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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 9, 1994 - 13

Blue kickers surpass expectations

Daily Sports Writer
Michigan teams are referred to as the "Champions of
the West," or so the fight song goes. The first-year varsity
Wolverine women's soccer team knew that if it was to live
up to that demanding label in the future, it would have to
start a strong winning tradition in its first campaign.
A winning season was the Wolverines' main goal for
its inaugural season, and that goal was achieved.
Michigan (1-6 Big Ten, 11-7-1 overall) surpassed its
own expectations and was close to finishing with an even
stronger record. The Wolverines dropped one-goal games
to Minnesota and first-place Penn State, with the loss to
the Golden Gophers resulting from a last-minute score.
Michigan remained competitive in every game by not
allowing more than three goals in a match.
"(Michigan coach Debbie Belkin's) goals were to
have us finish above .500 and to have us improve from
the first game to the last," sophomore Kim Phillips
said. "We achieved those goals. We ended up better
than .500, and I think that anyone who came to see us
play will definitely see the improvements we made in
our team."
RIGHT ATTITUDE: Sophomore Whitney Ricketts, a
transfer from Temple, sees the Michigan soccer program
as heading in the right direction. She highlighted the
Wolverine's team unity, positive attitude and strong sup-
port as the foundation for both Michigan's present and
possible future success.
"At Temple, there wasn't any of the excitement that
there is here," Ricketts said. "It's different here. The
program is behind you 100 percent, our coach is behind us

100 percent and even when things don't go well they stand
behind you.
"And the team members play foreach other. At Temple
every one was worried about their stats or their personal
honors. Here, it's like, 'I want to set her up for a pass so
she can get a goal and be all-conference or whatever.' We
play for each other and the whole team is unselfish. That
will help us in the future."
FRESHMAN HONORS: Freshman midfielder Debbie
Flaherty was the sole Wolverine to be named to the All-
Big Ten women's soccer team. She was selected for the
second squad, but her teammates were surprised she
didn't make first team all-conference.
"She's only a freshman and she's a great player,"
Phillips said. "I'm really happy for her, but she probably
should have made the first team. They go by points when
they select, and they don't really tell how important she
was to this team."
Ricketts agreed that Flaherty was well-deserving 'of
the honor, but she also felt that others may have been
deserving as well.
"She's a great player, andI have no doubt that she will
be a first-team next year along with some other players,"
Rickets said. "This team had a lot of players who were
probably good enough to make that team."
Flaherty controlled the midfield for Michigan this
season, racking up four goals and seven assists for 15
points. Phillips led the Wolverines in scoring with eight
goals and one assist for 17 points. Ruth Poulin followed
with 15 points and Betsy Axley tallied 13.
Michigan goalkeeper Jory Welchans posted a 9-7
record but kept her goals against average down to 1.19.

The Michigan women's soccer team finished its inaugural season with a record of 11-7-1 (1-6 Big Ten). The
Wolverines' season concluded with a postseason conference tournament loss to Wisconsin.
'M' frustrated with performances

For the Daily
When the Michigan men's tennis
team ventured to Madison last week-
end, it wanted to capitalize on the
momentum gained from its last out-
However, the results of this
weekend's Rolex Invitational Tour-
4 ament did not satisfy the high expec-
ations the Wolverines carried with
them after the Georgia Tech Invita-
While Michigan did not play
poorly, the squad failed to distinguish
itself in the high-powered affair, fea-
turing the likes of Notre Dame and
last year's Big Ten champion, Min-
The Wolverines encountered a
Ihallenge, playing on the unusually
slick surface at Nielsen Tennis Sta-
"The conditions did not allow any
one team to gain a foothold," Michi-
gan coach Brian Eisner said. "We lost
some singles matches that we would
not ordinarily lose."
"Playing on fast courts evens up
the matches. Points tend to be very
ihort favoring the big serve and
olleyers," Michigan assistant coach
Dan Goldberg added.
Michigan players did not domi-
nate the tournament, but there were
some outstanding individual perfor-
After winning the Flight B
Singles Draw at the Georgia Tech
Invitational, freshman David
Paradzik bowed out in the fourth-
*ound to Jayson Bedford of Michi-
gan State, 3-6,1-6. In the third round,
Paradzik outlasted Denny English
of Ball State in three sets, 4-6, 6-4,
Paradzik expressed frustration
over the team's results.
"There were a lot of tough matches
that turned the other way," he said.
"We definitely have to work harder.
*We're a step away from dominating
or making that breakaway from the

Junior John Costanzo chipped in a
solid effort with two victories that
landed him in the third round.
Costanzo beat Eric Seltenreich of
Miami (Ohio) and Ball State's Tony
Ortiz in straight sets, before losing to
Cincinnati's Tom Svoboda, 6-3, 4-6,
Although Costanzo had some suc-
cess, he was disappointed with the
"We lost all the close matches,"
Costanzo said. "We had to take ad-
vantage of break points and we did
not do it.
One of the more impressive per-
formances came unexpectedly from
the doubles draw.
The tandem of Jeff Prentice and
Arvid Swan battled victoriously
through four matches before losing in
the finals to the No. I seed. In the
semifinals, the pair defeated the sec-
ond-seeded squad from Notre Dame,
6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
"It was a tight match," Swan said.

"We were able to serve it out at the
The tournament proved to be un-
usual in that none of the big favorites,
including the Golden Gophers, Fight-
ing Irish and Wolverines dominated
the field.
"From this tournament, I realized
that anyone could beat anyone,"
Costanzo said. "Four of the top-eight
seeded singles players were knocked
out. I've never seen anything like it in
a Rolex Tournament."
The tournament did provide some
positive feedback.
"In the past, we have struggled in
doubles," Goldberg said. "Our
doubles is much improved."
Although Eisner noted that play-
ers lost key points which would have
won more matches, he noted that the
team gained some valuable experi-
"Even though I am not pleased
with the results of the tournament, I
am pleased with where we are," he



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