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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-- Wednesday, April 14,1993

Men's tennis takes on Spartans

by David Schwartz
The matchup: old vs. new.
How opposite are the men's tennis
teams at Michigan and Michigan State?
Just picture the difference in audiences
between WJR and WRIFradio stations.
Granted, the match tonight in East
Lansing doesn' texactly pit Bill Knapp's
regulars against Taco Bell's clientele,
but the age discrepancies between mem-
bers of these intra-state rivals are obvi-
The Spartans are mostly comprised
of seniors. Ironically, their No.1I singles
player is a freshman, Mashiska Wash-
ington, brother of former Michigan ten-
nis great Malivai Washington.
Michigan, on the other hand, comes
in with a very young squad. Junior Dan
Brakus is its No. 1 singles player. Ev-
eryone else playing tonight is either a
freshman or a sophomore.
The Wolverines (0,4 Big Ten, 3-9
overall) realize it is time for the entire
team to register a solid performance as
the Big Ten season progresses.
"Wejusthaven'tcome together as a
team," saidMichigan sophomoreGrady
Continued from page 9
record and a second-place finish in its
district, yet the same sort of output has
been missing in 1993.
"Our strength is definitely our of-
fense," Theisen said. "We are hitting
betterthanever before and base running
better then ever before. Our pitching is
solid, but not great."
That might be an understatement.
The pitching staff has a dismal team
ERAof6.01. ChadCilleyhias JimAbbott
syndrome - pitching well enough to
win every game, but getting no run
support. Cilley leads the team with a
3.44 ERA but has been saddled with an
0-3 record. Todd Boike has pitched the
most innings (35), compiling a 5.40
ERA and a 3-3 record. This staff has to
come in and face a Michigan squad that
has improved their sticks as of late.
The Saints have given up 215 runs
while scoring 167 times. Similarly to
Michigan, they often out hit opponents
(230-229 for the year) but still find a
way to lose. Power is not a trait of the
Saints who have hit 10 home runs to

Burnett, who will play No.4 singles and
No. 2 doubles. "We've played good at
times, but we have to be consistent in
every match."
Although the Wolverines lost their
last five dual matches, they've played
well enough to win a couple of them.
Against Ohio State, Michigan fell to the
Buckeyes by a 4-3 mark. A few days
later in Iowa City, the squad lost by the
same score.
"We were in a position to win some
of these matches, but just couldn't pull
themout,"Michigan coach Brian Eisner
Michigan State, which also began
the year on a sluggish note, has picked
up its level of play recently. As one of
the first division teams in the Big Ten, it
will provide Michigan with yet another
quality opponent.
"State is one of the most improved
teams in the Big Ten conference this
year," Eisner said. "(Tonight's match) is
going to be very exciting and close.
They started out like us and have been
"MSU is a solid team, but we're

looking to put it all together at State,"
Burnett said. "The last few matches, I
feel I've been playing well."
The Wolverines know that if they
can win a few of their remaining Big
Ten matches, they'll have agood shot at
making some noise in May's Big Ten
"The Big Ten is in our grasp andI've
never felt we were out of it," Burnett
said. "Wejust need better mental prepa-
Not wanting to make excuses, Eisner
would like for the weather to stay warm
so the team can start playing outside,
where it tends to perform better.
"All of our matches have been in-
doors so far," Eisner said. "We will be a
much better team once we move out-
Eisner's other expected starters in-
clude sophomores Greg Artz and Adam
Wager, along with freshmen John
Costanzo, Geoff Prentice and Peter
After Michigan State, the Wolver-
ines will travel to West Virginia and
Penn State.

