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16- The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 17, 1995

Netters finish first in Big Ten .

By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's tennis team
secured the No. I spot in the Big
Ten with its weekend sweep of
matches against Ohio State and In-
diana.
, The Wolverines (9-1 Big Ten, 14-
7 overall) defeated the Buckeyes Sat-
urday, 4-3. Indiana was their next
victim - the Hoosiers fell 5-2.
Michigan was coming off a 5-2 to
Notre Dame going into Saturday's
match. The Wolverines were looking
for a strong weekend performance to
rebound from Wednesday's loss and
to set themselves as one of the league's
top teams.
Like Michigan, Ohio State had
only one loss going into this
weekend's competition. The match
would define who was the top team in
the Big Ten.
A Michigan loss would have put
the Wolverines in second place with
two losses. Even worse, the team
would not have been in control of
their own destiny.
Michigan's victory over Indiana
closed out the team's season by clinch-
ing the No. I spot in the standings and
the highest seed going into the Big
Ten Tournament.
Against Ohio State, the Wolver-
ines enjoyed strong performances
from Peter Pusztai, David Paradzik,
Arvid Swan and Geoff Prentice. All
four had two-set victories for Michi-
gan.
In doubles competition, the team
could muster only one victory with
Paradzik and Grady Burnett defeat-
ing Evan Klee and John Leach 8-5.
Against Indiana, the team got wins
from Pusztai, Burnett, Prentice and
Swan.
The team's two losses came in three
sets with John Constanzo losing to Erik
Barrett,6-4,3-6,6-3,and Paradzik fall-
ing to Mark Abelman 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles, the Wolverines took
two out of three, with the team of
Prentice and Swan winning 9-8 and
the team of Burnett and Paradzick
winning 8-3.
Michigan has enjoyed much out-
standing play from Pusztai. Saturday
he defeated Doug Bloom 6-2,6-4.
Bloom was ranked No. 6 in the Mid-
west.
On Sunday, Pusztai beat fifth
ranked Derrick Pope, 6-2, 6-2. With
his victory over third-ranked Ryan
Simme of Notre Dame last Wednes-

day, Pusztai has defeated three of the
Midwest's top six players in five days.
"One of the highlights of this week-
end was Peter Pusztai," coach Brian
Eisner said. "He really had two out-
standing singles wins." said head
coach Brian Eisner.
Pusztai picked up the slack for his
counterpart Costanzo. Constanzo had
a hard time putting his opponents
away this weekend, losing twice in
three sets.
"John had a tough weekend,"
Eisner said.
Eisner cited a marked lack of in-
tensity as one of the team's problems
this weekend.
"Emotionally, we just didn't come
out firing, but the important thing is

we won the match," Eisner said of
Saturday's match. "It has been a long
season, and the emotional energy just
wasn't there."
Even with a slight lack of inten-
sity, the Wolverines were able to close
out the season with two strong perfor-,
mances and say they feel like they are
on a roll going into the Big Ten Tour-
nament.
"We've made fairly dramatic im-
provement," Eisner said. "We're play-
ing better tennis now than at any time
during the season."
This weekend's success, the
team's recent improvement and a No.
I seed have the Wolverines in a good
position to take the Big Ten title in
two weeks.

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'M' golfers place sixth
at Lady Lion Invite

By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Sports Writer
Last week, weather stopped the
Michigan women's golf team from
practicing.
This weekend, coach Kathy
Teichert said the weather kept them
from winning.
Last week, the Wolverines prac-
ticed on Tuesday only, due to rains
and snow in Ann Arbor.
Before heading to State College,
many of the golfers expressed con-
cern about their lack of practice -
and it was as cold and rainy there as it
was last week in Michigan.
The Wolverines respectably tied
for sixth among 13 teams at the Lady
Lion Invitational, hosted by Penn
State.
Tying Princeton with a two-day
total of 672 (348-324), the Wolver-
ines placed sophomore Wendy
Westfall in the top 15 among a field of
78 (83-81, 164).
According to the schedule, the
tournament was to include 36 holes
Saturday and 18 Sunday. Instead, play
concluded Saturday.
But Teichert said they never fin-
ished the match. Due to inclement
weather, coaches from the 13 schools
voted to play only 36 holes instead of
the intended 54.
"I think we could have has a better
showing if we continued to play,"

Teichert said.
"Our team has to learn to play
better in adverse conditions and we
have to play well on the first round,"
she added.
Junior Shannon McDonald ex-
pressed similar concerns about her
own game.
After an excellent early season,
McDonald shot an 88 on the par-72
course on Saturday. Despite shooting
a 79 Sunday to tie for the third lowest
score, McDonald placed 22nd in the
field.
"It was really windy and pretty
cold," McDonald said. "I shouldn't
have played as badly as I did, though.
"I was really happy that I came
back on the second round. I had more
confidence and I was driving the ball
better."
Methodist University won the
tournament with a two-day total of
647.
James Madison golfers Kathryn
Yard and Niki Crist tied for first indi-
vidual performance, with scores of
158. Yard was determined the indi-
vidual champion after a one-hole play-
off with her teammate.
Other Wolverines who made the
trip to State College were Jenny
Zimmerman, who tied for 31st, Laura
Tzakis, who tied for 35th and Molly
Vandenbark and Ashley Williams,
who tied for 56th.

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