michigan,
Allison Schlonsky, was defeated by
Iowa's Minna Hatakka, 6-1, 6-2.
Iowa also took the No. 5 singles
match, with Tracey Donnelly posting
a 7-5, 2-6, 6-0 victory over Michigan
co-captain Amy Malik. Wolverine
Liz Cyganiak defeated Iowa's
Miyuki Moore, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 6, to
even the match score.
The Michigan doubles team of
Pratt and Fielding won at No. I , de-
feating Catherine Wilson and Hash,
6-3, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Hawk-

eyes Dvorak and Calvert beat Wol-
verines Beamon and Cyganiak, 6-3,.
7-5.
The match would be decided by
the outcome of No. 3 doubles, so the
pressure was on co-captains Malik
and Freddy Adam. They were down
'In the doubles, the
momentum switched
when we moved
indoors after the first
sets. Malik and Adam
won five straight
games in the third to
give us the victory.'
- Elisabeth Ritt
Women's tennis coach
4-1 in the third set, but staged a re-
markable comeback and took the
match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, over Iowa's
Hatakka and Cara Cashon.
Michigan coach Elizabeth Ritt
was impressed with the No. 3 dou-
bles victory.
"Great win for Michigan," Ritt
said. "In the doubles, the momentum
switched when we moved indoors
after the first sets. Malik and Adam
won five straight games in the third
to give us the victory."

MOLLY STEVENS/Daitv
Sophomore Allison Schlonsky dropped her No. 4 singles
match Friday to her Hakweye foe, but the team defeated
Iowa.

Rookie Beth Wymer has sparked the resurgence of Michigan's women's gymnastics team.
Wymer qualified Saturday for NCAAs in the all-around by posting the highest regional score in
the country.

GYMNASTS,
Continued from page 1
with the team that took the last team spot from
the Wolverines, the Stanford Cardinal.
"Both Beth and Kelly have excellent
chances to get into the event finals," Fry said.
"Being with Utah will be a great rotation for
Beth. Ironically enough we will be spending a
lot of time with the team that bumped us out,"
With the year finally over for the rest of the
Wolverine squad, they finally have time to
TENNIS
Continued from page 1
Schulman, 6-4, 6-4. No. 6 Scooter Place
dropped Mike Marino, 6-2, 6-3. And Mitch
Rubenstein defeated Todd Shale at No. 3, 6-2,
6-1.
Rubenstein had been playing at No. 2 when
Kass and Brakus were injured, but said he was
happy the lineup was back to its normal form.
"Our whole lineup was in today for the first
time," Rubenstein said. "That made a big dif-
ference."
Two of the matches went to three sets.
Brakus' 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, defeat of Bryan Crowley
at No. 2 iced the victory for Michigan, and
Adam Wager's 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 victory over Neil
Denahan completed the sweep.
Saturday, the Golden Gophers (5-0, 12-4
through Sunday) would have blanked the
Wolverines Saturday, if not for the play of
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school after his senior season ended nervo
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The St. Louis club, which due to This t
the player strike stopped play for 10 lifelo
days, has two more regular-season
games. After the regular season ends
Wednesday, the Blues will take on
the Chicago Blackhawks in a best-

