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Arizona 84,
Kentucky 79 (OT)
Florida 3
Dallas 3,


Opening Day

Kansas City
New York (AL)
St. Louis

New York (NL)
Chicago (NL)

April 1, 1997


tennis feels
heat in Fla.
By Alan Gomez
Daily Sports Writer
A weekend in Florida may seem like
a great vacation to most, but for the No.
18 Michigan women's tennis team, the
fabulous Florida sun eventually caught
up with them, as the Wolverines wilted
away toward the end of their trip.
"The heat was definitely draining,"
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said.
The Wolverines started their two-
match tour of the Sunshine State with a
stop at No. 41 Miami on Friday.
Senior Sarah Cyganiak and freshmen
Brooke Hart and Danielle Lund each
won their singles and doubles matches
against the Hurricanes. Lund had no
problem, winning, 6-0, 6-0. But
Cyganiak and Hart's victories were a lit-
tie harder to come by. Each played a 7-5
set in their two-set wins.
Michigan's third freshman competing
in singles, Erryn Weggenman, gave the
rookies a sweep of their matches in
The doubles duo of Lund and Hart
also won its match, while the other
freshman tandem, Weggenman and Jen
Boylan, lost for only the fourth time in
12 matches.
The Wolverines then traveled to
Tampa to face No. 49 South Florida.
Playing outdoors in harsh winds,
Michigan had a tough time dealing with
Mother Nature on Saturday.
"I think we had a difficult time adjust-
ing to the wind," Ritt said. "The wind
really picked up when the matches start-
ed, and that really caught us off guard.'
Junior Sora Moon and Lund were the
only Wolverines to pick up singles vic-
tories in the 6-3 loss to the Bulls.
Despite their troubles individually, the
duo of Cyganiak and Moon won the
only doubles match against the Bulls.
"I think one of the highlights was the
great play of (Moon)," said Ritt. "It was
great for her to win in those conditions,
since she prefers playing indoors."
With the loss to South Florida,
Michigan's record fell to 9-4 and its four-
match winning streak came to an end.
Sophomore Tumeka Harris, whose
victories against Michigan State and
Purdue two weeks ago seemed to get her
out of an early-season slump, continued
her struggles. Harris dropped both
matches on the weekend, but her record
wasn't indicative of her overall level of
play, which continued to improve.
"L thought Tumeka played well," Ritt
said. "She played against a very experi-
enced player at South Florida, and her
performance was an improvement."
There were a few bright spots on the
weekend for the Wolverines, however.
Lund improved her dual-match
record to 10-3, tying her for first on the
team along with Cyganiak and Hart. She
lost only three games all weekend, dom-
inating South Florida's Marie-Eve
Girard, 6-3, 6-0, after shutting out her
opponent from Miami the day before.
"(Lund) demonstrated a lot of
patience in her matches" Ritt said. "Her
doubles with Hart in Miami was some of
the best doubles play I've seen all year."
The upperclass tandem of Cyganiak
and Moon also performed well over the
weekend, taking both of their doubles
matches. T he wins pushed their doubles
record to 9-4, tops on the team.
"The loss Saturday was the first time
all season that we performed poorly,"
Ritt said. "We have to keep that in per-


Arizona s
Simon leads underd

u r .. J there's only one No. 1 left for the
Arizona Wildcats - themselves.
Arizona, the team that was supposed
to be a year away, just needed an extra
five minutes to win its first NCAA bas-
t ketball championship.
Led by the backcourt of junior Miles
Simon and freshman Mike Bibby,
Arizona kept Kentucky from repeating
as national champion with an 84-79
; overtime victory last night.
With three juniors, a sophomore and a
freshman in the starting lineup, next year
was supposed to be the one for Arizona.
Instead, the Wildcats (25-9) made their
first championship appearance a
N ,thrilling one in
f a game featur-
.. Fi;ing 20 ties and
ed Arizona
became the
first team in tournament history to
knock off three No.I seeds - Kansas,
North Carolina and now Kentucky, the
winningest programs in college basket-
.....ball history.
"We just wanted it more than them,"
said Simon, the game's MVP. "Their legs
were dragging, they were in foul trouble.
We just wanted it more."'
Kentucky was trying to become the
second repeat champion since UCLA's
stretch of seven straight titles ended in
n 1973. Duke repeated as champion in
:h 1992.
"It's been the most fun I've ever had as
a coach;' Kentucky's Rick Pitino said. "I
G walked off the court feeling very proud."
Instead, Arizona won the first over-
time championship game since
Michigan beat Seton Hall 80-79 in 1989.
Arizona reached the Final Four with an
overtime win against Providence in the
Southeast regional.
"The thing that I'm so pleased about
is this is a tough group of Cats Arizona
coach Lute Olson said. "At halftime, we
talked about the toughest team mentally
AP PHOTO and physically would win the basketball
Bennett Davison (right) and Arizona gave Kentucky a dose of its own medicine with an up-tempo game and a swarming game."
defense, shocking the defending national champs, 84-79. Arizona was led by MVP Miles Simon's 30 points. Simon, who missed the first 11 games
'M Ibaseball to faCe stellar Falcons

