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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 22,1992 - Page 17

Men's tennis awaits
rematch with OSU

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
Let's say that the Big Ten men's
tennis championships in Madison are
tomorrow.
Now, they're not, but if you insist
on looking down the road to their
actual date of May 1-3, things are
going to get confusing, so just say
they're tomorrow.
In that case, everything is crystal
clear. The fifth-seeded Michigan
men's tennis team (6-4 Big Ten, 6-
13 overall) would face fourth-seeded
Ohio State (6-3, 12-9) in the first
round.
But the tournament isn't tomor-
row, and here's where it gets confus-
ing. While Michigan has finished its
season, Ohio State hasn't. The
Buckeyes wrap up their campaign
with a home match against Penn
State, but not until April 25.
Which means Big Ten pairings
aren't officially released until this
weekend.
Which means it's time to specu-
late.
Which can be confusing.
But maybe not that confusing.
Either Ohio State will be four and
Michigan five, or vice versa, and the
number four and five seeds play
each other. The point is essentially
moot.
Want to get confused again? The
members of Michigan's team now
seem to be taking the Buckeyes

lightly, and are speaking of the sec-
ond-round match, against likely
first-seed Minnesota (8-0, 16-4 with
two matches remaining), which will
receive a first-round bye.
The confidence is probably based
on Michigan's improved team
health. Last time Michigan and Ohio
State met, the Wolverines were, in
Michigan coach Brian Eisner's
words, "devastated" by injuries.
No. 1 David Kass, who recovered
to complete his senior season 9-0 in
the Big Ten, pledges this time will
be different.
"We're excited to play them," he
said. "They beat us when we were
without a lot of guys. Now, obvi-
ously, we're healthy and we're going
to win the singles. I'm confident
we're not going to have any trouble
with Ohio State."
Minnesota is the last Big Ten op-
ponent to have beaten Michigan
prior to its three-match conference
winning streak. The No. 17 Golden
Gophers trounced the Wolverines in
the final match before Brakus' and
London's returned, 6-1. Only Kass'
6-1, 6-3 victory over Brian Uilhein
avoiding the shutout.
"To be honest," Kass said, "I
think (Minnesota) is the only team in
the Big Ten that can beat us when
we're healthy. That's going to come
down to a couple key matches, and
whoever wins those is going to win
the match."

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