12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 9, 1998
Spartan fans invade
home, but Michigan
By Mark Francescutti which boasts the No. I duo in the region.
and Stephanie Offen "We've been playing so well at one
Daily Sports Writers and two, that the match has been decided
According to the schedule, last night's while No. 3 is still out there and I think,
match at the Varsity Tennis Center was a naturally, it's hard not to let down," assis-
home match for the Michigan men's ten- tant coach Dan Goldberg said. "I don't
nis team. think it's necessarily a weak spot in the
But it sure didn't look like it. lineup."
As Michigan coach Brian Eisner host- The Michigan winning didn't stop
ed his alma mater, hundreds of Michigan there. The Wolverines came out strong in
State fans flocked to Ann Arbor for the singles play and were able to beat the
in-state rivalry, but the opposition's Spartans convincingly, winning five out
cheering didn't shake the Wolverines, as of six singles matches.
they crushed their opponents 6-1. At No. I singles, David Paradzik tired
The Wolverines (5-0 Big Ten, 10-3 out Trey Eubanks, and Paradzik ended up
overall) started the onslaught by easily on top, 7-5, 6-1.
winning at No. I and No. 2 doubles to "Hegottired, I think" Paradzik said. "I
earn the doubles point. The top two duos just finally wore him down - it's always
have each won five straight matches. to my advantage to have points longer."
Seniors Brook Blain and Arvid Swan Eubanks found Paradzik wearing on
easily defeated Michigan State's duo of him in the second set.
Chris Struck and Ken Kigongo, 8-3. In "He's a really frustrating player,"
the past five matches, Swan and Blain Eubanks said. "He was running down
haven't even lost a game on their serve. every ball and he doesn't let you have an
Junior Jake Raiton and sophomore easy match."
Matt Wright also kept their doubles win- Blain, Swan and junior Will Farah also
ning streak intact with their third 8-2 had no trouble sweeping their opponents
doubles victory in the past three matches. in straight sets.
"They beat us solidly at one and two Swan, playing No. 3 singles, easily
doubles, and we have been playing good beat Chris Struck, 6-2, 6-2. It was Swan's
doubles lately," Michigan State coach 10th win in a row, and while he attributes
Gene Orlando said. his winning streak to better concentration
But for the third time in as many and steadier practicing, Goldberg says its
matches, the No. 3 doubles team of the 'C-word' that made the difference.
Junior Miki Puzstai and sophomore John "Arvid's been playing well, he's got his
Long came up short, losing- 8-6. This confidence back,"Goldberg said. "At this
could mean trouble when the Wolverines level, confidence is 70 percent of the
face doubles team such as Notre Dame, game - everyone has the strokes, its a
question of confidence under pressure."
Farah has also been on a roll. He's won
five in a row, and came from behind to
win both sets yesterday in a 6-4, 6-3 win.
Blain, on the other hand, needed this
victory to boost his confidence and end a
losing streak over the past two matches.
"I felt like I returned better today - I
took away his first serve, which is his
strong point," Blain said.
At the end of this match, Blain's oppo-
nent, Ken Kigongo, threw his racket
across the court. The resulting penalty
carried over into Paradzik's match, giving
him a 15-0 advantage in the fifth game of
the second set.
"He was being very unsportsmanlike
in my book," Blain said.
Wright gave the Wolverines another
point, beating Ivica Primorac in a close
match that lasted three sets. Wright
caught up after trailing 5-2 in the first set,
winning five straight games enroute to a
7-5 win. He lost the second set 6-2, but
breezed through the third, 6-2.
The Wolverines' only loss came from
No. 6 singles player John Long. Long,
who had not lost a match since the
Blue/Gray tournament last season, ended
his undefeated streak, losing to Francisco
Trinidad 6-2, 4-6, 4-6.
Eisner attributes a number of things to
his team's success.
"It wasn't just that we played well," he
said. "There was an intensity, there was a
relaxness, there was an eagerness -
everything was in place for us to perform
Sophomore Matt Wright and his partner, junior Jake Raiton, won their fifth straight doubles match yesterday. The duo kept
Michigan undefeated in the Big Ten by helping the Wolverines earn the doubles for an early 1-0 lead. In the end, Michigan tri-
umphed over Michigan State, 6-1.
