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Double take Unchanged team roster to try for a better ' 86 WOMEN ' S TENNIS COACH Elizabeth Ritt is in a rare situation going into the 1986 season. She has exactly the same roster as she did at the start of ' 85. Not one player graduated and not one incoming player made the team. Last season, the team never played up to its potential, finishing eighth in the conference with a 4- 1 1 Big Ten record. Paula Reichert, one of two juniors on the inexperienced squad, led the team at number-one singles with a 13-9 record -in individual matches. The team was hurt from the begin- ning by the loss of Rayne Lamey, Ann Arbor women ' s city champion in ' 85, to shin splints. Tina Basle, one of six Wolverine freshmen in ' 85, posted the team ' s best record (16-9) playing mostly at number-three singles. Michigan faced most of its pro- blems in doubles competition. The team had a 30-59 record overall in tandem play. The poorest showings were by Monica Borcherts and Tricia Horn, who put together a 6-21 mark at number-two doubles. " There just was not the confidence in our doubles, " said Ritt. " We do not have a lot of serve-and-volleyers which is what it came down to in the close matches. " On a more positive note, Ritt was pleased with the play of her freshmen going against the difficult Big Ten competition for the first time. Basle and Leslie Mackey (8-15 at number- two singles) were the leading newcomers. " Both players did a good job. It ' s tough to go into the Big Ten as a freshman playing that high. " Borcherts and Horn, both up- perclassmen, had 7-15 and 9-12 records respectively at four and five singles. Freshman Erin Ashare was 12-12 in the sixth spot. Reichert and Mackey teamed up for an 11-17 record in number-one doubles. The high point of the season came for the Wolverines in the Big Ten tournament at Iowa City last May. Michigan defeated Ohio Sate, 6-3, in the first round. They had lost to the Buckeyes, 7-2, during the previous month. With her entire team returning, Ritt thinks the squad has a good chance of finishing as high as fourth in the conference this season. " We ' re much happier, " she said. " Everything was up and down last year. This year it ' s much, much bet- ter. " JlMGlNDIN Monica Borcherts swats a backhand in the Track and Tennis Building. 116 MICHIGAN ENSIAN
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tournament at Athens, Georgia, the Wolverines were defeated, 7-0, by Southern Methodist University. In that five of the eight traveling players were freshmen, Eisner was not disap- pointed in the performance. " SMU was the better team. They were certainly the fourth-best team in the nation. Three or four of the matches went three sets. They could have gone our way. " Junior Jim Sharton, one of four players in the district the Wolverines play in, was named to the All-Big Ten team. He played first singles for Michigan and was knocked out of the NCAA tournament by eighth-seeds Jeff Klaparda of UCLA in three sets. Freshmen Ed Filer, Jon Morris, Brad Koontz and Franz Geiger and sophomore John Royer were the leading singles players in ' 85. In fact, the only Wolverine not returning for this season is Tomas Andersson, who teamed with Koontz at third doubles. He has some dif- ficult examinations to pass in native Sweden before he can continue with overseas studies. Eisner has also come up with an impressive recruiting season, netting three new freshmen with good chances of winning matches for the ' 86 squad. Dan Goldberg of Avon, Connec- ticut was the top high school player in New England. He is among the top 25 junior players in the country. He ' s joined by Chip McColl of Chicago and Michael Pizzuttello of New York. Even with all the talent returning from the 13-4 championship squad, Eisner is not certain of continuing his string of title-winning teams. He said ' 85 runner-up Minnesota should be in the running along with Illinois and Ohio State. " Other coaches would say Michigan ' s the team to beat. But we ' ve got our work cut out for us, " he said. JlMGlNDIN 1 A Wolverine player dodges for a backhand. MEN ' S TENNIS TEAM Tomas Andersson. Brian Eisner, Ed Filer, Franz Geiger. Dan Goldberg. Brad Koontz, Hugh Kwok, Chip McColl. Jon Morris, Michael Pizzuttello, John Royer, Jim Sharton, John Solik. SPORTS 115
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Women ' s TENNIS Overall record: 9- 13 I Big Ten record: 4-11 Eighth place in conference I Top individual records First singles: Paula Reichert, 13-9 Second singles: Leslie Mackey, 8-15 Third singles: Tina Basle, 15-9 Paula Reichert, Michigan ' s number-one singles player. Leslie Mackie readies for a serve. SPORTS 117
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