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Weaver named Player of the Week
Michigan junior outfielder Scott Weaver was named Big Ten Player of the
Week yesterday after hitting .631, collecting 12 hits and reaching base
19 times in the Wolverines' last six games. Weaver has hit safely in 11
straight Big Ten games and has four game-winning hits on the season.
The Academic AllAmerican candidate has at least one hit in 77 of his last
100 games. His batting average for the last 25 games is .486.

Page 21
April 18, 1995

Michigan faces a tough slide into the Big Ten Championships

By John Lmoli
Daily Baseball Writer
While most Michigan students pack up and leave for
the summer, the baseball team heats up. For the Boys of
Summer, the season lasts long into May, culminating with
the Big Ten tournament May 18-21.
And for the Wolverines (6-8 Big Ten, 15-21 overall),
the rest of the season will be an uphill battle. Michigan has
only three more weekends of Big Ten action to get itself
back into the race for the conference crown. Wolverine
coach Bill Freehan's ballclub is currently in last place in
the Big Ten.
But before dueling within the Big Ten, the Wolverines
have non-conference opponents to deal with.
Today Michigan faces Central Michigan 3 p.m. at
Fisher Stadium, The Wolverines are hoping to rebound
against the Chippewas after a weekend split with Michi-
gan State.
"The game will mean a lot because any in-state game
is big," Michigan infielder Kelly Dransfelt said. "All the
P other universities in-state want to beat us because we're
Michigan, so we have to be ready."
Sunday, Michigan will host a twinbill with Sienna

April 29-30, the team travels to Minneapolis for a four-
game set with Minnesota.
May 2 the Wolverines tangle with Notre Dame at Old
Kent Park in Grand Rapids.
"We wish we could play them up here," Dransfelt said.

"But it doesn't matter where we play them. We're ready
for a big game against Notre Dame no matter where we
May 6-7, Indiana invades Fisher for two doubleheaders.
May 9-10, Olympia Arenas will host the first ever
Great Lakes Invitational for baseball. The four-game

tournament will take place at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.
Michigan State faces Dayton 3 p.m., May 9 and the
Wolverines take on Detroit at 7 p.m.
The next day, the consolation game is scheduled for 3
p.m. with the championship contest is set to start at 7 p.m.
Before each day's match-ups, two area high school squads
will get a chance to play in the major league ballpark.
"It going to be great," Dransfelt said. "Any time you
play in a big league park, it's a thrill.
"Plus, we get to play Michigan State again, and this
time we'll hopefully beat them."
May 13-14, Michigan travels to Columbus for its final
conference challenge with Ohio State.
The Big Ten Championships will take place on cam-
pus sights. All 10 conference teams will participate with
seeding determined by final league standings.
Last year, Michigan nearly won the Big Ten playoff
They beat then 23rd-ranked Ohio State in the first
game of a doubleheader, forcing the title to come down to
the final game.
The Wolverines fell in the second match-up however,
evening their season record to 29-29.

First baseman Chad Chapman eats dust while diving to catch a bunt Saturday against Michigan State.

