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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 8, 1993- Page 9

Men's tennis falls to
.Fighting Irish, 6-1
by Dave Schwartz that awards one point to the tea

Women netters top
Spartans easily, 8-1


The Michigan men's tennis team
came into yesterday's match at
Notre Dame hoping to improve on
their 3-6 overall record. The
Wolverines fell to the nationally
ranked Fighting Irish, 6-1, but they
gained some valuable experience.
As expected, the No. 1 singles
match-up between Notre Dame's
Will Forsyth and Michigan's Dan
Brakus featured the best tennis play
all afternoon.
Forsyth defeated Brakus in a
close match 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
"He has made a big jump to one
of the top players in the country,"
Irish coach Bob Baylis said of
Michigan was hoping for better
performances from the players be-
low Brakus. Sophomore John
Costanzo lost in the No. 2 slot, 0-6,
6-3, 2-6 to Chuck Coleman.
Irishman Mark Schmidt beat
Michigan's Adam Wager in straight
sets, 6-2, 6-2.
"Schmidt was just unflappable,"
Baylis said. "He drove Wager crazy.
There's not that many guys Wager
can't hit off the court."
In the No. 4 singles match, the
Irish's Ron Rosas defeated the
Wolverine's Grady Bumett, 6-4, 6-2.
Freshman Peter Pusztai played
well early on in the No. 5 position,
before losing 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 to Notre
Dame's Todd Wilson.
Michigan salvaged the final sin-
gles match of the day. Geoff
Prentice took care of Notre Dame's
Mike Sprouse in straight sets, 6-3, 6-
A new rule was adopted this year

which wins two out three doubles
matches. Every singles match is still
one point apiece.
Michigan lost two of the three
matches, thus giving the Fighting
Irish the doubles point
'Our guys just
outfought them.'
-Bob Baylis
Notre Dame tennis coach
In the No. 1 doubles slot,
Coleman and Forsyth were too much
for Brakus and Wager, 8-2.
The Wolverines looked better in
the second doubles but Costanzo and
Burnett were unable to defeat
Schmidt and Wilson, as they fell 6-8.
Michigan won the final doubles
match of the day. Pusztai and Greg
Artz beat Chris Wogtalik and Allan
Lopez, 8-5.
Notre Dame recognized the
toughness of Michigan. "This was a
tough match to play because they are
a talented team and they can beat
us," Baylis said,
"There's very little difference
separating the good college teams,"
Baylis said. "They have three top 20
players from juniors (Brakus,
Costanzo and Wager)."
Notre Dame's coach hinted that
Michigan might even have more raw
talent than the Irish.
Baylis said, "Their junior rank-
ings were higher than ours, but our

by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
True to the form of its Big Ten
season thus far, the Michigan wom-
en's tennis team's dual match
against Michigan State yesterday
was a lopsided affair. In defeating
the Spartans, 8-1, the Wolverines
continued their trend of either domi-
nating their opponent or suffering at
the wrong end of a blowout.
To date, the Wolverines (3-2 Big
Ten, 8-7 overall) have hammered the
teams that finished below them in
the conference last season -
Purdue, 8-1, and Ohio State, 7-2 -
while being humiliated at the rackets
of Illinois and Indiana, 6-3 and 9-0,
respectively. Both the Illini and
Hoosiers ended above Michigan's
fifth-place finish.
Fortunately for the Wolverines,
the trend continued with the
Spartans, last year's ninth-place
squad in the Big Ten.
Yesterday, the Wolverines came
out of the gates at full speed, sweep-
ing all six singles matches handily.
Only two of the six, in fact, were not
straight-set victories - wins at No.
1 by Kalei Beamon (4-6, 6-4, 6-2)
and No. 2 by Jaimie Fielding (6-2,4-
6, 6-2). With the lone exception of
frosh Angie Popek, the annihilation
left each of the Wolverines' individ-
ual singles records above the .500
mark in Big Ten competition.
While the meet was over in all

