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4 The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday. Aprn 10. 1985
Pollack sizzles,. TUNC tenets Ibeats EDiiike
By SCOTT FOWLER
Assistant Sports Editor
l)aid Pollack may not look that imposing when he first
steps on the tennis court at a Hutie-esque 5-9, I45 lbs. Hut
alter he siles a leu service returns past an opponent at
approximately twice the speed from whence they came, he
quickly gains a large measure of respect.
And about two hours afterwards, you can usually find
him shaking hands with an awed opponent at midcourt and
chalking up another win lor the Tar Heels.
Tuesday afternoon, the freshman from Pittsburgh was up
to his usual tricks against Duke's Ricky Peck, a strong server
who resembled "Taxi's" Louie character in both appearance
and demeanor. Pollack started off slowly, falling behind 2
0 in the first set, but then ran off 12 of the last 16 games
in the match for a 6-4, 6-2 win as UNC defeated the Blue
Pollack, now 22-8 on the year for the team's second-best
singles record behind Wayne Hearn, played his usual No.
4 position in the match against Peck. Last week he was
forced to move up to the No. 2 slot after Jeff Chambers
and Eddie Stewart, the team's No. 2 and 3 players, were
temporarily off the team.
But Chambers made a surprisingly quick recovery from
mononucleosis and Stewart's suspension from the team for
one week for disciplinary reasons expired Monday, so the
Tar Heels were able to go at full strength Monday for the
first time in five matches.
"It feels good to have the whole team back," Pollack said
after his win. "There's not so much pressure on everyone."
Pollack looked like he fell little pressure Monday, in direct
contrast to his opponent. Alter Pollack had drilled a down--th.v;,v
tvickhand on game point. Peck slammed a ball to
the other side ol the court, prompting a warning from a
court official. Several minutes later, after another outburst
from Peck, the official stared at the Duke player and then
turned his back. Peck didn't waste the opportunity, making
several threatening gestures.
Pollack, meanwhile, continued steady play against Peck,
forcing his opponent time and again into errors. After Pollack
ran down two straight overheads that seemed destined to
be winners, and then hit a volley for a clean winner of his
own. Peck dropped his racket and stared at his opponent
No one else thinks Pollack's play is unbelievable. "We
knew he was good, coming here as the ninth-ranked player
in the nation in the juniors," assistant coach Ron Pharr said.
"Dave has an excellent serve, excellent groundstrokes and
is a very smart player."
Pollack, however, thinks he has much room for
improvement. "I can improve a ton," he says. "This year
I've just been playing basic tennis, not doing anything
Indeed, he hits few service winners or aces, and is still
hesitant occasionally to approach the net on a crucial shot,
preferring instead to let his deep groundstrokes keep him
in the point. But there is plenty of time to work on all of
that for Pollack, who was also a guard on his high school
basketball team and a shortstop in baseball.
Speech department play
includes touch of Ireland
"It's kind of an impressionistic play,"
said Joseph Sobol, a graduate student
in UNC's department of folklore,
speaking of "I Am of Ireland," being
presented tonight and Thursday night
in the' speech department's Readers
"It's a play about William Butler
Yeats' growth as a poet and Irishman,
and how his country's folklore affected
this growth," Sobol said. The script was
compiled by Sobol from various frag
ments of Yeats' poems, many of which
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instruments accompanying the play are
a guitar, fiddle, flute and bass, all for
the purpose of creating traditional Irish
music to incorporate into the show.
"Ireland" is just one of five shows the
speech department has been involved
with this semester, and after the two
performances here, it will go to
Winston-Salem to be performed for the
Southern Speech Communications
Convention. The five-member cast
includes two students, two older com
munity members and an Irish actress
on holiday in the United States. They
have been rehearsing since you
guessed it St. Patrick's Day.
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Leading hitters I INC": l.auria 3-5 (4 RBI). C handler
2-5HR. 5 RBI). Weiss 3-5. Johnson 1-5 (HR. 3 RBI):
Campbell Stovall 2-5 (HR. 4 RBI). Posev 2-4 (2B. 4
RBI) Wilkes 3-3.
Winning pitcher Dougjas ( 1-0)
l osing pitcher Warren (4-4)
Records: UNC 31-12-1; Campbell 22-13.
I NC 8. Duke I
Singles: Hearn (UNC) d. Hcrsh 6-4. 6-4: Chambers
(UNO d. Smith 7-6. 6-2: Stewart (l!NC d. Lrischer
6-3. 4-6. 6-4: Pollack (UNC) d. Peck 6-4. 6-2; Pulliam
(UNCI d. Williams 7-5. 6-; DcMatthcis (I NC ) d.
Kooni 6-2. 6-1.
Doubles: Hearn-Chambers (UNC) d. Htrsh-Smuh 6-4.
