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Trammell returns to Tigers
Thirty-seven year-old veteran Alan Trammell announced in a news
conference yesterday that he will return for his 20th season with the
Detroit Tigers next year. Trammell, who wore a first baseman's glove
to the conference, was also guaranteed an unspecified role within the
organization once his playing days are over.

A
Page 8A
Thursday,
January 25, 1995

w

Loss at

Injuries give 'M' limited

Indrna-,
No need to
panzi yet
B LOOMINGTON - Don't
touch the panic button.
That's a message for
Michigan fans after Tuesday night's
99-83 loss at the hands of the Indiana
Hoosiers.
The Wolverines' loss hurt them, no
question. It
dropped them to
third place in
the Big Ten; it
may well have
hurt their
confidence.
The road
ahead of
BRENT Michigan is a
McINTOSH tough one. To
McIntosh compete for the
Classics Big Ten,
sophomore
Maurice Taylor
needs to rediscover the dominance he
displayed early in the season.
Forwards Albert White and Willie
Mitchell need to hit their shots. The
Wolverine big men need to quit
traveling on every third post move.
But these are not reasons for
Michigan fans to hibernate the rest of
the winter. Losing to the Hoosiers
isn't exactly great for the Wolverines,
but they shouldn't abandon the
campaign just yet. Here's why:
Losing in Assembly Hall is no
shame. Before Maceo Baston came
calling in Bloomington last year,
Indiana coach Bob Knight's troops
had won 50 consecutive games on
their home court.
Assembly Hall is not exactly
See McINTOSH, Page 9A

a

options against UMass

Third-ranked tumblers host No. 11 Minutewomen

By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
The count of the injured among Michigan
gymnasts after just two meets depicts the de-
pleted state of an army that hasjust emerged from
a bloody battle rather than a gymnastics meet.
In the aftermath of their loss to Minnesota, the
Wolverines' roster has shrunk while theirdisabled
list has accumulated a rapidly increasing list of
casualties.
"As of right now we have seven healthy people
and we are using seven healthy people," Michi-
gan gymnast Dianna Ranelli said.
As coach Bev Plocki leads her athletes into
their third battle of the season, she will have little
time to retreat and regroup her troops.
The bruised and battered Wolverines will have
to bandage up their wounds in time for Friday
night's meet against No. II Massachusetts.
The Minutewomen travel to Cliff Keen Arena
after scoring a school-record 191.775 points in
their dual meet victory over Rhode Island.
If Michigan is to emerge victorious in their
dual against UMass, the gymnasts remaining will
have to step up to the plate and come out swing-
ing, especially those without meet experience.
"We will focus on the people that will have to
step up," Plocki said.
The range of Plocki's focus will be broad, as
she has to fill the shoes of five talented gymnasts.
The most recent casualties are freshman Nikki
Peters and sophomore Heather Kabnick. Both
gymnasts were sidelined while doing their floor
routines against Minnesota.
Freshmen Kristin Duff and Lisa Simes re-
main inactive. Simes is nursing a stress frac-
ture in her shin while Duff is plagued with a
sore shoulder. Junior Autumn Donati will join
her teammates on the sidelines as well with two
broken toes.
Plocki will adjust her lineup according to these
losses, with many of the gymnasts finding them-
selves in events that they would not normally be
competing in.
Sophomore Lauren LaBranche, who has only
competed on the beam this year due to a back

As of right now, we
have seven healthy
people and we are
using seven healthy t
people"
-- Dianna, Ranelli:
Michigan gymnast:
ailment, will participate in the floor event. Fresh
man Kathy Burke, who, prior to this meet hasn
competed on the vault and beam, will find herself
in every event but the beam.
Fellow freshman Beth Amelkovich will be mak-
ing her debut in the all-around.
Even though Michigan looks more like tho
walking wounded than a third-ranked team, the
Wolverines are consistently ranked ahead of Mas-
sachusetts in both the team and individual rankings.
In the most recent women's gymnastic
rankings, Michigan holds a commanding lead on~
the balance beam with a No. 1 ranking, whit
Massachusetts comes. in at No.13. The Wolver-
ines are also in the top three in the vault, whiles
being ranked No. 10 in the bars and No. 17 in the'
floor.~
The loss of Peters and Kabnick will be most
evident in the vault as both gymnasts are among
the top five vaulters in the country. Peters' Ares:
ence will also be severely missed in the bars as she
is ranked in the top ten in that event as well.
Even though Michigan looks like a better tean-
on- paper, they have learned all too well th
anything can happen when you get too compla-
cent. "i
"We have learned that nothing is handed to us,"
Ranelli said. "We have to pullI together as a team."
Ranelli realizes that she and fellow co-captain
Wendy Marshall will play a vital role in making
sure the team doesn't fold during the meet like
they did last week.
"We can not let it snowball," Ranelli said.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Gymnast Wendy Marshall will have to team with co-captain Dianna Raneill to compensate for five
Michigan injuries when the No. 3 Wolverines take on No. 11 Massachussetts.

