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CYa at the playoffs
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Ticket Office. The Wolverines will play first-round playoff games at Yost Ice
Arena March 10 and March 11. If necessary, Michigan could play a third
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Wolverine netters
.dominate in Hawaii

Michigan softball
wins first six games

By Marc Ughtdale
Daily Sports Writer
A trip to Hawaii over spring break
-rovided the Michigan men's tennis
team with an opportunity to play out-
doors. The Wolverines obliterated
their competition in the two dual
meets.
In the first match, the team shut
'out Chaminade, 7-0. However, the
second match against BYU-Hawaii,
an NAIA school, proved to be a
,greater challenge for the Wolver-
ines. Michigan prevailed against the
primarily foreign squad by a score
of 5-2.
"They're really outstanding. They
are one of the top two or three NAIA
schools in the nation," Michigan coach
Brian Eisner said.
Some of the highlights included
the return of Arvid Swan to the lineup.
Swan rebounded from a shoulder in-
jury by dismantling BYU's No. 3
singles player, Logan Wooley, by the
score of 6-1, 6-0.
"He was tremendous. He won all
four of his matches," Eisner said.
Swan pointed to the valuable ex-
perience gained from playing out-
door tennis and dealing with condi-

tions such as the wind and sun.
"You have to be a lot more consis-
tent outside because you are not able
to hit as many winners," Swan said.
"You have to be more patient out-
side."
Grady Burnett, the No. 5 singles
player, defeated Suhel Malhotra, 7-6,
6-3.
"We got everything accomplished
that we really wanted to," Burnett
said. "We won both of the matches we
played and we got a lot of training in
outdoors."
Other Michigan triumphs included
Peter Pusztai's win over BYU's David
Cambronero, 7-6,7-5 at No. 1 singles
and victories at 2nd and 3rd doubles.
Overall, both matches helped the
Wolverines to prepare for the outdoor
season, including the upcoming Blue-
Gray Classic, which features a num-
ber of ranked teams.
"It's nice to get some hitting in
because all these other teams we play,
for instance in the Blue-Gray tourna-
ment, play outdoors the majority of
the year," Burnett said. " By having
us play outdoors for a week, it evens
things out a little bit more."

By Melanie Schuman
Daily Sports Writer
By defeating seven of its first nine
opponents of the 1995 campaign, the
Michigan softball team matched its
winning ways of yesteryear - 1982
to be exact. The Wolverines used
power hitting and some last-minute
heroics to defeat three of the nation's
top 20 teams.
In fact, Michigan's season-open-
ing six-game winning streak is the
second-best start in the school's 18
years of varsity softball.
The No. 18 Wolverines em-
barked on an eight-game road trip to
start the season, including six games
at the Arizona State Classic in
Tempe.
Perhaps the team's most impres-
sive win came in the first game of the
Classic when Michigan upset eighth-
ranked Washington, 4-1.
Although the Huskies allowed four
hits while collecting eight of their
own, they could not manage to post
more than one run in the bottom of the
sixth inning.
Leftfielder Lesa Arvia started the
scoring for the Wolverines when
she crossed home on a passed ball.
Up 2-0, Michigan added insurance
runs on a Tracy Carr RBI double
and a Husky infield error in the top
of the sixth.
The Wolverines defeated Massa-
chusetts, 10-5 anddowned Arizona
State, 6-2 and 4-2, in a doubleheader
that had been rescheduled because of
a rainout.
Sophomore Kelly Holmes re-
corded her 17th career win when the
Wolverines defeated New Mexico
State Feb. 18, 4-3.
Senior Kelly Kovach, who entered
the game to relieve the starting
righthander, provided the offensive
punch Michigan needed.
Down 3-0 in the top of the sev-
enth inning, Kovach sparked the
Wolverines with her seventh career

triple. Sophomore Jessica Lang's
sacrifice fly capped off the late rally
and Michigan shut out the Aggies in
the bottom of the seventh for the
win.
Freshman Sara Griffin made her
collegiate debut in Michigan's first
game Feb. 17 against Oregon. Grif-
fin allowed three runs on five hits as
she went the distance for the Wol-
verines.
Michigan was tied 1-1 with the
Ducks after taking the early lead in
the bottom of the first. In the fifth
inning, Lang smacked a two-run
homer which turned out to be the
game-winning hit.
The win over the Ducks gave
Michigan an 11-7 record in season
openers. The last time the Wolverines
won their first opening contest was
1992, when they defeated New
Mexico, 6-3.
Notre Dame ended Michigan's
winning streak Feb. 24 by handing
the Wolverines a 4-3 loss in nine
innings. In the top of the ninth, Eliza-
beth Perkins of the Fighting Irish
singled in arun off of Griffin and then
scored an insurance run on a passed
ball.
Later that day, San Diego State
overcame a 3-0 Michigan lead with
three runs of its own in the fifth in-
ning. The Aztecs went on to defeat
the Wolverines, 5-3. Holmes took the
loss for Michigan.
The Wolverines ended their stay
in Tempe with a 5-0 win over Hawaii.
Kovach notched her third win of the
year and helped her own cause with a
home run in the bottom of the sixth
inning.
The Wolverines' only losses to
graduation are standout shortstop
Mary Campana, last year's team cap-
tain, and utility infielder Nikki
Hoover. Hoover played her lone sea-
son with the Wolverines last year
after a four-year career in goal for the
Michigan field hockey team.

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
The Michigan softball team opened Its season winning seven of nine games.

