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New
season,
same
By Chris Meszaros
For the Daily
It was never in doubt that a
Michigan women's tennis play-
er would win the Wolverine
Invitational.
It was just a matter of who it
would be.
Sophomore Chisako Sugi-
yama fought to defend her
2005 Wolverine Invitational
title against upstart freshman
Tania Mahtani, but Sugiyama
came out on top for her second
straight title.
The duel was never close.
Sugiyama dominated the match
the same way she did the rest
of the tournament, securing the
championship with a 6-3, 6-4
straight-set victory. Sugiyama
delivered a number of precise
shots that often baffled her
opponent in an intense outdoor
atmosphere.
"It's really hard to play a
teammate," Sugiyama said.
"But sometimes it has to be
done"
Sugiyama never lost a set in
the entire tournament, putting
together decisive victories as
she disposed of Marquette's
Shannon Brown, (6-2, 6-0)
Kentucky's Christine Johnston
(6-1, 6-2) and Mississippi's
Nika Koukhartchouk (7-5, 6-4).
She was also an impressive 2-1
in doubles play with wins in her
Friday and Saturday matches.
"Chisako worked hard over
the summer," Michigan coach
Amanda Augustus said. "She
had a successful year last year,
and I think she's excited and
wants to have a good season."
Both Sugiyama and Mahtani
played doubles matches earlier
in the day, but their fortunes
were reversed. Mahtani and
teammate Allie Shafner defeat-

