Page 18 -The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, April 24,1991
SEE YA' IN SEPTEMBER!
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Netters turn tables
by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
Pound. Pound. Pound.
Sound familiar? Such is the
sound of a collegiate tennis match.
Blistering serves. Solid ground
strokes. Bullet overheads.
Pound. Pound. Pound.
The Michigan women's tennis
team (6-3 in the Big Ten, 11-5 over-
all) knows a lot about pounding.
The Wolverines, who achieved their
goal of finishing above .500 in the
conference, closed out the regular
season on a four-match Big Ten win-
ning streak. They pounded Ohio
State (1-8,11-12), Michigan State
(5-4, 16-6), Iowa (3-6,8-9) and
Minnesota (2-7, 4-16). Having won
seven of their last eight matches, the
Wolverines hope to do the same
April 26-28 at the 10th Annual Big
Ten Championships, held at the
tournament's original site in
As predicted before the season,
Michigan will be the No. 4 seed.
However, the remainder of the seed-
ings are not as predicted.
Michiganshad expected to face
Illinois (5-4, 14-8) in the first
round, since the Illini held down the
No.5 spot for most of the season.
Instead, the Wolverines will face
off Saturday against Michigan State,
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the unexpected No. 5 seed. T"J
Spartans, preseason picks for No. 9,
earned the No. 5 spot with upsets o,
Purdue, Illinois and Ohio State.
Michigan dumped the Spartans,
6-3, April 17 in Ann Arbor. All'
three Spartan victories came in close
matches, while the Wolverines
cruised to six easy wins. Michigan
junior co-captain Freddy Adam
should get another shot at State's
sizzling No. 5 singles player, Alicia
Leone, who prevailed in a tight
three-set match in their only previ=
Michigan's Amy Malik will
also have an opportunity to avenge
her loss to Molly Poffenberger,
Down, 5-1, to Poffenberger in a
third-set tiebreaker, Malik fought
back to tie it at five, only to have
Poffenberger take the next two
points and the match.
The tournament's biggest sur-
prise is its first seed. The host
Badgers claimed the top spot by de-
feating four-time defending cham-
pion Indiana (8-1, 22-7). Indiana is
No. 2 and will face the winner olt
Friday's preliminary match between,
No. 7 Iowa and No. 10 Purdue (0-0,
Unlike many post-season affairs,
there is no elimination at the Bi
Ten tennis tournament. Instead, a
teams play each day in a rotating
bracket that produces five winners,
at Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 on the final
So what does Michigan expect at
"We may be seeded No. 4, but
we're aiming for No. 1," senior co
captain Stacy Berg said.
This can mean only one thing.
Berg and the Wolverines know ten-
nis, and they're saying ...
Just pound it.
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