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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 7, 1998

Miami blasts 'M' tennis

South Florida edges Blue
By Drew Beaver
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis team had two
chances to pick up its first upset win of the year last
weekend in southern Florida. The Wolverines had
fallen short in their past four upset opportunities,
with their most recent chance resulting in a 5-4 loss
to Notre Dame.
That elusive upset wasn't to be had this weekend,
either. Michigan dropped both of its matches over
the Florida weekend, falling to No. 27 Miami, 6-3,
on Friday and then dropping a close 5-4 decision to
No. 36 South Florida on Sunday. Both matches
were played outdoors.
Against South Florida, the 42nd-ranked
Wolverines got off to a rocky start, with No. I sin-
gles player Brooke Hart falling to Alicia Kerystyn.
Then things started to look better - Michigan
won two straight-set matches, as Tumeka Harris and
senior captain Sora Moon took the No. 3 and No. 5
singles matches, respectively.
At No. 2 singles, sophomore Danielle Lund
earned Michigan another point by winning her
match in three sets.
Michigan sophomores Erryn Weggenman and
Jen Boylan dropped the first sets of their matches at
No. 4 and No. 6 singles. Each battled back to force
a third set, but ran out of gas as the Bulls evened the

prolongs woes

match at three points per side.
"It was a situation where we did a good job to win
the second sets and force it to a third\" Michigan
coach Bitsy Ritt said.
South Florida came out of the gate on fire in dou-
bles play and won the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles
matches to clinch the victory. Michigan's No. I
doubles team of Hart and Lund won a 9-7 tiebreak-
er in their match, but it wasn't enough, and South
Florida took the overall match, 5-4.
"it was disappointing!' Boylan said. "it came
dow n to doubles and we just didn't have it:'
Friday, the Wolverines faced a Miami team they
had beaten one year earlier. Michigan came out flat
in the match, losing five of six singles matches and
making doubles play irrelevant.
This year's Hurricane squad shows little resem-
blance to last years. With just two returning starters,
Miami recruited several international players and
has benefited greatly from their addition to the line-
up.
Only Tumeka Harris managed a win for the
Wolverines, taking out Miami's Victoria Hunt in
three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Miami defaulted the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles
matches, and its No. I doubles team of Lioudmila
Shavronskaia and Elisabeth Habeler beat
Michigan's tandem of Hart and Lund, 8-4.

Crew falls .
to Huskies
By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Wliter
Michigan didn't have to worry
about any tornadoes Sunday at the San
Diego Crew Classic, but the
Wolverines might have fared better
against the wind than they did against
No. I Washington.
The Huskies placed first in both the
first varsity-eight and the second var-
sity-eight races. Michigan finished
second in the two races, staying sur-
prisingly close to the defending
national champions.
"It was a really good showing,"
Michigan coach Mark Rothstein said.
"I'm pleased with where we finished.
(The Huskies) are within reach, and
they're the team to beat:'
The Wolverines' time of 6:31.43 in
the varsity-eight was '3.33 seconds
slower than the Huskies in the 2,000-
meter regatta. Northeastern, Radcliffe,
Wisconsin and Oregon State rounded
out the final of the 12-team field.
In the second va4sity-eightrce,.
Michigan finished 5.84 seconds
behind Washington.

EMiLY NATHAN/Daily
Brooke Hart went 0-2 in singles this weekend, and the Michigan women's tennis team didn't fare much
better, dropping a pair of nonconference matches to Miami (Fla.) and South Florida.

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'M' track survives
rain barrage at USC

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Wr-iter
The Michigan women's track team
had every reason to be excited for
Saturday's Big Ten vs. Pac 10 chal-
lenge in Los Angeles.
After all, the trip to sunny
California and Fox Sports West 2's
television coverage of the event made
the four-team meet very appealing to
the Wolverines.
But rain intervened in torrential
fashion. While it didn't cancel the
slate of events, the steady downpour
destroyed most of the Wolverines'
hopes of achieving personal bests.
"We were just trying to get some
competition in and not kill ourselves,
slipping and falling," Michigan coach
James Henry said. "I was considering
pulling some of my athletes. It was a
disappointing day for everyone."
Battling the adverse circumstances,
Michigan still managed 49 points for
second place. [lost USC was well
ahead of the field with 76.
The format, which pitted two Big
Ten representatives against those from
the Pac-10. USC and Arizona doubled
up the combined team score of
Michigan and Ohio State, 108-54.
Field events gave the Wolverines
their only two victories of the day.

