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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - February 2, 1998

First dual meet no
problem for Blue

'M' women's tennis4
dominates in duals

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports 4Xritcr
The question marks about the
Michigan men's tennis team were
erased yesterday at the Varsity Tennis
Center as Michigan trounced Virginia,
4-3, in its first dual match of the sea-
son.
A subpar performance two weekends
ago at the Big Ten Singles champi-
onships clouded the possibility of
Michigan's chances to reign as a
nationally ranked team this season.
Then, No. 31 Virginia came to Ann
Arbor to try and deepen No. 42
Michigan's doubts. But the Wolverines,
as they did all fall season with their
opponents, dominated the Cavaliers.
The meet started with three doubles
matches. After the first two matches
split, it was up to the team of senior
Miki Pusztai and junior Will Farah to
come from behind against the Virginia
4duoof Bear Schofield and [lyon Yoo.
"I was kind of nervous at first," said
Pusztai. "Will and I, we seemed to gel
in practice and that seemed to carry
over into the match against a tough
Virginia team."
Pusztai''s doubles match yesterday
was his first match of the season, after
he sat out during the fall to prepare for
the winter season.
"It felt good to get out there and play
a good team, with a good crowd,
Pusztai said. "We just played big on the
big points, and that's what was the dif-
ference," Pusztai said.
After falling behind in the tiebreaker,
the two Wolverines rattled off seven
straight points to win 9-8. This earned

the team a vital point and meant that
Virgina would have to win four singles
matches to claim a victory.
"Will had a couple good serves and
good volleys," Pusztai said. "When No.
2 doubles had won, Will and I looked at
each other and said 'this is the decider;
we need this point."'
The Wolverines then went on to win
the three singles matches they needed
- all in straight sets.
Farah, after the hard-fought doubles
win, cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 victory over
Justin Smith.
Senior David Paradzik dealt with
Virginia's Schofield easily, 6-1, 6-3, in
the deciding match for Michigan.
But the crucial match of the day was
sophomore Matt Wright taking on
nationally ranked Yoo. Yoo and Wright
battled back-and-forth in the first three
games of each set, but the top Virginia
player couldn't withstand Wright's
serve and return. Wright won, 6-4, 6-2,
to seal the victory for the Wolverines.
"There were times I felt myself get-
ting a little bit nervous," Wright said.
"Fortunately it worked in my favor for
me - (the victory) sure gave me a
boost of confidence."
Virginia also played on Saturday,
beating Ball State 6-1. But that game
didn't seem a factor in the loss to the
Wolverines.
"I don't think (Ball State) pressed
Virginia," Pusztai said. "It probably
helped Virginia more than it hurt them."
For the Wolverines, playing at home
was a big plus.
"It's so hard to play on the road; you
don't get any claps and its hard to get

By Drew Beaver
For the Daily
Domination. Pure and simple. There's
no wav around it. The Michigan
women's tennis team absolutely domi-
nated the competition this weekend. It
began with a 9-0 sweep of Western
Michigan on Friday night and was fol-
lowed by a 7-2 victory over Marquette
on Saturday.
On Friday, the Wolverines came out
strong in singles play, winning five of
the six singles matches in straight sets.
Only Michigan senior Sora Moon took
three sets :o dispense with her opponent
in the No. 5 singles match.
Friday also featured a rematch
between Michigan sophomore Brook&
Hart and Western Michigan senior Heidi
Cakans. Cakans defeated Hart in last
fall's ITA/Rolex Midwest Regional
championships. Friday was a different
story, as Hart exacted her revenge in
straight sets. Hart never trailed during
the match and won, 6-3, 6-3.
The other three sophomores in
Michigan's lineup, No. 2 singles player
Danielle Lund, No. 4 Erryn Weggenman
and No. 6 Jen Boylan, also played
exceptionally well. Weggenman and
Boylan gave up just one game apiece
and Lund won, 6-1, 6-1.
Boylan, who was confined to doubles
play last year because of injury, was
excited about her return to singles.
"It -felt great," Boylan said. "I felt like
it was about time, after two years. I was
definitely nervous, but overall it was a
great experience."
In doubles play, the Wolverines con-
tinued to dominate the Broncos. At No.
I doubles, Michigan's tandem of Hart

