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Baseball Hockey
vs. Eastern Michigan vs. Maine
Tomorrow, 3 p.m. Thursday, 2:35 p.m.
Fisher Stadium Milwaukee
The Michigan i a 30, 1993 Page

'M' looks to catch fire on bayou
Cagers, having found fun'again Sunday, go hunting for title
by Andy De Korte least two teams seeded higher than ing to the Final Four caught up with the erally considered to be the c
Daily Sports Writer Temple during the tournament. Wolverines in Seattle. Fun seemed to hottest team right now, a vict

ountry's
ry will

The field is set. Michigan, North
Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas each
overcame the obstacles on the much-
heralded road to the Final Four and will
participate in the finale of the big dance.
If those teams seem familiar, they
should. All four held the top spot in the
nation at some point during the season,
and they were all safely within the Top
10 before the tournament began. Hav-
ing three No. 1 seeds and 2nd seeded
Kansas is the closest to form that the
brackets have held since the tourna-
ment expanded to 64 teams.
Through no fault of the its own,
Michigan's path-No.16 Coastal Caro-
lina, No. 9UCLA,No.12 GeorgeWash-
ington, and No. 7 Temple - would
probably not excite an average basket-
ball fan. To underscore the differences
in routes between the schools, the other
three final four entrants all played at

However, slimmer-than-desired
winning margins, including an over-
time victory against UCLA, sparked a
stream of criticism against the Wolver-
ines. Yet, throughout the tournament,
Michigan's Chris Webber and Jalen
Rose downplayed the criticism.
Nonetheless itappeared that the pres-
sure, some of it self-imposed, of return-

escape the team until it had vanquished
the rest of the West.
"We were a little tight (in Seattle),"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "I
didn't like what I saw in the first game
and it carried into our preparation for
the second game. I thought it loosened
up on Saturday night."
Now, with marquis teams headed to
the bayou, Fisher said thepressure could
be reduced for the high profile schools.
"Now we're wherepeople said we're
supposed to be. We're in a Rolls Royce
field in New Orleans with three No. 1
seeds and a No. 2 seed so now anyone
can win. I don't think any one of us
should be surprised with whoever is
crowned champion on Monday - so
maybe the pressure is less on every-
body."
Maybe not everybody. After prepar-
ing the team for Kentucky, who is gen-

only leave the coaching staff two days
to prepare for the biggest game of the
season.
'We're in a Rolls Royce
field in New Orleans
with three No. 1 seeds
and a No. 2 seed so
now anyone can win.
- Steve Fisher
Michigan basketball coach
"All the coaches will be digging in
heavy on Kentucky, then we will assign
one coach to North Carolina and one to
Kansas. You have to on such a short
turnaround," Fisher said. "Onehundred
percent of player thought process will
be on Kentucky. They won't hear, see,
or feel anything other than that."

Juwan Howard fends off Temple's Aaron McKie and Eddie Jones in the
Wolverines' 77-72 victory Sunday. Michigan takes on Kentucky Saturday.

Women's
tennis sees
both ends
ofrouts
by Dave Kraft
Daily Sports Writer
Ohio State and Indiana. Two Big
Ten schools, red and white (looking)
uniforms, great sports traditions. Woody
Hayes. Bobby, Knight. Legendary
coaches whose tempers makeAl Capone
look like Ghandi.
To the average sports fan, it would
appearthe similarities are endless. How-
ever, for the Michigan women's tennis
team, this weekend's road trip to Co-
lumbus and Bloomington proved that
there couldn't be anything further from
the truth.
Saturday, the Wolverines (2-2 Big
Ten, 6-6overall) blitzed last place Ohio
State by a 7-2 count. Sunday, it was
Michigan who was thrown to theturf by
reigning Big Ten Champion Indiana by
a 9-0 margin.
"Overall, I'mnotsurprised," Michi-
gan coach Bitsy Ritt said. "We knew
going into the weekend we would be
competing against both extremes."
While notapparentin the final score,
Saturday's match against the Buckeyes
(0-4, 4-5) was erratically contested. Due
torapidly changing weather, thematches
were moved indoors and out several
times.
Ritt said the only match affected by
the changes in venue was at No. 1
singles where Kalei Beamon defeated
Abigail Villena, 6-4,7-6.
Unfortunately for Michigan, it was
unable to gain so much as a single
victory in Sunday's match against the
Hoosiers (3-0,13-2) who own aNo. 11
spot in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis
Coaches Association (ITCA) rankings.
Despite the lopsided score, the Wol-
verines did extend Indiana to three sets
in four of the nine matches, which Ritt
said was a sign of good things to come.
"We competed well. Unfortunately,
we came up short," Ritt said. "The four
three-set matches indicate that there's
been a lot of improvement."

