Page 16 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, May 13, 1988
'M' serves for conference
BY ADAM BENSON our own expectations."
The quest for another Big Ten championship starts THE WOLVERINES, ranked sixth nationally,
today for the No. 1-seeded Michigan men's tennis team went undefeated in the Big Ten this season. They have
as it will face the winner of the No. 8 Illinois-No. 9 won 16 of their last 18 matches, finishing with an over-
Purdue match in the first round of the Big Ten tennis all record of 21-4.
tournament at WestLafayette, Indiana.
While Michigan has won 16 of the last 19 Big Ten The Michigan squad possesses great experience. Eis-
titles, head coach Brian Eisner does not take this meet ner's club features three seniors: No. 2 singles player Ed
lightly. Nagel (1987 Big Ten Player-of-the-Year), No.3 singles
"Anyone can win this meet. Minnesota has a tough player Jon Morris, and No. 5 singles player Brad Koontz.
squad, and Indiana is a good team as well," Eisner said. Koontz, previously suffering from a shoulder problem, is
"Our toughest match this year came against Northwest- completely healthy and ready for his final Big Ten
ern, and they finished seventh in the conference." match.
Even with these concerns, it's hard to see the Eisner feels that Michigan's experience gives it an
Wolverines struggling against any Big Ten club. Eisner even greater advantage. "Some teams will come out
is the first to admit that Michigan should have an edge. playing tight," said the winningest coach at Michigan.
"We are the only team (nationally) ranked from this "We try to be relaxed. If we do this, we are able to focus
part of the nation," said Eisner. "It's time for us to fulfill on what we need to do."
in face after
found in bar
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit coach
Jacques Demers says the Red Wins
might still be alive in the Stanley
Cup playoffs if forward Bob Probert
had stayed sober.
Probert, 22, a recovering alco-
holic, was one of several players
who were out drinking in Edmonton,
well past curfew, on the eve of what
Demers called "our biggest game of
The Red Wings lost 8-4 Wednes-
day night to the Oilers in Game 5 of
the Campbell Conference finals and
were eliminated from the NHL-play-
The players were found drinking
about 2 a.m. Wednesday, three hours
past the team's 11 p.m. curfew, by
assistant coach Colin Campbell and
chief scout Neil Smith.
"It took us two years to build
some respect with these players and
this team," a tired and angry Demers
said yesterday. "I'm not about to
lose it because a few idiots on this
team want to push me."
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