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12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 25, 1997
Men's tennis railroaded by Boilermakers, drops close one to Illinois,

By John Friedberg
Daily Sports Writer
In 1938, Franklin Roosevelt was
two years into his first term in office,
there were only 48 states in the union,
and the Michigan men's tennis team
lost to Purdue for the first time.
In 1997, Bill Clinton has started
his second term as President,
Americans are hopeful about the
prospects of peace in the Middle
East, and the Michigan men's tennis
team lost to Purdue for the second
The Boilermakers (2-1 Big Ten,
10-3 overall) eeked out a 4-3 victory,
Sunday over the injury-plagued
Wolverines (0-2 Big Ten, 2-9 over-
all). The defeat completed a disap-
pointing weekend for Michigan. The
Wolverines fell, 6-1, on Saturday to

No. II Illinois (2-1 Big Ten, 9-5
"I was more disappointed after the
Illinois match," Michigan assistant
coach Dan Goldberg said. "We had
some injuries both days, but we did-
n't play our best against the Illini."
Indeed, Michigan had its hands full
with Illinois. Only Brad McFarlane
was able to capture a point for the
Wolverines. McFarlane, who played
in the No. 6 spot against the Illini,
defeated- Illinois' Jeff Laski, 6-0, 6-4.
But even McFarlane's victory came at
a price, as the freshman sustained a
sprained ankle.
Other than that, Illinois swept the
doubles matches and the rest of the
singles matches to win, 6-1. No.1
Cary Franklin of Illinois took a hard-
fought, three-set match against

Michigan's David Paradzik, 2-6, 7-5,
6-3. The only other three-set match
was the No. 2
singles duel.
Michigan's We
Matt Wright
took the first set nu is
in a tiebreaker,
7-6 (7-4), over didn't pia
Gavin Sontag of
Illinois. Sontag, against b
however, won
the second, 6-0,
and took the Assistant
third in a closel
fought tiebreak-
er, 7-6 (7-4).
The rest of the singles matches
each lasted two sets. No. 3 Jerry
Turek of Illinois defeated Arvid
Swan, 6-3, 6-4. No. 4 Oliver Freelove


beat Will Farah, 6-3, 6-0, and No. 5
Jakub Teply handled Miki Pusztai, 6-
3, 6-3.
S some swept the dou-
bles matches
) dayS to take the
Y 0 doubles point
f our best and secure its
margin of vic-
e IMini." tory.
- Dan Goldberg ankle injury
lichigan tennis did not stop
coach him from play-
ing a close
match Sunday. He finally succumbed
to Purdue's Jerad Harbaugh, 7-6, 6-4.
That match was typical of Michigan's
day: good effort, injury and loss.
"The guys who played against

Purdue did a great job," Goldberg
said. "We were a bit short handed this
weekend, but the guys who competed
should take pride in their efforts."
The teams split the six singles
matches, and the Boilermakers swept
the three doubles matches to earn the
final point in their historic 4-3 victo-
Michigan was not without its high-
lights Sunday, however. Paradzik was
able to salvage his weekend with a 4-
6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Cris James.
Paradzik was not the only Wolverine
to overcome a set deficit against the
Pusztai, who moved up to No. 4
singles against Purdue, beat Greg
Wessenberg, 0-6, 6-1, 6-1. All of the
singles players except for Paradzik
moved up a spot in the absence of the




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injured Matt Wright. Wright was
able to compete in the No. 2 doubles,
but was held out of singles competi-
Farah gained a split for himself
over the weekend, taking a straight-
set victory over Derek Myers, 6-4, 6-
4. Swan was not so lucky when he
moved up to No. 2, falling to Jamie
Gordon, 6-3, 7-6.
Michigan's John Long was forced
into singles duty at the No. 6 spot
Sunday. Long had the most convinc-
ing win of the day for Michigan,
whipping Purdue's Tushaar Gautam,
6-2, 6-2.
Long was forced to play due to the
absence of sophomore Jake Raiton
and the continued back problems that
have slowed junior Brook Blain's sea-
Continued from Page 10
The matchup in the national semifi-
nals will pit the Sioux against Colorado
College, two opponents from the same
"At least we know there will be a
WCHA team in the championship
game," Blais said.
The Tigers had a much tougher road to
the semifinals than the other three teams.
Colorado College was one of the last
teams to get into the tournament - as
evidenced by its No. 6 seed in the East
Regional, but victories over No. 3 seed
New Hampshire and top-seeded
Clarkson earned a repeat trip to the
national stage.
Against Clarkson, the Tigers jumped
out to a 5-1 lead only to see that advan
tage dissolve into a 5-4 nail-biter. Buts
survival was the final result, and
Colorado College gets one more shot at
North Dakota.
"It's a pleasure to be back" Colorado
College coach Don Lucia said.
"Especially for this team compared to
where we were a month ago. We were
certainly a team that had to play our way
in - not only to the final four, but the
NCAA tournament itself."
Lucia knows the source of his team'$
improbable run - senior netminder
Judd Lambert.
"It's amazing how smart you get as a
coach when your goaltender is on top of
his game," Lucia said. "And Lambert
certainly is. He's got a lot of experience.
I think he's up to a 10-I career record in
the playoffs now. And he couldn't get
hotter at a more appropriate time."
Continued from Page 10
Since breaking out of a season-long
slump with a career-high 26 points
against Northwestern March 5, Taylor
has averaged 16.8 points in the last five
games. He also has been taking the ball
stronger to the basket and making
moves in the post that he has been capa-
ble of all season long.
So, on paper, it looks like little could
stop this Michigan juggernaut.
Welt, Arkansas will be more than
willing to give it a try. Employing his
patented. "40 minutes of hell" pressure
defense, Arkansas coach Nolan
Richardson could very well give
Michigan fits.
The Wolverines have had trouble
responding to pressure against teams
like Iowa and Indiana. Now, against a
more athletic Arkansas bunch, handling
that pressure will be even more difficult.
The Razorbacks got to New York sim-
ilar to the way Michigan did, by winning
three games on their home court - a
101-75 blowout of Northern Arizona,
followed by a 76-71 decision over
Pittsburgh and then an 86-73 victory

over UNLV in the quarterfinals.
Guard Pat Bradley has paced
Arkansas in those games with a 19
point-per-game average. During the reg*
ular season, Bradley led the
Southeastern Conference in 3-point
field-goal percentage.
Bradley's backcourt partner, light-
ning-quick sophomore Kareem Reid,
will undoubtedly be pumped up playing
in front of his hometown fans. Reid has
averaged 7.7 assists per game in the
Continued from Page 1.
Weggenman and Danielle Lund,
swept past their opponents to identically
raise their records to 8-3 overall and 3-1
in the Big Ten.
The doubles play, which featured only
freshmen on two of the three teams, was
even more impressive than the singles.
Jen Boylan and Weggenman improved
to 8-3 overall in doubles play, while thei p
4-1 conference record equals the marks
of the Cyganiak-Moon and Lund-Hart
"They bring a lot of enthusiasm and
experience" Ritt said. "Even though
they're freshmen, they have a lot of
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