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ANNORMImh (71lfA di i *rr 1t w

Player of the Week
Michigan pitcher Matt Ferulio was named national co-player of the week
by Collegiate Baseball magazine. The righthander hurled a one-hit shutout
Saturday against Illinois- his second consecutive complete game.
Ferullo leads the Wolverines in complete games, shutouts, strikeouts and
innings pitched.

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UCLA tops Arkansas
.for national crown

Men's tennis grabs
two road victories

SEATTLE (AP) - With its start-
ing point guard on the bench and its
greatest coach in the stands, UCLA
won its first national championship in
20 years and kept Arkansas fromjoin-
ing the select list of repeaters.
The top-ranked Bruins won their
record 11th NCAA title last night
with an 89-78 victory that was even
more impressive considering senior
Tyus Edney was limited to 2 1/2 min-
utes because of a sprained right wrist.
Ed O'Bannon stepped up as he
was supposed to, but so did freshman
Toby Bailey and Cameron Dollar,
Edney's replacement, and it all meant
the first title for the school since 1975,
when John Wooden, who sat quietly
in the stands of the Kingdome, won
*the last of 10 in a 12-year span.
As UCLA received the champion-
ship trophy, O'Bannon, who was
named the most outstanding player in
the tournament, turned to the Bruins'
fans in the stands, pointed at Edney
and shouted: "This is the real MVP
right here. He got us here."
The UCLA fans then started chant-
ing, "Tyus! Tyus! Tyus!"
For Arkansas, it was the end of a
tournament run of close finishes and
it ended one game short of becoming
the second repeat champion since
Wooden's Bruins won seven in a row,

ending in 1973.
The Razorbacks had come to rely
on its great defense and great player,
Corliss Williamson, in the second half,
but neither was there against UCLA.
O'Bannon scored 30 points and
had 17 rebounds in a game.that certi-
fied his All-America credentials.
Bailey, who had struggled to a 1-for-
2, two-point outing in the semifinals,
finished with 26 points and nine re-
bounds. And Dollar, the backup point
guard who played in the shadow of
the lightning quick Edney, came up
with eight assists.
"I think he had the best tournament
of any player of the 64 teams up until
tonight," UCLA coach Jim Harrick said
of Edney. "But what a gutty perfor-
mance by the rest of the guys. They
sucked it up and played hard."
Williamson, who was 9-for-12 in
the second half of the semifinal win
over North Carolina, finished 3-for-
16 from the field against the Bruins,
including a 1-for-10 effort in the sec-
ond half. Instead of the Razorbacks
swarming and defending as they had
all tournament in the latter stages of
the game, it was the Bruins who man-
aged to hold Arkansas without a field
goal for a 4:47 stretch that ended with
Williamson's first basket of the sec-
ond half with 2:25 to play.

By Jed Rosenthal
Daily Sports Writer
It is an unwritten rule that when
any team competes away from its
home, there is an immediate disad-
vantage. Whether it be the unfamiliar
surroundings, the rowdiness of an
opposing crowd or just the fatigue
from traveling, playing on the road is
simply difficult. Yet for the No. 24
Michigan men's tennis team, the road
has become its friend.
The Wolverines (5-1 Big Ten, 10-6
overall) continued their domination of
Big Ten opponents, pasting a weak
Purdue squad, 7-0, Saturday, and shel-
lacking Illinois,6-1, Sunday. Both wins
were away from the friendly confines
of the Liberty Sports Complex.
"It was a great weekend for us,"
Michigan coach Brian Eisner said.
"Purdue is one of the weaker teams in
the conference. I am pleased at how
well everyone played."
Against the Boilermakers (0-3 Big
Ten, 8-8 overall), the Wolverines did
not surrender a single set, winning
every singles match decisively. Eisner
decided to sit junior John Costanzo
from singles competition and give
senior Adam Wager the opportunity
to play.
"Adam is playing extremely well,"
Eisner said. "I'm just blessed to have
someone like him ready to come off the
bench. If there is any kind of problem
like an injury, he's going to play."
Eisner, not wanting to tinker with
his doubles teams, let Costanzo play
with his partner, Peter Pusztai. The
duo upended Bryan Harris and Steve
Brizendine, 8-6.
Prior to its match against the No.
44 Illini, Michigan thought it was
facing a formidable foe. After all,

