14 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 23, 1994
Women netters open
fall season in Carolina
By MICHAEL JOSHUA
For The Daily
Anyone for tennis this weekend?
Those of you diehard football fans
probably are not. But those teams at
the North Carolina State Wolfpack
Classic better be ready.
The Michigan women's tennis
team, which finished last season
ranked 25th in the nation, is coming
and it is bringing an abundance of
firepower. With seven returnees from
last year's squad, the team is aiming
its sights on the title.
Guided by the 1993-94 Big Ten
and Midwest Region Coach of the
Year, Bitsy Ritt, the Wolverines
hope to improve on their second-
place finish in the conference. The
team went 9-1 in league play and
finished with an overall record of
The Wolverines' first test be-
gins at the Classic. The eight-team
tournament includes national pow-
ers Duke and Wake Forest, who
finished sixth and 14th, respectively,
Leading the Wolverines are se-
niors Liz Cyganiak, Jaimie Fielding
and Simone Lacher, the team's can-
"This class has been such a solid
group that has contributed to our
program on and off the court," Ritt
They haven't been the only ones,
however. Juniors Angie Popek and
Tara Graff combined to win 25 of 32
singles matches last year.
"She (Popek) improved quite a bit
last year and I think she is going to
just keep getting better," Ritt said.
"Tara has an impressive all-court
game and has played well for us."
After a rookie year in which each
was selected to the All-Big Ten team,
Bojana Jankovic and Sarah Cyganiak
return for their sophomore years.
"Both Sarah and Bojana stepped
in and performed very well," Ritt
said. "The important thing for them
now is where they go from here."
Sarah was also selected the Big
Ten and Midwest Region Rookie of
the Year, and is the current U.S.
The lone freshman on this year's
team is Sora Moon, winner of the
prep individual state championship in
Ohio. She also helped her Centerville
High School squad win four straight
"Sora is an experienced junior
player who is very consistent and
doesn't beat herself," Ritt said.
"Everyone on our roster has to
-contribute and if we get that, who
knows what we can accomplish. Last
year was fun. This year we are chal-
lenging ourselves to be better and
take our program to an even higher
In the tournament's singles
bracket, Sarah Cyganiak is playing in
the No. 1 position, followed by Popek,
Jankovic, Liz Cyganiak, Fielding,
Graff, Lacher and Moon, in that or-
The No. 1 seeds play the twos, the
threes play the fours, and so forth.
Unlike most tournaments, everyone
plays every round.
In the doubles slot, Popek and
Jankovic are teaming up at No. 1, the
Cyganiak sisters at No. 2, Fielding
and Lacher at No. 3, and Graff and
Moon round it out at No. 4.
"We want to do the best we can at
every position," Fielding said. "We
are very strong at every level."
First things first. The Wolfpack
Classic is today and lasts till Sunday
in Raleigh, N.C.
A n annual event takes place
this Sunday at Crisler
Arena. Students will flock
from all over campus to Crisler for
the opportunity to lay down big
money for basketball season tickets.
What you will be getting,
though, is neither the whole season
package nor the whole story from the
Michigan ticket department.
The ticket office has once again
split the season
enabling up to
to get tickets.
ANTOINE PITTS tickets cost $80
Pitts Stop for the 11
games - up
from the $88 for 14 games of a
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By DAN MCKENZIE
Daily Sports Writer
There is one big drawback to be-
ing the best in your field. You're
everyone else's enemy.
Heading into the Mountain Clas-
sic West, the No.5 Michigan women's
cross country team knows this all too
well. It will be the top-ranked team and
the defending champions at the meet,
which also features sixth-ranked
Brigham Young and No. I1 Oregon.
The meet, which will be hosted by
the University of Montana, features
an unusual course. Not only is it six
kilometers, as opposed to the usual
five, but the runners will be forced to
jump over logs at various points along
the course. Add in the high altitude
and the course's rolling hills, and you
have the makings of a very difficult
"The high altitude does make it
harder to breathe," senior Karen
Harvey said, "but I don't think the
conditions of this course give any of
the teams an advantage."
"The barriers aren't super high,"
coach Mike McGuire added. "The
problem that they present is that when
you're running in and out of a rhythm,
they can break that rhythm."
