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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 13, 1998

No holiday in Iowa
for Michigan golfers
Wolverines to participate in extra event today

By Tracy Sandler
Daily Sports Writer
Iowa can wait.
A slight change of plans occurred
this weekend for the Michigan

women's golf team.
The Wolverines
Easter weekend in
originally planned.
Since the trip

did not spend
Iowa as they had
was canceled,
Michigan will be
participating in a
event taking
place today and

Michigan's five participants -
Sharon Park, Nicole Green, Laura
Hess, Jennifer Baumann and Amy
Talbot - shot a combined 320.
Park led the team as she tied for
ninth place overall, shooting 78-78-
The rest of the Wolverines did not
fair quite as well.
Team captain Green ended the tour-
nament in a tie for the 39th place,
while both Hess and Baumann tied for
Talbot finished in a tie as well but
for 64th-place.
Going for the average: Park is the
only Wolverine competing whose
average has broken 80.
She is averaging a score of 78.88.
Green is next on the team with 81.81,
while she is followed by Trish
Watkins, who brings an average score
Talbot is next in line with 85.50.
She leads Hess (85.15) and Baumann
As a whole, the Wolverines are
averaging a team score of 327.2.
The only Michigan player who has
not broken 80 this season is Baumann.
Her lowest score has been 81.

Nonetheless, the Wolverines will
still get a trip to Iowa.
Michigan, which finished 10th out
of 15 teams at last weekend's Indiana
Invitational, will make it to Iowa City
on,April 18 and 19 for the Hawkeye
In both tournaments in the coming
week, Michigan will look to continue
a trend of strong play started by the
Wolverines in Indiana.
While in Bloomington, the most
impressive round of golf for the
Wolverines came in the tournament's
third round.

The Michigan :
women's tennis
team had few
reasons to
during the
weekend split.
The biggest
cause for
celebration was
the Wolverines'
first upset of the
season against
Minnesota on
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Moon and Jen Boylan falling in a 9-7 tiebreak.
At No. 3 doubles, Michigan's Tumeka Harris and
Erryn Weggenman won a 9-7 tiebreak.
The doubles matches sent the Wolverines into
the singles matches trailing 1-0. Michigan senior
captain Sora Moon quickly evened the score at one
point a piece with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Iowa's
Megan Kearney at No. 5 singles.
The Hawkeyes took a 2-1 lead when Shera
Weigler took out Harris in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0.
But again Michigan tied the match when Erryn
Weggenman won in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2.
With the score deadlocked at two points per
team, Michigan sophomore Danielle Lund gave
the Wolverines their first lead of the match as she
outlasted Iowa's Emily Bampton in three sets, 6-3,
4-6, 6-4. The victory was Lund's 20th of the sea-
Michigan only needed one of the two remaining
flights to secure a victory. Sophomores Boylan
and Brooke Hart each dropped the first sets of
their matches; but rallied to force a third set.
At No. 6 singles, Boylan could not hold on, and
fell 4-6 in the third set to tie the team score at three
points each.
So the Wolverines needed a victory from
Brooke Hart at No. I singles to finish the come
from behind victory. Hart and Iowa's Natalya
Dawaf battled back and forth in their final set, and

the match went to a tiebreak. Hart could not hold
on in the tiebreak, though, and Iowa stymied the
Michigan comeback, securing a 4-3 match victory.
The scene was similar to that which took place
on Friday in Minnesota. Coming into the match,
Minnesota was 4-0 in the Big Ten, after dropping
several of the conference's lower teams.
Michigan did not fare well in doubles, dropping
all three matches, one in a tiebreak, to fall behind
1-0 in the team standings.
The Wolverines fought back with Lund drop-
ping Alice Rangsithienchai, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2 sin-
gles. Minnesota then rallied to take both the No. I
and No. 4 singles matches in straight sets.
With the Wolverines facing an early loss,
Tumeka Harris took out Tarah Elkins, 6-2, 7-5, at
No. 3 singles, keeping the Wolverines hopes of
their first upset of the year alive.
Things still looked to be in Minnesota's favor as
Gopher Jana Hrdinova took the first set of her No.
5 singles match against Moon, 6-3. Moon staged
an impressive comeback, however, and took the
second set in a tiebreak before pouring it on
Hrdinova in the third, winning 6-3.
Michigan had battled back to a 3-3 tie with these
two victories. Only Jen Boylan remained on the
court for the Wolverines. Boylan took her first set
against Helen Wang, 6-4, but fell 4-6 in the second.
The match went to a tiebreak in the third set,
and Boylan delivered for the Wolverines, earning a
6-4, 4-6, 7-6 victory in the match and completing
Michigan's first upset of the season.

