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Micigan Soccer
Men hope to rebound
with second-year coach
iy Shawn DuFresne
Daily Sports Writer Karabetsos will also be essential
The Michigan men's soccer club parts of Michigan's offensive
had a disappointing season in 1991, frame.
but under the guidance of Michigan Kuehne and Seabolt will Iead a
coach Aaron Smith, the club hopes high. pressure defense that will be
t) rebound from its 7-104 record. aided by .Brian Rosewarne.
Defenders Scott Seabolt and
Kelley Kuehne are the captains of t tet Big enClub
Tournament .last season, the
phis year's squad. Wolverines tamed Minnesota, 4-0,
"~We've had three differen
Whe intve as three d and handily clipped Iowa, 9-0.
ioaches in the pasl threeseasons' H.owever, Michigan tied Purdue 3-
Seabolt said. "That makes it diffi- H , p icy g tied Pre 3-
:xult to establish a sense of continu- 3, and played to scoreless tie with
oit on th tea s Illinois, enabling Purdue to win the
ay tournament with its 3-0-i record.
Howevet, eabolt added that he Boilermakers went on the win
with Smith returning for his second
year at the helm, the teaim will be the National Club Tournament in
improved. Austin, Texas.
The Wolverines will look to "We felt we had a better team to
;forwards Jonas Saunders, -John qualify for the national tourna-
Sunderman and Reza Sadjadpour ment," Seabolt said, "but we let it
for offensive production. Returning slip through our fingers. We won't
halfbacks Dave Rindfusz and Frank let that happen again."
"Wome wncference,
finsh second at Nationals
by Tim Rardin,
Daily Sports Writer This time, with Minnesota ab-
Everyone knows about the sent as a result of a snow storm in
Michigan men's basketball team - Minneapolis, the Wolverines re-
the Fab Five who darted through sponded. Michigan went 4-0-1 for
the NCAA Tournament only to lose the weekend, tying Illinois in the
to Duke in the final game. first day of action, and then holding
But not many people remember the Illini off, 2-1, in the final game
- or are even aware of - another to capture the Big Ten title.
Michigan sports team that took sec- In so doing, Michigan achieved
end in the nation. its third goal, and was confident
The women's club soccer team that it could go further and bring
notched the best season in its his- home a first-ever national
tory, compiling a record 24-win championship.
season on its way to a 24-4-3 mark, The Wolverines started off well
including a 20-game unbeaten at the tournament in Austin, Texas,
streak to start the season. shutting out Wisconsin-Lacrosse
At the beginning of the season, and Air Force with respective 4-0
Michigan coach Phil Joyaux's and 2-0 scores. However, Michigan
squad had three major goals, lost its third match, falling to UC-
The first was to beat Michigan Polytech, 2-1.
State, which fields a varsity pro- Despite the loss, the Wolverines
gram. Although the Wolverines advanced to the semifinals, where
played the Spartans close through- they met Big Ten foe Illinois for the
out their match in Ann Arbor, the fourth time of the season. Though
Spartans eventually proved to be the Illini had tied with Michigan
the stronger team, prevailing. 2-0. twice in three previous games, the
Michigan's second objective of Wolverines rolled, 4-2, to move
the season was to win the Big Ten into the championship game with
Tournament. Because they had fin- UC-Polytech.
'ished second to Minnesota the two The results were much the same
pprevious years, the Wolverines did as the first game, as Michigan fell,
not qualify for the national club 3-0, just one game shy of a national
tournament. club title.

The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-Sports --Thursday, September 10, 1992-- Page 7

'M' tennis struggles at Big Tens
Iniuy-plagued men fail tofulfill preseason hopes of greatness

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by Todd Schoenhaus
Daily Sports Writer
Before the season, Michigan
men's tennis coach Brian Eisner said
he thought his team had a chance to
"go undefeated in the Big Ten and be a
nationally-ranked team. But Eisner
never predicted that a major obsta-
cle would stand in the Wolverines'
way - injuries.
Captain David Kass played with
forearm tendinitis during most of
the season, and Dan Brakus missed
time with a shoulder injury. John
Lingon suffered from tendinitis in
both of his knees and Eric Grand
fractured his toe. Both were side-
lined for the latter portion of the
season.
These injuries proved to be dev-
astating. Michigan finished with a
record of 6-4 in the Big Ten, 6-13
overall. But once Kass and Brakus
were healthy, the team closed out
the year scoring decisive victories
over three consecutive Big Ten
opponents.
"Unfortunately, key people
came down with important in-
juries," Eisner said. "We didn't get
a fair evaluation of our team because
we hardly played with our best
lineup. Our record does not reflect
our ability and this is what I had to
get the guys to understand. With ev-
eryone healthy, we are a champ-
ionship caliber team."
A recurrence of Kass' tendinitis

KENNETH SMOLLERDaly
Mitch Rubenstein and the men's tennis team finished eighth in the Big Ten.

Womenf iwi fiSJI
Mike Hill
Daily Sports Writer

It would be hard to say that the
Michigan women's tennis season
was a complete disappointment. The
Wolverines won six of their last
seven matches, but the players and
coaches were far from impressed by
their showing.
"I'm not disappointed," captain
Amy Malik said, "but I'm certainly
not pleased. We could've played
much better."
The Wolverines were picked to
finish third in the Big Ten in the
preseason. But things just didn't
work out that way.
After being upset by
Northwestern, 5-4, in the Big Ten
opener, the Wolverines were pasted
by Wisconsin, 7-2. The defeats put
Michigan in a deep hole. Even a for-
feit victory over Indiana, the Big
Ten's best team, did not change

condition, combined with inclement
weather in Madison, added up to a
disappointing postseason for the
Wolverines. For the second straight
year, Michigan lost all three of its
matches at the Big Ten tournament.
The Wolverines, who entered as a
No. 5 seed, finished eighth.
If one positive came out of all
the injuries, it's that several rookies
r conference
things.
The Wolverines then won two of'
three at the Alabama Invitational.
But they were dismantled by Illinois
8-1 the very next weekend.
"It's hard to understand,"
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said. "We
played pretty well in Alabama.
Those were top-ranked teams and
we played them tough. But then we
just get destroyed by Illinois. We
weren't expecting that."
Led by Kalei Beamon and Kim
Pratt, Michigan coasted through the
rest of the season losing only to
Notre Dame.
But the Wolverines lost to
Northwestern in the first round of
the Big Ten Championships. They
came back to defeat Ohio State and
Iowa. The victories gave Michigan a
fifth-place showing at the tourna-
ment and concluded its season.

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got a chance to compete. Greg Artz,
Grady Burnett, and Scooter Place all
gained experience filling in for their
teammates.
Michigan will need the experi-
ence next year, losing seniors David
Kass and Mitch Rubenstein. Kass
went undefeated at first singles this
year in the Big Ten. He was ranked

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fourth in collegiate tennis for most
of the season before sustaining an in-
jury and falling -to No. 16.
Rubenstein was equally solid at
third singles and often stepped up to
compete in the second spot.
"David is the premier player in
the conference and certainly one of
the best in the nation," Eisner said.

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