vs. Detroit Mercy
Today, 3 p.m.
vs. West Virginia
Today, 2:30 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building
*The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, April 8, 1992
'M' fans welcome home Blue
Team greeted at Crisler after returning from Final Four loss
by Kimberly DeSempelaere
Daily Sports Writer
Welcomed home by approximately 2,000 of
its most faithful fans, the Michigan men's bas-
ketball team made its final appearance of the sea-
son at Crisler Arena yesterday afternoon at a
rally honoring its Final Four appearance.
While the Wolverines ended their season on a
bittersweet note - dropping Monday night's
National Championship game, 71-51, to Duke -
they seemed to be pleased with the crowd's re-
sponse following their return from Minneapolis.
"We know it's easier to support a team that
won their last game, so we thank you for coming
anyway," Wolverine star Chris Webber said.
"But we want to hang several banners here (at
Crisler) before this team finishes."
Each member of the team was introduced in-
dividually, as well as the team's coaching and
support staff. The crowd responded to team cap-
tain Freddie Hunter, junior James Voskuil, and
the "5X's" (Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King,
Juwan Howard and Ray Jackson) most vocally.
University President James Duderstadt began
the rally with a few opening comments.
"It's been a heck of a three weeks," he said. "I
think it is the commitment and dedication of this
team that will carry them along for the next three
"Last night was just the beginning, not the
end. And like Arnold Schwarzenegger always
says, 'we'll be back!'
Ann Arbor resident Lynn Johnson attended
the rally and thinks that the Wolverines, who fin-
ished the season with a 25-9 record, should be
proud of their accomplishments.
"I didn't know what to expect at the begin-
ning of the season," Johnson said. "I don't think
most people even expected this much (from the
First-year student Bill Mott seemed to think
the media didn't give the team enough credit.
"After seeing the first few games, I decided if
they played hard enough, no one could beat
them," he said. "They exceeded the media's ex-
pectations, but I always knew they could do it."
. Michigan coach Steve Fisher thanked the fans
and the team's support staff for their continued
support. He also commented on the team's re-
"We had a run in the tournament that no one
thought we would have, except for the team,"
Fisher said. "This team will go down in history
for achieving a great deal. Last night's loss takes
nothing away from the progress and pride of the
Hunter greeted the fans with a warm smile
and passed on a boost of support to the team's
"Many people doubted the way the five
freshmen and the upperclassmen would get
along," Hunter said. "But we really support one
another and we came together like a family.
"I have the utmost confidence that the guys
will be back next year and win one or two or
three National Championships."
by Greg Ric
Daily Sports V
water polo takes Northwestern tourney
Michigan basketball coach Steve Fisher addresses loyal fans who greeted
the Wolverines at Crisler Arena as the team returned home from
Hobbling ne ters limp
into match with WVU
by Todd Schoenhaus
Daily Sports Writer
This afternoon at the Track and
Tennis Building, the Michigan
men's tennis team will host a non-
conference match against West
Virginia. Unfortunately for the in-
jury-plagued Wolverines, they will
not be able to assemble their best
Dan Brakus, the No. 2 singles
player, will have to miss the match
due to a shoulder injury in his exte-
rior rotator cuff. John Lingon is still
troubled with tendinitis in both
knees but hopes to be able to play in
Terry London is questionable as
well, due to an intestinal disorder
acquired last weekend. While he will
start, captain David Kass will be
nowhere near 100 percent, suffering
from tendinitis in his forearm.
"My biggest concern is the num-
ber of injuries we have suffered,"
Michigan coach Brian Eisner said. "I
can't remember a year where so
many of our top players have had
Fortunately, the Wolverines (3-3
Big Ten, 3-10 overall) will face an
inexperienced opponent in the
Mountaineers. Eisner knows little
about West Virginia except that it
lost decisively to Ohio State, a team
Michigan played closely.
Paced by Lori Barnard's four
game, 18 goal attack, the Michigan
women's water polo team capped off
a successful weekend in Evanston
winning all four of its games in con-
vincing fashion, including three
against Big Ten teams.
Michigan trounced Wisconsin, its
first opponent, 14-8. It then blitzed
Illinois by an identical score.
Northwestern, the host team, was no
match for Michigan as well, as the
Wolverines annihilated them, 16-6.
Michigan concluded the tournament
with a 17-9 demolition of the
Chicago Flames, a club team.
"Every weekend we try to look
for improvement," coach Scott
Russell said. "We've been playing a
real tough schedule."
Michigan has already faced top-
ranked Slippery Rock twice this
year, as well as No. 4 Maryland and
one of the top Canadian teams. The
Wolverines found the road rough
against these teams and were unable
to prevail in any of the those games.
The Wolverines now stand at 12-
6, with a perfect Big Ten record of
8-0. Feasting on teams from its own
conference is nothing new to
Michigan. The last time it lost a con-
ference matchup was February of
1988 against Ohio State.
Along with Barnard's perfor-
mance, two-time All-American
Candice Quinn tallied 11 goals for
the Wolverines. Last week, Quinn
qualified for the U.S. National team
which will compete in June at this
year's Olympic site, Barcelona.
Becky Luebke, a driver and hole-
guard for the Wolverines, scored ten
goals overall. Upon finding out that
she scored that many, Luebke was
very surprised and gasped, "Ten?!"
Russell was encouraged by the
play of first-year players Terri
Mucha and Heather Staeven. Mucha
found the net six times, while
Staeven scored five goals.
"Both Heather and Terri had real
good weekends I thought," Russell
Because Michigan won its games
rather easily, many reserves were
able to get significant playing time.
Goalie Karen Gorny, whom Russell
calls, "the backbone of our defense,"
was able to rest. Russell felt that
Justine Sarver played well in her
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