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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 8, 1994

Men's soccer lands in
national club tourney

Blue tankers surprise
themselves in Dallas

By JOHN LEROI
Daily Sports Writer
Makereservations forPhoenix. The
Michigan men's soccer team will need
to pack its suitcases and book hotel
rooms. The Wolverines are headed to
the national tournament after finishing
second behind Illinois in the regional
tournament, which concluded Sunday
afternoon in Columbus.
But the road to Phoenix wasn't as
easy asthe Wolverines thought it would
be. After tying Dayton, 1-1, and losing
toMiami (Ohio), 3-1, Michigan needed
a miracle to advance. Even if the Wol-
verines received the maximum 10 points
in their last game against Ohio State,
their fate was not in their own hands.
"After the first two games, I thought
our season was over," coach Steve Burns
said. "I was looking forward to next
season."
But in the last game of the tourna-
ment, Michigan trounced Ohio State, 4-
1, and received nine out of 10 points.
The Wolverines still needed Indiana to
beat Miami to have any aspirations of
advancing to the national tournament.
After the Hoosiers' 4-3 victory, Michi-
gan finished in a second place tie with
'Ohio State. Because the Wolverines
beat the Buckeyes inhead-to-head com-
petition, the guys in blue will be the
ones headed to Phoenix.
"This was such an emotional week-

end," Burns said. "Mathematically our
chances were not very good. I've been
in soccer for 20 years and I've never
seen it work out like this before."
Michigan's memorable weekend
began with Saturday's tie against Day-
ton. At halftime the score was dead-
locked at zero, but in the second half,
the Flyers scored what looked to be the
game-winner. Countless Wolverine
shots sailed just wide or hit the goal
posts.
But with only 20 seconds showing
on the game clock, Michigan
defenseman Josh Leutz attempted ades-
perate bicycle kick from 20 yards out.
Leutz's shot wasn't on goal, but magi-
cally the ball landed on the foot of
midfielder Adam Carriere who banged
home the tying goal.
Saturday's nightcap started much
like the Wolverines earlier game. After
a scoreless first half, Michigan looked
good against top-seeded Miami. But
the Redskins scored three quick goals
and suddenly, the Wolverines had a
tremendous deficit to overcome. Michi-
gan salvaged apoint in the Miami game
on midfielder Steve Moore's score off
a penalty kick late in the match.
After a night's rest, the Wolverines
looked like a different team. Michigan
was never intimidated by Ohio State's
physical style of soccer. Early in the
match, Moore scored the only first-half

By MARC DILLER
Daily Sports Writer
Remember this date. The fourth-
ranked Michigan women's swimming
and diving team made history this week-
end atthe Southern Methodist women's
Swimming and Diving Classic.
With national powerhouses such
as second-ranked Texas, No.7 UCLA,
eighth-ranked Southern Methodist
and others competing in the meet, the
Wolverines' nine-member split squad
conquered its opponents and captured
the title at the inaugural event held at
Southern Methodist's Perkins Nata-
torium.
Michigan held on to a 17-point
first session lead to beat the Mus-
tangs, 338-313.
"We swam a very solid meet,"
Wolverine coach Jim Richardson said.
"We didn't have any bad swims and we
had a couple of very, very good swims."
The irony of Michigan's victory is
that the Wolverines had no intention of
winning the meet. They had planned to
train through this meet in preparation
for the Big Ten season.
"I thought we would swim pretty
well, but I'm surprised by how well we
swam," Michigan sophomore Rachel

Gustin said. "We swam betterthan any-
one thought we would."
This makes the Wolverines' four
pool-record-setting performances over
the two-day set even more impressive.
Gustin garnered the meet's high-point
swimmer award with 63.5, highlighted
by her two pool-record-setting perfor-
mances in the 100- (1:02.98) and 200-
yard (2:15.70) breaststrokes.
"I was really happy with how well I
swam this time of year," Gustin said.
Michigan's other two pool-record-
setting swims were by senior co-cap-
tain Alecia Humphrey and freshman
Kerri Hale in the 200 backstroke and
the 400 individual medley, respectively.
Humphrey finished with a mark of
1:57.75 and Hale swam a 4:21.21.
"I thought we raced the way we've
been training," Richardson said. "We
were solid, not particularly awesome.
Rachel's 100 breastroke was surpris-
ingly fast. Kerri's 400 IM was not as
surprising because I've seen her post
better times during practice. But, it was
a great swim."
Michigan won two other events in
the meet. Humphrey won the 100 back-
stroke and junior diver Carrie Zarse
won the one-meter diving competition.

Michigan will be seeing more action at1
goal of the tournament for the Wolver-
ines. Burns said it was a relief to tally a
goal before the break and finally not
have to come from behind. For the first
time in the tournament, the Wolverines
looked like they were putting it all
together.
In the second half, Michigan took
advantage of the wind and started to
play the long ball. About 10 minutes
into the half, Moore scored his third
goal of thetournament. The goal seemed
to break down Ohio State and drain its

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
the national club tournament.
spirit. With Ohio State playing one man
down after a Buckeye was red-carded,
freshman forward Joe Cusumano scored
to increase the Wolverines lead to three
goals.
But after a series of corner kicks,
Ohio State ruined the Wolverine shut-
out. After a late score by Michigan
midfielder Kris Wiljanen, the game
ended in a 4-1 Wolverine victory. The
second place finish insured an invita-
tion to the national tournament in Phoe-
nix, Nov. 16-19.

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By MICHAEL LOW
For the Daily
The Michigan women's tennis
team finished its fall tournament
schedule at the ITA Championships,
held at Michigan State this past week-
end. The ITA Championship was the
last tournament this fall in which the
team's scores would not be tabulated,
and players would compete for an
individual title. Still, the Wolverines
wanted to use this tournament not
only to work on individual goals, but
to tune up the team in preparation for
the regular season.
Unfortunately, even the best laid
plains can go awry, as Michigan did not
have a stellar outing at the tournament.
"The team did not perform up to
expectations," sophomore Sarah
Cyganiak said. Michigan sent six play-
ers to East Lansing, but none of the
Wolverines could make itpast the round
of 16 in the singles division.

Michigan had two players entering
the tournament seeded in the top 16.
Cyganiak came in as fourth seed and
fellow sophomore BojanaJankovic was
No. 14. Neither of them were able to
live up to their rankings.
"Awful," Cyganiak said of her per-
formance, "I played terrible all week-
end long." She lost in the round of 16,
6-2, 6-0, to Indiana's Lizil Coetsee.
None of Cyganiak's teammates could
get it going either.
Jankovic also lost in the round of
16,4-6, 7-5, 4-6, to Majorie Gantman
of Northwestern. Other players who
traveled to the LTA's included junior
Angie Popek and seniorsJamie Field-
ing, Liz Cygniak and Simone Lacher.
To add insult to injury, the doubles
teams of Jankovic-Popek and Cygniak-
Cygniak also failed to make any noise
in the tournament, with both teams
losing in the second round play, 6-2,4-
6, 2-6, and 1-6, 3-6, respectively.

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