-1 - - --

Top men's tennis players head to
East Lansing for Spartan Invitational

By Richard Shin
For the Daily
Last year, Michigan men's tennis No.
I singles player Peter Pusztai swept
through the Big Ten Singles Champion-
ship before falling in the final.
At this year's three-day event in East
Lansing starting Jan. 27, Pusztai has a
chance at revenge. The competition he
will face will try to take that chance away
from him. The Spartan Invitational con-
sists of the top 64 singles players in the
conference, which means the competi-
tion will be fierce.
Michigan sends six players into tour-
nament play. Three earned top-16 seeds:
last year's runner-up, Peter Pusztai (No.

2), John Costanzo (No. 5), and Arvid
Swan (No. 9). Also competing for
Michigan in the tournament are Geoff
Prentice, David Paradzik, and Jake
Raiton.
Pusztai, Michigan's No. 1 singles
player, leads a veteran team, which picked
up an early season victory against Penn
State on Jan. 20 in its only Big Ten
contest. Also returning for the Wolver-
ines is Costanzo at No. 2 singles, who
along with Pusztai, forms the 29th-ranked
doubles tandem in the nation. Each earned
All-Big Ten Conference accolades last
season and are looking to add "singles
champion" to that honor.
The rest of the team is even in

talent, but Michigan coach Brian
Eisner is optimistic.
"John and Peter ... will definitely be
our top guys this year," he said. "But there
is very little difference in the rest of the
lineup. We have experience and quality
returning, and also have five new players
that will press the guys who are in the top
five."
In the fall 1995 rankings by the Inter-
collegiate Tennis Association, Michigan
was listed as No. 24 in the nation, but
Eisner expects more.
"I hope we can move into the top 10
nationally this year," Eisnersaid. "We've
got the eagerness and talent to do it."
In the BigTen and home opener against
Penn State, Michigan tallied a 5-2 victory
with key wins by Pusztai at first singles,
Costanzo at No. 2, Prentice at No. 4, and
freshman William Farah in the sixth slot.
Michigan also took the doubles point
See TENNIS, Page 9A

The Michigan men's tennis team will send its top six singles players to the Spartan Invitational to compete for the Big Ten
Singles Championship Saturday in East Lansing. The Wolverines have won their only conference match this year.

Women's track compete
in statewide tournament

By Jeremy Horeilck
For the Daily
Every team hates losing, though some
are more used to it than others. But
certainly not the Michigan women's
Track and Field team, which travels to
Ypsilanti Friday to compete in The
Michigan Intercollegiate Track and
Field Championship at Eastern Michi-
gan University. And they expect to win.
"On paper we probably have the best
team in the Big Ten," coach James
Henry said. "Unfortunately, we don't
compete on paper, we compete on the
track."
Which is a hard fact to swallow when
a team is being decimated by a flu bug.
The Wolverines will carry 28 ath-
letes on theirrosterto Ypsilanti to com-
pete in 17 different events. Which 28
members is yet to be confirmed, as
certain athletes continue nursing inju-
ries and colds.
So far the squad has conquered its

Michigan indoor record in 1994 with
a time of 4:39.31.
In addition, Henry expects stellarper-
formances from two athletes who helped
spark the Wolverines last Saturday .-
Tania Longe and Monika Black.
Longe, a pentathlete, set a person
best in the 55-meter hurdles last wee
with a time of 8.06 seconds, earning de
Red Simmons Athlete of the M'eet
award. With a second-place finish in
the long jump, as well as third and
sixth-place finishes in the high jump
and shot put, Longe demonstrated why
her strength and versatility are critical
to the Wolverines' future success.
Black also turned in a brilliant per-
formance, grabbingthehighjumpcro4
with a qualifying mark of 5 feet 10 1/2
inches, and will lead a trio of jumpers
including senior Beth Gould and new-
comer Nicole Forrester, Friday.
A host of other first-year athletes
including Katie McGregor, who earned

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