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14e--The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 21, 1997

Cyganiak, Blue finish Big Ten undefeated

B Aih G@omez.
Dailyisports Writer
!.S 4or Sarah Cyganiak ran into her
stiffest competition of the season
eatuiday after the Michigan women's
tonnisteam swept Penn State, 7-0. The
chaldnge came in the form of a cow
ptnatI, and it seemed that Cyganiak had
more trouble with that cow than she did
with'ter human opponent.
The pinata, which had the names of
ill ti Big Ten schools on it, was hung
aidiashed by Cyganiak after she fin-
ished with a 10-0 record in the Big Ten.
She also finished the season undefeated
atthe TisehTennis Center with a 6-2, 6-
1 win over Penn State's Olga Novikova.
The *ictory. marked the last home
mated in hef illustrious Michigan

Cyganiak landed in Ann Arbor with a
bang. After going 103-0 and winning
the Wisconsin high school state cham-
pionship for four straight years before
attending Michigan, she continued her
roll by winning the Big Ten freshman of
the year award and being selected ITA
Midwest Regional rookie of the year.
In her second season, she wanted
nothing to do with a sophomore slump,
qualifying for the NCAA champi-
onships instead of falling prey to the
jinx. She won her first match before
falling in the second round. That
remarkable season, in which she com-
piled a 34-14 overall record and a 10-0
regular season mark in the conference,
earned her Big Ten player of the year
Cyganiak continued to roll in her

junior year. She compiled a 22-9 overall
record and teamed with junior Sora
Moon for a 17-1 dual-match doubles
mark and a trip to NCAAs. The duo
went out in the first round, but still fin-
ished the season 28th in the nation.
After three great seasons, was it pos-
sible for her to cap it off with an even
better senior season? Yup. Cyganiak is
now 25-10 overall, is undefeated in the
Big Ten for the second time in her
career, and has continued to team up
with Moon to post 27 doubles victories.
Looking back at her career makes
one realize what an impact Cyganiak
has had on the Wolverines and how big
a hole her departure leaves. With the
exception of a brief period at the begin-
ning of her freshman year, Cyganiak
has played in the No. 1 spot her entire

career. She is now three wins shy of 100
and is currently 44th in the nation in
"This is the hardest thing about
coaching,' Ritt said. "At this level, it's a
revolving door with players staying four
or five years. It makes it really tough."
Cyganiak heads into next weekend
hoping to make her farewell a fond one.
After finishing off their first ever unde-
feated season in the Big Ten with the
win over Penn State, the Wolverines
must prepare for Friday's Big Ten
championships. The seedings come out
today, but Michigan is a lock for the top
And if things go according to plan,
that cow will have been the hardest
challenge for Cyganiak and the
Wolverines for the rest of the season.

Michigan's Sarah
Cyganiak struck
this ball almost
ashardas the 4
piliata she -
received after *
finishing the
undefeated in-the
Big Ten, going,
10-0. Cyganiak is,
now just three-
wins shy of
reaching 100
victories for her'

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'frsh'an Andrew
Mfller and the
rest of the
*O erines were
bowled over in a
tWeekend series
1 Vith Indiana.
Despite its strong
performance at
. A the plate,
NWishigan dropped
*hree of the four
MA~ games.

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team would have made any
radio disc jockey proud this weekend.
The hits just kept on coming.
During a weekend in which the Wolverines (12-6 Big
Ten, 24-17 overall) pounded out 41 hits over four
games, Michigan dropped three of four games in its
series at Indiana. Michigan lost yesterday and Friday
and split the doubleheader on Saturday.
Yesterday, the Wolverines lost 10-5. The Wolverines
charged out to a 5-1 lead by the fourth inning before the
Michigan bats went south against Indiana relievers
Chad Smith and Tom Willerer. The tandem shut down
the Wolverines for the last five innings.
The Michigan relievers, on the other hand, had trou-
ble keeping the Indiana bats in check, yielding nine
runs in the final four innings. The fielding left some-
thing to be desired, as well, as the Wolverines commit-
ted four errors in the game.
Saturday, the Wolverines managed to take one of the
games from the Hoosiers. In the first game of the dou-

bleheader, Michigan won, 6-5, while Indiana took the
second, 3-1.
The first act of the twin bill was a characteristic
Michigan performance. In the third inning, five
Wolverines crossed the plate to put them up, 5-0.
But the Hoosiers pecked away at the lead, scoring
two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings against
Michigan starter Bryan Cranson (5-2).
The top of the seventh - the final inning in double-
header games - was crucial for the Wolverines.
Michigan scored a run to provide some insurance going
into the Indiana half of the inning.
The run proved invaluable for Michigan, as the
Hoosiers squeezed out a run in the bottom half before
reliever Tyler Steketee closed down the Hoosiers for his
seventh save.
The second game wasn't as typical a game for the
Wolverines, Brian Berryman (2-4), went the distance.
Although only yielding three runs on six hits, his coun-
terpart, Indiana's Greg Schabel (1-1), bettered
Berryman by holding the Wolverines to only one run.
Center fielder Dan Sanborn drove in the only