and Lund got off to a 4-1 start en route
to ai 8-4 victory over Western's team of
Cakans and Kristen DeVall.
The No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams
fared equally well, winning 8-2 and
The Wolverines continued their strong
play Saturday. Marquette's strength was
at the top of its lineup, featuring the
fourth- and ninth-ranked players in the
Midwest at No. I and No. 2 singles.
At No. 2 singles, 16th-ranked
Danielle Lund upset her higher-ranked
opponent, Ana Fernandez, in convincing
fashion, 6-2, 6-2.
Michigan coach Bitsy RItt never
doubted Lund's ability
"I'm really pleased for Danielle, 4
verx happy with her good win, but I'm
not surprised," Ritt said.
The highlight of the weekend took
place at center court. Marquette's Elisa
Penalvo battled Hart at No. I singles.
The first set of the match went to a
tiebreak, and Hart won 8-6. After
Penalvo took the second set, 6-3 Hart
fell behind 4-0 in the third. But Hart
held serve in the fifth game, and br
Penalvo twice to bring the set to a 5-5.
Hart took a 6-5 lead, but Penalvo forced
another tiebreak. In the tiebreaker, Hart
fell behind 5-1, but again battled back to
a 5-5 tie and went on to win 9-7 and take
an upset victory in the match.
"Brooke Hart's win showed the fight
that she has and that we have as a team,"
Ritt said.
. Penalvo and Fernandez did manage to
take some revenge for their losses.At
No. I doubles, Penalvo and Fernan
beat Hart and I.und in a 9-8 tiebreak. But
Michigan's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles
teams won to complete the victory.

PAUL TALANIAN/Daily
Jake Raiton and the rest of the Michigan men's tennis team swatted Virginia, 4-3,
at the Varsity Tennis Center yesterday.

some momentum going," Pusztai said.
"A lot of times when you are playing at
home one person starts cheering and
you can see people getting good streaks
of points."
Wright also mentioned that the team
last year, while it had the same compo-
sition, was nothing like this season:s
team.

"We learned a lot from last year and
I have a lot of confidence in this year's
team," Wright said. "The difference
between this year's and last year's team
is night and day. We're now a national-
ly competitive team.,
The Wolverines take a three-week
break before continuing dual-meet play
at William and Mary on Feb. 28.

Men's track finishes
tHird in state meet

Women crush local
competition at state
Intercollegiate meet

By Josh Borkin
"DailySports Writer
The Michigan men's track and field
'team traveled to Michigan State for the
Michigan Intercollegiate in hope of cap-
turing state bragging rights, but left with
disappointed with its third-place finish.
Eastern Michigan won Saturday with
167 points, followed by Western
Michigan with 109 points and Michigan
with 104. The annual race consisted sole-
ly of Michigan universities, so state brag-
ging rights were at stake.
But Michigan All American Kevin
Sullivan felt that the team did not enter
this race aiming to get a victory.
"We didn't go in with the mentality to
win,"Sullivan said. "We didn't double-up
in events and that didn't allow us to cap-
ture as many points as we could have."
Michigan usually doubles up its run-
ners - primarily its distance runners -
but coach Jack Harvey wanted solid per-
formances in just one event per runner.
"We were looking for solid perfor-
mances,' Sullivan said. "Obviously we
were not satisfied with our final team
result, but in individual circumstances we
succeeded."
The majority of Michigan's points
were earned by the distance squad.
John Mortimer returned to competi-

tion this week, after acting as a pacer last
weekend at the Red Simmons
Invitational. Mortimer was victorious in
two events Saturday, placing first in the
mile (4:09.65) and the 3000,meter run
(8:37.58).
Kevin Sullivan was not able to follow
up last week's stellar perfornance with a
similar one this week. Sullivan finished
second in the 800-meter run with a time
of 1:51.26, after last week he recorded
the best 3000-meter (7:51) time this year.
"I was not very pleased with my per-
formance," Sullivan said. "I felt that my
effort was not bad, but I just didn't run
the pace I needed to."
Don McLaughlin finished fifth in the
800 (1:56.60), while Jay Cantin had a
quiet performance, finishing sixth in the
800 (1:56.73).
The sprint squad, plagued by a lack of
depth, continued to show improvement.
Steve Jenkins ran a personal best in
the 55-meter dash (6.37), missing out on
a first-place finish by a hundredth of a
second.
Kevin Bowman improved on his per-
sonal best, with a fifth-place finish in the
200 (22.21), while captain Brian Theisen
was able to garner two third-place finish-
es in the 55 hurdles (7.60) and 200
(22.14).

