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r r Do2Tracking 'M' teams
NBA NHL GRAPEFRUIT Do you like tennis? A lot? Need a reason to skip dis-
BASKETBALL HOCKEY LEAGUE cussion? Then travel to South Bend and check out th
INDIANA 90, San Jose 1, Detroit 3,
Washington 86 MONTREAL 1 Texas 2 Michigan women's tennis team when they play Notre
NEW JERSEY 106, TAMPA BAY 6, Philadelphia 6, Dame tomorrow.
Toronto 87 N.Y. Rangers 3 Minnesota 4
Atlanta 80, Philadelphia 3, St. Louis 12,
NEW YORK 71 TORONTO 1 Baltimore 3 esda
March 23, 1999

Back to school

Hockey 'U'.
NCAA East Regional
introduced to
Denver hockey
By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
Unlike the mass scouting of other teams in profes-
sional sports, most college hockey coaches and players
aren't as familiar with opponents outside their league.
Before this week, Michigan coach Red Berenson,
like many coaches across the country, hadn't seen a
tape of his first-round NCAA opponent.
Well, Michigan - say hello to the Pioneers.
The Wolverines will have to learn about Denver
quickly, because their Friday 8:30 p.m. meeting with
the NCAA East Regional first-round opponent is just
three days away.
So the Wolverines had to look on this week a little
Instead of preparing for a team they know well, the
first days of the week become more of a 'meet the
Pioneers' session.
The Michigan coaches watched their first tape of
Denver today and said they were impressed by the
Pioneers' ability.
"Denver is similar to a CCHA team," Berenson said.
"They are physical, they have talent, and they work
hard. They have a great power play."
Michigan has the advantage defensively - on paper.
The Wolverines give up only 2.36 goals per game com-
pared to Denver's 3.05. Michigan's defensemen also
are five pounds heavier on average.
But the Pioneers have one of the most powerful spe-
cial teams in the nation.
Denver netted the second best power play and penal-
ty kill in the WCHA behind Colorado College. At one
point this season, Denver had the second-best power
play unit statistically in the country.
"They have a couple of highly skilled players on
their top line, and they have a great power play,"
Berenson said.
While Michigan may look at Denver's numbers,
Berenson says there won't be any big changes based on
Denver's past play.
"It's not as much as you would think," Berenson
said. "We aren't going to change our game based on
what (Denver) does.
"We might identify their strengths and weaknesses,
but we are going to playing our game as best as possi-
Michigan Captain Bubba Berenzweig likes the idea
of playing a team that they haven't played before.

Bobeda's homere
earns 'M' extra-
inning victory
Baseball splits series with Rebels
By Chris Grandstaff
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan baseball team outraced the Runnin'
Rebels of Nevada-Las Vegas yesterday, 17-15, on Robert
Bobeda's game-winning 10th inning homerun in the
final game of the Texas A&M Classic in College Station,
The win upped the Wolverines' record to 2-4 for the
tournament, and 7-10 overall.
Michigan exploded against the Rebels behind the bats
of Bobeda, Bobby Scales, Mike Cervenak, Jason Alcaraz
and David Parrish.
All five of them belted homers for the Michigan
squad, and jump-started an offense which had been
struggling of late.
In the first five games of the Classic, the ailing bats of
the Wolverines had managed no more than four runs.
And except in Sunday's win over California State
Northridge, their pitching had allowed no less than 6
runs - not exactly a winning combination.
But yesterday, while the Wolverines' pitching contin-
ued to struggle, the Wolverines' bats seemed to find a
cure against the Rebels - score runs, lots of runs.
The win avenged Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Rebels, ans
sent Michigan home to Ann Arbor with a win.
A six-run third inning keyed the Michigan offensive
With the score tied 2-2, Brian Bush, who finished the
weekend with 10 hits in 24 plate appearances, got a lead-
off single and was quickly brought home by Cervenak's.
second home run of the season.
Bush also finished the inning with a single, which
drove in a run.
Michigan followed up the third inning with two mom
runs in the fourth, as Jason Alcaraz launched his third
round-tripper of the season to put the Wolverines up 10-
The Wolverines held a commanding 12-5 lead heading
into the sixth inning, but UNLV quickly made it a game
again as eight Runnin Rebels crossed the plate during the
Starting pitcher Jeff Trzos, having seemingly secured
the victory, was replaced by senior Ryan Kelley.
Kelley did not record an out, as all six Runnin' Rebels
he faced reached base, with three coming home to score.
Kelley was replaced by Nick Alexander, who got f*
outs against the first two men he faced before allowing
the most damaging blow of the day, a grand slam ,ry
Runnin' Rebel shortstop Eliott Sarbia.
And just like that the Wolverines trailed 13-12 heading
into their half of the sixth. But the Wolverines refused to
lose on this day, and scored two runs in the bottom of the
inning on Parrish's dinger.
Michigan held onto the lead until the top of the ninth
when the Rebels struck back with two runs to tie 1h
score, which set the stage for Bobeda's game-winner t
the 10th.

