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Women's Basketball
vs. Illinois
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

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Thursday, February 14, 1991

Men's Swimming
vs. Oakland
Tomorrow, 6 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

The Michigan Daily
MICHIGAN TRACK
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Men prepare lightly
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Blue tennis squad

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aces Kalamazoo men

by Jason Bank
Daily Sports Writer
Looking past the next opponent
or competitor to a tougher chal-
lenge later in the season is taboo
for coaches. The sacred rule states,
"no opponent or competition is
more important than the next one,"
and athletes should practice with
that in mind.
Michigan men's track coach
Jack Harvey is giving his team a
brief reprieve from this sacred rule.
After a strong second-place finish to
Eastern Michigan in the Central
Collegiate Championships, the
men's track team travels to Yp-
silanti for the Eastern Michigan
University Classic to tune up for
next week's Big Tens.
"We ran hard last week, so we'll
go real easy this week and take a

low key approach," Harvey said.
"We knew it was going to be tough
to win (the meet), but we gave
Eastern a real run for their money."
A lighter week of practice is
also in order because of injuries to
frosh sprinter Ali Shakoor, who has
a pulled hamstring, and hurdler Jer-
ry Douglas, who has sore legs.
Both are doubtful this weekend.
Last weekend, senior pole vault-
er Brad Darr automatically qualified
for the NCAA Championships with
a career-high mark of 17' 10 1/4".
So far this season, Darr and senior
runner Neal Newman are the only
Wolverines with automatic bids for
the NCAAs.
Harvey said he may pull other
performers out of the EMU Classic
so they will be rested for the Big
Ten Championships.

by Caryn Seidman
Daily Sports Writer
A Michigan team that is
destined to be the Big Ten Cham-
pions, according to Kalamazoo
College Coach George Acker, con-
tinued to carve out its fate.
The Michigan men's tennis
team swept Kalamazoo College 6-
0 without the help of No.1 player,
David Kass. According to Coach
Brian Eisner, Kass was resting in
order to be mentally and physi-
cally ready for Wisconsin
tomorrow.
Rookie Dan Brakus played as
the No.1 seeded player and won 6-
5, 5-7, 7-6. This was the closest
match of the day as the rest of the
Kalamazoo players were disposed
in two games.
"From a coaching standpoint,
that's just what I wanted," Wolver-
ine coach Brian Eisner said. "We
shut them out, but they have good
solid players who played well."
Michigan's Scott Cuppett did
not have time to realize their tal-
ent, quickly defeating Jeff Field-
hack 6-1, 6-3. No.3 John Karzen
handed Doug Keen a similar loss,

6-3,6-4.
Brakus played a tight match
with Kalamazoo's, Lewis Miller,Ja
Division III All-American. Brakds
played strongly in the first set, bit
appeared to be losing concentra-
tion in the second. This inability to
concentrate resulted in many break
points and the need for a third set
and a tie breaker. Brakus appeared
to catch on fire again in the final
set after several net confrontations
with Lewis.
"Dan always had a problem
playing really well against players
who he perceives not very good,"
Eisner said.
Because of this sweeping vic-
tory, the two teams never played
the scheduled doubles matches.
The Wolverines have been con-
centrating the last two weeks on
returning serves and cutting balls,
two problems which were bringing
down their doubles games.
Even before suffering such a big
loss to the Wolverines, Acker was
extremely impressed with the
team. "Michigan has a great play-
ers and it really looks like they're
coming back."

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Track team prepares for Big
Tens in EMU Invitational

FILE PHOTO/Daily
The Michigan men's tennis team defeated Kalamazoo yesterday, 6-0,
without the services of team captain David Kass.
CCHA Scorecard.

ky Chris Carr
" It is rare in the world of sports
for the players to tell their
coaches what they want to do, but
Michigan's women's track team
will have this chance when they
;com-pete at the Eastern Michigan
University Invitational this
weekend.
Since no team scores will be
.kept at the meet, and the Big Ten
:meet is just one week away, the
,coaches feel this would be a good
Mime to let some of the runners
hoose their own events. The key
-to the meet will be improvement
Wand it will give the runners a
hance to ready themselves for
next weekend.
"This is our last chance to
compete before the conference
meet, so some of our runners
:might not be running their usual
events," coach James Henry said.

