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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - January 13, 1997 - 9B

Two netters fall early
at Milwaukee Classic

By Jordan Field
Daily Sports Writer
Taking the courts for the first time
since November, the Michigan men's
tennis team traveled to Wisconsin this
past week for the Milwaukee Tennis
Classic.
"The main purpose of this tourna-
ment is to get back playing tennis,"
Michigan assistant coach Dan Goldberg
said. "After being off for quite a while, I
think we were all pretty pleased with
our results."
The Milwaukee Classic, hosted by
Marquette University, is an individual
tournament played at 10 separate local
tennis clubs. Michigan sent eight play-
ers to the classic, competing in both sin-
gles and doubles draws.
In singles play, junior David Paradzik
and freshman Matt Wright both won
their first two matches before both los-
ing in the round of 32. Wright fell to
Stanford standout Ryan Wolters, who
was the eventual singles champion from
that draw.
"Matt was excellent," Goldberg said.
"He is a very strong player, who is just
seeing how he is capable of playing and
realizing his potential. A lot of freshmen
come into these tournaments a little
apprehensive, but Matt is very confi-
dent, and he is only going to get better."
Also in singles play, junior Arvid
Swan, who lost in the first round to
third-seed Thomas Blake from Harvard,
succeeded in the consolation draw, sur-
viving to the finals, until he fell to
Illinios' Jakub Telpy, 4-6,3-6. Telpy had
entered the consolation draw after los-
ing in the first round of the main draw to
Michigan freshman Brad McFarland in
three sets.
Michigan sophomore Jake Raiton,

who had been sidelined earlier this sea-
son because of shoulder surgery over
the summer, made his return for the
Wolverines in the singles draw. He won
his first match in three sets, before los-
ing to Tyler Jimenez of Texas Tech.
"Jake did a really nice job coming
back in his first competition," Goldberg
said. "We were a little uncertain how he
would be, but he played well and is right
there with the rest of the team again."
In doubles play, all four Michigan
teams won their first-round matches.
"The brightest spot for us at the tour-
nament may have been the play of our
doubles teams,"Goldberg said. "We lost
a couple of tight matches, but really we
thought everyone played great."
Junior Brook Blain, teaming with
Wright, were the Wolverines' most suc-
cessful duo. They survived until the
third round, where they fell to a pair
from BYU in three sets.
Goldberg said that the team was test-
ing new doubles pairing at the Classic.
Three of Michigan's four doubles team
were playing together for the first time.
McFarland, who had originally been
Wright's doubles partner, paired with
Swan for the first time and lost in the
second round. Despite losing early,
McFarland felt the new pairing worked
well at the Classic.
"Just about everyone on the team is
so close in talent, it's hard to figure out
who teams up best together," McFarland
said. "Coach was trying new combina-
tions to see who clicked best. The
results weren't great, but everyone
played well together and all the losses
came to very good teams. I think every-
one liked who they played with, and it is
just a matter of time until everyone is
totally comfortable."

BUSSEY
Continued from Page 1B
bye. "He always kept that big smile on
his face, and he never asked, 'Why me?'
I guess we all wonder why, but the only
thing I can come up with is that God
needed a pass rush. Now he's playing for
the best team there is."
Over and over again, Neuheisel and
others told stories of Bussey's loving
personality - he was born on
Valentine's Day, after all - and his
determination.There was the time last
week, when Neuheisel was recruiting in
Tucson, Ariz., and received word that
Bussey had died. Bussey would never
again be at the other end of the phone,
holding the same conversation he held
with Neuheisel every week:
"Hey, Tiger, how you feeling?"
"Just fine, coach."
"You sure?"

"Yep. I'll be back soon?'
Tiger saidthatto the end, "I'll be
back." He was set on it, lifting light
weights in the hospital, trying to get
stronger. After religion and family, foot-
ball was the most important thing in his.
life. He just wanted to play, but leukemia
wouldn't give him the chance.
"There was no question Tiger was
going to be a good player, but he was
already a great person," Neuheisel said.
"I'm supposed to be the teacher, but I
learned more from Tiger than I ever
taught?' And so did many others.
"I'll never forget Tiger; he never gave
up," said T.J. Rickey, who played with
Bussey at De Porres. "The last thing he
told me was, 'Never say die. I'll see you
later."'
Always a Tiger.
- Nicholas J Cotsonika can be
reached over e-mail at
cotsonik@umich.edu.

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JOSH BIGGS/Daily
Michigan sophomore Jake Raiton returned to action this weekend after having
been sidelines with a shoulder Injury earlier in the season.

.Women gymnasts place second in opener

By Nita Srivastava
Daily Sports Writer
The No. 5 Michigan women's gym-
nastics team began its season with a
disappointing second-place finish
behind host, No. 20 West Virginia in
Saturday's tri-meet. Towson State also
competed, finishing third.
'Sophomore Nikki Peters demon-
*rated a top performance, capturing
first place with a score of 39.000 in
the all-around competition. It was the
first time in her career that she has
competed in all four events.
Peters tied for first in the balance
beam (9.750) and won the uneven
bars (9.850). She was the only
Wolverine to place in the top six of
the balance beam competition, aiding
e Michigan team in its overall sec-
d-place finish, as the balance beam
and the floor exercise were its two
weakest events.
"I was proud of the way Nikki
Peters performed," Michigan coach
Bev Plocki said. "She accomplished a
lot in her first all-around competition
as a Wolverine, but I know she has
potential to do even better."
Michigan dominated the vault and
the uneven bars with a three-way tie
,4 firstplace in vault (9.900) by
Caverines Beth Amelkovich, Sarah
Cain, and Peters.
Peters and Cain took first and sec-
ond place in the uneven bars respec-
tiv~ely (9.850, 9.825).
","ust because I hit the vault and the
unreven bars this time, doesn't mean
that I will in the future; I still have to
cdidtinue working on everything,"
-lin said.
* nrm ended up with an impressive
sUih-place finish in her first all-,
artnd competition (38.200), show-
inpromise for a great career at
M gigan.
flespite good performances from
iddtiiduals, the Wolverines did not
get'The luck of the draw in the order of
tlid events. They began the competi-
tiar with the floor exercise, which is
tl weakest event, and finished on
ebeam. Michigan was leading West
irginia by .3 points going into the
fa event.
Tnding on beam is difficult,"
Plocki said. "It is such a pressure

event, and we had two breaks (falls)
right at the end."
The Wolverines also had to deal
with a few injuries in this competi-
tion. Junior Heather Kabnick was not
able to perform due to a pulled ham-
string, and sophomore Kathy Burke
sprained her ankle in the competi-
tion's warm-ups.
Senior Andrea McDonald compet-
ed with a stress fracture in her back,
filling in for Burke, and managed to
place 15th (9.375) with a "watered-

down" routine in floor exercise.
Twenty-two of the 24 routines were
performed by freshmen and sopho-
mores, so inexperience and nerves
played a definite role in the
Wolverines' performance.
"With such a young team, there is
inexperience, and with inexperience
comes mistakes," Plocki said. "We
were the superior team in the compe-
tition, but we just had too many mis-
takes - mental mistakes."
With the first competition under

their belts, the Wolverines are looking
forward to a challenging season.
"I am excited because I think that
we will be really good," Cain said.
"And it also helps to have something
to look back on and learn from."
"It's not the performance that we
were hoping for, but it made us real-
ize the work that needs to be done,"
Plocki said.
"I predict a big difference in our
second meet against Minnesota this
Saturday."

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