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14 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 4, 1997

Men's tennis gives all-around perfonance

By Mark FancescW
Daily SportsWriter
It might have been Halloween night across
America, but the courts at the Atkins Tennis Center
in Champaign were not decked with decorations.
Candy and trick-or-treating were not allowed, just
tennis balls, rackets and the best individual players
from the ITA Midwest Region.
The Rolex Regional Championships is the most
crucial tournament for individual players in Division
I - not only because it determines rankings and
bragging rights for the upcoming spring season, but
also because of its role in determining future posi-
A special committee from the ITA will decide at
the end of the tournament which team is the
strongest. That team will represent the Midwest at
the. National Indoor Championships in February to
battle the other seven regional winners.
The Wolverines had their work cut out for them if
they wanted to be that winning team. The tourna-

ment looked to be their toughest one yet, because it
brought together all of the Big Ten teams except
Penn State.
Riv\al Notre Dame also was prowling the courts at
Illinois. hoping to avenge its 0-for-4 performance
against Michigan last month at the Tar Heel
Invitational. Michigan junior William Farah handled 1
the only meeting between the Fighting Irish and the
Wolverines, dominating in his early rounds. The
tournament featured the usual Michigan tennis out-
come -- a well-balanced, all-round effort by every
member of the team.{
Senior David Paradzik, seeded 17th, cruised to
three victories before falling to fourth-seeded Bryan
Smith in the fourth round. Junior Jake Raiton lost a
heartbreaking three-set loss in the third round, and
No. 23 Brook Blain also was impressive both in sin-
gles and doubles play.
Overall, the statistics tend to indicate Michigan
was the strongest team of the tournament.
The Wolverines went undefeated until the third

round, and while they did not have any players in the
finals, they did have the most players (four) in the
round of 16. Illinois, last season's Rolex winner, had
three but also lost in its only match with the
"I think we dominated the tournament even with
the draw," said senior David Paradzik.
"We beat a lot of the seeded players,"added Farah.
"We showed the rest of the region that we can be a
top team."
If any team had Michigan's number in
Champaign, it was Northwestern, whose domination
of Michigan is credited to senior Alex Witt.
Witt, the No. 3 seed, crushed sophomore Matt
Wright's hopes of advancing to the semifinals in a
close 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4 battle.
Witt's racket also ended the reign of Michigan
senior Arvid Swan, who was the only Wolverine to
make it to the semifinals.
But Witt didn't stop there. He joined teammate
Martin Bengtsson to upset the seventh-seeded duo of

Blain and Swan in the fourth round. The Rolex
Regionals were set up to pit the strongest players
against each other no matter what team they are on.
Since it is an individual tournament, it was possible
that two Michigan players could face each other.
Sunday, Farah and Swan found themselves in that
position coming into the fourth round. Both, howev-
er, knew that it wasn't any different than playing
another school.
"I knew it was a clear-cut regular match," said
Farah after his loss to his fellow teammate.
Farah was confident that he could have advanced
to the semifinals if he didn't have to face his team-
The Wolverines seem to be pleased with their win,
but the work doesn't stop as they will travel to
Minnesota next weekend for the first. ever Ice
Volleys. Michigan, ranked 51st in the nation, will
compete against three teams - Minnesota,
Washington and Arizona State - all of which are
ranked in the top 50.

Continued from Page 11
Michigan did, teams like Penn State
came in and recruited those ath-
letes,." iehi an tailback Chris
Howard said. "Today it's ridiculous
to think thit one team can dominat
a conference.
"We just want to beat them
INJL Rt * PDATE: No time is a good
time for an injury, but the weeb
before Michigan's biggest game o
the year is the worst time.
Cornerback Dwayne Patmon, how-
ever, has fallen prey to the injury
bug after breaking his leg against
Minnesota. He'll definitely miss this
week's game and probably won't be
back until the bowl game.
But Carr said he does expect the
other "banged up" Wolverines to
make the trip to State College, mor
notably tailback Clarence William.,
who pulled his hamstring in the first
half of Saturday's game, and starting
fullback Chris Floyd, who injured
his shoulder in the same game.
Carr said he'll find out today the
extent of those players' injuries and
how much they'll be able to play
against the Lions.
SWORD HONORED: Junior line-
backer Sam Sword was awarded th
Big Ten Defensive Player of th
Week after recording 1 1 tackles and
a career-best five tackles-for-losses,
two of which were quarterback sacks
in the Wolverines' 24-3 victory over
Sword leads Michigan in tackles
with 72 (54 solo, 18 assists) and
shares the team lead in tackles-for-
loss (nine) with Steele.
I U-





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Interview After Interview
Working Two Jobs
Living Back With Parents

Adderly 29 5-9 3-4 0-1 1 2 16
Colbert 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Wood 36 6-14 5-6 0-7 3 4 19
Hackim 34 9-13 1-2 0-0 4 1 26
Daniels 26 2-6 0-0 0-3 2 4 5
Hoover 20 1-2 2-2 0-2 6 4 5
Bond 13 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 3
Bosket 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2
Timberlake 8 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 4
Cunningham28 7-12 1-2 1-10 1 3 15
Totals 200 34-6512-161-28 19 20 94
FG%: .523. FT%: .750. 3-point FG: 15-29,
.517 (Hackim 7-9, Adderly 3-5, Wood 2-5,
Daniels 15, Hoover 1-2, Bond 1-2,
Cunningham 0-1). Blocks: 0 Steals: 8
(Cunningham 2, Adderly, Colbert, Daniels,
Hackim, Hoover, Timberlake). Technical
Fouls: none.






5-9 4-6 0-4 3 14
6-14 2-8 1-11 2 4 14
3-6 0-2 0-3 4 6
8-14 2-2 0-0 2 1 2
7-8 1-1 0-5 5 3 19
0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
6-10 2-3 0-5 0 1 15
0-1 1-2 0-2 3 2 1
35-6212-241-351716 93

FG%: .565. FT%: .500. 3-point FG: 11-18,
.611 (Bullock 6-10, Conlan 4-5, Ward 1-2,
Reid 0-1). Blocks: 2 (Baston, Traylor).
Steals: 5 (Baston 2, Bullock, Conlan,
Smith). Technical Fouls: none.

Athletes .............43 52 - 95
Michigan.........54 39 - 93
At: Crisler Arena A: 11,353



Club soccer
Weekend scores from the
Michigan women's soccer club's
games were incorrectly reported
in yesterday's edition. Results of
the Big Ten tournament in East
Lansing should have read:
Miami (Ohio) 2, Michigan 0
Michigan 2, Penn State 1(OT)
Michigan finished the season
third in the Big Ten.
Scores from the weekend:
Michigan 3, Bowling Green 0
Michigan 2, Iowa 1
Michigan 4, Ohio State 1
Michigan qualified for the NCSA
Championships in Phoenix. The
Wolverines will be the No. 1 seed.


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