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Women's Tennis
vs. Toledo
Today, 3:00
Track and Tennis Building

SPORTS

Men's Volleyball
vs. Bowling Green
Today, 7:00 p.m
CCRB

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, March 8, 1989

Page 10

Softball team returns
10-5 from sprig trip
BY PETER ZELLEN
While many Michigan students took a break this past week, the
softball team was out in New Mexico for a 15 game spring training trip.
"I'm real excited for them," said coach Carol Hutchins. "They all feel
good about the trip and we played some great ball."
The pre-season polls have the Wolverines ranked 18th. Over the trip,
though, they showed that the polls might have underestimated Michigan.
During their 10 win, five loss road trip the Wolverines swept a two-
game series from 13th-ranked Texas-Arlington, 5-2 and 4-2, as well as
beating ninth-ranked Nebraska, 6-5, in a game in which they were down
4-1.
Afterwards, however, Michigan was defeated 3-1 by sixth-ranked
Arizona and then 8-3 by Oklahoma State, which is third in the nation.
"We came back in a lot of those games," claimed Hutchins, who is
entering her fifth season. "We could have easily been 12-3 or we could
have been 5-10, so it works both ways."
DURING THE TRIP the Wolverines were on
an offensive tear. As a team they're hitting .275,
which Hutchins dubbed as "exceptional." Leading the
way has been senior outfielder and captain Beth
Qg Mueller. In starting all 15 games, Mueller batted .360
with two home runs and nine runs batted.
Also a big factor has been last year's first-year
phenom Bonnie Tholl. Last year she was named to
the All-Big Ten team at shortstop and begins this
season hitting at a .352 clip.
One player that Hutchins is extremely high on is senior catcher
MaryAnn Daviera. "She only hit .190 but she hit the ball hard,"
explained Hutchins. "I'll tell you though, she's a great catcher. She's
better than Alicia Seegert (an All-American for Michigan in both 1986
and 1987) and could even make me look like a good pitcher."
The Wolverines scored 50 runs during the trip. That's not tremendous
over 15 games but the real statistic is that the team has left 97 runners
on base. A few more key hits and Michigan's offense goes up another
level.
THE ACTION ON the mound has been excellent, too.
Sophomore Andrea Nelson is 8-1 with a 1.19 earned run average and
junior Jenny Allard has a 1.71 ERA but posts only a 2-3 record. Allard,
however, seems to be taking her hard luck out on her opponents while at
bat. She is currently hitting .347 with a team leading 11 ribbies.
Hutchins is completely enamored with this year's squad. "This team
has a big heart as a group and I think that that's better than having just a
bunch of good athletes. That's what will carry us. If a slump occurs then
someone will always be there. We will be able to carry ourselves over
the season."
This team is also one full of experience and leadership with most of
the starters being juniors and seniors. The only rookie to crack the
lineup has been Bridget Fitzpatrick, who catches, plays third base and is
hitting a modest .280. Rookie outfielder Stacey Heames has also gotten
playing time but has only two hits in 26 at bats, an .077 average.
The first home game of the season isn't until March 29th but the
team will stay ready with the Bud Lite Invite in San-Jose, California on
March 17-20.
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Round's injury spoils gymnasts' trip

BY JEFF SHERAN
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team struck gold on their trip to
California last week, but also hit an
earthquake.
The Wolverines (11th-ranked
overall, 5th in the Big Ten) scored
season highs all week long, on the
team and individual levels, but saw
Jim Round, their top-scoring all-
arounder, break his hand on the
parallel bars.
Round's injury only increases
the instability of the starting lineup,
since all-arounders John Mains and
Louie Ball have strugglled to recover
from nagging injuries of late. "It's
going to be real tough to pick up the
pieces," said coach Bob Darden.
MICHIGAN'S next meet is
Saturday at Kent State, but despite
Round's injury, Darden has his
sights set on the Big Ten
Championships March 24. "Our
biggest problem now is coming up
with a set lineup," Darden said.
"(Round's injury) really hurts us,
but we'll have Ball and Mains back.
At the Big Tens, we'll be able to
nail all those teams head on."
San Jose hosted Michigan's first
meet of the trip on February 24 with
Cal-Berkeley and Stanford also
competing. Michigan took third
place, but turned out a season-high
265.85 while still weary from travel.
The team received strong scores
from Matt Harrison, who notched a
53.15 all-around, Shawn Martin, and
Tony Angelotti. Glenn Hill also
contributed the first of many
excellent scores on the pommel
horse with a 9.5.
THE WOLVERINES then
journeyed north to Stanford, where
they improved their total to 266.95.
"This was the best effort
competitively for the lineup. Round
was out and Ball and Mains didn't

