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said. "For us to have any chance to
win, we've got to keep them off the
offensive boards and that's going to
be tough."
Just as Michigan has won its last
seven contests, the Chanticleers are
on a roll, having taken 15 of their
last 16 games, including their last
1. The excitement of just being in
the NCAAs again is an intangible
FWhe . V. a
a.
I"They will play with great
emotion and great pride for being
here, just as two years ago they gave
Indiana all they wanted," Fisher
said.
If the Chanticleers have a go-to
player, it's 6-foot-7 forward Tony
"Slam' Dunkin. The senior led
Coastal Carolina in scoring,

averaging 23.9 points a game, while
grabbing 6.4 rebounds a contest.
Dunkin's college career has been
remarkable. He has been named Big
South Conference Player of the Year
four consecutive years, making him
the only player in NCAA history to
win a league's top honors all four
years in college.
In addition, Dunkin earned
tournament MVP honors after his
team's 78-65 victory over Winthrop
in the Big South championship game
10 days ago. The accolades Dunkin
has received have gotten Fisher's
attention.
"Any time you're MVP of a
league, no matter what league, that
means that you're good and if you
can do it four straight years, you're
special," Fisher said. "That's how
he's viewed in their program. He's a
very special player, one that can
make big baskets as he has
throughout his career. He's very
athletic, very confident and someone
who can play anywhere."
While the Chanticleers' have
dreams of defeating the Wolverines,
Bergman's team will have to have
an effort worthy of past tournament
upsets.
"For us to have a chance to win,
we'll have to play like N. C. State
did against Houston (in the 1983
NCAA title game) or Villanova
against Georgetown (in the 1985
NCAA finals)," Bergman said.

Men's tennis fa Iin
Volunteer Classic
by Bob Abramson
Daily Sports Writer of college tennis. The new format, en-

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The reason theMichigan men's ten-
nis team (3-4 overall) scheduled the
Volunteer Classic this past weekend in
Knoxville, Tenn., was so that the team
would get a crack at the fourth-ranked
Volunteers and have an opportunity to
play in warm weather.
The weather, however, did not com-
ply with the Wolverines' wishes, and
the tournament's eight teams were forced
to play in the Cedar Bluff Indoor Club
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Because
there were only a limited number of
courts inside, the format of the match
was changed from seven matches to
five. This was not enough to help the
Wolverines, though, as Tennessee swept
to a 5-0 victory.
The Volunteers'top four singles play-
ers, Chris Woodruff, Chris Hoggard,
Chris Maloney and Pablo Montana, all
recorded straight set victories over
Michigan'sDan Brakus, John Costanzo,
Adam Wager and Peter Pusztai. In the
only doubles match, the Wolverines'
Grady Burnett and Geoff Prentice went
three sets before losing to Tennessee's
Rhayne Booth and Chris Henry, 6-7,6-
2,6-1.
"We may have lost, 5-0, but we
came away with a lot of positives,"
Michigan coach Brian Eisner said. "We
had a good chance of winning the
doubles match and some of the singles
matches. The team realized that they are
not that far away from competing with
the University of Tennessee."
The Wolverines' meet with South
Florida Friday involved an experimen-
tal format which could change the setup

titled three-six, consists of six singles
points, and one point awarded for win-
ning two out of three doubles matches.
Michigan won two out of the three
doubles matches, but with the score
deadlocked at 3-3, South Florida's
Romain Slon pulled out a 7-6, 6-1 vic-
tory over Michigan's M ikeNole atnum-
ber six singles. This gave South Florida
a 4-3 win over the Wolverines.
"It wasn't that we played some bad
matches, it is just that some of the

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FILE PHOTO
Coastal Carolina forward Tony Dunkin, a four-time Big South conference
player of the year, and the rest of the Chanticleers take on Michigan Friday.

'We're a team that is
improving and is going
to be outstanding by
the end of the year.'
- Brian Eisner
Men's tennis coach
matches didn't go our way," Eisner
said. "Adam Wager, our number three
singles player, aggravated the muscle
attachment to his knee. So we were
forced to put him in doubles and have
everyone else move up. Had we had
him in his normal position, we would
have beaten South Florida quite deci-
sively."
Michigan culminated its meet Sun-
day by downing Tulsa 5-0. As the pre-
season ends, Eisner said he believes his.
team is finally starting to gel.
"We ended up on a good note by
coming back and shutting out a good
Tulsa team," Eisner said. "We're a team
that is improving and is going to be
outstanding by the end of the year. It's
really coming together beautifully."

