10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 23, 1996
Pair of 'M' netters
to head out West
By Brooke McGahey
For the Daily
Sunny skies and warm weather are
in store for the Michigan women's
tennis team's Sarah Cyganiak and
Sora Moon as the two head to Pacific
-Palisades, Calif., for the NCAA All-
American Championship. The duo
'qualified for the main draw of the
doubles competition that begins
The tournament is an Intercollegiate
Tennis Association National event, the
second of the season for Moon and
Cyganiak, who were the only
Wolverines invited to participate.
"It is always a great honor to be
invited to participate in a national
tournament," Michigan coach Bitsy
. Cyganiak began qualifying rounds
for the singles competition yesterday
when she fell to Patricia Zerdan of
Southern Methodist, 6-2, 6-0. A year
ago, Cyganiak was No. 83 in the ITA
national rankings, and Zerdan was
No. 50. After winning her first con-
solatioti round yesterday, Cyganiak
will play Stephanie Tibbits of
"Our goal is to the play the best
possible tennis that we are capable of
and enjoy the process," Moon said.
Cyganiak. and Moon participated in
the first collegiate Grand Slam event
of the season last month at the ITA
Clay Court Championship in
Baltimore, Md. The tournament was
unique in that it was played on a clay
court, not the hard-court surface to
which college players are accustomed.
This weekend's tournament will be
played on hard courts, which should
favor both women since they are
much more comfortable playing on
"Cyganiak's style is more con-
ducive to a hard court," Ritt said,
"Her game tends to be more intimi-
After last month's third-round loss
to Kylie Hunt and Christine Sim of
Kansas, 6-2, 6-2, at the Clay Court
Championship, Cyganiak and Moon
have been looking forward to this
"The tournament will be extreme-
ly competitive, and the level of play
will probably be higher than that of
the Clays," Moon said. "Knowing
that, I'm just going to give everything
Both Moon and Cyganiak have
practiced well prior to this competi-
tion, Ritt said. But there will be some
tough competition for the duo as they
enter the main draw.
Last year, they ended the season
No. 31 in the ITA national doubles
rankings. Tomorrow, they will play
against players from solid teams
such as UCLA, Notre Dame, Texas,
Mississippi and William & Mary.
"There is a lot of strong competi-
tion," Ritt said. "It all depends on
who you play. Anything you can do at
a national event is a bonus."
Cyganiak and Moon are not new-
comers to the ITA National Circuit,
and they have received many honors
as players at Michigan, both individ-
ually and as a duo.
Michigan's Sarah Cyganiak (above) and Sora Moon travel to the NCAA All-American Championship at Pacific Palisades, Calif.
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ing the Illini by 26 points.
Lutz was so pleased with his
team's performance against the
nationally-ranked team that he is
anxiously anticipating the meeting
"I couldn't have been more
pleased with what we did this week-
end," Lutz said. "To come in and give
the No. 10 team in the country a
tough battle is saying something
about this young team. I can't wait
As both teams anticipate the meet-
ing, Michigan is also looking forward
to competing in the Northwestern
Relays the following day.
"The Northwestern Relays are
fun," Kampfe said. "You get some
racing in, but in sort of a different
Our goals are oriented toward
physical preparation training."
- Jim Richardson
Michigan women's swimming coach
Ohio State foes focus
on running game
This unique event consists of dif-
ferent types of relays and traditional-
ly has a playful, upbeat atmosphere,
according to Richardson.
"It is low pressure but high ener-
gy," he said.
Joining in on the fun on Sunday will
be Northwestern, Michigan State,
Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-
Milwaukee and Northern Illinois.
Northwestern has a talented young
team and always gives Michigan com-
petitive races. While the Wolverines
are planning on enjoying themselves
Sunday, they also mean business and
do not plan on allowing
Northwestern to spoil their fun.
"They beat us in the relay meet a
couple years ago," Richardson said.
"That is one meet that no one likes to
Michigan won't be looking to
break any records this weekend as
the start of the season is geared
toward intense distance workouts so
that the swimmers will be in better
physical shape at the end of the sea-
"Our goals are oriented toward
physical preparation training."
Richardson said. "We will see what
we have at the end of the week."
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COLUMBUS (AP) - For years,
Ohio State has lived and died with its
running game. Brute strength up front,
a big back to clear things out, and then
a tailback who can turn a small opening
into a 50-yard touchdown.
Now the Buckeyes, even though
unbeaten and ranked second in the
nation, are watching other teams take
"What's been wrong the last couple
of weeks is people have basically been
playing us with an eight-man front,"
Ohio State coach John Cooper said yes-
terday. "They're forcing us sometimes
to run uphill."
The Buckeyes beat Wisconsin, 17-
14, two weeks 'ago and sprinted away
from a halftime tie last week to beat
Even though they are winning, it's
also clear teams are making them do it
in unconventional ways.
