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Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday-April 15,1991


Continued from page 1
"The Rocket" for a booming serve
regarded as the most powerful in
the Big Ten, saw his forte negated by
Rubenstein's service returns.
Rubenstein easily outhit him from
the baseline, winning convincingly,
The Hoosiers' deep and consis-
,tent doubles teams provided the
winning edge. Their teams of
Salumaa and Russell, and Tom
Wiese and McCallum forced
Michigan's combinations into
critical errors as Indiana won the
top two matches. Cuppett and
Rubenstein won the Wolverines'
only doubles match, defeating Held
and Decker, 6-4,7-6.
According to Eisner, the
Wolverines' effort was far better in
Sunday's home finale.
"I was afraid we were going to
come out tired after yesterday and
not go after the matches," he said,
"but our guys went right out after

In a showdown of Ohio school-
boy rivals, Ohio State's Ty Tucker
extended Kass' weekend struggle,
downing him, 6-3, 6-3. The
Buckeyes' coach, John Daly, believed
that a new wrinkle in Tucker's game
provided the difference.
"Tucker's played Kass forever,
but now he's going to the net
more," Daly said, "And that's
something we've really worked on
this year."
Brakus was not on his game
against No. 42 Gabor Koves, losing,
6-4, 2-6, 6-0. Cuppett exhibited his
usual hot temper in his 6-3, 6-3 vic-
tory over Buckeye Jason Katzer,
swinging his racket in the air and
screaming to himself after his
missed shots.
Rubenstein dispatched Saumil
Jhaveri, 6-1, 6-3. Rubenstein ex-
plained that Jhaveri played right
into his advantage with his looping
topspin shots.
Against the Buckeyes, though,
Michigan's doubles teams bore
down in the clutch. Serving at 40-30
for the second set, Karzen blasted an
ace down the middle.

Continued from page 7
Carras sees his role more as an
"encourager, so that they don't get
too down on themselves, which 'is
common in a golfer. They get down,
and you have to talk to them and let
them know that what happens is not
the end of the world."
The leader on this young team is
junior, Dean Kobane, whose range of
scores reflects those of the team, ei-
ther hot or cold. In last weekend's
Marshall Invitational, he shot a 78-
68-71 to finish tied for fourth. With
scores as low as 68, he has shown the
ability to win an individual tour-
nament title. At times he has shown
the potential to be the dominating
player he was at Livonia Churchill
High School. In his senior season,
Kobane won the Michigan high
school state tournament when he
finished the one-round competition
ahead of some of the more favored
"It was the kind of thing where
you either do it or you don't,"
Kobane said. "On a given day, with
only one round of golf, anyone can
win or be better than anyone else."
Michigan is fortunate to have
Kobane. After high school he origi-
nally left the state and headed out
west for two seasons, playing for
Pepperdine University. While there,,
he achieved moderate success before
deciding that a return home would
be the best thing for him.
A self-trained athlete, Kobane
relied on practice, books, and fol-
lowing the pro tour on television to
learn the difficulties of golf. Since
the age of 14, Kobane has been one of
the more prominent players for his
age group. Even then, he knew that
some day his ambitions would be
guided toward a pro career. How-
ever, with age, he has realized that
his dream may not became a reality.
"My desire to play is iess now
than it used to be. I'm trying to en-
joy the college competition, and if
one day I decide I'm good enough,
then I'll give it a try."
Korbane's conservative course of
action is not unusual, as
professional golfers rarely forgo
their college years in order to enter

the tour at a young age.
"In golf, you peek at a younger
age, around your thirties, because it
is such a mental game," Kobane ex-
plained. "You are dealing with such
a small chance of error and it takes a
long time to repeat the same muscle
In college, golf is considered less
of a team sport because of its indi-
vidualistic nature. Each week, the
team has a qualifying round during
practice, which determines who
travels with the squad. This formate
results iii a different group compet-
ing each week.
Depending on each tournament,
the coach must decide whom on the
12-man team makes the five to six-
man travel squad. But these team-
mates restrain themselves from
resenting one another, instead using
it as an opportunity to improve.
"It creates a better golfer be-
cause the competition is there which
makes you work harder," Kobane
Carras has been successful in fur-
ther emphasizing the team concept.
Kobane repeatedly stated the team's
goals over his own.
"We aim to be in the top five in
our district, but our first goal is to
play well for the Big Ten title," he
said. "We have to play well in all of
our tournaments, in order to qualify
for the regionals and then the
NCAA Tournament."
Two of the last three tourna-
ments, prior to the Big Ten Champi*
onships, take place after final exams
are completed. And Carras feels it
might be an advantage.
"I think that once we get
through with school, we can concen-
trate on practicing and playing. We
might just gel and possibly do well
for ourselves."
Carras is excited about the
team's future, both near and far.
"We're playing better now there
we did all of last year. My view is
that we'll get better as the season
progresses. We have some excellent
players coming in the fall, which
will only compliment the kids we
have now."
Carras' players hope their
coach's prophecies will once again
be right.

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Junior David Kass hits a forehand against Ty Tucker of Ohio State. Kass

saw his four-match unbeaten streak

come to a close this weekend.

Continued from page 1
went to three sets, with Michigan
taking two.
Lev had the best Wolverine
weekend, following up her strong
showing in Bloomington with
victories in both her singles and
doubles matches against Ohio State.
In Schmeidel's absence, Berg and
Kim Pratt were elevated from their
regular No. 2 and 3 positions to the
No. 1 and 2 spots. Berg found it
tough at the top, losing to both her
Hoosier and Buckeye opponents in

straight sets.
Pratt went one for two at No. 2,
losing at Indiana but winning in
three sets at Columbus.
This weekend marked the end of
Michigan's road schedule. Schmei-
del should be back in the lineup
when the Wolverines return to
action Wednesday against Michigan
State at 2 p.m. The Spartans were
slotted last in the previously
mentioned preseason poll. Earlier
this year, Ritt said that she "doesn't
think the match will be that close."
Loosely translated, it will be an-

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April 15, 1991
Dear University of Michigan Spring Graduates:
I am delighted to tell you that this year the University has
decided to hold a special combined commencement ceremony
for all of our degree candidates and their families at 11:00 a.m.
on Saturday, May 4, 1991, in Michigan Stadium.
Our honored guests will include President George Bush and
First Lady Barbara Bush. President Bush will give the com-
mencement address. We are planning a wonderfully festive
occasion for this historic day that we hope will be a highlight
of your years at Michigan.
This exceptional campuswide celebration may replace some of
the separate commencement exercises organized by the indi-
vidual Schools and Colleges, and you will be hearing from
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your graduation. We look forward to publicly recognizing
your achievements on May 4th.
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