Women gymnasts set records on the road
Fifth-ranked Wolverines defeat UCLA, Florida; fall to top-ranked Utah, No. 2 Georgia

By Michael Joshua
Daily Sports Writer
Even in defeat, the Michigan
women's gymnastics team made great
Strides in its quest for a national cham-
pionship.
On Feb. 20, the fifth-ranked Wol-
erines went to Salt Lake City to face
]No. 1 and defending national cham-
pion Utah and No. 10 UCLA. Michi-
gan (5-0 Big Ten, 12-2 overall) posted
*4 season-best score of 194.675 -
good enough to best the Bruins (194.3)
but not enough to topple the Utes
(:196.375).
Four days later against Florida and
Most Georgia, the Wolverines shat-
tered theirscore in Utah with a school-
rpcord 196.45. Michigan defeated the
No. 6 Gators (192.925) but fell to the
!econd-ranked Bulldogs (197.3).
"I am very pleased with the out-
come," coach Bev Plocki said, who
saw her team's 18-meet regular sea-
son win streak snapped. "We beat

UCLA, which is a team to be reck-
oned with, and held up under the
pressure of competing before 13,000
people."
The gathering of 13,363 people at
Utah's Huntsman Center was the
eight-largest crowd in NCAA gym-
nastics history.
In the meet against the Bulldogs
and the Gators, the Wolverines man-
aged to outdo their record-setting
showing in Utah. Michigan's score
was 1.1 points better than the 195.35
school record set last year. Although
1.1 points doesn't sound like much, in
gymnastics it is gigantic.
"It was a big confidence-booster
for us," Michigan gymnast Heather
Kabnick said. "It let us know that we
can compete with anyone."
Michigan also set school records
in the vault (49.6) and uneven bars
(49.075).
The Bulldogs' score was the
team's highest this season, surpass-

ing their previous mark of 196.35. It
was the highest score by any team this
season, besting third-ranked
Alabama's score of 196.7.
Both Georgia and Michigan el-
evated their level of performance for
the pre-nationals atmosphere.
"(Our performance) let the other
teams know that we are out there, that
were are an up-and-coming team and
ready to compete for nationals,"
Kabnick said.
"Now we have something to re-
member and have a positive experi-
ence from it. We have something to
look forward to now."
There is another reason why the
meet against Georgia seemed like a
prelude to the nationals. From April
21-23, the Georgia Coliseum will be
the host for the NCAA National
Championships.
The Wolverines are hoping to use
the experience of having been at the
Coliseum to their advantage.

This was the
best gymnastics we
have ever put on
the floor.'
- 8ev Plocki
Michigan gymnastics coach
"It definitely was a great experi-
ence," co-captain Kelly Carfora said.
"We know what the equipment will
be like and what it is like to be there.
There should be nothing to hold us
back."
In what might have been the most
important week in Michigan gymnas-
tics history, the Wolverines proved they
can compete with the nation's elite.
"In my six years here, we have had
some good performances," Plocki
said, "but this was the best gymnas-
tics we have ever put on the floor."

Associated Press Top 25
Here are the top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college
basketball poll. First-place votes are in parentheses.
Team Record Points Previous
1. UCLA (61) 21-2 1;642 2
12. North Carolina (3) 213 1,546 3
3 Kansas (1) 21-4 1,469 1
4. Connecticut (1) 22-2 1,465 4
5. Kentucky 20-4 1,386 6
6. Maryland 22-5 1,298 7
7. Arkansas 23-5 1,226 8
8 Massachusetts 21-4 1,180 5
9. Wake Forest 19-5 1,124 10
10. Michigan State C204 1,003 12
11. Villanova 21-6 960 9
12: Arizona 21-6 954 13
13. Virginia 19-7 840 11
14. Mississippi St. 19-5 797 16
15. Arizona St. 20-7 589 15
16. Oklahoma 21-6 581 25
17. Purdue 20-6 511 21
18. Oklahoma St. 19-8 406 18
19. Missouri 18-6 404 14
20. Stanford 17-6 386 19
21. Alabama 19-7 346 20
22. Syracuse 18-7 327 17
23. Georgetown 17-7 246
24. Iowa St. 19-7 175 23
25. Xavier 23-3 140

Cycling seventh in
Kentucky, Ohio meets

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By Ravi Gopal
Daily Sports Writer
Although the team results don't
show it, the Michigan cycling team had
a very successful spring break, compet-
ing in its first two meets of the year.
At both Lexington, Ky. Feb. 18-
19 and Xavier, Ohio last weekend,
the Wolverines finished seventh out
of a field of 12 teams. Fielding just
over a half-dozen competitors, Michi-
gan rode like it had a full squad, with
its A-team members leading the way.
"We did a lot better than we ex-
pected," cycling club president Matt
Curin said.
Curin, Dennis Hahn, James
Wagner and Dan Leroy keyed the
Wolverine effort. All placed in the
top 10 of every race held, with Wagner
garnering a team-best top five finish
at Xavier.
But they weren't the only ones
riding. The Wolverines got help from
the beginning riders, the C-team. An-
drew Young, Matt Lambert and Kevin

Collins surprised the field at Xavier, as
Collins took the crown and Lambert
took eighth. Young, riding at a blister-
ing pace Saturday, crashed and went
down. However, he came back to finish
third in Sunday's criterium.
So for Michigan, at least one ob-
stacle has been cleared this season -
the jitters that come with the first meet.
"(The C-team members) were
quite nervous, since they hadn't been
on the road for very long," Wagner
said. "We were giving them encour-
agement while racing."

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