Red Berenson and the Michigan coaching staff have three days to tudor the Wolverines on first round opponent Denver.
Michigan is headed to Worcester, Mass. to face the fourth-seeded Pioneers at 8:30 p.m. this Friday, and Denver is riding
an eight-game winning streak into the Tournament.

"I like that a lot," Berenzweig said following the
announcement of the bracket.
"I like the fact that we're not playing anyone we've
seen all year. I think it will help our team to prepare a
lot better."
The Pioneers, who were predicted to be an eighth-
place team in the WCHA after a dismal 11-25-2 record
last season, soared with the help of their rich core of
seniors and the loss of only two players.
Denver fought back to a 26-12-2 record and has won
nine straight games.
The Pioneers' latest win came in the WCHA cham-

pionship game over a North Dakota team they had lost
to four times previously this season.
But an end-of-the-season streak doesn't necessarily
equal an easy victory in the NCAA Tournament.
Denver entered the tourney in 1996 after winning
seven of its last eight games and was one of the hottest
teams in the country, but lost to the Boston University
in the semifinals of the East Regional.
This is Denver's third NCAA appearance in the past
six seasons.
The Pioneers won five NCAA championships
between 1958 and 1969.


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Women's tennis splits pair with
Houston, Marquette in Milwaukee

By David Mosse
Doily Sporis Writer
Hampered all season by inconsis-
tent play, the Michigan women's ten-
nis team once again experienced its
share of highs and lows this weekend
as they traveled to Milwaukee for a
pair of meets.
t On Saturday morning, the
Wolverines took to the courts against
the 39th-ranked Houston Cougars.
Michigan got off to an inauspi-
cious start as they appeared to be no
match for the Cougars early on.
Houston blitzed through the first
four singles matches, leaving them
one win shy of victory.
Trailing 4-0, Michigan stormed

"We played some of our best tennis 2
o- Bitsy Ritt'
Michigan women's tennis coach-

back, nearly pulling off asmiraculous
comeback. The initial spark come
from an unlikely source.
Freshman Jen Vaughn, winless
thus far in the dual match season,
defeated Sarah Belle, 6-1, 6-4.
Vaughn's win was followed by
sophomore Allison Sinclair's 6-4, 6-
2 demolition of Kailey Meisinger,
which narrowed the deficit to 4-2.
With three doubles matches remain-

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ing, Michigan needed a sweep.
The Cougars finally turned out t
lights on the Wolverines by knockig
off Michigan's top doubles team
Brooke Hart and Danielle Lund.
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt them
experimented with different paii
Ritt broke up the team of Jen Boyla6
and Szandra Fuzesi, 1-7 on the seas
son, opting for a team of Boylan .aM
Vaughn, followed by Fuzesi arid
The Wolverines won the final two
matches, making the final score 54.
"I liked the way we fought bac j
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On Sunday, Michigan hopedtt
build on this momentum and salvlAge
a split, as they took on the hometown
Marquette Golden Eagles. Once
again the Wolverines fell behinid
early. But this time were unable to
muster a comeback.
The Golden Eagles trounced
Michigan, winning seven of n
matches played. Marquette won
of the six singles matches and two
out of three doubles matches on
route to the easy victory.
The Wolverines' lone singles yic-
tory came courtesy of Sinclair, who
blanked Christine Dimasi, 6-0, 6-0.
Sinclair also accounted for th4e
Wolverines' other win. For the sec-
ond straightsday, she teamed -wrh
Sandra Fuzesi as they won their dou-
bles match, 8-5.
The loss - the Wolverines fo
straight defeat - dropped their ovt-
all record to 3-7.
As a result, the team is lickig
their wounds as they ponder whit
can be done to turn their season
"We need to start playing better,"
Ritt said. "We have a lot of tough
opponents still to face."


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