cin OT
logs to 84-79 win
of the season because of academic prob-
lems, finished with 30 points. Bibby, the
son of former UCLA star Henry Bibby,
who won three college championships
himself as a player, had 14 of his 19
points in the second half.
Arizona became the losingest team to
win it all since Kansas was 27-11 in
One of the wildest final minutes of
regulation in NCAA tournament history
set up the overtime.
Bibby made two free throws with 1:01
left to give Arizona a 72-68 lead. Ron
Mercer, Kentucky's hero in last season's
championship game, then hit a 3-pointer
with 51 seconds left to bring Kentucky
within one.
Bibby stood out near halfcourt drib-
bling the ball as the shot clock wound
down. He finally made a move with
seven seconds left on it and found
Bennett Davison for a layup that made it
74-71 with 18 seconds left.
Anthony Epps wasted no time in tying
it, hitting a 3 with 12 seconds to play.
Arizona's final chance to win in regu-
lation ended when Simon turned it over
with two seconds left.
The overtime was a free throw shoot-
ing contest for Arizona, which scored all
10 of its points from the foul line.
Davison hit the first two with 25 seconds
gone to give Arizona the lead for good.
Kentucky (35-5) made just two field
goals in the overtime, a basket by.
Anthony Epps with 1:46 left and a 3-
pointer by Cameron Mills with 6.4 sec-
onds remaining that just made it close.
Simon, who scored 24 points in the
semifinals, was named the tournament's
outstanding player. He finished 14-for-
17 from the free throw line.
Arizona finished 34-for-41 from the
line, compared to Kentucky's 9-for-17.
Scott Padgett led Kentucky with 17
points, 10 in the final five minutes of
Mercer, who struggled by shooting 7-
for-21 and scoring 19 points in the semi-
final win over Minnesota, finished with
13 on 5-for-9 shooting and had nine
rebounds. Mills and Nazr Mohammed
each had 12 points for Kentucky and
Mohammed grabbed 11 rebounds.

By Richard Shin
Daily Sports Writer
When the Michigan baseball team
faces Bowling Green today at 2 p.m. at
Steller Field, it will be a contest
between two potent offenses.
The Wolverines (6-2 Big Ten, 16-9
overall) swept a four-game series
against Penn State last weekend, scor-
ing a total of 49 runs, and have won six
straight overall.
Bowling Green (9-6) has won two in
a row, defeating Mid-American
Conference rival Central Michigan, 3-0
and 10-3. The Falcons are currently tied
for first place in the MAC.
Bowling Green may have a home
field advantage - Michigan has only
been able to manage a 6-6 record on the
road as opposed to a 10-3 mark at home
and neutral sites. The Falcons are 2-0 at
home this season and have a stellar 1.50
ERA at Steller Field.
Michigan's pitching has improved

over the past two weeks, and the explo-
sive offense has been a large factor in
the pitching staff's resurgence, accord-
ing to pitcher Brian Steinbach.
"That helps the pitchers - to know
that they don't have to be perfect,"
Steinbach said. "It's pretty tough on the
other team's pitchers, though."
Brian Berryman, who is 2-1 with a
9.56 ERA, will start his second game of
the season for Michigan. Berryman has
been hit hard so far this season, giving
up 26 hits in 16 innings. But he picked
up the win in his last appearance
against Western Michigan.
Better pitching may take some of the
burden off of the Wolverines at the
Michigan's offense has carried the
Wolverines, but the defense and pitch-
ing have made the difference. Michigan
scored at least seven runs in six of its
nine losses, but poor pitching and errors
gave the games away.

Against Penn State, however, the
Wolverines allowed less than five runs
in three of the four games. Michigan
also committed only three errors in the
series after averaging two per game.
"We'll continue to work on our pitch-
ing and our play in the field," Steinbach
said. "That's what we've wanted to
work on all season - improving our
pitching and playing solid defense."
The Falcons will counter with a line-
up that launched seven home runs in
one game last week, keyed by Brian
Cannon. Cannon batted .556 last week,
including a home run and a lofty .788
slugging percentage.
Even though the Wolverines have
only managed a .500 record away from
Fisher Stadium, Steinbach does not
believe that playing on the road will be
much of a factor.
"It's nice to play at home, in front of
the home crowd," Steinbach said. "But it
doesn't really make a difference at all?'

Michigan lefty Bryan Cranson pitched four innings of long relief to ear the victory
in Michigan's 14-4 victory over Penn State Sunday at Fisher Stadium.

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