The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 15, 1994 - 13
.Women's tennis to take
on top conference foes
Irish stop Wolverines
in Midwestern clash
By MATT GOLDFINE
FOR THE DAILY
The biggest weekend that the
Michigan women's tennis team has
seen in years is finally here.
The top teams in the Big Ten come
to Michigan this weekend to tangle
with the Wolverines at the Liberty
Sports Complex. The Wolverines face
the third place Wisconsin Badgers (5-
1 Big Ten) on Saturday at 1 p.m., and
things don't get any easier on Sunday
when they take on the first place North-
western Wildcats (6-0) at 9 a.m.
In a tune up for this weekend, the
Wolverines downed a tough Michi-
*gan State team 7-2 in a dual match on
The Wolverines got their usual
consistent play from their singles play-
ers, winning four of the six matches.
Freshmen Sarah Cyganiak and Bojana
Jankovic won their matches at the one
and two singles spots, respectively.
All three Michigan doubles teams
prevailed, as the teams of Jankovic-
OPopek, Fielding-Lacher, and the sis-
ters Liz and Sarah Cyganiak led the
squad to the sweep.
"It was interesting because they
played very well," JuniorJamie Field-
ing said of the Michigan State match.
"Their coach said that it was the best
they played all year, and it just shows
what the Michigan-Michigan State
rivalry can do.
"They got really fired up, and
played great. We still got the job done
though. We accomplished our goal."
In winning the match, Michigan
improved its conference record to
7-1. If they win both matches this
weekend, they will at least tie for a
share of the Big Ten title with North-
If Northwestern was to get upset
after this weekend though, Michi-
gan would win the title outright.
However, Northwestern is unde-
feated in all twelve of its matches
this year, and is ranked seventh in
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said
the team is looking forward to the
"Everyone is very excited about
the weekend," Ritt said. "We had a
good practice today. The players
seemed relaxed, and I think they will
be ready. This is a great opportunity
for us, and it will be great for the
By JENNIFER DUBERSTEIN
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
At the Liberty Sports Complex
yesterday, Notre Dame defeated
Michigan 4-3 in a match that was
expected to be close.
The Fighting Irish and the Wol-
verines are the top two tennis teams in
the Midwest, respectively. The de-
ciding factor in the match was the
doubles point. Michigan lost all three
doubles matches, and therefore, lost
the doubles point.
"When you play good teams, you
have to get the doubles point if you
are going to win the match," Michi-
gan coach Brian Eisner said. "We
didn't play particularly well in
doubles, and it came back to haunt us.
Notre Dame is an excellent team and
we dug ourselves in aholerightaway."
Although disappointed, Eisner
said he sees some good in the loss.
"Notre Dame has been the top team
in this region for the last couple of
years, so it's very positive that we stayed
right with them," Eisner said. "It is
always disappointing to lose, but we
can take positives out of this match and
hopefully continue to improve."
After yesterday's home action, the
Wolverines will travel to Northwest-
ern and Wisconsin on Saturday and
The Wildcats (7-8 overall, 3-2 Big
Ten) are coming off of a two-game
losing streak at home, with the defeats
coming from Minnesota and Iowa.
"Northwestern is going to be re-
ally tough," sophomore John
Costanzo said. "They are about three
or four in the Big Ten, and we lost to
them last year."
Last weekend, the Badgers (8-8,
3-2) dropped one to Minnesota 6-1
and defeated Iowa 4-3.
The Northwestern and Wisconsin
matches are the first road trips for
Michigan in their Big Ten dual meet
"It is a rough road trip," Costanzo
said. "We will probably have to play
outside. We haven't played outside in
"There are no easy matches," Peter
Pusztai said. ""Itdoesn't workthat way."
'M' laxers looking good
for Big Ten tournament
The men's tennis team dropped a close one to Notre Dame yesterday, 4-3.
Losses by all three doubles teams led to Michigan's demise.
By WILL McCAHILL
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Going into Wednesday's game
against Michigan State, Wolverine
lacrosse coach Robert DiGiovanni
hoped the rough-and-tumble sideof
the Spartan club wouldn't show up.
That type of club could give Michi-
gan a close game and possibly even
rand the team a rare loss.
But when that side of the Spartans
did indeed show up, and gave the Wol-
cal game to date, Michigan responded
by shutting out the Spartans, 11-0.
It was the first shutout of the sea-
son for Michigan and the first colle-
giate whitewash for freshman
goaltender Anil Arora.
Arora made 14 saves on the day
*and was helped out by a sterling de-
fensive effort by seniors Ben Hohmuth
and Gannon Dudlar and graduate Marc
Senior attackman Steve Simich
led the Wolverines with four goals
and an assist for five total points.
Graduate attackman Doug Henke also
chipped in five points on three goals
and two assists.
"They hit hard, and they hit of-
ten," DiGiovanni said of the Spar-
tans, adding that the physical play and
poor field conditions may have ac-
counted for the Wolverines' medio-
cre offensive showing.
The coach credited the defense for
keeping the wolf - or, in this case,
the Spartan - from Michigan's door.
"Everybody on defense contrib-
uted to the shutout," DiGiovanni said.
The victory overMichigan State gives
the Wolverines aperfect record intheBig
Ten's East division and a top seed in the
conference championship tournament-
held this weekend at Purdue.
Although the brackets have not
yet been set completely, it appears
that Michigan will have a good chance
to capture its sixth consecutive Big
Ten title, and its seventh in eight
The Wolverines - undefeated in
division play and 11-1 overall-will
have a first-round bye. They will play
the winner of a game between the
fourth-seeded team in the West divi-
sion and the fifth-seeded team from
the East, the winless Indiana Hoo-
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