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April 17, 1991 - Image 10

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Page 10-The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, April 17,1991

Netters served
Michigan men lob
into South Bend


separate paths
Women face their
own spitting image

by Albert lin
Daily Sports Writer
Many Notre .Dame followers
may be mourning the retirement of
longtime basketball coach Digger
Phelps. The Michigan men's tennis
team will try to prolong the Irish
fans' agony when it plays in South
Bend today.
The Wolverines (5-1 in the Big
Ten, 10-3 overall) are trying to
bounce back from last weekend's
disappointing results. The squad
split a pair of matches, falling to
No. 18 Indiana Saturday, 5-4, but
coming back Sunday to top Ohio
State by the same count.
The Irish (16-10 overall), the
19th-ranked team in the country,
also dropped their match against the
Hoosiers Feb. 12, losing, 5-4. Notre
Dame took first in the Midwestern
Collegiate Conference Champion-
ships last weekend.
Top-seeded Wolverine David
Kass dropped to No. 11 in the latest
Volvo Tennis/Collegiate Rankings,
despite not playing any matches in
the last ranking period which ended
April 1. Perhaps his drop came as a
bad omen, as he lost all four of his
matches (two singles, two doubles)
this weekend.
Kass (18-7) will have his hands
full against Notre Dame's David
DiLucia. DiLucia, ranked third in the
country, was named Volvo Ten-
nis/Player of the Month after going
undefeated in March. He is on a 20-
match winning streak and has movbd
within .08 points of the top spot in
college tennis. His overall record
stands at a phenomenal 41-4.
"Kass hasn't been himself lately,
but hopefully he'll start doing
those things that he should against

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer

Notre Dame," Michigan coach Brian
Eisner said.
Michigan's second seed, Danny
Brakus (17-9), was recently selected
District IV Rookie-of-the-Year. But
he has been in a slump of late, and
this match may prolong that slide.
Notre Dame sophomore Chuck
Coleman (26-20), the Irish's No. 2
player, has moved into the top 100,
and is now tied for 97th.
The Wolverines will count on
No. 5 singles player Mitch Ruben-
stein for another victory. Ruben-
stein (15-5) has been Michigan's
hottest player and is riding an 11-
match winning streak. His opponent
will be Andy Zurcher (19-12), who
was ranked eighth in the District IV
preseason ranking.
The Wolverines' No. 3 player,
Scott Cuppett, also has been on a
roll. The fiery sophomore has rat-
tled off five straight victories to
move his season mark to 14-5. Irish
third seed Will Forsyth (13-14) is
the only member of Notre Dame's
top six under .500.
John Karzen, the only senior on
Michigan's squad, will once again
play No. 4 singles. Looking across
the net will be Mark Schmidt (27-
10), who was ranked 20th during the
Notre Dame's No. 1 doubles
team of DiLucia and Coleman (20-4)
is No. 3 in the new rankings. Mich-
igan's top pair of Kass and Brakus
lost twice last weekend, dropping
its overall record to 8-6.
The duo is having problems with
its chemistry. Brakus feels that his
style of play clashes with Kass', and
he would feel more comfortable
playing with another partner.

Yellow and blue make green!
That might be the chant heard on
board the Michigan State team bus
that brings the Spartans (3-3 in the
Big Ten, 14-5 overall) to the Huron
Valley Tennis Club to take on the
host Wolverines (3-3, 11-6) in a wo-
men's tennis match today at 2 p.m.
Both squads are .500 in the Big
Ten, having beaten Illinois, Ohio
State, and Purdue, and having lost to
Indiana, Northwestern, and Wis-
consin. While this parallel makes
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt cautious,
she believes that the teams' sim-
ilarity is only skin-deep.
"They are solid in all positions
and I'm looking forward to a good
match," Ritt said. "But we defi-

rather large difference. While the
two teams' conference records are
equal, Ritt feels that the Spartans'
record could be deceiving.
"They have not had as tough a
(non-conference) schedule as we
have had .... They have had some nice
wins, but they haven't been over the
same caliber of team that we've been
up against," Ritt said.
Last weekend at Indiana, the
Wolverines were challenged at the
top of the seedings. No. 1 singles
player Christine Schmeidel's ab-
sence due to illness did not help
Michigan's chances against the
Hoosiers' Stephanie Reece, ranked
No. 19 nationally.
Today's test will come at No. 5
singles, where the Maize and Blue
will have to contend with Alicia
Leone (5-1, 20-1). Leone is unde-
feated (11-0) at No. 5 singles.
With Schmeidel still recovering
and out of today's match, Mich-
igan's lineup still remains unset.
However, Ritt believes that either
junior co-captain Freddy Adam (2-2,
4-2) or junior Jennifer Lev (3-3, 10-
5) will receive the assignment
opposite Leone.
Today's match will be the third
in five days for the Wolverines who
conclude the regular season this
weekend at home against Minnesota
and Iowa. Instead of tiring the team,
Ritt believes that the schedule will
work to Michigan's advantage.
"I think it's good that we have
five matches leading up to the Big
Ten tournament (April 26-28)," she
said. "We should be match-tough
and ready to play in Madison. And if
we're not ready now, we'll never be

nitely have more depth and overall
more experience than they do."
There's also the fact that Mich-
igan was picked to finish fourth in
the Big Ten in a preseason poll,
while State was picked ninth - a

Not this time!
Junior goaltender Lee Tomajian, from OX fraternity, makes a save in
last night's indoor soccer intramural finals at the Sports Coliseum. OX
defeated X(D, 6-4, to take the Fraternity "A" League championship. Jeff
Milius scored five goals for OX in the victory.


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