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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 1, 1994 - 11

.'M' Tennis
heads to
* The Michigan women's tennis
team will attempt to ride the wave of
its winning ways this weekend. The
Wolverines will head down south for
'matches against North Carolina to-
-day and William and Mary tomor-
The Wolverines are playing great
.tennis. Last weekend they won back
to back conference road matches over
Minnesota and Iowa. In defeating the
two Big Ten rivals, the team swept all
six matches against the Golden Go-
* y. phers and won five of six matches
against the Hawkeyes. These two vic-
tories also extended the team's win-
* ning streak to four.
In the match against Minnesota,
'Michigan juniors Jamie Fielding,
Simone Lacher, Liz Fielding, sopho-
more Angie Popek and freshmen
OBojanaJankovic and Sarah Cyganiak
were all singles winners.
The overwhelming success con-
'tinued for the Wolverines the follow-
ing day at Iowa when the doubles
team of Lacher and Fielding led the
team to victory. Lacher and Fielding
are now unbeaten at 9-0 in dual
matches. With the victory, Jankovic
and Fielding are now rated 1 ith in the
*region for doubles teams.
The victories over the weekend
raised the team's record to 9-5 overall
and 5-1 in the Big Ten. Its only con-
ference loss this season was to Indi-
ana. Freshman Jankovic commented
on the loss to the Hoosiers.
"That loss was the first match of
year, and we have gotten so much
stronger since then," she said. "The
(Indiana) loss did not affect us nega-
tively at all. We want to just put it
behind us and move on."
This weekend's tennis should be
exciting for the Wolverines. They are
ranked 42nd in the nation and will be
facing North Carolina, which is ranked
30th. The Tar Heels are coming off of
arecent upset loss to Michigan's other
opponent this weekend, William and
Mary, is unranked.
"If we continue with what we are
doing, we can win this weekend, and
throughout the restof the weekends."
coach Bitsy Ritt said. "We are stron-
ger now, and can beat the tougher
schools. I think that it is a matter of
confidence, and if we continue to work
hard we can do it."

Men's volleyball must overcome
MSU, OSU for Big Ten title

It's tournament time for the Michi-
gan men's volleyball team as it heads
into the final stretch of the season.
The Wolverines spent last week-
end playing in the Midwest Intercol-
legiate Volleyball Association
(MIVA) tournament. This weekend,
they travel to Illinois to play in the
Big Ten tournament before finishing
their season in the national club tour-
Team members feel optimistic head-
ing into this weekend, despite what
team coach Duane Storti termed a "dis-
appointing" loss to Purdue in the
quarterfinals of the MIVA tournament.
The Wolverines came out strong
in pool play, advancing past Illinois
State, Goshen, Albion and Case West-
ern Reserve into the elimination round.
They then beat Miami (Ohio) before
being stopped by Purdue.
"We're disappointed because we
had just beaten Purdue at Purdue,"
Storti said. "We've played them sev-
eral times this year and they've all

been good close matches. Those are
the kinds of matches we'll have to
play in to improve."
The most recent match was no
exception. The teams split the first
two games, forcing a decisive third
game, which used a rally scoring sys-
tem. Unlike the regular rules, rally
scoring allows teams to score on its
opponent's serve. A Michigan foot
fault gave Purdue a 15-13 victory.
"I thought we played really well,"
team captain Stan Lee said. "We had
a lapse at the beginning of the first
game and in the middle of third game
that allowed Purdue to get ahead."
Lee also mentioned the loss of se-
nior outside hitter Bill Seeley in the
third game as a factor in the Wolverine's
loss of concentration. With the score 9-
8, Seeley split his shin open and was
forced to leave the game.
"We all seemed a little shaken
after that," Lee said.
Team members now hope to re-
group as they head into this weekend.
Michigan has a No. 3 seed behind
Ohio State and Michigan State.

However, tournament play begins
with teams divided into two pools.
Michigan's pool includes Michigan
State, Minnesota, Wisconsin andNorth-
western, making the Wolverines the
second-ranked squad in their group.
The top three teams from each pool
will advance to the championship round,
with each first-place team getting a bye
to the semifinals and each second-place
squad playing the No. 3 team from the
other pool. Teams that do not advance
to the championship round will play in
a consolation round.
"I'm not going to settle for any-
thing less than first," Lee said. "I
think we've got all of the tools and our
new coach instills a lot of confidence
in us."
However, Storti downplayed the
significance of this weekend's events.
"My focus is actually on the club
nationals, which begin in two week-
ends," he said. "We'll continue to try
to improve this weekend. We're go-
ing to try some new lineups and some
new offensive strategies to prepare
for our later matches."

