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Thursday, September 23, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 11

*Netters face

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer
Tomorrow, the Michigan men's
tennis team heads to East Lansing
for the Big Ten Singles
Championship. The Wolverines will
compete against the top six singles
players from each Big Ten school in
this non-scoring individual event.
Of the 16 seeds in the 64-player
draw, Michigan owns two of the
spots, No. 2 seed Matt Wright No. 8
seed John Long. The high seeds and
astrong singles lineup give the team
hope that a Wolverine can bring
home the title.
"This is the first year that I believe
that I can win it," Wright said. "I'm
playing the best I have played in my
four years of college."
Currently ranked No. 3 in the Big
Ten, the Wolverines will have a

chance to pfme b on
top.
"I think that wte hav sam of the
best talent in the contry and cer-
tainly in ihe 8ig Te,"I n said.
In addition to seniors ng and
Wright, Mich ian w.i i tir spots
with Hflenry lam, Ron Naoo, Ben
Cox, and Danny McCain, the No. 3
through No. 6 pkayers. in the presea-
son, the six plyers hav combined
for a 30-2( ord in s s Despite
having an overail win record,
they have cobined for p 4
record against B i Ten ppneat
Michiganix wiii also bin rlad
McFarlane and Za Hild o c m
pete in the lower bracke whih is
intended lotihe N. 7 and No. 8
players on the tearn.
'"The touirnamnat w\ [I giv xhe
players an oFportumay to 1 p lay

an'sest
throughout the lineup," Michigan
coach Mark Mees said. "It gives the
chance for someone that plays No. 3
or 4 to play against another No. L."
The tournament will be the last
time the Wolverines will compete in
a non-scoring event. That is, after
this, all matches will be based on the
entire team's performance, not just
an individual's performance. The
tournament will also be a good
chance f'or fans to preview the entire
Big Ten before the dual meet season
begism.
The Big Ten Singles
Championship will run from tomor-
row through Monday, and will be
played at the Michigan State Tennis
Facility. Michigan's first home meet
will be against Western Michigan on
)an. 23 at I p.m. at the Varsity Tennis
Center.

'M' tennis action
THIS WEEKEND
Who: Michigan men's tennis at Big Ten
Singles Championships
When: East Lansing
When: Tomorrow,Sunday and Monday
The latest The Wolverines send eight
members to the championships induding
No. 2 seed ---senior Matt Wright.
TOMORROW

Sibling rivalry takes
aim at tennis opener

Who:Michigan women's tennis
Where: Varsity Ten
When: 1 p.m.
SIbng Rivay: JuniorSzandraf
battle her sister, Barbara, from
Michigan'ssea
Players to watch
Matt Wight: Danise Li
Michigan's No. 1 returrn- Leads team
er Ra nkennthetope40 gi vtoi
nationally in 'M' histor

vs. DePau
anis Center
tomorrow
Fuzesi may
DePaul in
son opener
und:
with 69 st
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t form strong

Joh Long.
Watch for fireworks if
Long meets an Mini play-
er this weekend,

Brooke Ha
Ninth in reg
with Lund tc
doubies tear

By Scott Waldman
For the Daily
As if a season opener couldn't be
stressful enough. With first impres-
sions often determining a team's out-
look for the entire year, there is still a
drama in the Michigan women's tennis
team's first dual meet this Saturday
worthy of airing in the highly coveted
post-Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
time slot.
Junior Szandra Fuzesi, orginally
from Hungary, takes on her older sis-
ter's squad, DePaul tomorrow at I p.m
at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Senior Barbara Fuzesi is DePaul's
top seeded player, voted most valuable
player for the Blue Demons this past
season.
But it might not be a one-on-one, sis-
for-sis matchup, because Fuzesi, who is
recovering from the flu, won't play at
No. I singles for the Wolverines.
Still, the two sisters could face each
other in doubles.
"Although they are not playing each
other in singles," DePaul coach Mark
Ardizzone said, "There is a good
chance that they will compete against
each other in doubles. Actually, one of
the main reasons we scheduled this
match is to bring Barbara to Ann Arbor,
giving the Fuzesi sisters a chance to see
each other for the first time on
Szandra's campus.
"It is so fun to see them together, as

they are really close. It will be inter-
esting to see how they manage to bth
secretely pull for each other."
Ironically, to add injury to insult,
Szandra has to battle the flu bug, but
will definitely play.
"This is nice and excitinr 'for
Szandra," said Michigan coach. Bitsy
Ritt. "Alison Sinclair can relate, as-her
younger sister plays for Iowa."
But despite the long distance
between Ann Arbor and Chica-o the
sisters manage to stay in touch through-
out the season,
"We have very busy schedules,"
Szandra said, "But we talk to eachother
at least three times a week.
"We want each other to play really,
really well, but of course I am rooting
for my teammates."
The Wolverines look to keep their
perfect home opening record i iheir
new tennis center - which opened in
1997 - as they start their 2000,dual-
meet campaign.
"We had a two-month layoff,"'Ritt
said. "This match is an excellent oppor-
tunity for us to see where we are:
The Wolverines are currently janked
74th in the Intercollegiate Ttmis
Association national rankings.
Admission is free to all home games,
which the team hopes to spur a greater
attendance this season.
- Daily Sports Writer Joe inth
contributed to this rgp r.

