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Springfest
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football game will highlight the events.
Check online to see the list of festivi-
ties and their starting times.
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SPOiTS

FRIDAY
APRIL 14, 2000

15

IN TODAY'S
SECTION

Blue netters down frustrated Irish

Speed racer
Junior Melissa Taylor may
not be a superstar in con-
ventional terms. But the
speed and intangibles that
she brings to the softball
team mae ber one of the
leaders on national title
contender Michigan...
PAGE 16
Life at the top
Senior Mike Harris
reflects onl his days at
Michigan. He strives for
perfection on the course
and in the classroom.
He has a tireless work
ethic and a will to win.
PAGE 19
Te Wrigit stuff
A native of Kansas, senior Matt
Wright never thought he would find
himself at Michigan. But after four
years as a Wolverine, he has racked up
countless conference honors.
PAGE 19
Par three
Sophomores Courtney Reno, Bess
Bowers and Misia Lemanski are not
only bonded as teammates, but room-
mates as well.
PAGE 21
A new start
After only bein recruited by Division
III schools and having to earn his way
onto the Michigan track ream as a
walk-on, sop-lomore Jeremy Schneider
is starting to turn heads.
PAGE 23

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer

There are a number of reasons why
Notre Dame exhibited their frustra-
tion so flagrantly in their 5-2 loss to
Michigan.
Whether it was the pressure of
upcoming exams or having to make a
midweek trip to Ann Arbor, the Irish
made no attempt to hide their emo-
tions yesterday afternoon.
'I could tell that (Aaron Talarico)
was mentally vulnerable and I tried
to exploit it," Danny McCain said.
Sophomore Ben Cox agreed.
"Even in the first set that I could tell
that (Andrew Laflin) wasn't into it,"
Cox said.
After dropping the doubles point
for the third straight match,
Michigan won five of six singles
matches - including at the No. 2
position where John Long ended his
seven match skid.
"It is very easy to win when you
are on a big winning streak, but it is
much harder if you are on a losing

streak," Long said.
Long did not make it look very
hard as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 vic-
tory - and it wasn't that close. Long
used a powerful serve and an accu-
rate forehand to blow past a dejected
Matt Daly. As Long continued the
onslaught, Daly's shoulders slumped
lower and lower.
At No. 3 singles, Henry Beam
needed three sets to get past Casey
Smith - who let he crowd know
how he felt.
At the end of the match - after he
hit a forehand into the middle of the
net - Smith threw his racquet across
the court and yelled at the line judge.
"He thought that I had distracted
him after I hit my volley, but there
was just nothing he could do about
it," Beam said.
At No. 4 and No. 5 singles,
McCain and Cox used their oppo-
nents weaknesses against them.
At No. 4, McCain saw that he
could take advantage of his oppo-
nent's mental game.
"My goal was to get inside his

Tennis, anyone?
Want to get out of the cold weather
and still see heated Big Ten competi-
tion? Then the Varsity Tennis
Center has the answer as they will
play host to Michigan and Iowa -
rain or shine.
When: 1:00 p.m. Saturday
Latest: Michigan will look to follow-
up its performance against Notre
Damewith an encore against the
Hawkeyes.
head and just swim around in there,"
McCain said.
Down 4-1, McCain began talking
to Talarico and the crowd. After
every winner he hit, McCain looked
at Talarico and yelled, "Come on!"
McCain continued to use this
strategy en route to winning the first
set in a tiebreaker. He then won the
second set by relentlessly breaking
down Talarico.
See IRISH, Page 20

AP PHOTO
Michigan finished third at NCAAs yesterday to advance to the Super Six.
'M' advances to finals

By Richard Haddad
Daily Sports Writer
After months of anticipation, the
moment the Michigan women's
gymnastics team has been waiting
for finally arrived last night. At the
NCAA Championships in Boise,
Idaho, the team initiated its pursuit of

the national title that has been a goal
for the entire season.
Unfortunately, that initiation did
not go as well as the Wolverines had
hoped. No. 1 Michigan recorded a
195.925 to finish sixth in the open-
ing night of competition,. behind
Super Six qualifiers UCLA,
See NCAA, Page 20

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