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JESSICA GREENE /Daily
The men's gymnastics team recorded their highest overall scores of the season on their recent road trip,
thanks to such performances by Glenn Hill, shown here on the pommel horse. The Wolverines lost their top
all-arounder, Jim Round, with a season-ending injury.

compete all-around. Matt (Harrison)
and Ruben (Ceballos, who totaled a
collegiate high 53.65 overall) did
real well for themselves," Darden
said.
Glenn Hill again topped all
scorers on the pommel horse, with a
season-best 9.65. Such consistency
is what Darden has been trying to
extract from his players all season.
"We're trying to pump the efficiency
of our performances," he said.
CAL-BERKELEY hosted
Michigan next, in a March 1 meet

with UCLA, Stanford, and
Washington. Continued highs from
Ceballos, who reached his personal
best overall with a 53.75, and Glenn
Hill, who remained consistent with a
9.55 on the pommel horse, gave
Michigan a 267.25 total.
Then came Minnesota. Michigan
returned to Big Ten competition and
dropped sharply in consistency. This
was evident in the 261.4 team score.
The Wolverines finished behind
conference rivals Wisconsin and
Michigan State.

"It was tough travelling east. We
had no time to recharge our
batteries," Darden said.
Ceballos was the only highlight
for the Wolverines at Minnesota,
turning out another high of 54.2
overall. "He's been up and down all
season. I hope he can stay up," said
Darden.
In addition, Louie Ball returned to
all-around competition with a 52.7.
Darden labeled him at "almost full
strength."

Double fa
BY ERIC LEMONT
For years, west coast schools
have put a damper on Michigan's
Rose Bowl hopes. Last week
though, it was the Michigan men's
tennis team's turn to be rained on in
'sunny' California.
The Wolverines lost 8-1 to
UCLA and 7-2 to USC last
Thursday and Sunday.

ult: Netters suffer setbacks

In addition to playing outdoors
for the first time since September,
Michigan was without the services
of Malivai Washington. The
country's number one collegiate
player missed both matches due to
muscle spasms in his back.
Washington injured his back in
earlier competition at the NCAA
indoors in Louisville.
WITH Washington out, the rest
of the squad had to move up a spot
in the rotation. The switch did not
effect Dan Goldberg. Against
number one ranked UCLA,
Goldberg provided the Wolverines
with their only victory, defeating

5th-ranked Brian Garrow 7-6, 3-6, 6-
4.
Goldberg, ranked third in the
country, also defeated USC's Byron
Black 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.
"Dan played unbelievable," said
Michigan assistant coach Mark
Mays. "Right now, he'll probably
move up to number two in the
country right behind Malivai.
They're deservedly number one and
two in the nation."
Despite the two losses - which
dropped the sixth-ranked Wolverines'
record to 3-5 - Mays said the team
remains optimistic about the season.
"THE KEY is that everybody is
still upbeat and eager to play," Mays
said, adding that the early part of the
season is used as a time to evaluate
the play of the team and to make
improvements. The season, he said
will be used as a stepping-stone to
the Big Ten and NCAA
championships later this year.
For now, Mays feels the team is
on the right track as long as we
don't get down on ourselves."

BY JEFF SHERAN
For the Michigan women's tennis
team, composed of one junior, three
sophomores and five first-year
players, the Big Ten can be a tough
conference. That's why coach Bitsy
Ritt is looking forward to today's
match with Toledo.
Michigan (0-2 in the Big Ten, 0-
7 overall) has already suffered one-
sided defeats to two of the premier
conference teams, Northwestern and
Wisconsin, this season.
Michigan also encountered some
over-powering competition when
they ventured down south and faced
teams such as Mississippi State,
which holds a top 25 ranking.
AGAINST Toledo, the team is
going to play more aggressively.
Ritt conceded that, "we were a bit
tentative against the southern
schools."
The players need to be aggressive
in their minds, as well. "We can't
take them lightly. It's natural to
back off from a team like Toledo,"

Ritt said.
Now, finally, Michigan faces a
team on its level. Toledo, as Ritt
puts it, "is coming at the perfect
time. Our confidence level is down,
and we need a win badly."
The young team has been plagu~d
by many injuries thus far, and mugh
of the team is still struggling.
SOPHOMORE Stacy Berg, an
all-Big Ten second team selection
last season, is slotted at first singles
but has yet to return to form. "Stacy
has been losing some close matches.
As soon as she can get over the tou,
she'll start winning," Ritt explained.
Fourth singles player Wendy
Stross is nursing an injured should-
er, and should move up when fully
healthy. Currently, sophomore Anne
Schork and first-year player Amy
Malik rotate at the second and third
singles positions.
Michigan looks to better last
year's fifth place finish, but Ritt
sees that as a difficult task. "Indiana,
Northwestern, and Wisconsin are
really strong. After that, it's up fcr
grabs, but Minnesota is tough, too."
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