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April 21, 1997
Netters' loss is Northwestern's gain
Suspension of Paradzik and Raiton hurts Michigan in 4-3 loss to Wildcats
By John Friedberg
and Andy Latack
Daily Sports Writers
After learning that two of its top five players
would not be competing for the rest of the season,
the Michigan men's tennis team faced a decision.
It could give up, or it could deal with the adversi-
ty. Apparently, the Wolverines chose the latter.
After suffering a hard-fought 4-3 defeat at the
hands of conference leader Northwestern,
Michigan evened its weekend record by blanking
Wisconsin, 7-0. The matches occurred on the heels
of the decision that junior co-captain David
Paradzik and sophomore Jake Raiton would be
suspended for the remainder of the season.
Citing a violation of "team rules," Michigan
coach Brian Eisner elected to suspend the pair
As of yesterday, there was no talk of Paradzik or
Raiton returning for the Big Ten championships,
which begin Thursday.
With the status of its two stars known Saturday,
Michigan battled No. 22 Northwestern, which had
yet to lose within the conference.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the revamped
singles lineup was unable to complete the win,
taking only two of the six singles matches.
The match of the day, however, belonged to
junior Arvid Swan, who eventually lost to
Northwestern's Marc Silva, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6), in
a match in which both players owned match
Paradzik played No. 1 singles for the
Wolverines this season and was named a co-cap-
tain before the season. He ranks second in victo-
ries with a 21-14 mark at the No. 1 spot.
Raiton played out of the No. 5 spotfor Michigan
and was improving quickly. Just a week ago, assis-
tant coach Dan Goldberg was raving about his
"Jake's playing some of the best tennis of his
career lately," Goldberg said.
Michigan softball players Pam Kosanke (left) and Melissa Gentile were all smiles
yesterday; the Wolverines swept Minnesota in a three-game serIes.
Holmes, Blue softbali
*bury Golden Gophers
By B.J. Luria
Daily Sports Writer
That might be the only appropriate
way to describe Michigan softball play-
er Kelly Holmes. In the 14 games since
Sara Griffin's injury, the senior has car-
ried the No. 12 Wolverines on her
* On Saturday, she celebrated her 22nd
birthday in grand fashion, picking up
two complete-game victories in
Michigan's doubleheader sweep of No,
14 Minnesota, 2-1 and 10-2. The senior
allowed only one earned run in 14
innings of work.
Holmes continued her heroics yester-
day, blanking the Gophers, 1-0, to run
her record to 18-5. Holmes has
embraced her role as the go-to player.
"It's sort of an honor to be considered
No. I on the Michigan softball team,"
In the first game Saturday, the
Wolverines struggled at the plate, man-
aging only six hits, as the game went
into extra-innings with the score tied at
In the bottom of the eighth inning,
Michigan loaded the bases with one out
after a walk to Tammy Mika, a single by
* Melissa Gentile and an intentional walk
to Jen Smith. Pam Kosanke was then hit
by a pitch from. Jennifer Johnson, forc-
ing home the winning run.
The second game could not have
been more different from the first. In
the first inning alone, the two teams
combined for four runs on only one hit,
surpassing their total run production
from game one.
Michigan rallied for a big inning in
* the third, totaling its run production
from the previous two games. Kellyn
Tate started the rally with a single and
was sacrificed to second by Traci
Conrad. Cathy Davie walked and the
two runners pulled off a double steal.
Mika singled to score one run, chasing
Minnesota pitcher Wendy Logue. The
Gophers brought in Johnson, the Big
Ten pitcher of the week for the past two
weeks, to pitch to Gentile. The fresh-
man greeted the new hurler with a tow-
ering home run to left center field. The
Wolverines scored another run to push
their lead to 7-2.
Michigan picked up two runs in the
fourth and one more in the sixth to end
the game due to the mercy rule.
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins was
impressed with Gentile's performance.
. "I'll tell you what, she has really
come on this part of the season,"
Hutchins said. "We needed it, and she's
playing great softball."
Yesterday, the Wolverines completed
the series sweep of the Gophers as
Holmes picked up her fifth shutout of
the season, allowing only three hits and
striking out five.
Michigan scored its lone run in the
third inning when Davie drove Lisa
Kelley in with a sacrifice fly.
Minnesota threatened in the top of
the seventh, loading the bases with
none out. But Holmes shut the Gophers
down, retiring three batters in a row.
The Wolverines now get set to face
Big Ten power Michigan State. After
losing to Purdue in the first game of
a doubleheader Saturday, the
Spartans are in second place in the
conference. They come to Ann Arbor
tomorrow for two games, contests
that will be important if the
Wolverines want to qualify for the
Big Ten tournament..
"This is the stretch of the season that
you always talk about," Hutchins said.
"We don't have to win all our games,
but we need to win a lot of them. The
more we win, the more pressure it takes
quest for first
title falls short
By Jacob Wheeler
Daily Sports Writer
Winning its first NCAA womens gymnastics champi-
onship Friday night was...
The news bulletin over the radio would please fans of the
Michigan women's gymnastics team -- at least until the
Friday night's NCAA championship in Gainesville, Fla.,
went to a first-time recipient but it wasn't the Wolverines,
the owners of the best regional performance who
dethroned highly favored Georgia for the first time.
Instead it was the Bruins, who looked into their past and
found the ability to defeat the Bulldogs, posting an all-
around score of 197.15. Arizona State finished a surprising
second, tallying a 196.85, and Georgia and Michigan were,
close behind at 196.6 and a 196.5, respectively.
UCLA was the top-ranked gymnastics team in the coun-
try last December, before Georgia earned that distinction
in early January and galloped through the entire regular
Only a dismal performance two weeks ago at the
Southeast Regional left the stables open for another team
to come in and snatch away the NCAA title.
It happened - but no Wolverines stood on top of the
awards podium this weekend.
"I don't know if we were ever favored to win it,"
Michigan coach Bev Plocki said. "All along, people have
talked about Georgia being the favorite and UCLA and
Michigan being teams that could take it away from Georgia
if they faltered. Basically Georgia faltered and UCLA
stepped up there and won the championship.'
The Wolverines made it close, but slowed to a trot on the
Michigan was running neck and neck with UCLA going
into the last event, when the Wolverines finished with a
sub-par 48.875 on the floor exercise to wind up fourth
Still, the lower finish did little to diminish Michigan's'
See GYMNASTICS, Page 15
The Michigan women's gymnastics team failed to win its first-ever national championship this week-
end in Gainesville, Fla., despite being the No. 1 seed.
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