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26 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 9, 1998
'M' tennis gets an infusion of youth to replace experience 4

By Mark Francascutti
Daily Sports Writer
As every college season comes to an end,
a coach and a team must say good-bye to
another kindred.
The Michigan men's tennis team was
almost was cut in half when it lost seniors
Brook Blain, Arvid Swan, Dave Paradzik
and Miki Pusztai.
But the Wolverines can now say a bunch
of hellos.
Five new freshman - Henry Beam,
Jeronie Barnes, Ben Cox, Danny McCain
and Chris Schultz - along with sophomore
Ron Nano, join the Michigan squad that
will begin competition at the end of this
The Wolverines begin their latest cam-
paign with three months of individual-
based tournaments, lasting from late
September through January, with a month-
long break in December. Assistant coach
Dan Goldberg said that these tournaments
are vital to "give the players a chance to
play a lot of matches."
The Wolverines hope to repeat last sea-
son's dominance of the fall tournaments,
which helps the team prepare for the vigor-
ous season that begins in February.
"Every competition we had, our perfor-
mance was the best of probably any team in
the tournaments," Eisner said. "This fall

will be very critical because there are very
easily five Big Ten teams in the Top 25."
Seniors Will Farah and Jake Raiton will
lead the bunch, along with juniors John
Long, Matt Wright and Brad McFarlane.
But five players can't make up a team,
and coach Brian Eisner responded by bring-
ing in six players - the biggest incoming
class of the decade.
Danny McCain, who hails from Largo,
Fla., blasted through the summer tourna-
McCain won the doubles bracket of the
National Indoors and was ranked No. 20 in
the country as a junior. He won back-to-
back Florida state high school titles the past
two years.
"He comes in with incredible creden-
tials," Eisner said.
Ben Cox had what Eisner calls "a
tremendous tournament" this summer. At
the Western Closed Championships in
Kalamazoo, Cox won the singles bracket
without the loss of a set.
Eisner found out that once Cox gets into
a rhythm, he's hard to break.
"The explosive ability of Ben's game is
incredible," Eisner said. "Once he's got his
game going, he's hard to beat."
Henry Beam Jr. also had an admirable
summer. He took fourth in the singles

bracket of the Western Closed
Championships, and won four singles
matches at the National Hardcourt
"There have been many good players
from Kalamazoo," Eisner said. "He won
four matches, which is the most matches
won from any player out of Kalamazoo.
Beam can also be called the 'giant' of the
squad at 6-foot-6, the tallest player on the
team by far.
Chris Schultz has a little tougher road
ahead of him. Unlike past years, only three
out of the five freshman are on scholarship.
Schultz hails from East Lansing and was
the Division II state champion as a senior.
Still, he is keeping his goals simple.
"My goal is to play tennis and get good
grades," Schultz said.
0 Jeronie Barnes, like Schultz, also has
the tougher road as a non-scholarship play-
But Eisner likes the fact that he has
greater options with five new freshmen.
"They bring a lot of energy and enthusi-
asm to the team," he said. "We will have a
nice blend of players to work with."
Michigan's fall season begins in late
September when Eisner will send a few of
the freshman to the Western Michigan

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Coach Eisner's take on the rookies:
Michigan men's tennis coach Brian Eisner has one of his toughest
jobs yet. The squad lost four of its top players to graduation and
now imports six new players. Here are Eisner's comments on a
few of them.
On freshman Ben Cox:
He played 'a tremendous tournament" this summer. mThe
explosive ability of Ben's game is incredible. Once he's got his
game going he's hard to beat."
On freshman Henry Beam's pertonnance at the Nationa
Hardcourt Championships: Esner
"There have been many good players from Kalamazoo. He won
fourmatches, which is the most matches won from any player out
of Kalamazo.'

With senior David Paradzik - as well as three others - lost to graduation, Micigan coach Brian Elm
has the daunting task of rebuilding his team with mostly freshmen. Hoping to lead the new Wolverines
this year will be seniors Will Farah and Jake Ralton.


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With the loss of two seniors and a dis
appointing season last year, the
Michigan women's golf team is looking
forward to a fresh start this year with
nine freshmen and a junior transfer.
The Wolverines are limited in experi-
ence this season with just two upper-
classmen - senior captain Sharonr
and junior Tera Hamo. Michigan 1
Kathy Teichert said she is counting
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ing on their experience to car
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"I expect Sharon, as the captain, t
show alot of leadership - we need he
to lead by example by posting 1
scores," Teichert said. "She is ver
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Park could conceivably be a con
tender for a Big Ten championship. Fo
the past two years, she has bee
Michigan's best golfer, and last yea
averaged 78.42 per round.
"I do not know how good of a lea
I can be, but ILam definitely going to tr
my best," Park said. "We're one team
no one person sticks out, but ifmy e
rience will help, or I can help suppor
the players or the coach, I will."
Teichert still has not decided on the
final roster for the team, nor has she
selected who will be traveling te
Michigan State this weekend to compe
in the Spartan Invitational.
"The longer we are able to practice
the more we will be able to learn abo
each of the individual players," Teich
said. "I cannot even say right now whc
is in the top five, so there is aslot or
vousness among the players'
At this point, Michigan's greatos
advantage with a new team is that it Ca
let go of the disapmointments of last sea-
son and focus on a new beginning.
"All the new faces allow us to make a
fresh start," Park said. "The coach is ta-
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ers, and hopefully soon we will be ab
to find agood set of five or six to ea
and put (Michigan's) name bac 1l1
Teichert said that the loss of the tw
seniors from last year - Nicole Gree
and Laura Hess - can be made up is
part by the freshmen because it will
make the team more competitive and
everyone will try to step up their games,
"The players are all so strong and
very competitive. They have great work
ethic and desire - they want to push
themselves, which is definitely go fo
the team,"Teichert said. W
Some of the freshman that could
prove helpful to the Wolverines are
Lindsey Mammel, Misia Lemanski
Bess Bowers, LeAnna Wicks, Courtney
Reno, Stephanie Bezilla, Jennifei
Pollock and Stephanie MacAdams.
"It's true that with new faces coe
inexperience, but if they adjust quickly
from high school golfto college golf, we
should be okay,"Park said.

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