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Witer
At last, the Michigan women's track
team can call itself state champion.
The Wolverines dominated five in-
state teams to win the Michigan
Intercollegiate Saturday, crushing the
field with 226 points. Eastern Michigan
was runner-up, but still failed to eclipse
the century mark, with 95 points. Big
Ten rival Michigan State, the only con-
ference foe at the Intercollegiate, man-
aged just 54 points for fourth place.
Distance runner Elizabeth Kampfe
expressed a hint of surprise at the
squad's performance.
"We were confident we could win the
meet," Kampfe said. "But we didn't
know we could dominate."
The Wolverines won 10 of the 14
events, further reinforcing the sentiment
that conference rivals such as Illinois
and Wisconsin had better be wary of
Michigan at the Big Ten championships,
which start Feb. 28.
Tania Longe proved her versatility as
a multi-events athlete by placing in four
events. Longe followed a record-setting
performance last week with another one
Saturday, winning the 55-meter hurdles
in 7.88. She followed up her victory in
the hurdles with second-place finishes in
both the long jump (19-0 3/4) and the
triple jump (39-4).
"I'm always happy with improve-
ment," Longe said. "I was especially
pleased with my jumping."
Longe scored 28 points in the meet by
herself. Detroit Mercy scored only 21
points as a team.
Solid performances in the field events
continued with Nikki Keith's victory in
the shot put (46-0). Stephanie Wigness

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MARGARET MYERS/Daily
The Michigan track team couldn't stake claim to the title of state's best, as they
finished behind Eastern and Western Michigan in the Michigan Intercollegiate.
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provided depth with a third place, throw-
ing 43-8.
Nicole Forrester has been carrying the
load for the Wolverines in the high jump.
Forrester bettered her previous NCAA
provisional height and set a meet re,
by clearing the 6-foot bar.
With all the talk about super-sprint
freshmen Tamika Craig and Regine
Caruthers, fellow freshman Adrignne
I hunter has almost been forgotten. "
But afl three gave a glimpse of the
future, combining to give Michigan a I-
2-3 finish in the 400. Craig won the racL
in a time of 56.66, followed by Caruthers
(57.44) and Hunter (57.54). Craig a
placed third ir the 200 meters. -
Maria Brown put together a fine day
in the sprint events. Her time of 6.96 was
good enough for second place in the 55
meters. She finished second in the 200.
It was all Michigan from there on out.
The Wolverines swept the top three spots
in both the 800 meters and the mihtun.
Sarah Hamilton led the charge in the
800, finishing in 2:10. Distance specia-
ist Katie McGregor (2:11) and freshman
Erin White (2:15) followed.
In the mile, McGregor (4:54) edb J
teammate Lisa Ouellet by less than u
second to earn the victory. Freshman
Lena VanHaren completed a Wolverine
trifecta with her third-place finish in
5:03.
The Wolverines were able to place
two runners faster than 10 minutes in the
3000 meters. Both Ouellet (9:57) and
Michelle Slater (9:59) broke the mark,
earning first and second place resp
tively.
Kampfe stole the show in the 5000.
Her finish in 16:38 is the best time in the
nation so far this season, not to mention
an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Kampfe finished more than a minute
ahead of the closest competitor, setting a
meet record.
"It wasn't quite perfection," Kampfe
said modestly. "My last mile would have
to be stronger."
Michigan swept both relays to cf*
out the day. The 1600-meter relay team
captured the victory in 3:53, while the
distance medley was won by the
Wolverines in 11:59.
Although all signs point to an exciting
run at the Big Ten title, the Wolverines
are cautious about their early success.
"We're making really good results;'
Longe said. "(But) the other schools are
getting better, so we have to be comp
tive within our team to improve."

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