One unexpected problem that the
Wolverines have to face is trying to
overcome the loss of junior All-
American Courtney Babcock, who is
out with a knee injury.
"We're not as strong a team with-
out her," McGuire said, "but I think
we've got some very capable people
going to this meet.
"Karen (Harvey) has been run-
ning very well in practice. I also ex-
pect Deanna Arnill and Eileen Fleck
to contribute significantly, even
though they're only freshmen."
Joining Harvey, Arnill and Fleck
on the trip to Montana will be juniors
Molly Lori and Heather Grigg and
sophomores Emily Shively and Tanya
"Molly, Karen and Heather alt'ran
this race last year," McGuire said, "so
they're familiar with the course."
Besides BYU and Oregon, the
Wolverines will face 17 other teams
from around the nation, including Big
Ten foe Minnesota.
"The further we get along in the
season, the more important it is that
we beat teams from outside of our
region," McGuire said.
'Our strategy for this
meet is hold back a
little bit near the
- Karen Harvey
The reason for this has to do with
the formula the NCAA uses to de-
termine which teams will compete
in the national tournament. In this
formula, 16 of the 22 bids are auto-
matic. Which teams qualify for the
remaining six will be determined by
how each did against teams outside
of their region.
"Both Oregon and BYU are out-
side of our region," McGuire said,
"so obviously, if we can beat them,
that's a feather in our cap."
"Our strategy for this meet is hold
back a little bit near the beginning,"
Harvey said. "That way we can get
our momentum going because the
middle of the course is really hard."
In years past approximately
4,000 students purchased tickets,
leaving only 1,000 or so students
with split packages. This year,
however, it isn't a matter of what
you get in that package but a matter
of what you don't get.
Not included in either package
this year are Big Ten games against
Indiana, Illinois and Purdue and a
non-conference contest with
Jackson State. The ticket office
blames the conference for
scheduling these games on dates
when the University is officially on
However, the ticket office took
its own initiative in making the
Illinois and Purdue games
unavailable on the student package.
Those games fall on dates just
before classes resume. For instance,
the Purdue game is slated for Jan. 3
-just before winter term begins.
Illinois, scheduled for Feb. 26, comes
to Ann Arbor the last day of spring
The ticket office claims students
will not be in town on the day
before classes begin, thus those
games should not be given to
"The decision was made to not
include those games in the student
ticket package," assistant ticket
manager Jan Pearen said. "We
didn't feel there would be students
at those games."
The real issue here is finances.
By taking away those tickets from
students and offering them to the
general public, the athletic
department grosses substantially
more money than if it sold seats to
students. The department stands to
make nearly $30,000 more per
game when it sells what used to be
student tickets to the general public.
The ticket package also includes
exhibition games against perennial
powerhouses High Five America
and the Polish National Team.
Taking a cue from the NFL,
Michigan will charge full price for
those preseason contests.
Students will have an
opportunity to buy those four games
that are not included in the package.
There is a catch, though. You can
purchase those tickets only in a
four-game package for $65. So, you
could potentially walk out of Crisler
Arena Sunday after spending $145
for 15 games when 14 games cost
you $88 the year before.
The ticket office is essentially
scalping your student tickets -
normally $7 per game back to
you for a whopping $16.25 per
game. This includes the contests
against Indiana, Illinois, Purdue and
This is not a discouragement
from buying tickets this weekend. It
is just a warning: hold on to your
wallets as you enter Crisler. The
athletic department is after them.
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SEASON TICKETS: $80
-Student ticket will not include games vs. Jackson State (Dec. 22),
Purdue (Jan. 3), Indiana (Feb. 19) and Illinois (Feb. 26) due to
University break periods. A $65, four game, blue section
package will be offered in addition to the student season tickeL.
- Make checks payable to Michigan Ticket Department.
* Credit cards will not be accepted for season ticket paymnt.
3,100 TICKETS AVAILABLE
- If more than 3,100 applications are received on the first day of the
sale, split season tickets will be issued according to the chart below.
* Only those individuals applying together will be guaranteed the
same split season ticket package.
- Recipients of full season tickets will be determined by the number
of consecutive years of purchase.
- If all tickets are not sold on the first day of the sale, basketball tickets
will continue to he sold at the Athletic Ticket Office from 8:00am