reflect on their championship season.
"Winning the Big Ten Championships was
the goal for this season," Fry said. "Qualifying
for nationals would have been a bonus. It's
been a great season and we can't forget that.
The kids certainly have nothing to hang their
heads about.
"Unless something really goes wrong, this
team will have a place at the national
championships next year. I'm a little frustrated
we didn't get there this year, I really felt we
deserved to be there. It just didn't happen for
us."
Kass, finally on the mend from a season-long
battle with forearm tendinitis. He swept Brian
Uilhein, 6-1, 6-3.
Five of the other six matches were decisive,
two-set Gopher victories. Only No. 4 Wager
could stretch his opponent, Adam Kraft, to
three sets, falling, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. In the other
matches, the Wolverines did not so much as
take four games in a set.
No. 2 doubles was the only doubles match
completed, as Minnesota's Roger Anderson
and Dean Hiushko cruised past Michigan's
Mike Nold and Scooter Place, 6-2, 6-2
At the conclusion of the weekend, Eisner
summed up the Wolverines' injury situation.
"It's easy to complain about the injuries,"
Eisner said. "And we haven't just had one
player out, it's always been two or three.
"Even today we had two out (John Lingon
and Eric Grand), but my number cte priority is
to get people as injury free as possible before
the Big Ten tournament (May 4-6)."
eries.
ddition to Felsner's MVP
on, the Michigan hockey
yarded other honors at its
banquet Saturday night.
David Harlock received the
ure he's real
Dus, but I have
dence in him.
has been his
ng dream.'
-Ted Kramer a
Denny Felsner's
'M' teammate

Men overcome injuries,
bunny-hop back to form
by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
When David Kass, the No. 1 singles player on the Michigan men's tennis
team, went out with forearm tendinitis before the Illinois match earlier this
year, coach Brian Eisner lamented the loss, but expressed his confidence
that the team would overcome it.
Of course, Kass actually came back to play that match, and the next
against Northwestern, but that's beside the point. He really did miss the next
series of matches, and through the Indiana match last week, Dan Brakus was
called upon to play at No. 1.
Following Kass was a plethora of additional Wolverine injuries - John
Lingon's knees, Eric Grand's back (now toe), Dan Brakus' shoulder, Terry
London's intestinal illness - until Michigan wound up forfeiting doubles at
Ohio State because it didn't have enough players available to compete.
At that point, Eisner said the team had been "devastated" by injuries.
Michigan looked devastated Saturday, getting bombed by Minnesota -
at the friendly Liberty Sports Complex, no less - 6-1.
That's it. End of season. Might as well see you next ...
POUNDPOUNDPO UNDPOUNDPOUNDPOUNDPOUND.
Still going.
In a rather unlikely one-day turnaround, Dan Brakus and Terry London
returned to the lineup and helped the Wolverines to a 6-0 whitewash of the
Iowa Hawkeyes, a team that had won six in a row before losing a marathon
six-hour, 5-4 decision at Michigan State Saturday.
So, you say, Iowa was tired and Michigan got lucky. Big deal.
I disagree. After the Wolverines, without Brakus and with a hampered
Kass, dropped a pair of road contests to Indiana and Ohio State last
weekend, Eisner said two things.
First, he said that he believed "if we had the kind of personnel we
wanted, we would be beating these teams."
This comment was met with various forms of sarcasm and cynicism -
responses ranging from, "Yeah, right," to, "You don't have those people, so
what difference does it make?"
If yesterday shows anything, it makes a difference. A big difference.
Second,' Eisner said that the Wolverines "were getting relatively good
play from the people we do have in the lineup."
This is also a key. Now that the top half of the lineup seems to be re-
solidified - Kass is back at No. 1 and Brakus at No. 2 - it's time for
Michigan to remember that it takes five individual victories to win a match.
Yes, you count on your top end for leadership, but a lot of the difficulty
Michigan has had in the past weeks comes from the majority of the team
members playing out of place.
Now the players are back at their proper positions, and they are
responding. Rubenstein lost at No. 2 Saturday, but won in straight sets at
No. 3 yesterday. Likewise, Adam Wager lost at No. 4 Saturday, but won
with a 6-0 final set Sunday.
So remember: nothing outlasts the Eisner-gizer.
It keeps going, and going, and going ...

Mitch Rubenstein has won consistently this season,
even though he has had to flip-flop between Nos. 2 and
3 singles.

Vic Heyliger Trophy, symbolic of
the team's outstanding defenseman,
the Alton D. Simms Trophy went to
fellow defenseman Doug Evans for
being the most improved player.
Senior Mike Helber netted the

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