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Page 16 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, May 9, 1986

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Netters having a doubly good time
By JERRY MUTH arrangement than they were earlier in the season
the swinging singles scene, the Michigan when the singles seemed to provide the margin of
nis team is proving that new partnerships victory.
)m beautifully in the spring. Despite Michigan's dominance in doubles, Eisner
ekend's pair of 6-3, 6-3 triumphs over con- credited both Indiana and Ohio State as being
vals Indiana and Ohio State were fostered "very, very good teams. Indiana is much improved
new pairings in the second and third with three outstanding freshmen while OSU's Roger
pots, along with, continuing standout play Smith and Massey are as good a one-two punch as
first doubles pairings of senior Jim Shar- any in the Big Ten."


ton and junior Ed Filer.
THANKS IN large part to the sweep of all doubles
matches against OSU and IU, the Wolverines were
able to turn close matches into two easy victories.
In so doing, they assured themselves of a 7-2 con-
ferecne record in dual meets, tied with Wisconsin,
and two matches back of Minnesota's unblemished
9-0 mark.
The new pairings of John Royer and Chip McColl
at second doubles and Dan Goldberg and Brad
Koontz at third provided the trouble for the
weekend's conference foes. Royer, a Columbus,
Ohio native, and freshman McColl thrashed IU's
Panos Kambadelis/Jeff Cohen duo 6-4, 6-2 Satur-
day, and then held off OSU's Mike Massey and Scott
Weisman 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 Sunday for their pair of wins.
Freshman sensation Goldberg and sophomore
Koontz also chipped in a couple of wins with a hard
fought 5-7. 6-2, 7-5 win at Indiana, followed by a 6-4,
6-4 sweep at OSU. The outings marked the first time
in conderence action that Goldberg, the number one
singles player, has played doubles.
COACH BRIAN Eisner sees the changes in the
doubles positions as a dramatic move forward for
the team. "Changing the second and third doubles
has given us a much better product," according to
the Wolverines' 17-year coach. Eisner added the
players seem to be more confident with the new

The head coach called the Wolverines' singles play
simply "adequate" but sees no need for concern
while Michigan gears up for this weekend's Big Ten
Championships. Eisner believes last weekend's
matches were more difficult for the players because
they were just coming out of final exams.
Now, however, "everyone is really ready to
play," according to Eisner. "I'm very pleased - all
we have to really focus on is what will make us a
better team."
One player who certainly came ready to play last
weekend was sophomore Franz Geiger. Geiger
used his steady groundstrokes to defeat Indiana's
Cohen 7-5, 7-5 and then Geiger counted another win
with a three-set tiebreaker over the Buckeye's Ted
Glaves 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Although Eisner has yet to decide his starting
lineup for this weekend's championship, he relished
the idea of possibly playing top conference foes
Minnesota and Wisconsin on Indiana's neutral
court, serving as home for the Big Ten Champion-
ships. First, however, the Wolverines will have to
get by OSU in the tournament's initial round.
If Eisner is right, singularity of purpose could be
just the Wolverines' ticket to their 18th Big Ten title
in 19 years and an automatic berth in the NCAA



Michigan's Jim Sharton teamed with Ed Filer to help the
Wolverines sweep all six doubles matches against Indiana and Ohio
State last weekend.

Wilcher, Grant to lead.'M' tracksters

At home at last, the Michigan
men's track team will compete
tomorrow in the Phil Diamond
Invitational at Ferry Field. Also
competing nearby, the women's
team will venture to Ypsilanti to
run in the Eastern Michigan In-
vitational. Both meets will con-
sist of a number of smaller
Michigan schools and private
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In the spotlight as usual, senior
Thomas Wilcher, unstoppable in
the last few weeks, should rack
up some first place finishes in
both the upcoming home meets in
the hurdles. His winning perfor-
mance at the elite Penn Relays
qualified him for the NCAA
championships with a time of
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head coach and former All-
American Jack Harvey. "He had
a horrible start, as usual, but he
just ran past everybody in the
later stages. He'll get a lot faster
after some training. He hadn't
even gone over a hurdle between
the end of spring (football) and
his prelims."
J. J. Grant, a freshman gridder
who manages to heave the shot
and spin the discuss for the Blue,
was also back in action at the
Michigan Inter-Collegiate meet
last Saturday. Grant flung the
shot 52-4, winning the event and
tossing only a couple of feet off
his indoor best.
Teammate and former offen-
sive lineman Mike Krauss also
made the sport transtiion with
grace, snagging the discus event
by letting the saucer glide 164-4.
Unfortunately, the rest of the
field events look less definite,
with both the Michigan jumpers
temporarily side-lined with
pulled muscles.
Junior Scott Crawford, leading
the team in both high and long
jump, 24-5, broke his previous
outdoor best in the long jump by-
leaping 24-5 earlier this season
and hit 6-9 over the bar before
his injury.
Triple jumper Butch Star-
mack, is the other question mark
for the next few meets. After bet-
tering his mark from last year
(50-91/2 to 52-31 this year) and
winning the Big Ten Indoor meet,

Starmack more than proved his
value for the squad.
Returning to the definite side of
the team, Todd Steversen and
Omar Davidson will more than
maintain the middle distance for
the Wolverines. These two, aided
by Rollie Hudson and Matt
Butler, sizzled to a new Michigan
3200-meter relay record at the
Penn Relays in 7:17.85, while
taking third.
"The key was probably Todd's
leadoff," said Harvey. "He got
out and put us with the leaders...
Hudson and Butler did real well
to keep us close, and then Omar
just ran like he always does -
great. He was just flying.

Schroeder blasted to second in
the 3000 meters in 9:16.45, and
Schmidt took third in the 1500
meters in 4:22.58. These two
along with Bert will be major
contributors for the injury-ridden

Opposite the women's team,
the distance events may be the
main set-back for the team with
Chris Brewster still questionable.
Cathy Schmidy, Sue Schroeder,
and Kelli Bert, on the other hand,
have been busy racking up points
for their squad in the longer
races, and look tough after
placing high in the Jesse Ownes
Classic last Sunday.


'M' tankers will try. to
swim around the clock
Three Michigan swim team during training camp under
members will each attempt a high intensity," said Sheridan.
24-hour endurance swim "This will be a different ap-
beginning tomorrow . proach than the three to four
Gary Antonick, Tim h ta f"
Sheridan, and Dave Goch will Sheridan wasn't sure which
try to swim from 10 a.m. swimmer had the best chance
tomorrow until 11 a.m. Sunday of completing the swim.
at Matt Mann Pool. They will "It's hard to say," he said.
also try to break the 24-hour "Everyone's just crazy
record of 57 miles. enough that they can possibly
NONE OF the swimmers do it. It's mostly mental."
have ever swam more than The swimmers will be
three to four hours con- allowed two-minute breaks
secutively, according to every hour for nourishment.
Sheridan. "But that was done



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