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MEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
WYOMING 62,
No. 5 Utah 50
No. 21 Stanford at
No. 10 UCLA, Inc.
ILLINOIS 84,
No. 15 Michigan St. 63
No. 21 Cincinnati 70,
ST. LOUIS 43

WOMEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
No. 1 Tennessee 91,
MEMPHIS 65
No: 14 DUKE 83
No. 5 North Carolina 70
UCLA at
No. 7 STANFORD, Inc.
No. 8 NC STATE 70,
No. 12 Virginia 63

No. 15 FLA. INT. 101
Samford 33
Texas Christian at
No. 16 HAWAII, Inc.
No. 17 Washington at
OREGON STATE, Inc.

~~tjz Sisja ai

Check out the Michigan men's and women's gymnas-
tics teams this weekend. The men face Minnesota
tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., while the women compete
against Kentucky on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen.

Friday
February 13, 1998

11

Michigan volunteers

first loss tor
By Drew Beaver
For the Daily
Like any good thing, it had to come to an end.
As much as the players and coaches downplayed it, it
still hurt to see it go.
It always hurts when a streak is broken.
After nine straight wins at the new Varsity Tennis
Center, the 28th-ranked Michigan women's tennis team
dropped its first home dual meet, 7-2, to 12th-ranked
Tennessee last night.
The loss was not the result of any lack of effort on the

Wolverines' part, though. "I
thought for the most part we
played well," said Michigan
coach Bitsy Ritt. "We had
some opportunities in singles
that we didn't take advantage
of and in order to beat a team
of Tennessee's caliber, you
have to be able to do that."
Michigan sophomore
Danielle Lund echoed her
coach's sentiments.
"I think we were ready for
the match," Lund said. "We
knew they were good, and we

Tomorrow's match
Who: Michigan vs. Syracuse
Where: Varsity Tennis Center
When: 1 p.m.
Notables: Admission is free.
After last night's loss to
Tennessee, Michigan looks to
regroup tomorrow afternoon
in the first-ever meeting
between the two schools.
Syracuse has struggled so far
this season and remains
winless.
were expecting them to

Iennessee
other five matches had concluded, was a war. With the
score tied at five games apiece, Lowery held serve and
took a 6-5 lead.
But Weggenman battled back and held serve to force a
tiebreak. Again Weggenman fell behind, this time 4-2,
but she reeled off five straight points to take the tiebreak
and the match.
No. 4 singles was not the only close match of the
evening, though. Another one took place at No. 1 singles,
where Brooke Hart took on Tennessee's Manisha
Malhotra. But this one ended in a Tennessee victory.
After leading the first set four games to one, Hart was
broken twice and eventually lost the set 7-5. The second
set was even closer than the first. Again Hart took a lead
and Malhotra battled back. With the score tied 5-5, each
player held serve and forced a tiebreak. Hart took a 6-4
lead in the tiebreak, but Malhotra ran off four straight
points and took the match.
Michigan's Tumeka Harris and Tennessee's Whitney
Dill squared off at No. 3 singles, in a match that also
went to three sets.
Dill took the first set 7-5, but the Michigan junior
fought back to take the second set 6-4.
Harris fell behind early in the third set, however, and
Dill went away with a 6-2 victory.
In doubles play it was more of the same for .te
Wolverines. All three Michigan doubles teams got out to
early leads, but only one came away with a win.
The No. 3 doubles pair of Harris and Alison Sinclair
earned an 8-5 victory.
But the Wolverines are not dwelling on this loss.
"Obviously, we're disappointed we lost, but I think we
still know we're a good team and it's still early in the sea-
son," Lund said.
Next up for the Wolverines are winless Syracuse at
home tomorrow and unranked Michigan State, in -he
conference opener, on Suneday.

come out here and be tough at every position. Overall, I
don't think we underestimated them."
The match was technically over after the singles play,
as the Volunteers won the requisite five matches neces-
sary for a dual-meet victory. But this was far from a
blowout.
Only at No. 4 singles did Michigan come away with a
victory. Erryn Weggenman fought tooth and nail against
Tennessee's Erin Lowrey. Weggenman won the first set 7-
5, but fell 6-4 in the second set.
The third set, which was still being played after the

FILE PHOTO
umeka Harris, like four other Michigan singles players, lost last night to her Tennessee counterpart. The Wolverines lost their
rit home match since moving into the new Varsity Tennis Center last season.

