Capriati returns, withdraws
Former teen-age tennis star Jennifer Capriati withdrew from the Paris
Open yesterday before even playing a point. The 19-year-old dropped out
of the tournament after straining her hip and back in practice just
before her first-round match, It would have been Capriati's first
competitive match in 15 months.
February 14, 1996
By iten Ghelani
For the Daily
The Michigan women's tennis team
went to Western Michigan with very
Not only was Michigan coach Bitsy
Ritt looking for a complete sweep of
the Broncos, she also wanted the team
to focus on developing individual
lay. Things went according to plan
UMnd the Wolverines are satisfied with
Michigan might have looked right
past this match considering it will be
faced with difficult foes this week-
end. This was not the case.
"We were all very well prepared,"
senior Sarah Cyganiak said.
Michigan swept right through
Kalamazoo, making quick work of
the injury-plagued Broncos.
Western Michigan was forced to
give up the No. 6 singles match by
default. Western had a long weekend
in which it played two matches in one
day. Overall, the Broncos played more
than 10 hours, which left one Western
Michigan player with a hamstring in-
The Broncos were left with only
five healthy players.
The match answered an important
*1uestion for senior Angie Popek, who
recently came off a knee injury that
sidelined her for most of the fall.
Popek said her knee held up well in
the match. She played No. 5 singles
for freshman Jen Boylan, who was
forced to stay home due to a swollen
knee. Popek also played No. 2 doubles
with freshman Tumeka Harris. The
duo was bumped one spot because the
Broncos also had to forfeit their No. 3
Popek won the match 6-1, 6-2 and
was victorious in her match with Har-
ris 8-4. Her knee was a little sore
during and after the match but that
isn't what she's worried about now.
She is more concerned with her over-
all game and feels she needs some
work on her movement.
"Angie is doing a really good job,"
Michigan assistant coach Susan
#ommerville said. "She definitely has
the experience. She is providing lead-
ership for the team."
Sommerville was also pleased with
Cyganiak's performance. The No. I
singles player started out dropping a
couple games, but kept her focus and
concentrated on her footwork.
Cyganiak went on to win her match 6-
Michigan's othersenior, Tara Graff,
went into the match looking to de-
Oelop her serving and volleying.
Sommerville said Graff approached
the net well. Another goal of Graff's
was to improveupon her doubles
game, wasn't addressed as she was
left out of the doubles lineup due to
the default victory and Boylan's in-
Boylan's knee was examined on
Monday, but X-rays didn't clarify the
roblem. Her knee is still swollen and
Oe hopes to test it Thursday to deter-
mine her status for this weekend.
One other area Ritt was concerned
with is the serving game. The doubles
teams held serve effectively, going
an entire match without being bro-
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Blue drops to 5-6 in conference
By Brent McIntosh
Daily Sports Editor
Albert White won the dunk contest.
That about concludes the list of bright
spots last night for the Michigan Wol-
verines, who dropped their second con-
secutive game, their second consecu-
tive home game and their second con-
secutive game against Iowa.
White may have taken the slam dunk
title with his giant ramming-home of a
pretty lob from fellow freshman Robert
Traylor, giving his team a
4-3 lead, but it was the
Hawkeyes (7-5 Big Ten, MOre ba
17-6 overall) who were in coverag
the air all night, hauling a
down 19 more rebounds Page 14
than the beleaguered Wol-
verines on their way to a 62-55 win.
The Wolverines move to 5-6 in the
Big Ten and 15-9 overall; that's good
for seventh place in the conference, not
good for their NCAA tournament hopes
and no good for any chance of winning
the Big Ten title. The contest was the
first time in 15 attempts that Iowa took
a win home from Crisler.
The Hawkeyes led by as many as 16
in the second half, sparked partly by the
their dominance on the boards. Despite
turning the ball over 17 times - eight
more than the Wolverines - the
Hawkeyes went to the free throw line
25 times. Of those, they made 19 -
nine more than Michigan even shot.
The Wolverines, however, didn't lie
down and play dead. They began their
customary run with the Hawkeyes up 40-
26 and 12 minutes left. Iowa standout
forward Jess Settles helped Michigan's
cause, fouling out at the 6:53 mark with
only six points to accompany his eight
boards. The Hawkeyes' win came in spite
ofthe subpar performance oftheirstar big
man and the suspension of Chris
Kingsbury, the long-range bomber who
was suspended for unsportsmanlike con-
duct during a game with Penn State.
