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The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 18, 1994 -15

'M' netters take two, get
back on winning track

By JOSH KAPLAN
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Aftera month and a half ofplaying athome,
the Michigan men's tennis team took its show
on the road this weekend.
Despite dropping the final meet of its
homestand to Notre Dame on Thursday, the
team rebounded to sweep a pair of road meets,
defeating Northwestern Saturday and Wiscon-
sin yesterday, both by the final count of 5-2.
Entering the weekend, the Wolverines held
a Big Ten record of 3-1 and second place in the
conference behind Minnesota. The Wildcats
and Badgers sat close behind tied for third
place with 3-2 Big Ten records.
Returning from the road trip, the Wolver-
ines (5-1 Big Ten, 9-6 overall) distanced them-
selves from the pack, and stayed tight on the
Gophers' heels, who entered weekend play at
7-0.
Michigan senior Dan Brakus continues to
excel in the No. 1 singles slot, winning over
Northwestern's Jeff Giraldo, 6-3,6-7 (4-7), 6-
4, and in straight sets over Wisconsin's David
Ortiz, 6-4, 6-4. Brakus remains undefeated in
Big Ten play, and has not lost since February.
These victories and a straight-set thumping of
Notre Dame's Andy Zurcher may improve
Brakus' District IV ranking to No. 1.

The team also received a pair of victories
from John Costanzo, Peter Pusztai, and Adam
Wager. Wager has not lost a Big Ten match
this season.
The Wildcats led Michigan 1-0 going into
the singles matches, winning two of the three
doubles matches to take the doubles point.
Michigan responded with two straight-set wins
to regain the lead. The meet was decided in the
remaining matches, three of which Michigan
would win in three sets, sealing the 5-2 vic-
tory. The loss dropped Northwestern to a 7-9
overall mark.
Yesterday, Wisconsin (4-3,9-9) was com-
ing off a 7-0 shelling of Michigan State,
keeping itclose in third place.
Michigan never allowed that momentum
to help the Badgers. The Wolverines won the
doubles point and taking an early one-point
lead.
The Wolverines rolled through the singles
matches, winning four of six en route to a 5-2
triumph.
The Wolverines return home to the Lib-
erty Sports Complex for dual meets against
Purdue and Illinois April 23 and 24. They
close out their Big Ten regular season on the
road, visiting Ohio State April 30 and Indiana
May 1.

The Michigan men's tennis team rebounded from a loss by beating Northwestern and Wisconsin.

* PENN ST.
Continued from page 14
and let up one earned run on the way to
the Wolverines' 7-2 win.
"Kelly and I are both satisfied with
how we're pitching right now," Kovach
said.
Lang knocked in her fifth RBI of the
series in the first inning to give Michi-
gan the early 1-0,lead.
"Every time Jess goes out there,
she's improving," Kovach said. "She's
definitely coming through for us."
The Nittany Lions retaliated with
two runs of their own in the second, but
Michigan's three-run third stymied all
Penn State hopes of victory. Carr hit her
first home run of the season and second
careerroundtripperin thefifth inningto
give Michigan an insurance run anda -
2 lead. The Wolverines scored two more
beforeposting its thirdwin in fourgames.
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