Monday, October 2, 2006 - The Michigan Daily - 3B
Five generations offun
n 2255, Jack Herman V - the sim is the fastest-selling game of al doormat UC-Riverside and after
greatest college basketball all-time in the United Kingdom), I 19 seasons, he palayed his success
coach of all-time - retired. don't know of too many people here into jobs at Oakland, Central Michi-
A 1,163-484 career who have picked up the gan, Drake and finally, Seton Hall.
record. Six NCAA text-based sports sim. At the time, the Pirates were a
titles, including four Someone, somewhere low-level team ina big-time con-
straight to close out has developed one for ference. Herman weathered a few
his storied coaching just about every athletic bad years (the worst: 8-20, ouch),
career. Thirty-five competition you desire. but eventually, his aggressive local
Big Dance appear- Just a sampling of the recruiting and insistence on a tough
ances. Numerous games I've played over schedule paid off. Seton Hall won
Coach of the Year the years include Base- its first-ever NCAA title 43 years
awards. ball Mogul, Out of the into his career and took another four
No, I haven't Park Baseball, Cham- years later. In 2053, Herman retired
invented a time pionship Manager (soc- after 50 years in the biz as one of
machine. Nor did this JACK cer), Football Manager the greatest coaches of all time.
occur in my dreams. HERMAN (soccer), Sick as a Parrot But a series of disappointments
Rather, it happened (soccer), Total Pro Bas- came next. Jack Herman, Jr., began
after hours of play of The Sports oday ketball, Total College his career at Florida A&M and
Fast Break College Basketball, Front Office eventually landed at Seton Hall
Basketball, a text- Football, Bowl Bound - now a national power. But after
based computer simulation to which College Football, Total Pro Golf, four years of letdowns, the Pirates
I have dedicated hours of play. Eastside Hockey Manager and Title fired Herman, Jr., who closed out
Most of you are probably con- Bout Championship Boxing. his career at Big East rival Villa
fused, so I'll clarify. But Fast Break College Basket- nova, retiring with no NCAA titles,
Imagine a more realistic NCAA ball 2003 is my favorite game ever, just one Final Four appearance to
Football dynasty mode without Its simple-yet-complex game his name and a barely over 500
actually playing the games. Or play is stunning. Every decision record.
fantasy football without having to you make counts, and you can't just Jack Herman III made a name
wait for Sunday. Or getting to ques- take over for your point guard in a for himself coaching, but he'll
tion your favorite team's coach or game's waning minutes to joystick always be remembered in the fam-
general manager without having to jockey your way to victory. ily like the whiz kid who decides
say "what if." Tell your less-than-studious star to shun law or med school to teach
Essentially, text sims offer the center to hit the gym rather than high school, much to the chagrin of
sports fan the chance to fulfill his the books over the summer, and he his parents.
ultimate dream - running his could get suspended come those At first he thought his job at Princ-
favorite team. do-or-die games in March. Sure eton was just anothermrung in the
In pro games, you sign, draft and you can recruit the five-star high coaching ladder (he got it after
trade playersojust like in real life. In schooler from the state next door, years of solid coaching at Navy).
college games, you can recruit, set but he might go pro - and you But once the Tigers used his version
your schedule and even coax play- might have already missed out on of the motion offense to make an
ers into transferring. the solidlocal kid who was dying improbable run in the tournament
In most cases there's no graphics, to go to your school. to win the NCAA title,he could
and in all, you can't actually pick up You can even see the fine-tuning never bring himself to leave the tiny
a controller and play the games. But of your team's line-up and strategy Ivy League school. Princeton never
through a series of complex calcula- in the results. Make small changes saw success like that again, but Her-
tions thatI prefer not to think about, to the motion and pace, and it could man III consistently turned down
these games can spit out results. have big effects in the game. I've job offers from bigger schools out
And unlike many sports video started star freshman guards who of loyalty.
games, you can expect them to be have put up huge numbers,just to Jack Herman IV led a life much
realistic. You can sim years - even see my team lose games it should like Junior. He worked his way
decades - in just hours and test win. Replace a newcomer with the to the Seton Hall job, but years of
every sort of combination you want. less talented but more experienced work went down the drain when an
Upset Isiah Thomas signed senior, however, and watch the under-.500 season led to his firing.
Jerome James? Try to clean up his veteran elevate the rest of his team- He further disgraced the family by
mess in Total Pro Basketball. mates to victory. taking the job at intrastate rival Rut-
Wondering what would happen With the multitude of options, gers and eventually left coaching as
if the Red Sox kept Babe Ruth? stats and histories at your disposal, the NCAA's all-time win leader, but
Reverse the curse in PureSim Base- it's almost impossible not to become without a national title.
ball. immersed. The reason Jack Her- And all that made Jack Herman
Want to revive football at man V stands out so much in my V's accomplishments so special. He
death-penalty stricken Southern mind is not how good he was, but ended his career with more wins,
Methodist? Bring in your own Pony rather how he became the first in NCAA Titles, All-Americans and
Express in Front Office Football: a long line of Hermans to really conference championships than
The College Years. honor Jack Herman, his great-great anyone that preceded him. Sure
Sounds fun, no? Yet, despite the grandfather. it's just a game, but beame more
popularity of fantasy sports (one Jack Herman became a coaching invested in it than any fantasy team
newspaper recently drafted fantasy legend after ascending the coaching I've ever coached (although not
high school football teams) and ranks to bring his alma mater, Seton in the creepy "Universal Baseball
games like this in Europe (a soccer Hall, to glory. He started at perenni- See HERMAN, page 6B

ed Kelly Donovan and Elly
Strother of Marquette while
Sugiyama and Tanvi Dudhela
lost to Lauren Little and Kylie
Moore, also of Marquette.
"From the way I played in the
doubles, I knew I had to step
it up and mix things up for the
singles," Sugiyama said.
And the team followed Sug-
iyama's lead. Senior Elizabeth
Exon finished 3-2 in singles
play and freshman Tanvi Dud-
hela finished 2-2. Overall, the
team was an impressive 15-4 in
singles play and 6-1 in doubles
competition. The stats are even
more impressive given that the
Wolverines were without two
top players.
Seniors Kara Delicata and
Jenny Kuehn will compete in

the Riviera/ITA All-American
Championships in Los Ange-
les. The duo will play in the
32 team doubles draw, which
begins Tuesday, while Kuehn
will also represent Michigan in
the singles bracket beginning
Thursday.
The next team competition
for the Wolverines is the ITA
Midwest Regional Champion-
ships in East Lansing. The
event will take place from Oct.
19 to 24.
The Wolverine Invitational
was the first test of the sea-
son for the women's team. The
Wolverines hope to repeat last
season's success, when they fin-
ished with a 17-8 overall record
and a second place finish in the
Big Ten.

