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eidiboard -Froacking 'M' teams
NATIONAL MAJOR LEAGUE Chicago 2, Like to get up early? Like women's tennis? Then.
HOCKEY LEAGUE BASEBALL HOUSTON 1 out the Michigan women's tennis team when it b te
TAMPA 0AY 3, Tamp Bay H L ongeles,inc Indiana tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Varsity Tennis
NEW JERSEY 1, ST. LOUIS 9 Cleveland at Center. Admission is free for everyone.
Washington 0 Milwaukee 4, Anaheim, inc.
NY ISLANDERS 3, SAN FRANCISCO 12, Toronto at
Montreali 1 San Diego 4 Minnesota, inc. Friday
PHILADELPHIA 3, MONTREAL 5, Philadelphia at April 9, 1999
Pittsburgh 1 NY Mets 1 Atlanta, inc.

Softball tries to put
the hurt on other 'M'

Pearson eligible fob
top hockey spots
'M' assistant qualified to replace Woog, Lucia

By Michael Shafrir
Daily Sports Writer
All the superlatives have been
exhausted. Great, wonderful, unbe-
lievable - they've all been used. The
easiest way to describe the Michigan
softball team is with four words -
28-game unbeaten streak.
The Wolverines will put their streak
on the line this week-
end in a three-game
series against
Minnesota.
The Golden Who:
Gophers come to Ann No. 6 Michig
Arbor ranked 22nd in No. 22 Minr
the country with a 28- Where:
10 record. They will be Alumni Field
looking to hand
Michigan its first loss When: F
since March 2. (DH), 1 p.m.
On the heels of a The Lates
doubleheader sweep of Michigan loo
Purdue on Wednesday, extend its urn
Michigan has run its. streak.
record to 32-5-1 and
climbed to No. 6 in the
polls. Michigan's highest ranking of the
season was fifth in the preseason poll.
Blanking Purdue was not as easy as
some of Michigan's games have been.
The Boilermakers took Michigan to 11
innings in the second game before los-
ing, 3-2. In response to the large num-
ber of games the team has played as of
late, Michigan coach Carol Hutchins
gave her players the day off yesterday
to rest them for this weekend.
"We should be OK," freshman
Stefanie Volpe said. "It was just a real-
ly long bus trip, but anytime you play

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11 innings you're going to be tired."
The Wolverines' best weapon, their
trio of pitchers, has gotten better as the
season has progressed - a scary
thought for opposing batters.
Junior Marie Barda improved her
record to 12-1 with her fifth shutout
of the season in the first game against
Purdue.
Not to be outdone, Kate
Eiland and Jamie Gillies
hold 11-2 and 9-2 records,
respectively.
Opponents are batting a
an vs. paltry .215 against the
esota three hurlers.
Michigan's opponents
have not been able to
silence the Wolverines'
m. Sa bats quite as effectively.
Sun. Michigan is tearing into
t: opposing pitching at a
ks to .329 clip.
beaten They are led by left-
fielder Catherine Davie's
.421 batting average and
.722 slugging percentage.
Davie also leads the team with 5
homeruns and 41 RBIs.
Although Michigan managed only
17 hits in its two games against
Purdue, Volpe said the lack of produc-
tion doesn't worry the Wolverines.
"The hits came at the right time,"
Volpe said. "Coach doesn't care how
many hits we get, she cares when we
get them."
For Michigan to stretch its unbeaten
streak to an amazing 31 games, they
need to win a series of games that will
be the Wolverines' toughest test since

