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12- The Michigan Daily - Friday, March_31, 1995

Golfers tangle in Dallas

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
For the first time in a long time, the
Michigan men's golf team practiced
for a tournament early in the season.
This may sound ridiculous. How-
ever, with the long winters of the past
few years, Michigan has traveled to
tournaments without working on its
game beforehand.
Because of favorable weather
conditions, the Wolverines have pre-
pared considerably for this
weekend's Tanglewood Tourna-
ment in Dallas.
"We've been very fortunate with
the weather," Michigan coach Jim
Carras said. "We've been practicing
and playihg up until Monday. It's the
first time in all my years at Michigan
that this has ever happened."
Coming off a ninth-place finish in
the Ben Hogan Invitational three weeks
ago, Michigan looks to improve in a
tournament that boasts the strongest

field of the spring season.
Eighteen schools will participate
in the tournament. Thirty-six holes
will be played tomorrow and 18 on
the final day.
Seniors Chris Brockway and Bill
Lyle lead Michigan into Dallas. Other
players participating are Kyle Dobbs,
Brent Idalski and Adam Anderson.
"If we could finish in the top five, I
would feel that is a successful start for
us at this time of the year," Carras said.
Brockway - who won two tour-
naments in the fall -agrees..
"I go into the tournaments not think-
ing of what I'm going to do," Brockway
said. "If we finish in the top five, I don't
care if I have the fifth score on the
team."
Carras had the Wolverines work
on their short games during practice
the last two weeks. Now that the
weather has been favorable in Ann
Arbor, the Wolverines have had ample
preparation for the fairways in Dallas.

Netters head to Florida.
By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
With key matches against Big Ten powers Northwestern and Wisconsin one
week away, the Michigan women's tennis team (5-1 Big Ten, 9-5 overall)
visits Miami (Fla.) today, and South Florida on Sunday, in hopes of gaining
momentum and national recognition.
Since dropping out of the ITA Top 50 earlier this month, Michigan has won
three of four, including an upset of then-No. 15 Vanderbilt and dominating
victories over Michigan State and Penn State.
The Wolverines hope that solid play against the No. 28 Hurricanes and No.
32 South Florida will strengthen their momentum for next weekend as well as
earn them a spot in the next ITA poll, which comes out Tuesday.
"To beat them would help our ranking a lot," senior Simone Lacher said. "But
the main thing is that it would help us mentally going into matches with
Northwestern and Wisconsin, which will help determine Big Ten seedings."
Today's No. 1 singles match pits Miami's Rachel Violett, one of the top 10
players in the country, against sophomore Sarah Cyganiak, who has played well
recently. Violett defeated Cyganiak in the fall to help beat the Wolverines 5-4.
"Violett has good placement and moves the ball around well," Cyganiak
said. "I need to keep the ball in play longer this time."
According to Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt, doubles play could determine
today's winner.
"We need to win three out of six singles and two out of three doubles."
The Wolverines are slightly less worried about South Florida.
"As of late, South Florida hasn't been able to pull out close ones against
ranked opponents," Ritt said.
The Wolverines will be at full strength this weekend thanks to the return of
Bojana Jankovic, who sat out last weekend due to shin splints.

FILE PHOTO/Daily
The women's tennis team travels to Florida this weekend for a pair of
contests. The Wolverines play Miami (Fla.) today and South Florida
Sunday. Bojana Jankovic will return to action for Michigan.

This Weekend:

The best of the Midwest will show-
case its volleyball skills tonight at the
Midwestern Volleyball Association
tournament in Lansing.
TheMichigan men's volleyball team
will be one of those schools competing
for the title. There will be a total of 30
squads for the three-day tournament.
Eight out of 10 conference teams will
participate including Michigan State.
The Wolverines are eager to face
the Spartans again two weeks before
the National Championships in Min-
neapolis.
"This is probably the most impor-
tant tournament of the year for the seed-
ing in the nationals," Chad Engel said.
"It's possible if we beat Michigan State
in the finals, we could take theirranking

in the nation, moving up to fifth."
Michigan State has given Michi-
gan fits recently. The Wolverines hope
that they can get it right if they face
the Spartans in the tournament.
- James Goldstein
Men's tennis
Continuing its string of shuffling
from home to away matches, the No.
24 Michigan men's tennis team hits the
road again tomorrow. The Wolverines
travel to West Lafayette and then Cham-
paign to face Purdue and Illinois this
weekend.
"The two matches this weekend
always pose a problem because you're
on the road," Michigan coach Brian
Eisner said. "We will probably be play-
ing in an indoor facility, which will
play with our perception."
The Boilermakers are struggling this
season, and should notbe aproblemforthe

Wolverines. The match will give Eisner
the opportunity to give competitive play-
ing time to reserve Adam Wager.
The No. 44 Fighting Illini should
prove to be the tougher opponent dur-
ing the weekend trip.
"Illinois will be a tough match,"
Eisner said. "But we've been playing
real well lately. There is a tendency at
this time in the year where teams play-
ing poorly start running into problems
because they are not winning. We've
just got to stay positive and relaxed."
- Jed Rosenthal
Men's lacrosse
The Michigan men's lacrosse team
hopes to continue its recent success at
the Pittsburgh Invitational at Carnegie-
Mellon this weekend. The Wolverines
play against Kentucky today and Penn
State and Pittsburgh tomorrow.
Based on these three games, the

team will then be seeded and placed
into either the winner's or loser's bracket
and play an elimination tournament.
"There is less pressure on us be-
cause this tournament has no effect on
Big Ten play," Michigan coach Bob
DiGiovanni said. "But this is one of the
only chances the eastern teams have
the opportunity to see the Big Ten
clubs, so we want to do well."
The Wolverines have done well in
previous years at the Pittsburgh Invita-
tional, but have never finished on top.
"A good mix of university and city
club teams are invited to play in this
tournament," DiGiovanni said. "Our
opponents are always tough, especially
the eastern teams.
"Ifwedo well in the earlier rounds, we
will probably end up playing a team like
the Pittsburgh City Club. Eastern teams
usually end up winning the tournament."
- Chris Carr

Committee recommends

By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Sports Writer
A committee in the athletic depart-
ment recommended Tuesday that
Michigan's next varsity sport be
women's crew.
Although a final decision remains
to be made by the Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics, the
committee's recommendation is ex-

pected to be accepted, making the cur-
rent club sport the 24th team on the
Wolverine roster.
"It's going to be a really good thing
for our team," senior rower Laurie
Tuschen said. "During the last three
years, we've been building and we've
become one of the best club teams. It
was sort of the next step."
Crew members have funded their

women's crew for varsity
pursuits during the team's 15 years of Labadie said. "It's really about time."
club status, paying around $800 a year Both novice and varsity teams de-
to participate. - molished Michigan State last weekend
Although the sport is considered a at East Lansing in the team's opener.
club sport, there are varsity and novice This weekend, the team travels to Co-
levels of competition -freshmen start lumbus to face Virginia, which has a
as novice rowers and move up in the varsity team.
ranks as their times improve. "They've gotten a lot faster this
"It's going to be a new kind of year," Tuschen said, adding that she
challenge," sophomore rower Lisa still expects to win the meet.

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