women close in on 1st league
title, pick up 3 victories on road
The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - April 7, 1997 - 7B
By Alan Gomez
Daily Sports Writer
Unlike the Michigan students who
were walking a few steps slower after
ash Bash, the Michigan women's ten-
is team picked up speed this weekend
as it blew past Ohio State, Indiana and
William & Mary.
7 The last stop on No. 19 Michigan's
(12-4) weekend tour was South Bend,
where the Wolverines took on the sev-
William & Mary (14-6) was stunned
by xMichigan's senior Sarah Cyganiak
and the Michigan freshmen. Cyganiak
won her singles match in straight sets
. -d teamed up with junior Sora Moon
f tr a doubles victory, their 25th this
Cyganiak's 13th victory was matched
by freshmen Brooke Hart and Danielle
Lund. Hart had to battle through three
sets to get her team-leading victory
while Lund coasted through two sets.
The victory capped off an incredible
weekend in which the Wolverines also
eat up on two Big Ten opponents.
Michigan's second stop of the week-
end was Bloomington on Saturday,
where the Hoosiers have not been the
kindest of hosts to Michigan.
The 32nd-ranked Hoosiers (11-6)
have dominated Michigan in the past.
indiana's all-time mark against
Michigan was 22-8. The last time the
Wolverines beat Indiana in the regular
season was when Indiana forfeited in
1992. In fact, the Hoosiers have domi-
*ated the Big Ten, winning all but three
Big Ten championships since 1982.
All this translated into a very big
match between two teams undefeated in
the conference. And for the first time
ever, Michigan beat the Hoosiers in
As usual, the pace was set by
Cyganiak's performance at the No. 1
spot, as she pushed her conference
record to a stellar 7-0. She also teamed
p with Moon to improve their doubles
record to 6-1 in the conference.
Aside from Cyganiak's singles win
and her pairing with Moon for the dou-
bles win, the match came down to the
play of the freshmen. Moon and sopho-
more Tumeka Harris lost both of their
matches in straight sets, so it was up to
the youngsters to seal the victory.
Hart kept pace with Cyganiak as
their identical conference and dual-
*latch records (7-0, 12-3) lead the
team. She didn't drop a set all weekend
and is now 18-9 overall.
Freshman Erryn Weggenman won
both her matches of the weekend and
got her 10th dual-match victory against
Indiana. She is now 5-1 in the confer-
ence and is two victories shy of her 20th
overall. Lund also kept up with the
team leaders with 12 dual-match wins.
In her six Big Ten matches, she has only
lost one. Lund needs one victory to
The play of the doubles was also very
consistent throughout the weekend.
Only one loss against Ohio State on
Friday and a clean sweep of the
Hoosiers gave the Wolverines the dou-
bles point in both matches. The
Cyganiak-Moon combination is now
tied with the duo of Weggenman and
redshirt freshman Jen Boylan for the
team lead with a 6-1 Big Ten record.
Cyganiak and Moon are now 11-4 in
dual matches, while Weggenman and
Boylan picked up their 10th overall vic-
tory against Indiana.
Before the Wolverines were able to
defeat Indiana, they had to stop in
Columbus and face the struggling
Buckeyes. Michigan was carrying a 5-0
Big Ten record, while the Buckeyes
were reeling at 1-3. So it was no sur-
prise that Michigan dominated the
match, winning 7-0.
The Wolverines won every singles
match in straight sets. The only loss for
Michigan was in No. 2 doubles, where
freshmen Danielle Lund and Brooke
Hart lost, 8-6. Cyganiak cruised to earn
her 20th victory.
The wins against Indiana and Ohio
State left the Wolverines alone atop the
With a 7-0 record in the conference
and only three Big Ten matches remain-
ing, the Wolverines can breathe a sigh
of relief when they look at the standings
and see Indiana with a 4-1 record in the
conference with more than half of its
matches still to be played.
Michigan is trying to win its first-
ever Big Ten championship.
Fab frosh critical to M'
providing a depth once lacked
The Fab Five. The Greatest
Recruiting Class Ever. The five
crazy freshmen that wanted nothing
to do with seniority and began dom-
inating their opposition as soon as
they got to Ann Arbor.
No, not the basketball players
that made it to two national cham-
pionship games. They are the five
newcomers on the Michigan
women's tennis team.
The Wolverines' roster is made
up of one senior, one junior, one
sophomore and five freshmen. The
leader for Michigan is clearly the
senior, Sarah Cyganiak. But the
play of the freshmen has given
Michigan depth, which has helped:
the Wolverines get off to their best-'
ever start in the Big Ten - 7-0.
Two of the freshmen are current-
ly tied for the team lead in dual-
Brooke Hart and Danielle Lund
are both 13-3, tied with Cyganiak.
Hart is undefeated in the Big Ten
with a 7-0 mark, while Lund has
only dropped one conference
Lund and Hart are also the pair-
ing in Michigan's No. 2 doubles
team. They have an 8-6 dual-match
record and have been consistent in
the conference with a 5-2 mark.
Another freshman, Erryn
Weggenman, has been playing in
the No. 5 spot this season and has
compiled an 11-4 dual-match
record to go with her 5-1 mark in
The pairing of Weggenman and
redshirt freshman Jen Boylan has
proved to be a good one. They are
now 6-1 in the Big Ten and have put
together a 10-6 mark overall.
Rounding out the group is Tenley
Hardin. Only 5-5 overall, Hardin is
undefeated in dual-match competi-
tion at 1-0.
The play of these freshmen has
made the Wolverines solid all the
way through the lineup.
This weekend against Indiana
and William & Mary, junior Sora
Moon and sophomore Tumeka
Harris were struggling. Both of
them dropped their matches, but the
freshmen were there to pick them
up. The rookies settled things down
for Michigan as they swept by their
opponents and secured the victory
for the Wolverines.
Even though the big guns for the
Wolverines - the first three singles
spots - are represented by the
upperclassmen, the freshmen are
still doing their own bit of damage.
Two of the three doubles tandems
are made up of freshmen. And with
half of the singles lineup made up
of freshmen, every match can be
swayed by the performance of the
The first Fab Five had to deal
with the ordeal of players leaving
early for the draft. The women's
tennis team doesn't have to worry
about that, so the Wolverines' next
four years may be fun to watch.
By Alan Gomez
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