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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 10, 1998

Men's tennis hopes to make
Penn State next Big Ten victim

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
When a team is on a hot streak,
hasn't lost in its new home and a
winless Big Ten visitor comes to
town, it's hard not to put another 'W'
on the schedule.
Michigan (5-0 Big Ten, 10-3 over-
all) could easily think "win" when
Penn State (0-5, 7-8) comes to Ann
Arbor to play the Wolverines Sunday
at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Yes, the Wolverines are off to their
best Big Ten start in three years.
Yes, they have clobbered the
Nittany Lions 5-2 in each of the past
And yes, the Wolverines are still
undefeated at home.
So what's not to take lightly?
This past weekend, Penn State lost
to Illinois, 5-2. Illinois is undefeated
in the Big Ten and is one of the top
five teams in the country.
Nevertheless, the match was
extremely close. At No. 2 doubles,
the Lions nearly won the doubles
point, which would have resulted in a
tight 4-3 finish.
Most of the Wolverines expect a
win, but Michigan assistant coach
Dan Goldberg says he is concerned
that the team won't respect the
Nittany Lions.
"They're a good team," Goldberg

said. "They played us pretty close
last year and we're not taking them
But for the Wolverines, everything
seems to be falling into place.
Senior Arvid Swan is playing the
best tennis of his career. He has won
10 in a row, and at 26-9 is two wins
away from surpassing his single sea-
son victory

"His con-
fidence was
low last
year, but
he's back
n o w , "
said. "He's
been work-
ing hard
and doing
all the right

Sunday's game
Who: Michigan vs. Penn State
Where:Varsity Tennis Center
When. 1:00
Notables: Michigan is off to its
best Big Ten start in three
years, and Penn State is offto
one of its worst. The
Wolverines are undefeated at
the Varsity Tennis Center,
although its off-campus
location doesn't help Michigan
garner much student support,

better than others, but always at a
quality good enough in this part of
the country to win," Michigan coach
Brian Eisner said. j
The Wolverines are also starting &
reevaluate themselves.
You try to not to "be so concerned
with winning this match or that
match," Eisner said.
"That kind of thinking just really
puts a lot of stress on people, so we
are looking on individual develop-
Eisner has done just that. He has
helped senior David Paradzik attack
second serves in the recent weep
with Paradzik's victory over Trey
Eubanks Wednesday serving as a
prime example.
To make sure the team doesn't
burn out in its current Big Ten run,
Eisner has been giving the team
more time off. This week the team
took off yesterday and Monday to
"It is critical at this time that yo
people feel rested so that when y4
come out to play, you give it your
all," Eisner said.
As for Penn State, Eisner sums it
up mathematically.
"By definition, if we play our best
tennis, our record is better, we re
playing at home - then we should
win," he said.

At No. 4 singles, Will Farah is also
on a rampage.
Coming from behind often, he has
outlasted the competition and is in
the middle of a five-game winning
And so far this Big Ten season, the
Wolverines have not let up on singles
or doubles in any match.
"We've been able to sustain match
after match of a certain quality, some

The Michigan men's tennis team has been beating on many teams during the past few weeks, as it is off to a 5-0 Big Ten
start and is undefeated at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Coming and going: Eschmeyer returns as Bibby departs

EVANSTON - Evan Eschmeyer, Northwestern's top
scorer, has been granted a sixth year of basketball eligi-
bility by the NCAA, the school announced Tuesday.
The 6-foot-11 center did not play his first two seasons
because of a recurring injury to his right foot.
At the end of the 1997-98 season, Eschmeyer was sec-
ond in Big Ten scoring with a 21.7 average and first in
rebounding at 10.7 per game. He also set a school single-
season scoring mark with 585 points.
Eschmeyer, a native of New Knoxville, Ohio, is a two-
time first-team all-Big Ten member. He is one of 25
finalists for the United States Basketball Writers
Association (USBWA) Player of the Year Award and has
scored in double figures in his past 41 games.
--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The Eschmeyer File

* Height: 6-foot-1
X Hometown: New Knoxville,'
9 Injuries: Broken nose, knee,
pneumonia, ear infection, and
his team's 10-17 record this
* Eligibility: sixth-year senior.


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- All-America sophomore
guard Mike Bibby moved toward millionaire status yes-
terday, announcing he's leaving Arizona to make himself
available for the NBA draft.
"It's just been a dream of mine since I was a little boy,
and now that that chance is here, I don't want to let it
pass me up,"' Bibby said at a campus news conference.
Some NBA officials believe the 19-year-old Bibby
will be first point guard taken in the draft, and have few
doubts he has the skills and talent to be a success in the
"Mike is very ready to play in the NBA," said Wildcats
coach Lute Olson, who was told by Bibby of his decision
to turn pro last weekend.
Bibby, the son of former NBA guard Henry Bibby,
becomes the second Arizona player in the 1990s to leave
early for the NBA.
Center Brian Williams declared himself eligible for
the draft in 1991 after his junior year.
Bibby showed his leadership capabilities quickly in
college, directing Arizona to the national championship
as a freshman.
As a sophomore, he was a consensus first-team All-
America and took the Wildcats to the NCAA tourna-
ment's regional finals before losing to Utah 86-61.
Bibby was named the Pacific-10 player of the year this
season and averaged 17.2 points and 5.7 assists - up
from his freshman averages of 15.5 points and 5.2


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