Michigan run, scoring shortstop Brian Kalczynski in
the second inning.
While pitching was the word. in Saturday's second
game, pitching was thrown out the window on Friday
The Wolverines bashed 21 hits while the Hoosiers
ripped 14 in a wild game. Michigan was down by"10
runs, rallied, and eventually lost, 11-10.
Brian Steinbach (5-4), ordinarily the most rel-
able starter on the Michigan staff, surrendered- 1
runs - all earned -- in his five innings of work.
The 6-foot-5 right hander was relieved by Mike
Hribernik and Matt Herr, who cooled off'.th-
Indiana bats and allowed the Wolverines to sneak
back into the game.
Michigan's offense broke through in the seventh
inning, scoring six runs to keep the unthinkable rall
alive. The Wolverines scored a pair of runs in the eighth
and one more in the ninth, but it just wasn't enough:
Of the 41 Michigan hits this weekend, right fielder
Derek Besco and third baseman Mike Cervenak each
accounted for six. Kalczynski had a hit in every gam
for a total of seven for the series.

,: ,

Jones commits to Michigan

State Invite prepares,
hurts women's tr*ack

From St affReports
A poor recruiting season, at least
by Michigan standards, improved
significantly this weekend when
Leon Jones, a 6-foot-4 swingman
from Battle Creek Central, made an
tral commitment to the Wolverines
for next season.
But Jones' official arrival in Ann
Arbor will have to be put on hold
temporarily because of academic rea-
sons. fie has not met the NCAA's
minimum requirement on the ACT of

17. Jones' last score on the test was a
15 1/2.
He did, however, re-take the test
April 12, and is awaiting the results.
Since Jones did not officially sign
a national letter of intent, Michigan
coach Steve Fisher is unable to com-
If he does qualify, Jones will join
6-foot-7 forward Brandon Smith of
Amarillo, Texas, and 6-foot-1iI Josh
Asselin of Caro in Michigan's 1997
recruiting class.

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tMon.-Fri.9(X)0 am -600 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday lXnn - 5:00 pm)

By Chris Farah
and Fred Link
Daily Sports Writers
EAST LANSING - For a meet that
was supposed to be relatively meaning-
less, Saturday's Michigan State
Invitational proved to be surprisingly
consequential for the Michigan women's
track team.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the
results weren't all positive.
Michigan went into the Michigan
State meet with its primary focus on the
upcoming Penn Relays, the biggest meet
of the outdoor season - aside from the
Big Ten and NCAA championships.
All of the Wolverines' top distance
and mid-distance runners, as well as
many of their sprinters, took the week-
end off to rest up for the Relays, which
start Thursday and last until Saturday.
A couple of Michigan's big guns did
compete Saturday, however, risking
potential injury in a bid to qualify for the
Sophomore high jumper Nicole
Forrester gambled and won, placing first
with a NCAA provisional-qualifying
height of 6-foot-1/2.
On the other hand, sophomore sprint-
er Atiya Bussey suffered an untimely
injury in the 100-meter dash, pulling
her hamstring. Bussey is an integral
part of Michigan's sprint relays; with-
out her, the Wolverines don't have
much of a chance in the 4 X 100 and 4
X 200 relays at Penn.
"We tried not to take a chance and go
easy on some things," Michigan coach
James Henry said. "We had an unfortu-
nate pull which might effect our entries
in the Penn Relays. With the other kids,
I just didn't want to take a chance. We
worked hard during the week, and we
thought we'd give them a rest, once I
started seeing that their muscles were
kind of sore."
Despite the damper Bussey's injury
put on the day's competition, Forrester's
performance in the high jump provided
cause for celebration - at least for
Forrester herself. Upon hitting 6-foot-

1/2, Forrester was so relieved thaishe
began to yell and cheer, her shouts rever-
berating throughout the track.
Although she has won every competi,
tion she has participated in this season;
Forrester's heights have been well btLow
her usual performances, and she hadn't
come close to qualifying for NCAA
before Saturday.
"The pressure's off," Forrester said.
"I've wanted to qualify and get myself in
there, and I've done it. Now I can have
more fun and not feel like I have to qual-
ify each week."
Other Michigan winners included
Nicole Keith in the shot put and:
Stephanie Wigness in the. discus;, in
which the Wolverines took the top three
places. Sarah Clauw had a strong day foO
Michigan, finishing second in the discus
and second in the hammer throw.
Freshman Brandi Bentley took second
in the long jump, while Kenise Bogage,
finished second in the 100.
Michigan next travels to Philadel0%a.
for the Relays, which will feature cow-
petition from around the world and4r-,
haps an appearance by Bill Cosby, who'
has attended the meet in the past.
Because the relays receive a great dea'
of international exposure, there may b
added pressure for the Wolverines to
perform well - seeing Michigan at'
Penn helped convince freshman Maria:
Brown, a Jamaican, to commit to"
"We still got a lof of questions about'
how we're going to rebound from what-
ever doubts we might have about a liftke
fatigue and injured pains," Henry said:
"So the question's still out there. I'm no
sure what we're going to do. I'll proba-M
bly be a little bit more nervous than theyo
RELAYS: Defending NCAA 40Q
meter hurdles champion NIt
Gardner finished fourth in that eveti-
at the Kansas Relays this weekend,
It was Gardner's first non-first-place,.
finish of the outdoor season in any.



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