- i

Seniors hoe ers to Big Ten title

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer
The goal of the Michigan men's ten-
is team is clear: To win a Big Ten
championship. This year's senior class
is hungry to bring home Michigan's
first title since 1996-one year before
any of them joined the team. Since that
tire Illinois has dominated the Big
Ten by winning three straight Big Ten
tournament titles.
"Everyone will tell you that they want
to ,win a Big Ten championship," co-
captain John Long said. "I know that is
my number one goal."
In the preseason poll, the Wolverines
areranked No. 3 in the Big Ten, behind
Minnesota and defending Big Ten-
champs Illinois. Despite a strong Big
Ten lineup, the team is confident that

they can achiex , vh wt they hlav piainnd
and feel they ax twe abiity and expe-'
rience to do so.
"We've got good sena i Ic ledership,''
said Long. "W 've got P ur solid seniors
who have iein iroun i he track one or
twice."
Sopihom oire lien ry Beam agr'ees,
"The leadcrs on ihis ywar s. tam are
really great,"t eam said. " in every-
one really ok>op to he
It's been said ta vmm experience
comes confidcnce. 4.n1ndee is a
coimon linbug am .ui he s nors, and
they hav\e a ie.asn to ci uood. The
Wolverines retum f e of their top six
players roimi n 011ea r thinihed second
in the Big enit last scasn
"We fe l that the Bg is some-
thing that is wxithiin oar hands and some-c

thing that we have to take, senior Matt
Wright said. "Anything less than that
will be a disappointment"
The other seniors echo that feeling as
well.
"We are just a stronger group of guys
than any other team in this part of the
country," Long said.
Another key aspect of the team is
their depth. With the dual meet season
just over one week away, the lineup is
not vet set.
"It is safe to say that everythingis
wide open," Michigan coach Mark
Mees said.
In addition to the seven returning
players, Michigan has also recruited
four highly rated junior players in
Jereiv Eldelson, Zach Held, Chris Rolf
and Chris Shava.

"Good depth is one of our strong
points," co-captain Brad McFarlane
said. "We've got 11 guys on the team...
if injuries come up we can definitely
throw a good player in there:"
Most of all, the Wolverines have a lot
of personality. They are excited to be
playing good tennis in the Big Ten and to
be using some of the best facilities. The
players are especially glad to have the
fan support that the student body brings.
"We've had great fan support the past
and it can only get better," Long said.
A unique opportunity is open to stu-
dents who are fans of tennis; to watch
their team compete in a phenomenal
indoor facility.
"If you come out and see us play, I
guarantee you will have a good time and
see a high level of tennis." Long said.

'M' track to open nst Indiana

By David Edelman
For The Daily
* The Michigan women's indoor track
and field team heads to Indiana for its
first collegiate meet of the season after a
successful prelude last Saturday.
The Wolverines finished strong at the
un-scored Jack Harvey Invitational, held
at the Indoor Track and Field Building.
"I believe we opened very well. As a
team we accomplished what we wanted,
said Michigan coach James Henry. "We
scored well in all events. That has been
e hallmark of our team."
Although the team lost two terrific
runners, assistant coach Miike McGuire
remains very confident. NCAA cham-
pion Katie McGregor, who capped off
ohe of the most successful track careers
in Wolverine history, and senior high
jumper Nicole Forrester left Michigan
when they graduated last season.
"We still have a strong team all around
that has improved highly in the horizon-
*l jump and hurdling events." McGuire
b elieves that, "the team has much to be
fired up at"
A strong attribute of the team has
been the newcomers, who proved them-
selves at the Jack Harvey Invitational.
"The performance of many freshmen

was my bingest and most peasant sor-
prise," ernrv sa id.' "e' stao out as
contnbutoil, the te n
Despite thei trians . t iOn o high
school to ol leg4',i 'cormn runneris have
performed with intensity.
"This is my first imi competing
indoors, although I work haid and try to
concentiate on the beneit I will iecixe
later on; said freshman ar y K nazz.
Indoori tiack prac.tic.'es ' I.4c,, oith
men's 11nd womn a COditioning siml
taneouslv. IFie4d o'd irai event as arc
practiced ,siltaeusy
Mciuire whiii 'speciahzes 1n sh14rt dis-
tances, descri'bes a dai ly ic "aImos
like a threc-ring , ir.cs. The aivity level
is enormous
For freshmen an s4niors alike. the
transitioni roi ut door tio indr track
and field can he di;; icLi
"For inc pers 1- , i' sbard training
indoors,' frshma 1 deane Tenclay
said. "Pmeti4es can be realiy hard on
your body, scr1.ial ly ii yOur used to
training Otloor- Mcnraiy aid physi-
cally it is ior dimnandig
The space rcstraints of' ndo. arenas
result in a shori r track, i rwaces and
sharper Iiurs. Aiso a track a IlL 01
placing ui bi r or a a

the more absorbing outdoor earth, takes
its toll on many athletes.
Tlhe Wolverines' style of practice is
key to the team, drilling hard but allow-
ing for easier days to ensure the team
remains strong. The Wolverines hope to
avoid injuries that previously impaired
their team.
"Indoor matches and practices are
rough. We try to run in packs if possible.
h's nice to have your teammates around.
It helps reduce the physical demands of
practice," said Colleen Lange.
"1 am really proud of how the athletes
deal with drilling and conditioning,"
affirms Henry. "Many of them are run
down from cross-country season, It is
our goal to keep everyone healthy."
Although the idea of an open com-
petition is to score in the meet, it is
more of an individual effort than an
indication of how Michigan can per-
form. Team competition is different; it
is a team, not an individual effort that
will lead to victory.
In the words of Breanne Tenclay,
"Competition is more intense when it is
school against school. I am not only rep-
resenting myself and my team against
Indiana, I am representing The
University of Michigan."

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