New coach aids Blues
NCAA aspirations

By Michael Eisenstein
For the Daily
They weren't rushing for
forehands or diving for volleys,
they appeared to be floating
from shot to shot and getting to
everything that came across the
net.
At the Wolverine Invitational
this past weekend, the differ-
ence in the Michigan men's
tennis team's footwork and fit-
ness was clear. And everyone is
pointing to new assistant coach
Sean Maymi and his unorthodox
commitment to fitness training
as the reason.
"We're taking a pretty strong
fitness approach, especially
with the player's footwork," said
Maymi, who has coached on the
ATP tour (working with pro
Michael Russell) and at Fresno
State University and Northwest-
ern.
Most of Maymi's impact has
shown in drilling, because he
brings a different angle to move-
ment and speed drills that the
team performs during practice,
head coach Bruce Berque said.
The new work style seemed
to pay off this weekend, with
sophomore Andrew Mazlin
going undefeated for the tourna-
ment, a four-team round-robin
tournament that impacted only
individual records and not the
team's overall ranking.
Senior co-captain Ryan Hell-
er, No. 113 in the ITA singles
preseason rankings, went 2-2
this past weekend. Heller's co-
captain, senior Brian Hung,
ranked No. 5 in the ITA doubles
preseason rankings with junior
Matko Maravic, went 3-1. Mara-
vic didn't play due to a rule that

limits the number of fall tour-
naments players are allowed to
enter.
The Wolverines amassed a
21-15 record over the past three
days, with Mazlin leading the
team with six wins.
"We definitely did a lot bet-
ter than last year," Mazlin said.
"He is definitely an asset to us."
Berque said there were ups
and downs in this weekend's
play, but added that it was most-
ly individual skills - in partic-
ular getting back for overheads
- that need work. It left the
third-year coach feeling confi-
dent about the team's prospects
for the season ahead.
For the new assistant, the only
reference for the team's play was
practice, which is completely
different from match play.
"It's a good chance to see the
guys compete," Maymi said.
Mazlin noted other ways in
which he felt Maymi had con-
tributed to the team so far this
year, even though he's only been
with the Wolverines for a short
time. His influence is allover.
He's joined drills in order to
even out the 11 players on the
team, worked out with the team
every morning and become a
fun guy for the team to learn
from and hang out with.
"My impression is the players
are reacting in a very positive
way," Berque said. "It says a lot
about Sean, especially the way
everyone loved having Michael
Kosta as a coach last year."
With the team returning all of
its players from last year, Berque
was looking for a boost when he
brought Maymi in to help with
the Michigan tennis program.
"I'm optimistic for a big

jump," Berque said. "I expect
this team to be a top-10, top-20
team."
After earning its first NCAA
Championship bid since 2002
last season, Michigan will benefit
from having Maymi on the coach-
ing staff, particularly to help with
fitness training and increasing the
quickness of players, which Ber-
que noted is an "area of need" for
the team.
"I am echoing a lot of what
Bruce is doing and helping him
develop the program he wants,"
Maymi said.
What they want is a top-10
ranked Michigan tennis team,
and with their new coach and
solid performance this week,
the Wolverines are primed to
enter the national spotlight.

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a University of Michigan senior killed by
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Visiting Professor at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Social Work,
School of Law, and School of Public Health. She
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awareness. Formally, she has served as Director of
the Council for Women & Domestic Violence,
Director, of the Domestic Violence Commission,
and Director, of the Governor's Task Force on
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