When animals attack 'M' hockey)
Wolverines square off against Redhawks and Wildcats this weekend

ay Sharat Raju
"I Sports Editor
Miami (Ohio) goaltender Trevor Prior isn't a
ihigan fan. He especially isn't a Marty Turco
n, fact, rumor has it that Prior may once have
owned a T-shirt with a bullseye and Turco's name
Writtten across it when the two played against each
'tier in juniors.
ve never seen it, but that's what I hear," the
(ihigan goaltender said about the alleged shirt.
"its a personal match. When me and Trevor go up
look forward to it because he's such a good goal-
tpoer."-, ---------------------
The reasons for the This weekend's games
rivalry are pretty sim- Who: Michigan vs. Miaum
;0 Both are seniors. (tonight), Michigan vs.
Both backstop for the Northern Michigan (tomorrow)
top teams in the con- Where: Yost Ice Arena
ference. Both are When: Both games at 7 p.m.
natives of Sault Ste. Notables: After sweeping the
of Sult te. Wolverines three w'eeks ago in
arie, Ontario, where rd hio t edh ks
they played against come to Ann Arbor for the
each other. first time this season. It's been
Neither allows many even longer since the Wildcats
pucks into the net. have been to Yost - they last
Each goaltender will visited in 1984.
be striving to one-up
the other when No. 5 Michigan (17-4-1 CCHA,
23-6-1 overall) and No. 7 Miami (13-6-4, 18-6-4)
do battle at Yost Ice Arena at 7 p.m. tonight. Then,
on Saturday, the Wolverines play host to Northern
Michigan (12-8-3, 14-10-4) for the first time since
1984, which was Red Berenson's first year as
Michigan coach.
Prior already has the upper hand this season in
the ongoing feud between the two netminders. The
RedHawks swept a crucial series in Miami on Jan.
Nagano 1998

23-24. The two Miami victories were largely
attributed to Prior's game-saving stops, and he was
named CCHA defensive player of the week as a
result.
Turco, who let a few bad goals beat him that
weekend, is ready to exact some measure of
revenge.
"We deserved to win," Turco said. "We played
well enough to win. If you don't get goaltending
on the road you're not going to win games.
"I look forward to the opportunity to get back at
them some way. You can say it's a little bit of a
revenge."
The rest of the Wolverines aren't quick to for-
give and forget what happened a few short weeks
ago, either.
"When we were down in Miami, we didn't cap-
italize on our chances," Michigan captain Matt
Herr said. "I mean, shoulda, woulda, coulda -
we still made a lot of mistakes.
"And against good teams in the top half of the
league you can't make those kinds of mistakes."
And Miami is certainly one of those good
teams. Last weekend, third-place Miami battled
then-No. 1 Michigan State to a 0-0 tie, sending the
Spartans into the No. 3 spot in the polls.
"Now you've got two top teams, it's in our last
year and we're playing for keeps," Turco said. "It
could get more personal when things are at higher
stakes. We look forward to playing each other -
it's a rivalry."
As much animosity as there might be between
these two, Michigan's second opponent of the
weekend is as far from a rival as two conference
opponents can be.
Northern Michigan, in its first year back in the
CCHA in 14 years, hasn't played at Yost since
1984. The preseason coaches' poll picked the

"1 mean, shoulda,
woulda, coulda - we
still made a lot of
mistakes"
- Matt Herr
Michigan hockey captain,
on the Wolverines' two losses
to Miami (Ohio) earlier this season
Wildcats to finish no higher than 10th in the con-
ference.
But now, in the final month of play, they have
proven everyone wrong -- currently residing at
fifth place in the conference.
"Nobody knew about us, how good we've been,"
Northern Michigan coach Rick Comely said. "It's
not really the coaches' fault. We got better from
last year and we would've been better no matter
what league."
The Wolverines haven't been pushovers recent-
ly, either. Coming off a sound 4-1 beating of Lake
Superior last Saturday and a weekend sweep of
Notre Dame, Michigan is poised for a difficult
weekend.
"I think we'll be seeing their team playing their
best hockey and our team playing our best hock-
ey," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
This weekend starts a four-game clash with tough
opponents for the Wolverines. After the RedHawks
and Wildcats leave Ann Arbor, Michigan has to
begin preparations for a two-game prize-fight
against second-place Michigan State next weekend.

JOHN KRAFT/Daily
Defenseman Chris Fox and the rest of his defensive linemates will play a key role
in avenging a Miami (Ohio) sweep of Michigan three weeks ago.

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Norway 3 3 3 9
Russia 4 3 0 7
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USA 2 0 2 4

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