"takes on
C entra
By Dan McKenzie
Daily Softball writer
The Michigan softball team will
be putting its pursuit of the Big Ten
crown on hold for awhile. Tomorrow,
the Wolverines play Mid-American
Conference member Central Michi-
gan. Following that, the Wolverines
have a 10-day break for final exams.
Despite the fact that tomorrow's
doubleheader doesn't affect the con-
ference standings, Michigan still con-
siders this to be an important series.
"All games mean a lot," sopho-
more Tracy Taylor said. "It may not
mean anything title-wise, but it still
means something. A loss to them is
just like a loss to anyone else."
The Chippewas are not a team to
be taken lightly. They are the defend-
ing MAC champions, and last year,
/ they split their games with Michigan,
upping their all-time series lead to 24-
"Central has always been known
for having a really good team," senior
Kelly Kovach said.
This year's Central Michigan
squad appears to be sticking to that
tradition. Earlier in the season, the
1 Chippewas managed to get past the
current 1I th-rankedteam,SouthCaro-
The large number of players from
Michigan on both teams makes the
rivalry intense.
"The intrastate rivalry is pretty
good," Kovach said. "These games
are always huge."
The Wolverines have had a strong
season so far. They are currently
ranked ninth nationally with a 33-7
overall record.
However, Michigan recently
stumbled over an unexpected obstacle
when it lost senior leftfielder, Lesa
Arvia fractured her right fibula
17against Penn State and will be out for
the rest of the season. Taylor, who up
until this point had mainly been used
in pinch running situations, has re-
placed her.
Arvia had the best batting average
on the team against Big Ten confer-
ence opponents, hitting just under
;.500, and her .358 overall average
was second only to freshman Sara
Griffin's .425. Coincidentally, one of
her best performances last season
came against the Chippewas, when
she- went four-for-seven in their
"Obviously, we're losing a big
glove out in left and she (carries) a big
bat," Taylor said. "It's a loss."
However, the Wolverines have
been able to overcome the loss of
Arvia up to this point. Since she left

On the other end of the court
Cyganiak sisters rise separately to tennis stardom

By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily sports writer
About 20 minutes into the
first set, Liz Cyganiak
was down 1-4. She wasn't in
the groove of her game yet - she
just couldn't reach every ball..
Cyganiak is a strong baseliner,
more apt to wear her challenger
down than tear her down. But on
this day, she was getting licked by
the younger woman on the other
side of the net, three years her
junior. Her opponent was hitting
winners with quick, hard strokes.
She knew her opponent's style
perfectly - but not from playing
her in previous tournaments. In fact,
the two had never met before in
tournament play.
Now they were facing each
other, in New York, in the finals of
the 1994 U.S. Amateur
Championships, and Cyganiak
thought of all the times she had hit
with this girl - her younger sister
- before.
In fact, she had been hitting with
her sister since she was 10 and
Sarah was 7, when they started
taking tennis lessons at their
country club in Mequon, Wis.
But the two had never met in
tournament play until this match in
New York, and Liz Cyganiak was
falling prey to her younger sister's
fast shots and skilled net play.
"You were destroying me," Liz
says to her sister as the two cool
down after practice at Liberty
Sports Complex. "I was down 4-1. I
looked at the ref and just started
laughing - in a matter of minutes,
you were just killing me."
"No mercy," Sarah replies.
"That's how competitive I am - I

their older brother and sister, who
played tennis during their high
school years.
Jon and Elizabeth Cyganiak
remember their daughters' tennis
beginnings with pragmatism.
"I didn't want to bundle them up
and take them skiing, so I thought
'What can we do?', and they started
tennis indoors," Elizabeth says.
"We figured if they enjoyed it, they
would stick to it, and they did. We
never had to force them to go to
After picking up the basics and
hitting With each other in their free
time, the sisters both advanced
quickly into what tennis gurus
know as "the circuit," an endless

barrage of summer tournaments.
"When they started playing and
they started tournaments, it was
kind of obvious ... it just sort of let
itself happen," Elizabeth says. The
sisters began in challenge ladders
and moved into unsanctioned
tournaments where they made a
name for themselves, not only in
Wisconsin, but neighboring states
as well.
"That got to be fun, when you
came out of nowhere and people
ask you to come to tournaments,"
their mother remembers. Liz was
invited to her first sanctioned
tournament, in Cherry Hill, N.J.,
when she was 11.
See SISTERS, page 22


Sarah Cyganiak
think I'm one of the most
competitive persons I know."
Her spirit of competition,
combined with some hard work and
dedication, is what brought Sarah
Cyganiak to Michigan last winter.
The younger Cyganiak elected
early graduation from Milwaukee's
University School in January, 1994.
A week later, she was a Wolverine,
joining her sister in the ranks of the
Michigan squad.
The two began playing tennis in
separate lesson groups I11 years ago,
at the urging of their parents and

iz Cyganiak
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