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2 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 23, 1995

Here are the weekend results for the top 25 teams in the AP top
25 poll. First-place votes are in parentheses.

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WHO: Dugan Fife
TEAM: Men's basketball
HOMETOWN: Clarkston, Mich.
YEAR: Junior
EuiBlurY: Junior

Champaign. WHY: The Michigan point guard helped spur the Wolverines to its first conference road win of the
Mens's Volleyball vs. Western Michigan, TBA, Kalamazoo, season when he hit three 3-pointers and provided some strong defense against Illinois Tuesday. He
put up a similar effort against Michigan State yesterday when he hit a trio of treys in the first half, but
his 11 points and total effort couldn't help Michigan overcome the Spartans.
any club would like to add its schedule to the 'M' Sports Calen- BACKGROUND: Fife is in his second season as the Wolverines' starting point guard. Before coming to Ann
dfr, please drop off a copy at the Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard. Arbor he finished second in the state of Michigan's Mr. Basketball voting following the 1991-92
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By JULIE KEATING
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team rolled over Western Michigan on
Saturday night. In front of a hometown
crowd at Cliff Keen Arena, the Wolver-
ines made the most of the enthusiasm
by putting on a sensational show.
Michigan (12-5) excelled at every
event. Improving their overall score
while beating the Broncos was
Michigan's main objective.
"We accomplished what we wanted
to. We improved our score and had an
excellent meet as well," coach Bob
Darden said.
Highlights of the night were the
floor exercise and the high bar, two
events that Michigan swept with scores
of 38.45 and 38.3.
On floor exercise, Brian Winkler
captured a9.75, the highest score of the
meet, with an outstanding show that left
the crowd cheering.
"Brian on the floor was just unbe-
lievable," assistant Coach Mike
Milidonis said. "It was one of those
exhilarating performances, that proved
once again why he is the champion on
floor exercise."
Raul Molina showed his talent once
again with a night full of exceptional

performances. He received a 9.6 on the
floor exercise, along with a 9.5 on both
theparallel bars and the high bar, giving
him 56.3 in the all-around competition.
"Raul had an exceptional night, com-
peting better than he ever has," Milidonis
said.
Molina earned a personal best in the
all-around competition, scoring two
points higher than he has ever achieved.
The Wolverines worked hard to
improve where they left off at last
weekend's meet in Chicago. They im-
proved tremendously in the pommel
horse and had a record-setting outing
on the high bar.
Senior co-captain Rich Dopp was a
key performer for Michigan. He set the
pace early on floor exercise with a 9.65
and finished with an outstanding per-
formance on high bar. Along with
Molina, he led the team with an all-
around score of 54.10.
But it was his performance on the
high bar that earned him a 9.75, tying
Winkler for the meet's high score.
"My routine went quite well. Not
exactly as planned, but it turned out for
the better," Dopp said. Changing his
dismount in the middle of his routine, as
the result of a mistake, Dopp earned
extra points. "It all paid off in the end,"

he said.
Sophomore Jason MacDonald
helped Michigan secure its victory on
the high bar by improving his perfor-
mance over last weekend's meet, earn-
ing a9.2.
"I was really nervous, but the team
was hitting well all night so that really
helped me out," MacDonald said.
Brian Franson, Western Michigan's
key performer, received a 55.3 in the
all-around. High bar was his best event
as he carried a 9.7. Sophomore Jeff
Kraft also helped the Broncos' effort by
scoring a 9.7 on the pommel horse.
"We are still trying to get ourselves
in shape," Western Michigan coach
Fred Orlofsky said, "and we are going
to get better as the season progresses."
The Wolverines will have next
weekend off to gear up for their next
home meet on Feb. 4. The dual meet
will be against nationally-ranked Illi-
nois and the Big Ten's first-place team,
Ohio State.
Michigan earned this hiatus by per-
forming well and dedicating themselves
to improving.
"This meet showed us a lot," Dopp
said. "It means we can put it together
when we need to. We will just keep
improving in the future."

The Spartans defeated
the Wolverines twice
during the 1990-91
season. They beat:
Michigan, 60-58, at Crislef
Arena, and also 85-70 in
East Lansing.
That season Michigan
State was led by senior
Steve Smnith and finished
with a 19-11 record
overall and was tied for
third place in the Big Ten
with a conference record
of 11-7.
Michigan finished 14-15
overall and tied for eighth
place in the Big Ten with a
7-11 conference mark.
The Wolverines finished
the season with a loss to
Colorado in the first round'
of the National Invitational
Tournament. 4. '

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TONYA BROAD/Daily
The Michigan men's gymnastics team is now 12-5 after defeating Western
Michigan Saturday night. The Wolverines are off next weekend before a
home meet Feb. 4.

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