but the technical sense, the doubles
play offered the best competition of
the day. All three matches went
three sets, and the Spartans managed
to save face with their lone victory
of the day, a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5 victory
at the No. 3 spot by Amy Spiegel
and Stacie Bowman over Liz
Cyganiak and Tara Graff.
"The doubles (matches) were re-
ally close," co-captain Fielding said.
"We had already won by the time we
started playing doubles by taking all
of our singles matches. So (the meet)
wasn't really very close. Kalei and I
went three sets, but otherwise we
overpowered them."
The Spartans came to Ann Arbor
sporting a deceptive 11-4 mark on
the season, seemingly superior to the
Wolverines' 7-7. However, proving
once again that beauty is only skin
deep, the mettle Michigan has de-
veloped by playing national-caliber
competition proved fateful for the
visitors, whose early-season sched-
ule was laden with teams of
marginal talent such as Eastern
Michigan, Ball State, and Northern
"I think (our experience against
top teams) helped us," Fielding said.
"It's always easier once you've
played some of the best competition
(in the country) to come back and
play at a Michigan State-type of

Kalei Beamon, Michigan's top women's tennis player, takes on Michigan
State during yesterday's 8-1 Wolverines victory.
Tigers in '93?9Trust
me, this is thei;j*r year
by David Shapardson
Daily Staff Writer

guys just out fought them."
Michigan's next dual match
be at Iowa on Friday.

For all the problems of Major League Baseball - the endless string of
will scandals, the wrong-headed overthrow of Commissioner Fay Vincent, the
skyrocketing salaries, the Astroturf, the DH and the domes - the Detroit
Tigers opened another glorious season Monday night in Oaland.
And they lost. Again. 9-4.
But I'm not upset. Really.
Every year since I was seven, I've proudly announced at the beginning
of the season to my friends, "The Tigers will win the World Series." Sure,
I've only been right once, the Tigers have had a lot of dismal years, we've
suffered through serious threats to tear down Tiger Stadium, Tom
Monaghan tried to destroy the team, and I can't remember the last time we
had a decent starting pitcher, but I firmly believe the Tigers are the greatest
team to ever take the field.
In 1984, Sparky Anderson, the silver-haired manager led his team on a
miracle run to the World Championship. The Tigers didn't have much
talent. Remember Aurelio "Seftor Smoke" Lopez, Tom Brookens and
Johnny Grubb?
Lately, the Tigers have jettisoned superstars in favor of others less-
known players. They traded Howard Johnson. And they lost Kirk Gibson,
Lance Parrish and Jack Morris to free agency while getting absolutely
nothing in return.
Yet, the fans have remained behind the team.
Because as long as I can remember, Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell
- the longest double-play duo in baseball history - have been playing
second base and shortstop. From posing with a real Bengal tiger to watching
Roy Scheider make his least memorable movie, "Tiger Town," they are the
reason a generation of Michigan children joined the "Sweet Lou/Tram Pepsi
fan club."
Gone are Johnny Wockenfuss, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, Champ
Summers, Mike Ivie, Milt Wilcox, and Larry Herndon, as are many of our
V baseball cards and memories.
But Gibson is back - plus the vision of the game-winning home run in
game one of the 1988 World Series and minus bat throwing tantrums. Gibby
even started the season going 1 for 2, with 1 RBI in the opener.
Despite the ridicule, my wilted idealism and the gaping holes in the
game (not to mention the Tigers defense) and my faith, I remain an ardent
OTO Olde English 'D' admirer.
But the Tigers will be in there. Honest, you wait and see. Fielder will hit
50 homers, Rob Deer will get half as many hits as strikeouts, and the
pitching staff will make it through August, somehow...

Golfers send revamped
lineup to Marshall Invite

by Elisa Sneed
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend the Michigan
men's golf team will play Friday and
Saturday in the Marshall Invitational
at Guyan Country Club, a 6446-
yard, par-71 course in Huntington,
W.Va. Marshall will host the event,
as the Wolverines compete in their
seventh match of the season.
The format for the tournament
will be slightly different than the
other events Michigan has played in
so far. Rather than 27 holes each
day, for two days, the competitors
will play 36 holes the first day, fol-
lowed by 18 the next.
Besides the change in tournament
format, the Wolverines will be expe-
riencing some changes in their
This weekend, the Michigan
squad will consist of three regular
starters and two players who have
not seen tournament action since the
Fripp Island Invitational March 11-
12.. The three veterans - senior co-
captains Anthony Dietz and James
Carson, and senior Bob Henighan -
will be joined by junior Carl Con-
don, who played in the tournament
last year, and sophomore Michael
Lyons, a newcomer to the Wolver-
ines this season.
Even though the season is more
than half over, Michigan coach Jim
Carras is still trying to find his top
team. Since the weather has not yet
permitted the team to get outside and
play some practice rounds, Carras
has~ been experimenting with new
players in the No. 4 and No. 5 spots
every week to find out who will do
the best job for the team.
"I want to try to give everyone a
chance to play until we can get out
to play for those spots," he said.
Last year in the Invitational, An-
thony Dietz led the Wolverines with
an individual finish of 222 (76-74-
72), enough to put him in 17th
place overall. His performance, aided