Michigan cut the Iowa lead to five
thrice down the stretch, the last on a rare
3-pointer by Maurice Taylor, who had
seven boards and 20 points on 8-of-10
shooting. But by that time, the Wolver-
ines were reduced to fouling the
Hawkeyes, who calmly stroked six of
their eight crunch-time charity tosses.
"We had good looks (at the basket),"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said. "But
we just didn't make them."
With 1:07 on the clock and Murray
on the line looking to increase the
Hawkeyes' 56-49 lead,
Iowa guard. Andre
ketbaII Woolridge, who finished
with agame-high 20points
and six assists, turned to
ESPN announcer Dick
Vitale and did a little an-
nouncing of his own.
"It's over, baby - it's O-VER," he
And so it was, due in the most part to
Iowa forward Russ Millard. Millard
had 15 boards and 18 points.
"It was his best game because of who
he's going up against, the big bodies,"
Iowa coach Tom Davis said. "To
outrebound that club by 19 is just an
Other outstanding efforts did not in-
clude Michigan's first half.
The Wolverines somehow managed°
to score 17 points in the those 20 min~
utes despite an offense that couldn't
have offended even the most sensiti've
ofbleeding hearts. The Wolverines wdre
positively tame for most of the half.
Besides White's dunk, their offensive
highlight might have been Taylor elbow-
smashing the ball down under his own
basket, only to have it shoot up through
.the bottom of the hoop and drop back ii.
No basket, but it was among Michigan's
stronger attempts on the offensive end:
The Wolverines hit exactly zero free
throws before the intermission - an'
easy accomplishment when you draw,
exactly zero shooting fouls and never
even go to the line.
Michigan's Travis Conlan got this rebound, but the Wolverines were beaten on the boards, 46-27.
Only one dest
T he last time the Michigan
men's basketball team did not
make the NCAA Tournament
That season (the year before the
Fab Five arrived), the Wolverines
suffered through a 14-15 campaign,
losing to Colorado in the NIT's first
What does this year's Michigan
squad have in common with that
one? Not much. The 1990-91 squad
had one notable player -
Demetrius Calip. The rest were
destined to pick splinters out of
their backsides the next season
while the Fab Five grabbed the
Indeed, this year's young team is
far more talented. Dominated by
freshmen and sophomores, the
Wolverines' future is bright.
But the present is bleak.
If Michigan doesn't go on quite a
run, it will end its season where the
the 1991 team did.
In the NIT.
Because that is exactly where the
Wolverines are headed if last
night's 62-55 loss to Iowa is any
"I think the (NCAA) Tournament
should be our goal," Michigan's
Maurice Taylor said. "if we slip up,
we could find ourselves in the
Astute observation, Maurice.
During the first 20 minutes last
night, the Wolverines didn't play
like a team that had lost foi
their past five games. Inste
played like one that hadn't
In the first half, Michiga
offense was offensively ba
Wolverines scored a season
11 at in
Sollenberger three, a
Albert White would be o
mark from long range, and'
Conlan would blow the eas
Louis Bullock would mis
and ... well ... he would m
everything. The freshman w
for-4 from the field beforeI
Michigan did not reach d
digits until Maurice Taylor
Mrk Zkan - NIT
ur of foot jumper with 8:03 left in the
ad, they half. At that point, Iowa led, 19-11.
won all I could go on and on about how
terrible the Wolverines were, but
n's this column isn't a term paper.
d. The In short, Michigan played like a
n-low 17 bunch of fifth graders in the first
lf points half.
iled by "I never thought we'd be like
ntermis- this," Taylor said. "I thought we'd
be more mature by now. Right now,
ing went you can see we're an immature
r the team."
the Despite that pathetic first half
g period. performance, you half expected the
an Fife Wolverines to come out of the
hit a lockerroom on fire.
nd then Nope.
ild fire an The Hawkeyes scored four quick
on the points after intermission and Fisher
ssession. had to call time.
ff the A few minutes later, Fisher had to
Travis call time again. Iowa led by 16 with
y 13:44 left and Michigan had scored
22 points in a little over 26 minutes.
s a trey From there, the Wolverines did
iss get back into the game - thanks to
vas 0- a couple of idiotic Hawkeye
halftime. mistakes. First of all, Iowa's best
ouble- player, Jess Settles, fouled out with
hit a 15- See SOLLENBERGER, Page 13
The Hawkeyes drove by Dugan Fife and Michigan last night, 62-55.
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