Senior Amy Johnson outlasted the
field with her javelin throw of 115-
feet-9 to win the event. Teammate
Tania Longe's effort of 105-2 gave her
third place.
Due to the strong wind, both
Johnson and Longe fell short of their
throws at the Arizona State Castillo
Invitational on Mar. 28, in which both
neared the 120-foot mark.
Nicole Forrester was ;another
Wolverine who defeated the oppo-
nents - and the weather - on
Saturday. By clearing the 5-foot-8 bar,
her lowest height this year, Forrester
earned the victory.
"I told Nicole to jump enough to
win and then quit," Henry said.
For the second time in the young
outdoor season, the 400-meter relay
set the school record. While the
youthful team of Kenise Bocage,
Tamika Craig, Regine Caruthers and
Maria Brown did not win the event
finishing second.
They still managed a time of 45.43
for second place, bettering the previ-
ous record by .08 seconds.
The Wolverines return to the
Golden State Apr. 17-18, competing
in the Mount SAC Relays in Walnut,
Calif.

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Nicole Forrester and the rest of the Michigan women's track team fought bad
weather conditions at Saturday's Big Ten ivs. Pac 10 challenge in Los Angeles.

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By B.J. Luria
Daily Spors Writer
Saturday's track meet at the
University of Southern California
brought together the consistent and
the inconsistent for the Michigan
men's team.
The inconsistent factor was the
weather. It rained throughout the
meet, keeping many Wolverines
from performing up to their potential
at Cromwell Track and Field
Stadium in Los Angeles.
The consistent factors were Kevin
Sullivan and John Mortimer. The
pair became NCAA qualifiers in
their events. Sullivan earned a pro-
visional qualification in the 1,500-
meter run with a winning time of
3:43.95, a Cromwell Field record.
Sullivan also won his second straight
800-meter run with a time of
1:41.24.

Two-time all-American Mortimer,
a sophomore, got an automatic qual-
ification in the 3,000-meter steeple-
chase, his specialty. Mortimer led
the race from beginning to end as he
won with a time of 8:43.5.
The event was called the Big Ten
vs. Pac 10 Challenge, but in reality,
the Big Ten put up very little of a
challenge.
The Pac 10 team, made up of host
USC and Arizona, defeated the com-
bined Big Ten team of Michigan and
Ohio State, 136-33.
The Buckeyes finished in last
place in team scoring with 19 points.
Michigan came in third place with
35 points, while Arizona edged USC,
78-71.
While Sullivan and Mortimer were
Michigan's only race champions on
the day, several other Wolverines
performed very well. Todd Snyder

ran the 5,000-meter run in 14:21.30,
good for a second-place finish, while
Mortimer finished third in the event.
Brian Theisen also ran to a sec-
ond-place finish with a time of 52.38
in the 400-meter hurdles.
The time was Theisen's best of the
year, improving on his previous per-
sonal record by more than a second.4
Theisen also finished in third place
in the 110-meter hurdles with a time
of 14.69.
From a team viewpoint,
Michigan's best event on Saturday
was the 800-meter run, in which Jay
Cantin and Don McLaughlin took
third and fifth place, respectively,
after Sullivan's first-place finish.
In the field events, Michigan fin-
ished no better than third. Taiw4
Okusanya took third place in the
triple jump and Charles DeWildt
took third in the pole vault.

Men finish third in Californiao

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The Undergraduate Law Club
invites all students
to a lecture by
Jeffrey S. Lehman
Dean of The University of Michigan
Law School
discussing

The Search for
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There's No
Turning Back
Lecture by
Dr. Aaron Miller
Deputy Middle East Coordinator
for Arab-Israeli Negotiations,
U.S. Department of State

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