Derr, DeWildt.
lead 'M' track
in field events
By Nick Koster
Daily Sports Writer
There is no guaranteed formula for success in athletics.
Many believe that your best odds lie in hard work and deter-
mination. Cynics may say that effort and conviction can only
take you so far, and if you are talented enough, it doesn't
matter what you do. But try telling that to a couple of guys
like Andy Derr and Charles DeWildt, whose desire can
make a believer out of even the harshest skeptic.
Derr and DeWildt are the future of Michigan track and
field, or so their coaches say. The two freshman have made
the adjustment from high school athletics to NCAA
Division I competition with a surprising grace.
Derr, a Lititz, Pa., native, has already thrown the javelin
184 feet 2 inches, almost 35 feet farther than any Wolverine
in more than two years.
DeWildt jumped 16 feet 7 1/2 inches in Arizona two
weeks ago, making the pole vaulter from Grand Rapids a
valuable point scorer for No. 18 Michigan.
The ease of their adjustment to college life and competi-
tion comes as no surprise to Derr.
"To adjust really wasn't a problem, and I am sure Charles
feels the same way," Derr said. "You just go and do what you
do. You are here because you worked hard and you hav4
shown the dedication, so you just transfer that from high
school to college."
To what do these freshman phenoms attribute their suc-
cess? The answer may surprise you. In the age of the self-
ish athlete, DeWildt is quick to pass the credit elsewhere.
"My dad vaulted for Western and his coach, Jim
Gardener, got me started in fifth grade," DeWildt said.
"Without him, I wouldn't be here. He still coaches me now."
Derr's mentor is both his coach and father. After intro-
ducing him to the javelin in the seventh grade, Derr said his
father's support was instrumental to his accomplishments iir
"He wasn't overbearing," Derr said. "He always support-
ed my decision to do what I wanted. He was always there to
help me. If I needed help with my athletics, he would find
the time out of his busy schedule to help me."
Derr and DeWildt do take some credit for their achieve-
ments, however. Both have been weight training regularly
for years, and say their time in the weight room is a key fac-
tor for their success.
"I started lifting in eighth grade after I broke my ankle,"
said Derr. "I went in there and I saw all these huge intensO
guys, and I wanted to be like them. So, all during high
school I was in the weight room four days a week, five dur-
ing the summer. Now, I lift three or four days a week.
"If I had never broken my ankle, I would've never taken
the weights so seriously and I probably wouldn't be here."
Injury also propelled DeWildt towards a strength-building
program. As a sophomore he broke a vertebrae in his back
during a vault and then began lifting more seriously.
DeWildt has improved his vaults more than two feet since
his injury occurred, and he feels that this is directly related
to weightlifting.
As key components to a strong freshman class, Derr an
DeWildt are optimistic about the Wolverines future.
Confidence is one thing neither of them lack.
"I think that by our senior year we will win Big Tens and
have a shot at nationals," Derr said.
DeWildt was even more obstinate.
"We'll win Big Tens when we are juniors," DeWildt said.

True or False?
VEnglish is, like, degenerating before our eyes
VGood grammar is a matter of self-discipline
VDialects are sloppy, corrupt forms of a language
VSign language is not a real language
VChildren learn to talk by imitating care givers
Lecture: Monday / Wednesday, 12-1
Discussion: Friday, 9; 10; 11; 12

Majerus Sunnitt honored'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Tennessee's Pat
Summitt and Utah's Rick Majerus were given
the 1998 John and Nellie Wooden Award on
Former UCLA coach Wooden called
Summitt and Majerus "two of the finest coach-
es in America who have left a legacy in the
sport of basketball."
The award is given each year to top college
basketball coaches as voted by a panel of 65
sportscasters, NBA and WNBA coaches and

executives, and college coaches and executives.
Summitt's Tennessee Lady Volunteers went
undefeated this season and won the NCAA
women's championship, their third straight
national title. She has coached at Tennessee for
24 years, winning 650 games and six NCAA
Majerus took Utah's Utes to the Final Four
this year, losing the championship game to
Kentucky. His winning percentage of .736 is
13th among active NCAA coaches.

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