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8B --The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 5, 1998

Freshmen learn tough lessons at Westena

-avid Paradzik
and the rest of
the veterans on
the Michigan
men's tennis
team stayed
home this week-
end, while their
freshman coun-
terparts compet-
ed at Western
Michigan.
DANA LINNANE/Daily

By NickFezen
For the Daily
The Michigan men's tennis team is in
the fledgling stages of the season. This
weekend, three freshmen - Danny
McCain, Ben Cox and Henry Beam -
were on the road playing in the Western
Michigan Invitational in Kalamazoo,
while the upperclassmen on the team
stayed in Ann Arbor, preparing for the
season. Michigan coach Brian Eisner
has scheduled this tournament the last

few years in order to help ease the fresh-
men into the rest of the rigorous season.
All three freshmen won their first-
round matches, which they played in the
most competitive, A-Flight, division of
the tournament.
Henry Beam won his first match
against Michigan State's Mark Jacobson,
thrashing him in the opening match, 6-1,
6-4, but lost in the second round to
Western Michigan's Ryan Tomlinson in
a tough three-set match, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

Danny McCain gave Kalamazoo
College's Ryan Shockley a lesson in his
first-round match, 6-2, 6-4, but lost in
the second round to Michigan State's
Francisco Trinidad, 7-6. 6-0.
Ben Cox won his first match against
Depaul's Greg Tranquada after dropping
the first set, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, and lost in the
second round to Western Michigan's
Mohammed Dakki, 6-2, 7-5.
Beam and McCain played doubles in
the A-Flight division as well, and won

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their first match against Western
Michigan's top team, 8-3. They then lost
to Michigan State's duo of Francisco
Trinidad and Ken Kigongo in a tight
match, 9-7.
This tournament gave the freshmen
some valuable experience and match
toughness, but it is up to the upperclass-
men to help guide them the rest of@
season.
To win the Big Ten, senior Jake Raiton
knows the team must knock off Illinois,
which is stacked this with talent. Raiton
believes that the Illini will be ranked first
or second. He also believes that the
Notre Dame and Minnesota matches are
also crucial to the team's success.
"Those matches are always competi-
tive and there is a lot of animosity
between both the coaches and the pla-
ers;" Raiton said.
Senior Will Farah is very optimistic
about this year's team, despite the gradu-
ation of three of last year's six singles
players.
"The freshman are fitting in well,
adjusting pretty nicely to both school
and the team," Farah said.
Just like Raiton, Farah thinks that the
team has great talent.
"We have the potential to have a r
ly good year, if we maintain a goodw
ethic," Farah said.

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