bythe scores of two graduating se-
niors - Dean Kobane and Denny
Sikkila - and Bill Lyle's gave
Michigan an eighth-place finish with
a team total of 908.
This year promises to be more
challenging since the Wolverines
A aO
have not been able to prepare as
much as last year.
"We've had two chances, two
hours on two different days, to chip
and hit balls," Carras said. "(To do
well)you gotta play, you gotta
This week's field includes three
other Big Ten teams - Illinois,
Penn State and Ohio State, which
has been champions 12 of the 24
times this tournament has been
played - as well as Marshall, win-
ner of the U.K.-Johnny Owens Invi-
tational. Carras said his expecta-
tions are not high.
"It's a strong field, I'm not too
concerned with our finish," he said.
"It doesn't mean we can't do well."
As for the course itself, Carras
said he did think his team has a good
chance to play well.
"We've usually played pretty
well," he said. "We've had a lot of
success there, but then we've also
had a lot of success at Purdue. It's
hard to say what we can expect."

Toronto Blue Jay pitcher Jack Morris, an 11-year Detroit Tiger veteran,
who sold out his team and then another for more money, was ripped by
Seattle Tuesday night.

Heatheote's contract renewal shows even State has class

by Brent McIntosh
Daily Sports Writer
To say the least, the news on col-
lege basketball hasn't been over-
whelmingly positive this year. It-
seems that every time I flip on ESPN
or read the Free Press, the media is
talking about the same thing: some-
one did something classless.
"Tutor Writes UNLV Star J.R.
Rider's Paper"
"Georgia Tech's Cremins Chan-
ges Mind Again"
"Cal's Campanelli Fired in
Shocking Move"
My faith in the world was begin-
ning to wane-until I read about Jud
Heathcote's contract extension.
Heathcote, who has coached
Michigan State's men's basketball
team for fifteen long years, is that
hated rival at whom we all scream
twice a year, once from the seats of

Crisler and once through the TV.
He's the guy with the tacky green
blazer and the hair combed forward
to cover his surplus of forehead.
He's the guy who keeps thump-
ing his head with the palm of his
hand, sometimes both hands, every
time his team screws up-which was
more often than not this year.
Heathcote is also the guy who
symbolizes everything that is right
about college basketball. His play-
ers, not Jud, do the headlining.
Heathcote just works hard, tells
some jokes, and plays some golf. He
is not a coach who throws chairs and
temper-tantrums like Bob Knight,
nor does he make spiteful comments
after tough losses like John Chaney.
And he does not prostitute himself to
other programs in exchange for a
higher salary.

But he does get old, and conse-
quently, the former Washington
State forward is expected to retire
soon. His contract ran out at the end
of this season, and there was specu-
lation as to how long he would con-
tinue coaching the Spartans.
Then Merrily Dean Baker,
MSU's athletic director, did some-
thing classy, something that calls to
mind the end of Bo Schembechler's
coaching career: she gave Heathcote
a contract extension and let him
name his successor. Jud was loyal to
State; in return, State showed its
loyalty to Jud.
MSU's next head coach? He

picked longtime assistant Tom Izzo.
Izzo had received overtures from
other schools looking for head
coaches. He was loyal to Jud; in re-
turn, Jud was loyal to Izzo.
Heathcote expects to retire soon.
He has seen a lot. He has won just
under 300 games at Michigan State;
he has won the Big Ten and the
NCAA championships. He has
coached them all: the good (Magic
Johnson), the bad (Parish Hickman)
and the ugly (Mike Peplowski). And
now he has been rewarded.
It's nice to see someone do
something classy for a change. Even
at Michigan State.

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