Ohio State has run for 155 yards
each of its last two games. The two pre-
ceding games - against No 5 Notre
Dame and No. 4 Penn State - the
Buckeyes averaged 278 yards on the
Cooper uses tailback Pepe Pearson as
an example of what can happen when
defenses gamble by stacking people
along the line.
Against Purdue, Pearson had 152
yards on 26 carries - the majority
coming on touchdown runs of 64 and
"People are devising ways to stop
what we're doing," Cooper said.
"They're doing a lot of twisting and
slanting and stunting and moving, all
that kind of stuff. With eight people up
there, they're going to give you some
bad plays. On* the other hand, some-
times you're going to pop a home run.
"I've heard people say, 'You take
away Pepe's two long runs Saturday.'
Hell, you can't take them away. What
do you mean, take them away? You take
away their two pass plays, and they
don't score, either."
The eight-man front puts more pres-
sure on Ohio State's passing game. So
far, quarterbacks Stanley Jackson and
Joe Germaine have been up to the chal-
lenge, having combined for 539 yards
and three touchdowns against
Wisconsin and Purdue.
But even some of the Buckeyes
acknowledge the problem isn't going
"That's still no excuse," guard Rob
Murphy said of the stop-the-run-first
strategy. "We have to just go out and
block whoever's there. If they bring up
11 guys, we should block them."
Offensive tackle Eric Gohlstin added,
"Sometimes there's just more guys
there than you can block."
Pearson said he expects more of the
same at No. 20 Iowa on Saturday.
"It looks like they'll play eight or
nine guys on the line," he said. "It looks
like we'll be in for it again."
H ow could he be so stupid? That
was the question nearly every-
one had after Wisconsin fumbled
with 49 seconds left last Saturday, basi-
cally handing the game to
How could Wisconsin coach Barry
Alvarez be so dumb? Why didn't he
simply have his quarterback take a
knee and kill the clock as the televisi
announcers said the quarterback coul
Well, maybe he couldn't have com-
pletely killed the clock.
Despite what was reported during
ESPN's broadcast of the Wildcats' 34-
behind win over
a first down to
be able to run
out the clock:
If they had
downed the ball, RYAN
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a chance for at Target
least one more
On first down, Wisconsin picked u
eight yards. On second-and-two, fresW
man running back Ron Dayne, who
had 139 yards on the day, dropped
quarterback Mike Samuels handoff,
and Northwestern recovered.
Two plays later, the Wildcats'
D'Wayne Bates caught the game-win-
ning touchdown pass.
And folks all over the country were
lining up to lynch Alvarez.
ESPN's Lee Corso, who accumula
ed a 41-68-2 record coaching Indiana
from 1973-82, suggested that Alvarez
resign as a result of the supposed gaffe.
Everyone else simply wondered how
anyone could be so dumb.
The problem was, Alvarez didn't do
anything any other coach wouldn't have
done. He simply was the victim of
some horrible luck.
"It's unfortunate and unfair when it's
not reported correctly," Alvarez said j
the television coverage. "I really beli
a lot of people felt it was gospel, and it
To ESPN's credit, it fessed up to the
mistake. Play-by-play commentator
Brad Nessler called in to the weekly
Big Ten coaches' teleconference to
apologize to Alvarez.
"It's a good thing we weren't coach-
ing the football game, because we
wouldn't have done very well," Nessl
said. "Anything we did that caused t
Wisconsin coaching staff any undue
criticism, on behalf of ESPN, if we
blew it, we apologize."
Nessler added that it's important not
to believe everything you hear, or read.
"If that were the case, Princess Di
would be married to Elvis by now," he
Alvarez thanked Nessler for the
apology and conceded that everyone
The problem is, in this day of fanat
cal fans, call-in-radio and general col-
lege football hysteria, one little mistake
like that could cost a coach his head.
Many Big Ten coaches admitted to
hearing something said on television or
the radio that was inaccurate.
"I hear it all the time," Penn State
coach Joe Paterno said. "I think it's
unfortunate they're so inaccurate some-
"Some of them should know better.
Unfortunately, as Nessler pointed out
in his apology, things happen just as
quickly in the booth as they do on the
field, and mistakes are made. Nobody's
perfect, and some credit should be
given to Nessler for admitting it.
And to Alvarez's credit, he's not as
dumb as we first thought he was.
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and receiver Terry Glenn. At this point
in the season, the Buckeyes are doing
just fine. Tailback Pepe Pearson has
744 yards through five games, and
quarterback Stanley Jackson is com-
pleting nearly 59 percent of his passes
and has thrown for nine touchdowns.
When Jackson hasn't been behind cen-
ter, Joe Germaine has thrown for eig
Senior wide receiver Dimitrious
Stanley, who played behind Glenn last
year, has 429 yards receiving and six
"I don't think anyone, including John
Conner thought these guys were going
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