Men golfers struggle
at Kentucky Invite

SUSAN ISAAK
Matt Bowsher (left) and Ryan Evely, of the men's crew team, practice on the Huron river in preparation for last
Saturday's race at Purdue. The men's boats went without a victory in the regatta.
Women rowers lead Into oen water

by Brian Hillburn
Daily Sports Writer
Last weekend, there was good news and bad news for the
Michigan crew team. Saturday, the team went down to West
Lafayette to race against the Boilermakers in their firstregatta
of the spring. The good news was that all of the women's boats
won their races. The bad news was that all of the men's lost.
The women won their races handily, as most of their boats
won on open water. "Open water" describes when there is no
overlapping of boats at the finish. Closer races are measured
in seats. Since there are only eight rowers per boat, seats
gauge the boat length that arace is won by. Therefore, ifaboat
wins by one seat, then it won by a fraction of the boat's length.
The closest the Purdue women ever came in a race was two
seats.
The women's varsity boat had the biggest win of the day
despite a rocky beginning.
"Purdue's coxswain steered into us right at the start,"
seniorAlix Filson said. "In that situation, you try to keep your
stroke steady and try not to get flustered. It has alotto do with
experience. They probably lost it mentally."
The women rowers proved to be so dominantover Purdue
that one race came down to the two Michigan boats.

"Wehadagoodstart. It was basically between theJV and
the lightweights. When we started sprinting at the end,
Purdue was pretty far back," senior Jen Waling said.
'Purdue's coxswain steered into us
right at the start. In that situation,
you try to keep your stroke steady
and try not to get flustered.'
- Alix Filson
Michigan women's rower
Although the men were not as successful as the women,
they were still competitive. Despite clashing oars with some
of the Boilermakerboats, several of the men's boats only lost
by a few seconds. Since speed is largely determined by
coordinated rowing, clashing oars is a setback to any boat.
The men's varsity lightweight race was one of the most
exciting of the day, as the Michigan boat nearly pulled off an
inspiring come from behind finish. The Wolverines gained
a significant amount of water with 300 meters to go in the
2000 meter race, but fell short.

by Elisa Sneed
Daily Sports Writer
While the sun was shining lastweek-
end in Ann Arbor, it was nowhere to be
found for the Michigan men's golf team
playing at the University of Kentucky-
Johnny Owens Invitational. The rain
and wind in Lexington were not the
only reasons why.
"I'm really not very happy with what
happened this weekend," Michigan
coach Jim Carras said. "After the first
round we were 17th, and we didn't do
particularly well."
Following a disappointing first day
of play, the Wolverines moved up to
12th after the second round, but then
slid back down to 19th after the final
round with a team total of 947. The
winner, Marshall University, bested
Michigan by 51 strokes with a 54-hole
total of 896. Carras expressed surprise
at the Thundering Herd's stellar perfor-
mance.
"They're not bad by any means," he
said. "I wouldn't have picked them to
win it. They obviously had agood tour-
nament."
Senior Bob Henighan was the Wol-
verine medalist with a 30th-place indi-
vidual total of 231. Michigan's top re-
turning scorer from last year's invita-
tional, senior co-captain Anthony Dietz
finished in 49th (234), and the other
Blue co-captain, James Carson, in 78th
(241). Senior David Hall finished in
84th (242), and sophomore Bill Lyle in
97th (245).
Although their scores were not as
low as the Wolverines would have
wanted them, not everything was grim
for Michigan.
"I was extremely pleased with Bob
Henighan's score," Carras said. "That

was one of the bright parts of the tourna-
ment."%
The other bright spot is that Carras
said he foresees better results in tourna-
ments to come.
"We'll change the lineup until we
find the right five," he said. "We're not
that bad, much better than the numbers
show, I know we're better than that."
Henighan agreed.
'We didn't do nearly as good as we
should have," he said. "I don'tthink any
team has more talent than we do, we just
need to put it together. It's all a matter of
confidence."
Michigan will need to put things
together in order to secure aplace in the
regional tournament in May.
"The main focus now is regionals,"
Henighan said. "We need some top five
finishes, if not some wins to get there. I
think that's in the back of everyone's
mind."

These are the final results from
the University of Kentucky
Johnny Owens Invitational
played this weekend in
Lexington.
Team Standings Strokes
1. Marshall 896
2. Kentucky 898
Kent State 898
4. Ball State 900
19. Michigan 947
Individual Scores Strokes
30. Bob Henighan 231
39. Anthony Dietz 233
78. James Carson 241
84. David Hall 242
97. Bill Lyle 245

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