Illinois (2-2 Big Ten, 13-6 overall)
previously had beaten a tough Michi-
gan State squad, 5-2. However, the
Wolverines' anxiety was quickly put
to rest as Michigan won all three
doubles matches. Pusztai then went
on to win at second singles in straight
sets, 6-2, 6-2, giving his teammates a
comfortable cushion.
"Winning all three doubles
matches gave us the doubles point,"
Eisner said. "That gave us some real
good momentum."
Michigan won the opening set in
five of its six singles matches. Senior
Grady Burnett encountered difficulty
with Illinois freshman Drew Parker.
"Parker is a powerful freshman,"
Eisner said. "Grady should have lost
that match."
Instead, Burnett pulled a win out
of what seemed to be a loss. Losing
the first set, 6-4, and falling behind 4-
I in the second, he rebounded to win
the final two sets, 6-4, 7-5. Eisner felt
that Burnett's experience was the de-
ciding factor.
David Paradzik proved to be the
best player for the Wolverines this
weekend. After cruising in his match
against Purdue's Ryan Maggart Sat-
urday, 6-0, 6-1, the freshman showed
poise in his match at Champaign.
Caught in a battle with the Illini's
Chris DeVore, Paradzik came out vic-
torious, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
"David winning at third singles
was a tremendous win for us," Eisner
said. "(DeVore) had created prob-
lems for us in the past. He was the
toughest player on their team."
Michigan has now won five Big
Ten dual matches in a row, and en-
counters the Spartans, tomorrow in
East Lansing.


Peter Pusztai and the Michigan men's tennis team defeated Purdue and
Illinois over the weekend. The Wolverines play at Michigan State tomorrow.
WOmen roll over Mami
and Southern Floida

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
With just two weekends remain-
ing in the regular season, the Michi-
gan women's tennis team is starting
to hit on all cylinders.
It couldn't have picked a better
time to do so.
The Wolverines ran their winning
streak to a season-high of four after
victories against No. 28 Miami and
32nd-ranked South Florida this week-
The wins proved that Michigan's
victories over Big Ten cream puffs
Michigan State and Penn State, last
weekend weren't just sign of a me-
diocre team running it up on weak
The Wolverines (5-1 Big Ten, 11-
5 overall) are now banking on their
current string of fine play to land
them a spot in the next ITA (Intercol-
legiate Tennis Association) rankings.
The last time Michigan found itself
ranked was two weeks ago, when it
was No. 32. After splitting matches
against 15th-ranked Vanderbilt and
No. 13 William & Mary, the Wolver-
ines fell out of the top 50. The new
poll will be released tomorrow.
"These wins, especially the win
over Vanderbilt, will help our rank-
ing," co-captain Jaimie Fielding said.
"I'm pretty sure we'll get ranked."
But poll or no poll, Michigan isn't
worried about getting proper recogni-
tion because its record speaks for it-
self. A team on the verge of medioc-
rity just three weeks ago, the Wolver-
ines have shown that they will be a

force at the Big Ten Championships
as well as the National Champion-
ships, if they receive a bid.
Friday's 5-4 victory over the Hur-
ricanes justified Michigan's place-
ment as one of the more formidable
teams in the nation.
"(Miami) was our best team effort
of the entire season," Michigan coach
Bitsy Ritt said. "Everyone stepped up
and we just won that match on fight
and determination."
The results of the matches prove
Ritt right.
See TENNIS, Page 10

T h e w or id's la rges t.stu d en t
a nd y outh t ravel o rga nization.



*The No. 6 Michigan softball team takes on Western Michigan today.
Softball rdes winning
streak into Kalamazoo

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Softball Writer
The No. 6 Michigan softball team
enters its most hectic week of the sea-
son riding the wave of a few firsts and
a few streaks.
The Wolverines (8-0 Big Ten, 25-3
overall) blanked Indiana, 4-0, last week-
end in their first home series of the year.
Michigan pitcher Kelly Kovach pow-
ered her first ever grand slam in the
hird inning of game one against the
oosiers. The last Wolverine to record
a grand slam was Jenny Allard at Min-
nesota during the 1989 season.
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins
captured her 400th career victory in the
final game of the Indiana series. Hutch-
ins needs just 23 more wins to reach her
400th Michigan victory.
"It's just another win," Hutchins
said. "I don't talk about how many
*osses I have, so I don't talk about how
many wins I have."
The Wolverines pushed their string
of consecutive wins to 18 with the four-
game sweep of Indiana. Their longest
streak is 22, set during the 1993 season.

50, and have 132 RBI versus 40 by its
opponents to date. Pitcher/shortstop Sara
Griffin leads all Wolverines with a.407
batting average and 35 hits.
Yet the Wolverines will have their
hands full with Western's hitters and
pitchers, who are drawing quite a bit of
attention to themselves.
"They are 15-5, so we know that
they can play," Hutchins said. "It should
be a good matchup."
Last week, senior second basemen
Kelly Nichols was named the Mid-
American Conference Hitter of the
Week, going 9-for-18 in six games. She
leads the team with a.407 batting aver-
age on 24-for-59 batting.
Senior third baseman Stephenie
Henderson is batting .400 on the year,
going 24-for-60. She led the MAC last
year in hitting with a .432 average.
"Henderson is a very fine hitter,"
Hutchins said. "But every team is going
to have people who can hit. We have to
try to contain their hitters."
The Broncos pitching staff is led by
sophomore Angie Rosich who is 9-0 on
the year with a 1.38 ERA. She mirrors

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