Bill Seeley and captain Stan Lee lead Michigan into this weekend's Big Ten
meet. The team is seeded third behind Ohio State and Michigan State.

Wolverine golf teams attempt to overcome frigid weather
Men return only four letter winners, travel to Lone Star State for Tanglewood Intercollegiate tournament

Oh, the weather outside is fright-
ful, but the golf is so delightful...
Hopefully for the Michigan men's
golf team, at least the second half of
that line will ring true. Having left
wintry Ann Arbor for the warmer
climes of Dallas, the Wolverines hope
to start the spring half of the season
off on the right foot at the Tanglewood
Intercollegiate golf tournament this
Michigan features one of the most
inexperienced rosters around - a 12-
man group that has only four return-
ees. However, the team's youth is not
a concern to the coaching staff.
"The play of the freshmen has
been a real pleasant surprise," assis-
tant coach Ed Klum said. "If they can
continue it, it'll be great for the team
as a whole."
Spearheading the Michigan effort
this weekend will be freshman Kyle
Dobbs. Dobbs owns the top scoring
average for last fall - 75.27. He is
also one of two Wolverines to indi-
vidually place in the top 10 of an
event thus far. The other is another

freshman, Chris Brockway.
"(Dobbs) has a heck of a lot of
maturity," coach Jim Carras said. "He
is a good, solid player with a lot going
for him. There are no weaknesses in
his game."
Each team selects five players from
its roster to start, meaning that their
scores will count toward the team's
score. In addition to Brockway and
Dobbs, Michigan will depend on the

play of freshman Brent Idalski, junior
Bill Lyle and senior Bob Henighan,
the team captain.
The 54-hole event, which starts
today, features three rounds. The clubs
will play the first two rounds (36
holes) on Friday, with the final 18
taking place on Saturday.
The course itself measures 7000
yards total and is a par 72, unlike
Michigan's home golf course, which

measures nearly 800 yards less and is
a par 71. Klum doesn't see the added
length as a potential problem, how-
"The course is wide open," said
Klum, "and despite its length, it
plays short, even on the par fives.
It's very dry, though, so it's going
to be a test."
Providing stiff competition for
Michigan and the rest of the field will

be Wisconsin, one of four Big Ten
schools in action at the Tanglewood.
Wisconsin has thoroughly frustrated
Earlier this season at the Mid-
western Invitational, the Badgers
topped the fourth-place Wolverines
by almost 20 strokes, winning the
event in the process. Then, in
October's Northern Intercollegiate-
See MEN, Page 12

Women's team members return home to Hoosier state for tourney

After a 12th place finish in
Florida's Northern Illinois Snowbird
Tournament last week, the Michigan
women's golf team considers this
weekend's Indiana Women's Invita-
tional Tournament a homecoming.
The tournament, contested on
Indiana's Bloomington course, will
not only place the five-woman team
closer to its school course, but it will
place three of them on a course they
grew up playing.
Juniors Tiffany McCorkel and

Jenny Zimmerman and freshman
Molly Vandenbark will all return to
the familiar course for the two-day
tournament which begins Saturday.
"I'm very excited," Zimmerman
said. "We played the course every
other year in the state tournament so
we know it well."
The familiarity with the course, as
well as the presence of team mem-
bers' parents and friends, should boost
the Wolverines' confidence, a factor
that hindered their play in Florida.
"It should be alot of fun with the
Indiana team ... They are all people

that we grew up with," Zimmerman
For the two players who do not
hail from Indiana, the course should
not pose a problem. Much like the
Michigan course, the Bloomington
course features a lot of hills and trees
and spans about 6,000 yards.
Since their disappointing finish in
Florida, the women have been focus-
ing on their short games rather than
swings. The snowfall earlier in the
week kept the team off of the greens.
With work on chipping and putting,
the team should increase its confi-

dence and decrease its scores in the
second spring tournament.
"We've been fine-tuning every-
thing," sophomore Shannon McDonald
said. "Working on the short game is
really important. It should pay off this
Michigan needs to be successful
in all areas of play this weekend since
it will be facing eight Big Ten schools.
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan
State, Northwestern, Ohio State,
Purdue and Wisconsin will all be
present at the tournament. While it is
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