STORM CUTS SHORT SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSIC
Blue softball finishes second in pool play

by Charlie Breitrose
Daily Softball Writer
Spending time in Florida wasn't the best thing
you could do this weekend.
The Michigan softball team witnessed the Storm
of the Century first-hand while it was in Tampa, Fla.,
for the South Florida Softball Classic.
Andthough the windblew away the tournament's
single-elimination segment, it was the Wolverines
who blew away most of its competition. With the 4-
1 finish in pool play, the Wolverines finished second
in pool B behind undefeated Illinois-Chicago.
"We played in some pretty adverse weather,"
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins said. "It was 35
(degrees) and winds of up to 40 miles perhour. It was
nasty, nasty weather, it was just like playing up here
(in Michigan)."
After dropping the first contest of the Classic, 2-
1, to Illinois-Chicago, the Wolverines attacked their

remaining four adversaries like a hurricane.
The Michigan pitchers dominated the opponents,
shutting out three of them, while allowing a total of
four runs over the weekend.
"Kelly Forbis pitched well - had a couple
shutouts," Hutchins said. "In that tournament to
haveany shutouts is quite good. It's usually a slugfest
down there."
Sophomore pitcher Kelly Kovach said she sees
the Michigan catchers as an asset to her pitching.
"Karla Kunnen was just great this weekend be-
hind the plate," Kovach said. "It's easier to pitch with
Karla and Kim (Clark) behind the plate, calling what
they see. I mean, I don't have to think about it when
I'm on the mound. I just throw what they call."
The Wolverines offense was also potent, scoring
in double figures twice, 10-0 vs. Penn State and 15-
0 vs. Winthrop. Michigan outscored its foes, 37-4.
"We hit the ball well," Hutchins said. "We scored

37 runs in five games."
Kovach also commented on the Wolverines'
hitting in the tournament.
"Our hitters were just incredible that game (Penn
State)," she said. "They just exploded, so it wasn't
too hard for me to pitch behind that. I think we had
a three-run lead, and I hadn't even been on the
mound yet."
Patti Benedict led the team at the tourney, hitting
11-for-15.
"Patti's hitting about .650, I think," Hutchins
said. "She's really having an All-American season."
Several other Wolverines had a good weekend at
the plate. Freshman Tracy Carr went 9-for-15, and
Mary Campana had a pair of home runs, including
one during the first at bat against Penn State.
"Mary Campana is playing outstanding at short-
stop for us," she said. "She's definitely our defensive
leader."

Men's volleyball gets
spiked at Big Tens

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by Erin Himstedt
Daily Sports Writer
It was a weekend of d6jA vu for the
Michigan men's volleyball team. For
the second year in a row, it fell short of
expectations at the Big Ten champion-
ship.
The Wolverines, who finishedeighth
overall in the tournament held atMichi-
gan State, were 1-3 coming out of pool
play. After ousting Wisconsin in the
first round of the playoffs, they were
defeated by Iowa.
"It was just like last year when we
went to Minnesota and had good play-
ers, but we just couldn't play with these
other teams," Michigan coach Pam
Griffin said. "We lost to teams we beat
during the regular season and finished
sixth."
"It was such a wide-open field; ev-
erybody had a chance," junior Justin
MacLaurin said. "We definitely needed
to do a lot better and we thought we
would. It just didn't work out."
Throughout the weekend, Griffin
said her team displayed a lack of tenac-
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"The total difference was the desire
to win," Griffin said. "The skills were
there. They just played like they didn't
even want to win, whereas the other
teams were really pumped up for Big
Tens."
Rebuilding team unity and rhythm
has been a challenge for Michigan in the
face of numerous personnel changes
throughout its season.
"After all those guys left, we're try-
ing to get a cohesive rotation on the
court," MacLaurin said. "I think we're
doing a lot better than our performance
showed. This weekend wasn't charac-
teristic of our normal play."
Nevertheless, Griffin has seen im-
provement in the team. She said she
hopes that this weekend's showing is
not a sign of things to come.
"I've seen progress up to this week-
end. I hope this turns out to be just a
setback," she said. "Maybe they'll learn
from it and start getting geared up for
these tournaments, because we still have
(the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball
Association championship) and nation-
als to look forward to."
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