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MAJOR LEAGUE
BASEBALL
CLEVELAND 4,
NY Yankees 3
(Cleveland wins
series, 3-2)

PRO
FOOTBALL
DENVER 34,
New England 13

Tuesday
October 7, 1997

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'M' football co-captain
Mayes out for season

/ By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
Eric Mayes's story was nothing short of a young ath-
k <: lete's wildest dream come true.
Unfortunately for the Michigan co-captain, that dream
has a bitter ending.
The inside linebacker who walked on to the Wolverines
} , after transferring from a small Louisiana college that had
no football team, tore a ligament in his left knee early in
? ' Y the first quarter of Saturday's 37-0 victory over Indiana.
Mayes will have surgery on the knee sometime this
week and will miss the remainder of season.
"His spirit and enthusiasm and toughness and leadership
will be missed by our football team," Carr said. "We have
,,3, to carry on, but Eric Mayes did a tremendous job for us."
Carr also said that the extent of the injury is severe
enough that recovery in time for a bowl game is out of the
.,, [question.
"It's a shame to see a guy, especially a senior, end his
career on that kind of note," Carr said.
Mayes is a fifth-year senior, and since he has played in
at least one game this season, he cannot apply for a med-
ical redshirt.
The injury occurred on a routine running play -
Indiana's fourth from scrimmage on Saturday. Mayes was
coming off a double-team block pursuing Indiana tailback
De'Wayne Hogan.
"He warded off the one closer to the ball," said Carr,
recalling the play, "but when he came off the block he was
in an awkward position and his foot caught and he tore his
knee."
}<::.: :a....K*. .r:.n......A native of Kalamazoo, Mayes transferred from Xavier
v,:: : :} :'tK.'2S. ............. , .}r ;: ::y... 2 rc;:.,,.A:,,:?:: :
.,.. ..:. .,:...'. }: College in Louisiana in 1995, and started for Michigan on
WARREN ZINN/ Daily special teams his first two seasons in Ann Arbor.
Michigan linebacker and co-captain Eric Mayes tore a ligament in his left knee in Saturday's game against Indiana, and is out This year, with the departure of former captain Jarrett
for the remainder of the season. The fifth-year senior will have surgery sometime this week. Irons from the starting inside linebacker position, Mayes
Sinclair impacting Blue women's tennis

stepped in and.not only replaced the former All-American
at his field position, but in his leadership role as well.
And according to Carr, that .leadership role will still
belong to Mayes.
"Absolutely, he's still the captain," Carr said, "and he'll
still have an important role on our team."
In 1994, wide receiver and co-captain Walter Smith suf-
fered a broken leg early in the season. Smith, though, still
remained active in his role as team captain and even
returned for one play at the end of Michigan's final home'
game of the season.
"When you lose experience, it always hurts you because
those are guys that know what it takes to prepare, and the
pressure of preparation doesn't get to them," Carr said.
"Week in and week out, the veteran guys know how to pre-
pare."
Michigan, fortunately enough, has experienced players
waiting to pick up Mayes's playing time. As it stands
right now, fifth-year senior Rob Swett and sophomores
Dhani Jones and Ian Gold will fight for those minutes.
True freshmen Anthony Jordan and Kurt Anderson may.
also see some time as well. Jones played primarily in
Mayes's spot on Saturday, leading Michigan with nine
tackles.
Mayes is the second Michigan defensive starter to fall
victim to a season-ending injury. A week before the sea-
son-opener against Colorado, nose tackle Ben Huff, also a
fifth-year senior, suffered a similar knee injury in practice
that required major surgery.
In addition, backup linebacker Grady Brooks, a redshirt
freshman, will be out at least another week or two with a
shoulder injury.
"We just can't afford anymore injuries," Carr said.
Mayes has started the last three games and was fourth
on the Wolverines in tackles with 25. Two of those tackles
were for losses.
FILE PHOTO
Michigan's
>><t . :,s "Tumeka Harris
' won her first
./ } match this week-
end at the Eck
. Classic before
she was forced to
default with
cramping.

By Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
Normally the Big Ten champion relies on its
returning players to carry it into a'new season. But
erhaps, as far as the Michigan women's tennis team
concerned, times have changed.
The Wolverines returned to tournament play last
weekend. Last season, the Wolverines experienced
the most success ever by winning the Big Ten title
and their first trip to the NCAA Championships as a
team.
Last season, they were led by seasoned veterans.
However this year, the Wolverines are being led by
true freshman Allison Sinclair.
Sinclair had an impressive debut at the Eck
,lassic in South Bend. She was joined by fellow
'olverines Tumeka Harris, Sora Moon and Jennifer
Boylan.
Sinclair won three out of the four matches she
played over the weekend against Big Ten opponents.
Sinclair came away from the tournament confident
that she can compete at the collegiate level.
"I did awesomely," said Sinclair. "I was kind of
nervous going in and that was my first time playing
(in college)."
Sinclair won her first match, 6-4, 7-5, against

Minnesota's Tarah Elkins. The only bump in the road
came in her second round loss to Illinois' Megan
Wise.
Since it was a Round Robin tournament, Sinclair
was entered in the back draw after she lost to Wise.
She faced Iowa's Erin Wolverton in the back draw,
who proved to be little competition for the freshman.
Sinclair won easily, 6-1, 6-0. The final match of the
tournament was a 6-4, 7-5 victory over
Northwestern's Leigh Weinraub.
Senior captain Sora Moon was pleased with
Sinclair's efforts.
"I think Allison played very well," said Moon.
"She had a strong showing."
Like Sinclair, Boylan, a sophomore played well
over the weekend, winning three matches as well as
her backdraw bracket.
Though Sinclair and Boylan had an excellent tour-
nament, the sailing was not as smooth for other
Wolverines.
Moon, last season's No. 2 singles player and No. 1
doubles with Sarah Cygniak, struggled in the first
tournament of the season.
"I didn't play too well," Moon said. "But I usually
start out slow. I think part of it is that I didn't play
over the summer, so I'm playing as well as can be

expected. I'm just going to take away the positives
and build on them."
Moon finished the weekend winning only one of
her four matches, with her only victory coming in the
backdraw against Illinois State's Naoko Moore, 7-5,
5-7, 7-5.
Tumeka Harris won her first match and was into
the second when she was forced to default that match
as well as the third.
"I cramped up," Harris said. "I could've won, but
I was dehydrated and just couldn't finish out the
matches. Until then, I was playing really well, and
I'm really happy about that because I didn't play over
the summer."
Though the matches were not individually pleas-
ing to either Moon or Harris, they both had the same
sentiments about the upcoming season.
"The tournaments in the fall only count for indi-
vidual rankings.' Moon said. "So we have a lot of
time before the team matches."
Harris consented and added that she felt the team
would do really well.
If the first tournament is any indication, Sinclair
will be the ideal replacement for Cygniak, the former
Big Ten champion, and the Wolverines will be ready
for success.

"Men's tennis tears
up Carolina tourney

By Evan Braunstein
Daily Sports Writer
* When the Michigan men's tennis
players took a look at themselves early
this season, they saw a fairly good team.
They had experience in their eight
returning players, four of whom are
upperclassmen. They had leadership and
talent in seniors David Paradzik and
Arvid Swan and sophomore Matt
Wright. They had a winning mindset
instilled by Michigan coach Brian
Eisner, who has compiled 411 victories
his 27 years at the helm.
Still, the Wolverines were not quite
sure if the whole would equal the sum of
their parts - until last weekend.
Michigan erased any doubts of under-
achievement with its performance in.the
Carolina Tennis Classic this past week-
end. The Wolverines were by far the best
team in the draw, winning four out of the
five brackets.
The tournament, hosted by North
Oarolina, consisted of five individual
draws - three singles and two doubles.
The Wolverines won both doubles and
two of the singles draws.
"We really, dominated out of all the
teams," Wright said. "To perform that
well against this competition gives you a
lot of confidence."

Top teams from around the nation
competed in the tournament, including
Duke, North Carolina and William and
Mary. Fifth-ranked Duke was expected
to pose the toughest competition. The
Wolverines beat their Duke opponents in
seven out of 11 matches.
"By ranking, Duke was the premier
team," Eisner said. "But we played very
well against them in head to head match-
es."
But this was the first tournament of
the season, and the Blue Devils consist
of four freshmen; the Wolverines have
none.
"Inexperience or nervousness may
have been a factor," Eisner said. "But the
fact of the matter is, those freshmen are
outstanding, and we beat them."
The Wolverines were unflappable in
the singles draws, losing only five total
matches. Paradzik and junior Jake
Raiton were never beaten, each taking
the championship in their respective
brackets.
Paradzik overcame a tough, three-set
first-round match, propelling him to the
semifinal round against Duke's Marko
Cerenko. Paradzik won the first set in a
tiebreaker and dropped the second set, 2-
6, before taking charge in the final set
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