The Michigan men's tennis team faces intra-state rival Michigan State tonight in East Lansing. The Wolverines are
still looking for their first Big Ten victory of the season to go along with four defeats.

their opponents 29. With all of these
negatives, Siena Heights still leads its
conference with a 4-0 record.
As forthe team's strength, the Saints'
overall batting average is .264. Jerry
Koester is Siena Heights' top hitter,
pacing the team with a .394 average to
go along with his 2 RBIs and .528 on
base percentage. Mike Giacomantonio
leads the team in RBIs with 28.
Giacomantonio also holds the un-
wanted distinction of leading the team
with twelve double double play ground-
This will be the Saints' second go-
round against Big Ten competition this
year. On March 31, they lost twice to
Michigan State by a combined score of
15-4. Also included on the Siena sched-
ule are such powerhouses as the Uni-
versity of Montevallo, Ohio Domini-
can and Defiance College.
Although it is far from a clash of
titans, today's game could provide a
scoring barrage. Both teams rely on
hitting for victories. Traditionally, mid-
week, non-conference confrontations
provide astage for the pitchers notin the
top rotation, which will only add to the
run production.

1992-93 awards presented at
the annual M Basketball Bust:
Bill Buntin Most
Valuable Player Award
Chris Webber
Wayman Britt Defensive
Player Award
Jimmy King
Rudy Tomjanovich Most
Improved Player Award
Juwan Howard
Ray Jackson
Thad Gartner Leadership
Jalen Rose
Steve Grote Hustler
Juwan Howard

'M' hockey to. sign star winger

by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan hockey coach Red
Berenson is expected to announce the
signing today of prep school star Jason
Botterill, a right wing from St. Paul's
School in Concord, N.H. Botterill ver-
bally committed to Michigan at the end
of February.
"I met people in athletics and aca-
demics, and I decided to attend Michi-
gan," Botterill said. "I hope to major in
economics, and maybe transfer to the
business school."
Botterill scored 22 goals and had 26
assists in 22 games this season. -
"I think my biggest strength is read-
ing the play," he said.
The winger said he was attracted by
the Wolverines' continued improvement
since Berenson took the helm in 1984.
"It's a first-rate hockey program,"
Botterill said. "Mr. Berenson has built
up the program, and they've had a lot of

success, especially this year."
St. Paul's head hockey coach Matt
Soule said Botterill has the ability to
play beyond college.
"He just has enormous potential for
akid that age," Soule said. "It would not
surprise me if he was an impact player
right away. By the time he's in hisjunior
or senior year at Michigan, I think he
could be an NHL player."
Botterill is currently in his junior
year at St. Paul's and has decided to
leave early.
"Over Christmas I decided to gradu-
ate this year. I worked out everything
academically," said Botterill, who turns
17 in May.
Soule supportedBotterill'sdecision,
but he said he did not push the player to
come to Ann Arbor.
"He's such a mature kid," Soule
said. "He knew what he wanted. He
knew how to separate the hockey pro-
gram from the university."
Continued from page 9
of Little Caesar's breadsticks or while
you wait for a computer in Angell Hall)
that these polls are voted on by experts.
Let me ask you, who do you think
knows more about how a team will do:
the team members themselves oracoach
in Iowa?
With fax machines spitting out the
rankings like tobacco juice, the good

Despite his youth, the6-foot-3,205-
pound winger believes he is strong
enough to compete in the CCHA.
"I've got fairly big size," he said. "I
don't always hit like I should, but I can
take it."
'He just has enormous
potential for a kid that
age. By the time he's in
his junior or senior year
at Michigan, I think he
could be an NHL player.'
- Matt Soule
St. Paul's hockey coach
Erik Stien, who played with Botterill
at St. Paul's last year and is currently a
forward at Dartmouth, agreed.
"He's gotbig size," Stien said. "He's
also a fast skater. I think he'll do real
well at Michigan."
teams are expected toputawayall those
more than a few sneezes away from
their own slot on the list. The Wolver-
ines, for instance, have so many "must
wins" this season that they simply can't
win them all. Or, if they care about their
numbers, they can't lose.
So how do the players view the
"I don't even think of them,"junior
outfielder Kari Kunnen said. "Anyone
can beat you."



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