By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Writer
The relatively abrupt resignation of
Minnesota hockey coach Doug Woog
earlier this week has created a vacuum
among the NCAA's elite teams.
After reappointing Woog to an interi-
or position, the Minnesota athletic
department refrained from naming an
immediate successor - which has
opened the door to a short list of possi-
ble candidates to take the reigns of the
storied program.
Among those candidates, if by noth-
ing more than sheer qualification, is
Michigan assistant coach Mel Pearson.
Pearson has been an assistant under
Red Berenson for 11 years at Michigan
- in which time he has been a part of
two national championships and taken a
flagbearing role in recruiting top
prospects from around the nation.
That said, Pearson is not overly eager
to abandon the maize-and-blue for a top
job elsewhere.
"I'm really happy here, and my fami-
ly's happy here," Pearson said. "I haven't
talked to anybody, nor do I intend to.
Now, if someone comes knocking at
your door, then I think you have to con-
sider it ... but I don't want to be a head
coach just to be a head coach."
According to officials at Colorado
College, the Minnesota athletic depart-
ment has been doing a little knocking -
on their door. Colorado College Director
of College Relations Todd Wilson said
yesterday that Colorado College coach

Don Lucia has been engaged in dialoga.
with the Minnesota athletic depa0er
regarding the coaching vacancy.
Minnesota "had asked for permissic
to talk with (Lucia)" Wilson said. ,Ai
that permission was granted."
Lucia has been at the helm fo
Colorado College the past six years, arh
has all but resurrected the prograr
including guiding the Tigers to th
NCAA final in 1996 (where they lost z
Michigan).
North Dakota coach Dean Blaists
was also an early candidate, has appar
ently dropped out of the running, as Th
Colorado Springs Gazette reported h
has since renewed his contract. a
$115,000 a year for five years.
If Lucia opts for the job at Minnesota
it could open an even more realisti
opportunity for Pearson at Colorad
College.
Lucia "took that program fron
nowhere. He's a very good recruite r.n
a sharp guy," Pearson said. "Ther'ni
question that's one of the premier spots.
Berenson concurred that Coloratl
College has achieved an elite stat
among Division I programs - and sai
Pearson is qualified for any head coach
ing position that may become availabl
in the NCAA.
"As an assistant coach, Mel would b
as qualified as anyone in the counry
Berenson said. "He's been in the tt-l
es for 10-15 years. If the day ccne
when he gets an opportunity he's excite
about, I'll be excited about it for him

The Michigan softball team brings In a 28-game unbeaten streak into Its weekend
battles with Minnesota.

the Iowa doubleheader. Michigan beat
Iowa 2-0 and tied them 2-2 in eight
innings.
And if the streak reaches those lofty
heights, don't expect the Wolverines to
talk about it.
If they talk about it at all, they won't

use words like great, wonderful or unbe-
lievable to describe it. They'll tell you
they are just going about their business.
"We don't talk about it at all, actual-
ly," Volpe said of the unbeaten streak.
"We just try and focus on our Big Ten
games."

Let's tuck and ro

Women are top seed
in NCAA Regional

Men battle to advance.
against other top teams

By Stephen A. Rom
iDaily Sports Writer
Of all the words to describe the regular
reason of the 1999 Michigan women's
gymnastics team, one that most certainly
does not come to mind is 'lucky.'
Everything from one of the nation's
most difficult schedules to fallen gym-
ists at the hands of injury have ham-
nered any attempt luck might have had in
contributing to the success of this team.
So why should the post-season be any
different?
This Saturday, the Wolverines will be
leaded to Lincoln Nebraska as the No. I
eed to compete in the NCAA Regional
Championships.
Their seeding is not the problem.
Ranked No. 4 nationally, Michigan is
most definitely favored to finish in at
east one of the top two spots and be
awarded an opportunity to travel to Salt
Lake City later this month to vie for the
istational championship.
Nor is their competition - No. 7
:Nebraska, No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 25
Arizona, Illinois and Illinois-
Chicago - looked at as a potential
)roblem.
Something that might be, though, is the
order which Michigan randomly drew for
.vent competition. The Wolverines will

TOMORROW
Who:
Michigan at NCAA Regionals
Where:
Lincoln, Neb.
When: 8 p.m.
The Latest: The top two fin-
ishers the regional will advance to
the NCAA Championships.
begin their post-season on the balance
beam.
"It's not an ideal draw for us," said
Michigan coach Bev Plocki. "We would
have liked to have Olympic order"
Olympic order begins with vault.
On vault,there's room forerror-only
the top score of two attempts of each
gymnast is registered.
On beam, there's less room for error-
just six inches of it.
The entire idea of trying to balance the
emotion of competing in the University
of Nebraska's 14,000 seat Bob Devaney
Sports Center and being the No. 1 seed,
gives the balance beam a fining name.
Last season's regional champi-
onships brought the same type of luck
See NCAAS, Page 11

