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The Michigan Daily -- Tuesday, October 11, 1994 -1

'Netters dominate the competition at Georgia Tech Classic

:!ME COLEG

By MARC LIGHTDALE
For the Daily
Mission accomplished.
Under the Atlanta sun, the Michigan men's
tennis team squared off against a plethora of
tennis powerhouses from the ACC and SEC in
an individual tournament. The Wolverines
dominated the competition at the GeorgiaTech
Fall Classic.
"Based on the number of matches that
we won, we were the premier team there,"
coach Brian Eisner said. "When you win 75
percent of your matches in a sectional com-
petition, you are dominating the competi-
tion.
"It was (our) best performance in a tourna-
ment setting in the last five years."
Winning a whopping 20 of 27 singles
* matches and nine of 13 doubles matches,

Michigan's inspired play should secure the
national recognition that has eluded the Wol-
verines in the past years. Freshman David
Paradzik won the Flight B Singles Champion-
ship after defeating Gustavo Perziano of East
Tennessee State, 6-4, 6-3.
"I wasn't expecting to win the tourna-
ment, but I felt that I could," Paradzik said.
"We showed that we were one of the best
teams there, and that we could beat the best
teams there."
Prior to his victory overPerziano, Paradzik
had to overcome a difficult opponent in
Florida's Jon Glover. After dropping the first
set 6-1, Paradzik lost just six games in win-
ning the final two sets.
In addition to Paradzik's performance,
junior John Constanzo had a strong showing
in the Flight A Singles bracket. He won two

matches, including a three-set marathon over
Pieter Calitz of Samford, 6-0, 5-7, 7-6, that
landed him in the quarterfinals. He bowed out
in a tough three-set match to Georgia Tech's
David Traub, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
"Before the tournament, we were a good
team in the conference. Now, we are a good
team nationally," Constanzo said. "It was
encouraging, knowing that the ACC and SEC
are some of the most competitive conferences
in the nation."
Another highlight came from Grady
Burnett, who rebounded from a nagging in-
jury to turn in a strong quarterfinal showing.
The senior compiled two victories over very
difficult opponents.
In the first round, Burnett ousted Messay
Abebe of South Carolina, 6-3, 7-5. Then,
Burnett mounted a comeback in his defeat of

Auburn's David Kozlowski, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3,
before losing to Brook Blain of Florida, 6-4,
4-6, 6-1.
"It was a great performance across the
board," Burnett said. "The tournament defi-
nitely provided us with a lot of confidence
going into the regional qualifiers at the Rolex
Tournament."
Every one of the Michigan players partici-
pating won his first round singles match. In
evaluating the Wolverines' performance
against the tournament's best competition,
they split matches with top-notch national
programs including Georgia, Florida and Au-
burn.
In doubles competition, the teams of Geoff
Prentice and Arvid Swan and Burnett and
Paradzik enjoyed impressive semifinal show-
ings.

Here are the top ten teams in the
WMEB of Orono, Maine preseason
college hockey poll. First place votes
are in parentheses:
Team Point
1. Boston University (10) 11
-2. Michigan State (2) 9
3. Lake Superior State 8
4. Michigan 7L
5. Colorado College 6
6. Minnesota 62
7. Harvard 4
8. Clarkson 2
9. University of New Hampshire 2
10. Maine 1
Other receiving votes: St. Cloud 15,
University of Massachusettes-Lowell
9, Northern Michigan 6, Western
Michigan 3, Providence 2, U\M 2,
Denver 1.

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Women's
golf places
second in VA
By JED ROSENTHAL
For the Daily
It took until the final tournament
of the fall season, but the Michigan
women's golf team came through in
the clutch this past weekend in the
James Madison Invitational in
Staunton, Virginia. With their second
place tie, the Wolverines turned in
their finest showing with a two day
* total of 620. Unfortunately, the team
finished one stroke away from bring-
ing the first place trophy home to Ann
Arbor.
"We did excellent," Teichert said.
"The kids played extremely well. We
had a good finish - tied for second
feels good. I am so impressed. It's a
little disappointing that we didn't
bring (the first-place trophy) home."
* The team was in the lead after
Saturday with a team score of 303, the
best in recent memory.
"Shooting a303 was phenomenal,"
Teichert said. "You can't beat it. I
could see it in the girl's faces. They
had good timing, were upbeat, but
most of all, they were focused."
Junior Shannon McDonald led the
team with a first day stroke total of an
even par 72. Her score was the best
oVerall for the day. It was her career-
best while in college, and paved the
way for her eventual tie for second in
the individual category with a two-
day stroke total of 148 (72-76), three
strokes off the pace.
"The first day was amazing," she
said. "The whole team played excel-
lent. We threw out a 79."
"I am so proud of (Shannon),"
* Teichert said. "She is so capable of
playing this well every time out. She
is a great player and a great leader.
For five players to shoot under 80 -
that's fabulous. We couldn't even
count (Nicole Green's) score."
Green, a freshman, was able to
handle the jitters and post a two day
total of 159 (79-80). Despite the fact
that her 79 was not even included in
the first day scoring, Teichert was
impressed with her play.
"She has come along quite nicely,"
Teichert said. "I am very happy with
her (performance). She has added a
lot to our program. The entire
underclassmen's success has helped
us considerably."
Becauseoftheteam's strong show-
ing, the Wolverines improved on team
stroke totals, shaving almost a full ten
shots from last year's average.
"I set a goal for the team to shoot
325 as a team average by the end of
the fall. Instead, we have a 323.8. I
can't be more pleased," Teichert said.
Teichert continued, "What a way
to end the season. Everything fit to-
gether. If we just keep our focus and
continue to score well, we can com-
pete with any team in the Big Ten.
Penn State was a part of the field in
*Virginia. They beat us in every match
prior to this past tournament. It felt
good to place so well. I can only look
forward to the spring."

SOCCER
Continued from page 11
upfield.
Michigan wiped out the Saints last
year 6-1 at Mitchell Field but coach
Burns believes that despite the score
this year's team is even stronger.
"Everyone knows we are a good
team," Burns said. "We've just got to
start scoring on a regular basis."

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