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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, April 10, 1995 - 9

'M' netters humble
*Nittany Lions, 6-1

Women's tennis splits
pair with Big Ten foes
By Alan Goldenbach

B) Brett Krasnove
Daily Spats Writer
Call the Wolverines the Road
The Michigan men's tennis team
beat Penn State (2-2 Big Ten, 11-4
*overall) Saturday, 6-1, for its fourth
Big Ten victory away from home in
eight days.
The win was the Wolverines' sev-
enth consecutive conference victory
and improved their record to 7-1 in
the Big Ten and 12-6 overall. They
trail only Ohio State in the race for the
conference regular season title head-
ing into next weekend.
Michigan, ranked No. 28 in the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association's
latest poll, swept all six singles
matches - accounting for all its
points. The Wolverines, however,
dropped two of three doubles matches
to lose the doubles point.
Wolverine junior John Costanzo
outlasted Nittany Lion serve-and-
/olleyer Ivan Spinner at No. I singles,
5-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4). The loss was only
*he seventh in 29 singles matches this
-eason for Spinner.
"Ivan Spinner has been one of the
Nest players in their part of the coun-
Ty," Michigan coach Brian Eisner
paid. "He was in the national indi-
fidual rankings for a good share of
he year. He's now dropped out of the
rational rankings, but he's a good
At No. 2 singles, Michigan junior
PeterPusztai crushed ChrisCahill, 6-2,
5-3, handing the Penn State junior his
ifth consecutive Big Ten loss. At No.

3 singles, freshman David Paradzik
defeated sophomore Michael Carter,
6-3, 7-6, 6-4.
In a battle of freshmen,. Arvid
Swan contributed with a 7-5, 6-1 vic-
tory over Penn State's Colin Smeeton,
ending Smeeton's seven-match win
streak. Junior Geoff Prentice
outplayed senior Brett Englesberg, 6-
4, 2-6, 7-5.
Senior Grady Burnett, who has
been the rock of consistency for the
Wolverines at No.6 singles, completed
Michigan's singles sweep. Burnett
defeated freshman Dale Cathell, 7-5,
The triumph gives him a singles
record of 21-9, making him one of
four Michigan players with 20 or more
victories on the season. The 20-win
club also includes Pusztai and Paradzik
(24-10), as well as Costanzo (23-9).
Prentice and Swan captured
Michigan's only doubles victory. The
tandem defeated Carter and Smeeton,
8-6, at No. 2 doubles.
Spinner and Cathell outlasted
Costanzo and Pusztai, 8-6, at No. 1
doubles, while Burnett and Paradzik
dropped their match to Doug Schoenly
and Andy Moran at third doubles.
In its past four matches, Michigan
has outscored opponents, 26-2. The
Wolverines play their final road match
of the regular season Wednesday
against Midwest rival Notre Dame.
They then close out the season with
home matches against Ohio State and
Indiana next weekend. The Big Ten
Team Championships will be held
April 27-30 in Bloomington, Ind.

Daily Sports Writer
A mix of solid individual perfor-
mances combined with a disappoint-
ing team result made for a bittersweet
weekend for the Michigan women's
tennis team.
The Wolverines split their week-
end twinbill with Big Ten rivals
Northwestern and Wisconsin this
weekend. The No. 29 Wildcats
ended Michigan's four-match win-
ning streak with a 7-2 victory on
But the Wolverines embarked
upon a new streak yesterday, with a 6-
3 win over the Badgers.
Against Northwestern, the score
did not indicate the closeness of the
match. The last two doubles matches
were called off when the victory was
clinched for the Wildcats after their
win at No. 1 doubles.
"The players realized that it was
just a matter of a few points in some
of the matches," Michigan coach
Bitsy Ritt said. "We could have eas-
ily been up 4-2 going into the
doubles if it were just for a few
points here and there."
Despite splitting a pair of matches
that it needed to win in order to have
any shot at a Big Ten regular season
title, Michigan received an All-Ameri-
can-caliber performance from its No. I
player, Sarah Cyganiak.
The No. 59 Cyganiak ran her

singles record to 13-5 and Big Ten
Mark to a perfect 8-0. She beat
Northwestern's No. I player, Siri
Eklund, with relative ease, 6-2, 6-2,
in one of only two Michigan victo-
ries over the Wildcats.
Yesterday, in perhaps the match of
the weekend, she defeated the 30th-
ranked player inthenation, Wisconsin's
Lauren Gavaris, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.
Cyganiak's coach had nothing but
the best to say of her top player.
"(Sarah) had a great weekend," Ritt
said. "Her win over Lauren Gavaris
was just outstanding."
Outstanding to say the least. After
losing the first set in a nailbiting
tiebreaker, Cyganiak came back to
win the last two sets and take the
match. She trailed, 5-3, in the final
stanza, but rallied to win the final four
games and take the match, 7-5.
Michigan now finds itself in third
place in the Big Ten looking-at an-
other possible showdown in the con-
ference tournament against, North-
Even if the Wolverines finish in
second place, then they would still be
in the same half of the bracket as the
"Our goal now is to get the third
seed in the (Big Ten) tournament so
that we would be on their (the Wild-
cats') side of the draw and face them in
the semis," Ritt said.


Junior John Costanzo and the Michigan men's tennis team roared into
University Park and tamed the Nittany Lions Saturday. The Wolverines are
7-1 in Big Ten competition and have won four road matches in eight days.


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