6-3: Williams-Peck (Duke) d. Pulliam-IXMattheis 6-0.
6-3: Steuart-Pollack (UNC)d. Krischer-Lasthmon 1-6.
Records: UNC" IK-1 2. 4-1. Duke IS-9. 3-3
By LEE ROBERTS
I got a call from a friend in Boston
Monday night. He called to tell me
he had pennant lever. Why? He'd just
been to Fenway Park and seen the
Boston Red Sox beat the New York
Yankees in the season opener, 9-2.
Spring is officially here.
For the first time in 1985, I woke
up this morning, got myself a copy
of the paper, and read through the
sports page for some wonderful
results. What awaited me there were
the results, the first real results this
year, of major league baseball games.
Box scores and lineups and league
standings all sat happily on the page,
and I sat happily reading them over
my coffee and bowl of Honey
For those truest of true baseball
fans, those dyed-in-the-wool mani
acs of the sport that Babe Ruth
turned into a national obsession so
many years ago, this was a beautiful
It was a chance to pore over the
tiny agate type and see who did well
on this, the first day of baseball "85.
And pore over the box scores 1
did, with a passion I hadn't displayed
since well, since last October.
There in black and white type was
the history of six games that signaled
the start of another six months of
long, lazy afternoons in the sun,
worshipping the boys of summer.
Forget about the strikes, the drug
rehabilitation centers, the jail sent
ences, the exorbitant salaries. This
morning was a time to rejoice over
It was also a time to hope, even
for teams that don't have a realistic
chance to win the pennant this
coming season. Forget about all that
stuff. Spring is the time'to see if all
the trades, talk and training are going
to pan out or burn out.
Now is the time for the rookie
phenoms to live up to that awful
word, potential. Now is the time for
' it i n
those hobbling old veterans to finally
reach that elusive World Series. Now
is the time that every swing of the
bat, every pop of the catcher's mitt,
every home run to the upper deck,
counts for something.
Now is the time that everyone still
has a chance.
Take the Cincinnati Reds, for
instance. Picked to finish no higher
than fifth place by most publications,
the Reds won Monday, 4-1, and
player-manager Pete Rose went two-for-three
with three runs batted in.
Jeez, if they keep up that pace, the
Reds will finish 162-0 and Rose will
bat .667 with 486 RBIs. To hell with
the prognosticators, the Reds are in
Perhaps it's a bit early to hand
the Reds the flag, but it's also a bit
early to take it away from them.
As for me, I like the Red Sox.
I know, I know, I've heard all that
stuff about choking and no pitching
and no chance. But now is the time"
for everyone to root and to dream
and to hope. If the Red Sox or the
Reds or the Mets aren't in first come
October, then you can shout about
your team. But right now the Red
Sox are averaging nine runs a game
and giving up just two. Who said
anything about pitching?
Even if your team is out of the
race by August, the least you can
hope for is a good pennant race or
two, right? It looks like 1985 should
supply us with a good amount of
those, as well. The AL East is packed
with talent and parity, and it will be
a big surprise if anyone jumps out
to another huge lead like the Tigers
had last year. Teams like Detroit,
Toronto, Baltimore, Boston and
New York all have a chance to be
there at the end. A start like Detroit's
84 one comes around about once
every 10 franchise shifts.
As for the AI. West, jokingly
called the AI. Worst by its critics.
who cares whether the pennant
winner has 100 wins or 83 wins? A
tight race is a tight race, and a
pennant is a pennant, no matter what
the record. Kansas City, Minnesota.
Chicago and Seattle all think Ahey
can pull it off, and the other three
could too, with a break here and
The NL East looks to be another
hot one, contested mainly by the
Cubs and the Mets. No one should
walk away with it.
With Bruce Sutter in Atlanta and
LaMarr Hoyt in San Diego, both
teams feel they have a shot at it, as
well as Los Angeles and Houston.
And hey, the Reds are undefeated.
Along with a few prospective hot
pennant races, commissioner Peter
Ueberroth has infused a new feeling
of optimism into the grand old game
that has undergone revolutionary
changes over the last 15 years.
After turning the LA Olympics
into a bottom-line bonanza, Ueber
roth has made the owners open their
finance books, and the player-owner
negotiations are going smoother and
more amiably than ever before. Big
Pete has also settled an umpire's
strike in his first week as commis
sioner, decided to poll the fans on
various topics, including the desig
nated hitter, and reinstated Mickey
Mantle and Willie Mays back in
good standing in the baseball
So in a time that baseball is
seemingly headed into a new era, it
is exciting to note that The Game
is finally here for another year.
The distinguished Washington
Post baseball writer Thomas Boswell
once said that time begins on
Well, time began Monday, and my
Honey Smacks tasted sweeter than
they have since game five of the 1984
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