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Netters host Michigan State today at Liberty Sports Complex
by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
After months of an intermittent schedule consisting
of mostly non-conference opponents, the Michigan
women's tennis team's season finally hits full stride to-
day. The Wolverines (2-2 Big Ten, 7-7 overall) start a
string of six Big Ten foes in 17 days this afternoon,
taking on in-state rival Michigan State at the Liberty
Michigan heads into the conference backstretch
coming off a strong performance over the weekend in
which it dropped a narrow 5-4 meet to national power
North Carolina, followed by a 5-4 victory at the Uni-
versity of Richmond.
"Playing so close to North Carolina gave us a lot of
confidence," team co-captain Jaimie Fielding said. "We
had a really good shot at winning, but it just didn't hap-
pen. In beating Richmond, it ended up 4-4 going into
the final match, and Kalei (Beamon) and Simone
(Lacher) came through for us. It's just a really big con-
fidence booster to know that we can come through in
some of those close matches."
The Wolverines said they hope that tomorrow's
match will more closely resemble their earlier drub-
bings of Ohio State and Purdue than some of their more
recent nail-biters. Though 11-4 overall on the season,
Michigan State comes to town sporting a mere 1-4 con-
ference mark and its traditional underdog status. In light
of the standard arch-enemy-style rivalry, however,
Michigan is taking nothing for granted.
"Michigan State always puts up a good fight," Field-
ing said. "They're very emotional, they'll be very
psyched up to play Michigan: And we expect them to
come out and play with a lot of heart, so we'll have to
The Spartans' impressive overall record has been
sparked by senior Molly West (9-1 at No. 6 singles), ju-
nior Kelly McDonough (11-3 at No. 3), and Stacie
Bowman, the first-year player from Birmingham Sea-
holm who has posted a phenomenal 12-0 mark at the
No. 5 spot. The records may be inflated, however, due
to a suspect level of competition. While Michigan has
traveled around the nation to take on established pro-
grams, MSU has tangled with creampuffs like Chicago
State, Northern Illinois and Ball State.
The Wolverines said they hope to use what has tra-
ditionally been one of the easiest dates on the Big Ten
schedule to propel them into the heart of the conference
battle, seeking to climb the rungs of the all-important
conference championship tournament seeding ladder.
"We have played a lot of matches throughout this
season, but the Big Ten is always more emotional,"
Fielding said. "Right now, we're just focusing on men-
tal preparation because we should be physically pre-
pared. We need to beat every team we can right now for
the seeding in the (Big Ten) tournament."
While the tournament is nearly a month away,
Michigan hopes to get in the late-season spirit with its
fist home outdoor meet of the season. The Wolverines
leave the cramped confines of the Indoor Track and
Tennis Building for the comparatively plush facilities of
the Liberty Sports Complex on the city's west side.
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by J.L. Rostam-Abadi
Daily Sports Writer
It was kind of like an Agatha
Christie novel - the mystery of the
The Michigan's men lacrosse
team went to the Pittsburgh Invita-
tional Friday with an 11-1 record.
They returned Sunday, 13-3.
The Wolverines played a total of
four games at the tournament, start-
ing with a victory over Fordham Fri-
"We played really well against
Fordham and thought we'd do well
the rest of the weekend," senior co-
captain Ranjiv Advani said.
After that, though, no one is quite
sure what exactly happened to
Saturday morning, the Wolver-
ines played the Pittsburgh Lacrosse
Club - an older city team. Michi-
gan fell to Pittsburgh, 6-2, suffering
its first loss since bowing to Ober-
lin's varsity squad March 17.
Things went a little better for the
Wolverines later that day as they de-
feated Bucknell, 12-4.
When Saturday drew to a close,
each of the 12 teams at the tourna-
ment had played three games. The
results of those games were used to
determine the matchups on the final
day of the tournament.
Michigan was the fourth seed and
faced fifth-seeded Virginia Tech
Despite Wolverine attackman
Doug Henke's three goals, Virginia
Tech prevailed, 8-5.
"It was a real disappointment,"
Michigan coach Bob DiGiovanni
said. "Not just that we lost, but that
we played so poorly. Those two
losses were the worst two games
we've played all year.
"They were also the lowest scor-
ing games for us - our defense
played fairly well the entire tourna-
ment, but our offense simply broke
Michigan's offense tallied at least
nine goals each game this season
prior to the tournament.
Perhaps the mystery has to do
with the fact they played outside
against Virginia Tech as opposed to
their usual indoor night routine.
"We haven't had a lot of experi-
ence playing outdoors," defenseman
Ethan Hackley said. "When it's cold
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out, and you get hit, it stings a lot
more and stays with you."
Michigan was also short-handed
for the weekend, due to injuries and
time conflicts that forced some play-
ers to stay at home.
"It was just an off-weekend for
us," attackman Stevan Simich said.
"Pittsburgh Lacrosse Club's defense
played a real physical game against
our offense. Virginia Tech played
really good man-to-man defense and
prevented us from moving the ball
"When we won, we moved the
ball around well."
For the most part, the Wolverines
don't plan to make any drastic
changes in their game before the Big
Ten Championships April 17-18.
"We're going to try to get some
practice on grass outside," Hackley
Michigan has decided to pick up
where it left off.
"We're just going to put it behind
us and go on," Advani said.