'M' gymnasts vault
into weekend dual meet

"Our goal is to improve, stay lose
and relax."
The invitational will also
provide a good chance for some
of the runners to qualify for the
NCAAs. Suzzy Thweatt will
attempt to meet the provisional
qualifying time of 7.96 in the 55
meter hurdles. Her personal best
is 8.07.
Julie Victor is trying to bet-
ter her season best shotput throw
of 46'6". High jumper Amy Mc-
Cormick will also try to improve
on her 5'6" jump last weekend
and attempt to clear 5'8".
Going into the season, the
Wolverines were hoping to finish
among the top three in the
conference, but injuries have put
a damper on their early
expectations. However, they still
remain optimistic to finish in the
league's top half.

Upcoming Games
Friday, Fe ru ary
Michigan vs. Michigan State at JLA (Pass, 7;40)
Ohio State vs. Ill-Chicago, 7 p.m. at Franklin Park
Ferris State at Western Micgigan
Miami at Bowling Green
Lake Superior at Kent State
Michigan Ste vs. Michigan at JLA
Ohio State vs. Ill-Chicago, 7 p.m. at Franklin Park
Western Micgi an at FerrisnState
Miami at Bowling Green
Lake Superior atlKent State
All games begin at 7:30 local time, unless noted.
Scoring Leaders (League Games)
Na mge Team GP G A_ PTS

by Charlie Wolfe
Daily Sports Writer
Though the squad was given a
very chilly reception the last time
it stormed the Windy City, the
Michigan men's gymnastics team.
is banking that four weeks of sub-
sequent training and competition
will not go for naught.
The Wolverines, along with
Wisconsin, will visit the Univer-
sity of Illinois-Chicago for the sec-
ond time in five weeks this week-
end.
"The team wants to do well,
but they've got to build confidence
in themselves," coach Bob Darden
said after their first meeting.
Since their last visit to
Chicago, the Wolverines avenged

an earlier loss to Illinois acid
watched four of their heralded
rookie gymnasts - Ben Verrall,
Royce Toni, Mike Mott, and Jorge
Camacho - develop into key per-
formers.
"We had some faults later on in
the (Ohio State) meet that we'll
have to focus on this week, but it
was nice to get (a season high)
275.75 even with a couple of falls
from critical people," Darden said.
Darden stressed that the coming
meets Friday and Saturday offer a
unique opportunity to work two dif-
ferent lineups. This will be of spe-
cial advantage to those younger
gymnasts on the squad who have
not been able to work previously
on the all-around competition.

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Blue water polo squad sails into Columbus
by Tim Spolar

Friday and Saturday, the
Michigan women's water polo
team opens its Big Ten season
against Ohio State which features
not only present students, but also
graduated team members and other
non-students.
As a club sport, Michigan has
chosen to follow the purely colle-
giately-comprised team option as
opposed to Ohio State's mix-and-
match of students and graduates.
Despite their contrasting team
compositions, both teams rank
among the favorites to win the Big
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Ten this year.
Coach Scott Russell expects
Michigan's strengths to offset its
inexperience. "'We've recently
done a lot of tough conditioning in
practice, and I think that will be to
our advantage, and will be very
evident in our speed and en-
durance," Russell said.
Russell said, "because of Ohio
State's tendency to retain their
graduated players, they will be a
good benchmark for gauging where
we are as a team compared to
where we were at the same time

last year."
"We're really up to the chal-
lenge (of facing a top team such
as Ohio State)," fourth-year field
player and club president Jennifer
Ruskin noted. She sees the integra-
tion of new team members into the
flow of play as the key to the
team's success.
With the challenge of an arch-
rival and a top squad looking them
straight in the eyes, the Wolver-
ines hope to equal last year's flaw-
less record against the Buckeyes.

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