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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, April 20,1993- Page 17

Spikers
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by Jeremy Strachan
Daily Sports Writer
TheMichiganmen'svolleyballteam
finished its season ledger with a 1-5
match record at themen's National Club
Volleyball Tournament held at the Uni-
versity of Texas.
The Wolverines bowed out during
pool play in the consolation bracket,
losing to Maryland, without the help of
their starting setter, Stan Lee, who was
out with the flu.
"(The National Tournament) was
the epitome of our season," sophomore
Chad Engel said. "We had an up and
down season and we played like wehad
all season."
Michigan coach Pam Griffin said
her team ended the season on a high
note against the Terrapins.
"That was the highlight of the tour-
nament," Griffin said. "We lost, 15-13,
in that last game and we just played
defense like I've never seen us play
defense like before against Maryland."
The Wolverines were seeded low
and began pool play against a strong
California team, Sacramento State,
Thursday.
Griffin saidshewaspleasedwith the
team's first match of the tournament.
"We really played well against Sac-
ramento State," Griffui said. "Here we
are 'littleMichigan' and wealmostbeat
a California team"
The Wolverines then lost to Florida
in their next match. The team finally
earned avictory, albeit over Binghamton
College, in their last battle of pool play.
"Actually we barely beat
Binghamton,"Engel said."Welowered
ourselves to their level of play like we
always do and made it close. It's really
difficult to win'without your starting
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Women netters stiunble on road
Wolverines can't handle strength of Wisconsin, Northwestern

by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis pro-
gram was looking to make a stride for-
ward last weekend. Instead, it fell back
to mediocrity.
The Wolverines, 5-2 in the Big Ten
heading into the biggest conference
weekendof the season atperennialpow-
ers Wisconsin and Northwestern, were
taken apart by the Badgers and Wild-
cats, 6-3 and 7-2, respectively.
Coming off a three-meet win streak,
consisting ofimpressive home victories
over lesseropponents such as Michigan
State, the Wolverines (10-9 overall)left
town on a mission to prove they be-
longed among the league's elite.
However, the trip got off on the
wrong foot in Saturday morning's meet
at Madison. Of the six singles matches,
only No. 1 Kalei Beamon and No. 5
Allsion Schlonsky were able to notch
Michigan victories. Even those came
with a struggle, taking a full three sets
each.
In perhaps the premier matchup,
pitting Wisconsin's nationally-ranked
Marija Neubauer aganst Wolverine
sophomore co-captain Jaimie Fielding,
the Big Ten Player of the Month for
March, the Badgers took a decided vic-
tory. Neubauer took the match in im-
pressive straight set fashion, winning 7-
5,6-3.
The Badgers continued their domi-
nance into the doubles matches, taking
two of three from the Wolvernes. Only
the No. 2 pairing of senior Beamon and
sophomore Simone Lacher was able to
save face for Michigan, taking a6-3, 6-
3 decision from the tandem of Lauren
Gavaris and Shannon Tully.

Entering the weekend, Michigan
knew the importance ofperforming well
in both matches and how difficult a task
that could be, given the intense emo-
tional baggage that necessarily accom-
panies topmeets. Shaking offSaturday's
memories, no matter what the result,
would be key to the proper focus for
attacking Northwestern.
"We have to block Saturday out of
our minds for Sunday's meet," Lacher
said last week. "We just have to come
back fighting harder. We talk about it
but we don't get into details about Sat-
urday. We wait to talk about it until both
meets are over. We don't dwell on it and
we just focus on the next match. We try
to pinpoint our mistakes and go back

out fighting for the next match without
dwelling on it."
Unfortunately, the Wolverines were
notable to come out with enough inten-
sitytooverpowerNorthwestem'sgame.
The Wolverines hung close during the
singles matches, with another victory at
No. 1 by Beamon along with a No. 6
tirumph from Liz Cyganiak.
Those two wins, however, were the
only tallies on the Michigan side of the
scorecard for the day, as the Wildcats
went on to sweep the doubles competi-
tion, bringing the final score to 7-2 and
sending the Wolverines home empty
handed.
The Wolverines conclude this year's
campaign at the Big Ten champion-
ships at Indiana in two weekends.

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EUZABETH LIPPMAN/Daiy
Michigan captain Kalei Beamon and the rest of the Wolverines wrap up the
season in the beginning of May at the Big Ten Championships.

WE MADE IT !

setter, though."
Michigan then lost to Colorado State
in the first round of the championship
bracket Friday and took advantage of
the time after their early morning match
to lounge around the Austin campus.
"We just had a sweet time there,"
Engel reminisced. "The trip was not a
total loss."
Saturday the Wolverines began pool
play in the consolation bracket with a
loss against the Wisconsin-Eau Claire
in a close match.

"We should have beaten that Wis-
consin team," Engel said. "There is no
way we should have lost to them, we
just were inconsistent with our play."
Michigan wasn't the only disap-
pointed team from the Big Ten in Aus-
tin. BigTenchampionOhioState,Michi-
gan State and Minnesotamadeitonly to
the round of sixteen, the best showing
by any of the conference teams.
The tournament was won by Colo-
rado, who beat Rhode Island in the
grand finale.

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