Football champions prepared to meet
President Clinton today in Rose Garden
Brooke Hart and the Michigan women's tennis team will travel north this weekend
to face Minnesota. The Gophers are undefeated in Big Ten play.
Rockyroad ahead for
By John Leroi
Daily Sports Writer
Today, the Michigan Athletic
Department will pull off the first
half of a trade with the Executive
branch of the federal government,
sending the Michigan football team
to the White House for a visit.
In exchange, of course, President
Clinton will send the First Lady to
Ann Arbor later this month, sihen
sie'II dclivcr a speech on some-
thing other than sports.
Most experts agree that the White
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The entire Michigan football tearm
coaches, players and support
staff- will appear at a 5:15 p.m.
ceremony today during which
Clinton will honor the Wolverines
for their national championship.
A Michigan team hasn't met with
the president since former basket-
ball coach Steve Fisher took his
squad to Washington, D.C., to meet
Presideirt Geort'e Bush after the
GClm Rice-and-Rumial Robinson-
led Wolverines wor the national
championship in 1989.
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champions were honored by Vice
[resident Al Gore two summers
ago. No such invitation has been
extended to this year's national
champs as of yet.
And while Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr, Rose Bowl MVP Brian Griese
and Hteisman Trophy winner
Charles Woodson will be on center
stage today, they won't have the
Iresident's undivided attention.
The Nebraska Corirnauskers. who
finished the 1997 season atop the
USA Today/CNN coaches poll, will
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No official word hlas been given4
by either White House spokespeo-
ple or athletic department officials,
but some members within the foot-
ball program expect the two squads.
to square off on the White House
lawn in a friendly game of flag foot-
ball to decide the mythical national
As in 196, the Wolverines will
arrive in Washington via charter
plane this mtorninig and fly back 4,
Ann Arbor after the ceremony,
which is expected to last a little
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By Drew Beaver
Daily Sports \ht'r
The home stretch for the Michigan
women's tennis team has arrived. Of the
Wolverines' 15 matches this year, 12
have been against nonconference oppo-
nents. That's about to change.
Michigan heads into the heart of its
Big Ten schedule this weekend, with
road matches against Minnesota and
Iowa. The Wolverines enter these match-
es with a 2-1 Big Ten record and a 7-8
w "I'm psyched for these matches, and
to get back into the Big Ten," Michigan
sophomore Jen Boylan said.
Up first for Michigan is a Minnesota
team that has yet to lose a Big Ten
match. The Gophers have yet to face a
team of Michigan's caliber. The Gophers
beat up on some of the lower teams in
the conference, with wins over Ohio
State and Penn State - two teams with-
out a conference win.
Minnesota has also beaten Iowa, and
earned its first-ever win over Indiana.
The Gophers' 9-5 overall record
seems much more impressive than the 7-
8 mark Michigan has, but Minnesota has
not faced the same level of competition.
Minnesota has faced only three teams
ranked in the top 50 nationally, while
Michigan ras faced ighrt. in their most
recenit mreetiing ith an top 50 teaim, thre
Gophers were swept by South Florida
two weeks ago. South Florida squeaked
past Michigan, 5-4.
The Gophers feature Alice
Rangsithienchai at No. 2 singles. She
has yet to lose a Big Ten match this sea-
son, compiling a 6-0 record against con-
Michigan travels to Iowa City on
Sunday to face the Hawkeyes (2-2, 9-6).
Iowa's two conference wins came
against lowly Penn State and Ohio State.
The Hawkeyes' losses have come at
the hands of Minnesota and Indiana.
They also dropped a 5-4 decision against
Marquette, a team Michigan dominated
earlier this season.
They start sophomore Natalya Dawaf
at No. I singles, where she will face
Michigan sophomore Brooke Hart.
Iowa also features strength at the bot-
tom of its lineup, with No. 5 singles
player Carolina Delgado (14-5), and
freshman Erica Johnson (18-4) at No. 6
The Wolverines have not fared well on
the road this year, with only two wins in
eight tries away from Ann Arbor.
Michigan is looking to reverse this trend
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