Just as Spring slowly arrives, the
Michigan men's tennis team pa-
tiently waits for its full bloom. The
Wolverines' next stop on the road to
improvement is South Bend, where
they will take on the Fighting Irish
Following a disappointing week-
end, in which the Wolverines lost to
Indiana and Ohio State Michigan
(0-2 Big Ten, 3-6 overall) wants to
show the Big Ten it is better than its
record indicates. The Wolverines
will certainly have to play their best
tennis of the year to beat non-
conference foe Notre Dame.
The Irish, who finished second in
the nation last year, come into to-
day's contest with an unblemished
record in District four (Midwest re-
gion). Notre Dame, No. 14 in the na-
tion, has Michigan concerned but
"They're number one," Michigan
coach Brian Eisner said. "This is a
match we've been looking forward
to. We have a chance to win this
" I feel we match up well against
them. Talent-wise we can beat
them," freshman John Costanzo
The No. 1 singles battle features
two of the top players in the nation.
Notre Dame senior Will Forsyth
takes on Michigan junior Dan
Brakus in their first ever head-to-
"Forsyth is a tough player but
Brakus should do well against him,"
Costanzo said. Brakus has been
playing phenomenal tennis of late,
reaching the semi-finals in three of
five pre-season tournaments, the fi-
nals in two and winning the Tom
Fallon Invitational at Notre Dame.
"This pits the top two players in
this part of the nation," Eisner said.
However, he said the entire team
needs to pick up its level of play.
"A lot of players made too many
mistakes last weekend. We didn't
play the level of tennis we can," he
All of the Wolverines must limit
the number of unforced errors in or-
der to stay with Notre Dame, other-
wise the Fighting Irish will burn
"The bottom of our lineup has to
pick it up," Costanzo said.
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straight games. This past weekend,
Michigan was swamped by Purdue,
losing four straight games by scores
of 11-1, 8-3, 3-2 and 14-0.
"I certainly didn't see anything
this weekend to raise my hopes,"
Freehan said. "It was very disap-
pointing. I thought we could have
done a lot better against Purdue. I
don't see us really improving."
Worse, Michigan has been rid-
dled by injuries in the past two
weeks. Shortstop Ryan Van Oeveren
is hurting but will play today.
All-Big Ten second baseman
Scott Timmerman broke his thumb
while sliding into third base against
Eastern. As a result, third baseman
Matt Copp will be moved to second
and Kevin Crociata will start at the
Freshman Scott Weaver will start
at first base for the Wolverines.
"The (Timmerman) injury gives
me much less maneuverability,"
Freehan said. "I'm pretty much
stuck with what I have to go with."
Sophomore Rodney Goble has
emerged as the team's hitting star.
Goble hits .435 with a team-high
.609 slugging percentage. Catcher
Scott Winterlee is second in batting
average, hitting at a .403 clip.
Michigan's Nate Holdren, who
led the team in home runs with
seven in 1992 but has not seen ac-
tion this season due to a knee prob-
lem, is expected to get some at-bats
this weekend at Penn State.
"I don't think he'll play the
field," Freehan said. "But I think
he'll hit some this weekend and
possibly even against Saginaw
The Eastern Michigan game
marks the halfway point of the
Wolverines' fifty-six game schedule.
"We should be playing better,"
Freehan said. "We are capable of
playing better. But we are a bit
banged up right now, and we aren't
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record and tied his own Final Four
single-game record set against
Kansas, also giving him the Final
Four two-game record.
His marksmanship earned him
Most Outstanding Player honors and
a place on the All-Tournament team.
Joining him were teammates Eric
Montross and George Lynch,
Kentucky's Jamal Mashburn and
SUPER SOPH: Webber became
the first player in NCAA history to
make the Final Four all-tournament
team in both his freshman and
sophomore seasons. Several have
made the squad as first-year players,
but with the exception of Rose, none
returned to the semifinals the next
CELEBRITY ROW: Those
$ North Carolina
at Michigan State
at Penn State
at Ohio State
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shallow enough to peruse their
surroundings for big names hit the
mother lode this weekend. First of
all, every major college basketball
coach on the planet showed up for
the National Association of
Basketball Coaches convention.
Moreover, a plethora of superstar
players including Duke's Bobby
Hurley and Indiana's Calbert
Cheaney came for the three-point
and slam dunk competitions.
Among the others spotted:
former Houston Rocket prodigy and
current James Madison University
volunteer assistant Ralph Sampson,
who posed for pictures with every
drunkard on Bourbon Street; NBA
legend Kareem Abdul-Jabaar;
former CBS gun Mike Francessa,
who announced his resignation from
the network before the weekend;
current Detroit Pistons Isiah
Thomas and Terry Mills, an
integral part of the 1989 Wolverine
championship squad; 1991 Heisman
Trophy winner Desmond Howard;
former college coaches Jerry
Tarkanian, Lou Carnessecca and
John Wooden; and, last but not
least, Michigan President James
Duderstadt, who, much like Jim
Valvano did after winning the 1983
NCAA championship, ran around
the arena Saturday night looking for
students to high-five to celebrate the
Wolverines victory over Kentucky.
DEAN'S LIST: Smith further
established his place among college
coaching's greats in New Orleans.
The title was his second, the first
coming in 1982 - and made him
the fourth active coach to head two
NCAA titlists. The other three are
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