By Dan Dingerson
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team has one goal left for this season.
This season, the Wolverines want-
ed to be the top ranked team in the
nation, and they are.
They wanted to win the Big Ten
Championship, and two weeks ago
they traveled to Iowa and
became the conference
champions. TOM
The only goal left to
fulfill for Michigan is Who:
winning a national Michigan
championship. Regionals
But to compete in the Where:
NCAA Championships, Champait
the team must first qual- When:'
fy in regional competi-
tion. The Lal
The NCAA regionals, Michigan
which begin tomorrow many of i
night in Champaign, fea- foes in its
tures some of the best NCAA fin
teams in the nation. Of
the seven teams compet-
tog, six of them are representatives of
the Big Ten.
Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Penn
State, Michigan State and Illinois
qualified for the East Regional along
with Massachusetts. The only Big
Ten team that did not rank high
enough to advance to regionals was
Minnesota.
The teams in the East Regional all
rank in the top nine in the country.
The Big Ten holds the nation's top
four spots.
On paper, the meet looks to be one
of the most competitive in the nation,
featuring the most talent of any meet
this year. Because of the qualifying
rules, only three Eastern teams will
be able to qualify for NCAA
Championship competition.
The system of qualifying means
that four of the teams in the East
region will be eliminated even
though there are only two Western
teams that rank amongst the top nine
in the country.
This means that at least one of the
top four teams in the country will be
left out of championship competi-

gr
8
its
lal

lion.
Michigan's No. I ranking guarar
tees them nothing at this point in tin
season. The Wolverines have lost t
all three of the other top-rtke
schools this year, although theast
has been victorious in recent weeks
But the Wolverines have score
more than 230 points in each of the
last three compet'
RR A tions. The only othe
RR W team to score Mot
than 230 this year
Ohio State. Michigan'
at NCAA scores have constantl
improved througbot
the season, reapn
their high in ic
5m weeks.
p."I think that o
est: No. 1 team is verytcapabl
will battle of putting up a highs
s Big Ten score than we did
road to the Big Tens, quite a b
Is. higher," Michiga
coach Kurt Goldc
said. "But I think thr
if we got the same score itt
good enough (to qualify)."
Michigan still has the opportunit
to improve. The team is still recove
ing from injuries that have plagued
throughout the year.
Kevin Roulston and Adai
Hattersley may compete in evet
that they have missed the entire sez
son. With the introduction of moi
specialized routines, the team has th
ability to improve it's score signif
cantly.
Also helping the Wolverines at
their increased levels of confident
as of late. Because the team is s
young, confidence plays almost
big of a role as talent does. The tea
is not used to competing for 1l
NCAA title.
"With the performance that we ha
at Big Tens, it really gave the guys
huge step forward in terms of nf
dence," Golder said. "When
confident you can do your bes
When you're not, then your muscle
are a little tense and there is tha
added little bit of pressure. Thbs
guy's confidence is at its peak."

DANAL INNED/aily
Kadna Senior and the Michigan gymnasts will try to extend their streak of advancing
to the NCAA championships, when they compete in the NCAA regionals this weekend.

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a fantastic journey begins...
...tn the best of all possible worlds

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Vaulting through the years
The Michigan women's gymnastics team will try to reach the NCAA champi-
onship round for the fifth straight time when they compete in the NCAA region-
als this weekend in Nebraska. The top two teams at the six regional sites move on
to the final rounds. Here are the Wolverines' past results at NCAA regionals:
1998 - 2nd place t(Manced to NCAA 1995 - 2nd (Advanced to NCAA
Championship) Championships)
1997 - 1st(AdvancedtcNCAA 1994 - 3rd
Chamtpinsthips 1993 - 4th
1996 - 2nd tAdvanced to NCAA 1992- 2nd (Advanced to NCAA
Championship nChampionships)
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