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June 01, 1994 - Image 11

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Q: When was the last time
the Michigan men's tennis
team won the NCAA
'LS6L :V
Brakus knocked
out of nationals

The Sporting Views:
Could it be
ByBrent McIntosh
"I did it my way."
Today it's the signature song of Old
Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, but the Indi-
ana Pacers' Reggie Miller is trying to
take that theme and make it his own.
Miller's career is one characterized
flamboyant play in a mediocre situ-
ation. This year, though, his team is
threatening to break into the NBA Fi-
nals, and not a small portion of his
club's success is attributable to Miller's
brashly confident style of play.
His is not the all-offense approach
for which players of his trash-talking
ability are often condemned. Rather,
Miller captains a squad that plays the
BA's toughest defense and works
ard for every shot.
Look, for example, at their 83-77
victory Monday night in the fourth
game of their semifinal series against
the New York Knicks. The Pacers
shot only four three-pointers to the
Knicks' 18.
They forced the normally accu-
rate Knicks into 26 of 69 shooting -
which was a disappointment com-
pared to the measly 68 points they
gave up in game three.
Both of the Pacers' wins have
come in Market Square Arena,
though. To advance to the Finals,
they must maintain home dominance
and win a game on the Knicks' home
court. To win in the Big Apple,
Miller must play exceptionally.
See MILLER, Page 12

By Glenn Motelson
"The luck of the draw." In the
sports world, this expression can be a
very important factor in how an ath-
lete or a team fares in competition.
For Michigan tennis player Dan
Brakus, this expression should have
been changed to "the bad luck of the
Brakus, who was participating in
the NCAA National Tennis Champi-
onships in South Bend, Ind., hosted
by Notre Dame, was faced with a very
tough draw. Despite the fact that he
was almost seeded himself, Brakus
was matched up with No. 6 seed
Laurence Orsini of Mississippi State.
A native of France, Orsini won the
National Clay Court Championships
earlier in the season and had been
ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the country
for most of the year. Therefore, when
he was seeded No. 6, there was much
surprise as to why he wasn't seeded in
the top four.
Brakus obviously was not intimi-
dated by Orsini as the two were knot-

ted up, 3-3, after the first six games of
the match. However, according to
Michigan coach Brian Eisner, the sev-
enth game was the turning point of the
"Brakus double-faulted three
times, allowing Orsini to break serve
and take a 4-3 lead," Eisner said.
"Afterthat game, Orsinijust got stron-
ger and Brakus clearly lost his confi-
dence and never got it back." k-
Orsini gained momentum after that
game and Brakus did not win another
game for the duration of the match,
losing 6-3, 6-0. Due to the single-
elimination formatofthetournament,
Brakus was eliminated, ending his
successful career at Michigan. Eisner
was pleased with Brakus' perfor-
mance in the tournament and overall.
"Brakus had an excellent year,
and it was unfortunate that he was
faced with such a tough first round
match," said Eisner. "There were
many other guys in the tournament
who he would havehad agood chance
against. I'm happy with how he Pr-
formed, though."

Dan Brakus ended his career at Michigan last weekend with 100 victories.

Women tankers add two more recruits to fall class

By Darren Everson begin for another nine months.
DAILY SPORTS WRITER Prep All-Americans Karin
The Michigan women's swim- Bunting and Kerri Hale will attend
ming and diving team may already be Michigan in the fall and are expected
distancing themselves from the rest to provide the Wolverines' depth in
of the conference, despite the fact that butterfly and freestyle events.
the Big Ten Championships don't They join Talor Bendel, Alegra

Breaux, Gabby Devereux and Kim
Johnson as Michigan's 1994-95 re-
cruiting class, a group that will have a
significant impact on the Wolverines'
season, according to head swimming -
coach Jim Richardson.
"The entire conference is much

better than ever before, so there's
going to be agood deal of pressure on
the freshmen," Richardson said. "In
some ways, though, we'll have more
depth at the NCAA level.
See RECRUITS, Page 12


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