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October 19, 1987

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Top-seeded Kathy Sonner of Fordham captured the New York State Women’s Collegiate Tennis Championships, defeating Sweden’s Susan Petterson of Dowling College 6-1, 6-4 in the title match.

To reach the final, Sonner earlier Sunday defeated Casey Soules of Army, Rene Gabriel of Lemoyne and Sarah Padgett of Colgate.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The United States men’s volleyball team bounced back from a two-game deficit to defeat the Soviet national team 11-15, 6-15, 15-5, 15-12, 15-11.

Sunday night’s victory was the third in a row for the Americans over the Soviets on the current tour, which began after the Soviets defeated France for the European title.

Coach Marv Dunphy played his reserves in the first two games and the Soviets took an early lead. Steve Timmons and Bob Ctvrtlik led a rally in the third game as the United States took eight straight points and a 10-2 lead.

Timmons, a veteran of the U.S. team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1984, put the United States ahead 13-12 in the fourth game and the Americans went on to a 15-12 victory.

In the fifth game, which was tied five times, Ctvrtlik’s ace put the United States ahead 13-11, and the Americans won the next two points, and the match, with Timmons serving.

The teams move on to Seattle for a match Tuesday.


SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - An 18-person European team headed by four East German world record-holders will compete against Australian swimmers in a three-meet series in January.

Heading the East German contingent for the European squad are world record- holders Kristin Otto, Heike Freidrich, Anke Moehring and Silke Hoerner, as well as veteran former record holder Cornelia Sirch, Australian officials said today.

Swimmers from West Germany, Britain, the Soviet Union and Romania also will be included in the European squad.

The Australian team will use the meets as part of their build-up to the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.

The meets are scheduled for Perth on January 2-3, Adelaide on January 5-6 and Canberra on January 8-9.


DETROIT (AP)- The Detroit Tigers have requested waivers on three players with the intention of releasing them and exercised one-year options on three others.

The club has requested release waivers, which would expire Wednesday, on outfielder-designated hitter John Grubb, pitcher Nate Snell and catcher Dwight Lowry.

The rights on first baseman Dave Bergman and infielders Tom Brookens and Jim Morrison have been renewed for 1988.

Grubb, 39, played five seasons for the Tigers. His best year was 1986, when he batted .333 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs. He batted to .202 in limited action this past season.

Lowry, who turns 30 this week, batted .307 in 1986 and became expendable with Matt Nokes’ progress. Snell, 35, made the Tigers as a non-roster player in spring training. He was 1-2 with a 3.96 earned-run average in 22 appearances.

Bergman, 34, batted .273 with six home runs and 22 RBI, while Brookens batted .241 and achieved a career-high 13 homers after replacing Darnell Coles as a regular in mid-May.

Morrison, 35, hit .205 with four homers after being acquired from Pittsburgh for Coles in August.

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