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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 24, 1997

LEROI
Continued from Page 11
indiana coach Cam Cameron said.
"They are almost mind boggling."
Some coaches aren't really sur-
prised though.
It's early in the season and nobody
but Purdue, Michigan and Michigan
State have really played anybody
good. After all, every game the top
five has won, they were expected to
win.
"We predicted this," Ohio State
coach John Cooper said. "There
were no major surprises except I
guess we didn't predict MSU would
man-handle Notre Dame."
- John Leroi can be reached over
e-mail at jrleroi@umich.edu

TENNIS
Continued from Page 11
matches, Swan and Blain are still alive in
the doubles qualifiers. Yesterday, they
defeated a team from Mississippi (7-6
(7-5), 6-3). Today they will face a
Nebraska duo.
"If they win today, they will be entered
in the main draw of the tournament,"
Eisner said. "This would be great
because they get more experience. Clay
is a very difficult surface for them to play
on because ... this is the only tourna-
ment they will play on it all year."
If Swan and Blain fare well today, they
will have already improved their nation-
al collegiate doubles rankings. At any
rate, the match gives the players experi-
ence prior to the fall season.

Moon ready to take reins for 'M' women's tennis

By David DenHerder
For the Daily
Sometimes, waiting patiently for something makes it
that much sweeter. For many years, the Michigan
women's tennis program has had fair, respectable, .500
seasons. Then last year, out of nowhere - bang.
Big Ten champions. NCAA regional champions. A
perfect 10-0 conference record. An NCAA tournament
appearance. And all for the first time in school history.
Senior Sarah Cyganiak is Big Ten Player of the Year,
and Bitsy Ritt is Coach of the Year.
But to the victors, unfortunately, goes the pressure.
Losing only one player to graduation, the Wolverines
arc expected to repeat as Big Ten champions again this
year; and they will have to do it without Cyganiak, who
was the only Michigan tennis player ever to reach 100
career singles wins.
"Obviously, Sarah Cyganiak is a huge loss for our
program," Ritt said. "However, we have plenty of young
players who gained a good amount of experience. I real-

ly believe we have the ability to play at a higher level."
Senior Sora Moon may be the one to lead the team to
that next level. Moon was All-Big Ten last year at No. 2
singles and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. She
also played with Cyganiak at the NCAA Doubles
Tournament.
"That was fun," Moon said. "1 learned a lot from
Sarah, and we had a good time."
As the lone senior on this year's squad, Moon is in a
position to guide the team to its second Big Ten title in
as many years.
"Having come through in the big matches and (hav-
ing) been outstanding in the regional tournament when
it really counts makes (Sora) a favorite to play high in
our lineup," Ritt said.
As for the upcoming season, it is treated with opti-
mism. The team is very deep with talent and still has the
taste of victory in their mouths.
"We definitely have the potential to win it again ... I
think other teams will look to us as the team to beat

because we won last year' Moon said. "Even though
I'm the only senior, we have a lot of experience on the
team."
Another thing the women have to look forward to
this season is their state-of-the-art facility, in which they
have a perfect 7-0 mark thus far. Completed last year,
the new facility will serve as the home venue for all
Michigan matches.
"If it's not the best, it's one of the best in the nation
- we really don't deserve it," Moon said. "It's like m
home."
Last year was undisputedly the best season the
Wolverines have ever had. Now the program will be put
to the test, to determine whether it was a just a fluke, or
the foundation of things to come. If Ritt or Moon have
anything to say about it, the team has only just begun.
"(Last season) can be a springboard for our program
and that is what we are hoping," Ritt said.
It's now up to Moon to take the reins and lead the
team.

O N LY 1 2 DAYS AWAY!
6 ,

Northwestern football tickets
now available for students

Frm Staff Reports
Beginning today, students will
have the opportunity to purchase
1,000 tickets for Oct. Il's Michigan-
Northwestern football game at
Michigan Stadium, Athletic Director
Tom Goss announced yesterday.
The tickets, which will be sold at
the $13.50 student price, will be sold
on a first-come, first-serve basis to
students only between today and
Monday. If tickets remain after that
period, they will be made available
to the general public Tuesday.
The tickets were returned to the
University by the Northwestern ath-
letic department.

For the first time in University
history, all interested students did
not receive full season-ticket pack-
ages.
The 102,501-seat stadium could *
not accommodate the record
demand for tickets, so incoming
freshmen and transfer students were
given split-season packages.
Goss and University President
Lee Bollinger will invite a small
group of freshmen, selected at ran-
dom, to sit in their private luxury
boxes each game this year.
For more information, please con-
tact the Michigan Ticket Department
at (313) 763-0247.

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