10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 16, 1999
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The final outcome of Comrie's
candidacy for CCHA rookie of the
year will be determined on
Thursday at the league awards ban-
The lack of individual recognition
is a sign of a Michigan team that has
done without superstar goal-scorers
this season, and have been able to
pull together and take second place
in the CCHA.
"We've got a lot of guys playing
well that just don't have the numbers
or the publicity," Berenson said.
Both All-Conference teams are
selected by a coaches' vote, with
coaches unable to vote for their own
players. Last week, Comrie, Jeff
Jillson, and Josh Blackburn were
named to the CCHA All-rookie
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Softball moves up in standings
CCHA All-Conference first team
Position Player. School, Year
Goal Jeff Maund, OSU, SO
Defense Mike Weaver, MSU, JR
Defense Benoit Cotnoir, ND, SR
Forward Hugo Boisvert, OSU, JR
Forward Mike York, MSU, SR
Forward Adam Edinger, BG, JR
CCHA All-Conference second team
Player. School, Year Points
Joe Blackburn, MSU, SO 26.
Mike Jones, BG, JR 30O
Andre Signoretti, OSU, SO 27;.
Dan Price, BG, SR 34
Ben Simon, ND,JR 28
J.RP.Vigier,NMUJR 26' .
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By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan softball team is look-
ing up, and not at its own high expec-
tations. The Wolverines will enter the
Capitol City Classic Invitational
Thursday tied with South Carolina for
the No. 9 ranking in the nation.
At 15-5 so far this season, with the
Speedline Invitational championship
trophy in their case, the Wolverines
climbed five places in the polls this
week from their previous ranking of
"We don't talk much of rankings,"
freshman second baseman Kelsey
Kollen said. "We have a saying that
it's not where you start, it's where you
When Michigan travels to
Sacramento to participate in the
Classic this Thursday through Sunday,
they will have a chance to climb even
further. The Wolverines take on
Baylor in the first game, then
Southern Illinois and Portland State
to finish out the scheduled play. But
the bracketed play in the latter half of
the Invitational will give Michigan
their greatest chance to move up in
Among the 20 teams that will be
participating, No. 20 Nebraska and
Oklahoma State could provide chal-
lenging matchups for the Wolverines.
The Cowgirls knocked the Wolverines
out of last season's Women's College
"We're just looking at it by the way
we play," Kollen said. "We haven't
gotten much playing time because of
the snow, but we are going to take it
one game at a time."
Big Ten powers Minnesota and
Iowa could also face Michigan in the
bracket play of the invitational. If that
happens the games will present an
interesting preview of the Big Ten
season title race because the teams are
ranked 18th and 23rd, respectively.
But a championship run in this
invitational might not be as easy to
come by -for the Wolverines as their
Melissa Taylor and the Michigan softball team broke into the top 10 of the nation-
al rankings with a championship in the Speedline invitational.
last win in tournament play at the
Speedline. Michigan will have had
the last two weeks off and will not
have the advantage of coming off a
The break will have the given the
Wolverines the chance to overcome
the flu bug that was starting to infect
the team at the end of spring break. A
few of the pitchers, freshman Kate
Eiland and junior Jaime Gillies, and
few of the role players were affected
by the virus, but the team expects to
be at full strength for this week's
"Everybody is back on their feet
and everybody is back to full
strength," Kollen said.
If the team is healthy, Michigan
might be able to continue the 10-
game winning streak it is on. Several
players have been on a hot streak as of
late. Sophomore pitcher Marie Barda
and senior left fielder Catherine
Davie were both named to the all-
tournament team of the Speedline
Davie currently leads the team in
hitting with a .373 average. She also
leads the team with 19 runs batted in
and two homers.
Leading the team in clutch hitting
has been junior catcher Karmen
Lappo. Lappo was named to the,
Speedline all-tournament team and
also named the tournament's most
valuable player after hitting her first
home run of the season - a grand
slam against South Carolina.
"Our coaches have a philosophy
that hitting is contagious," Kollen
said. "And with Kate's and
Catherine's hot bats, that allows us to
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