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2B - The Michigan Daily - January 24, 2000 - SportsMonday

= CLUB SPORTS CORNER

'M' SCHEDULE _

EDITED BY MICHAEt KERN
AND RYAN C. MOLONEY

Women's rugby seeks toughness

There are only two pre-requisites for
those interested in joining the Michigan
women's rugby club - 1.) you must be
a woman and 2.) you must be tough.
"It can get pretty rough;' team cap-
tain Jamie Johnson said. "We definitely
want aggressive people"
In the vast landscape of Michigan
club sports, many clubs can afford to
pick and choose their players on the
basis of past experience.
You'll find no such snobbery on the
Michigan Women's rugby club.
"Most of the people on this team, and
all of our starters, had never played
until they got here," Johnson said.
In a sense, when the club begins its
recruitment in the fall, everybody is in
the same boat.
"A lot of people are in the same situ-
ation," Johnson said. "Everybody picks
up the general idea of the sport at the
same time."
Women's rugby on the college club
level is split into,two groups -division
I and division 2.
The best clubs stay in the top division
based on the strength of their records in
past years, instead of the size of their
respective schools.
"Based upon how you do, you can
choose to challenge a team in division 1
if you are a top division 2 team,"
Johnson said.
Michigan, though down this fall, is a
perennial division I club.
"We are a pretty young team,"
Johnson said. "But in the past we've
been quite good."
Rugby is played on a 100 meter-long
by 69 meter-wide field. The games are
an hour to an hour-and-a-half long with
a five minute halftime. It is played with
a larger variation of a football and
points are scored when a try is convert-
ed in an opponent's goal area.
Additional points can be scored with
a place kick marked perpendicularly

from the spot on the field it was scored
from.
Practices are at 9:30 p.m. - 11:00
on Mondays at the Sports Coliseum and
10:30 p.m. - 12:00 on Tuesdays at
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.
If you are interested in or have more
questions about the Michigan Women's
rugby club, please contact head
recruiter Erin Connolly at
econnoll@umich.edu or captain
Johnson at jljohnson@umich.edu.
-Ryan C. Moloney
Men's Volleyball
to host top club
teams at CCRB
The Michigan Men's volleyball
club will host the annual Michigan
Classic this weekend at the CCRB.
The tournament features club
teams from all over the country,
including the top three college teams
in club volleyball - Arizona,
Graceland College and Utah Valley
State.
The tournament runs all day
Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
on Sunday.
As a special bonus to club volley-
ball fans, additional matches will be
held on Friday night at the CCRB as
well.
Michigan will take on Virginia
Tech at 6 p.m. while Michigan State
will meet No.3 Utah Valley State on
the neighboring court.
Also, Ohio State will meet
Florida.
For more information, contact
Oskar Nordstrom at
onordst@iuinich.edu.hInformation
submitted bC Ben Gerhold.
-Ryan C. Moloney

Tuesday, January 25
Men's basketball at Indiana 7 p.m.
Thursday January 27
Women's basketball at Penn State 7:30 p.m.
Friday January 28
Wrestling at Illinois, 7 p.m.
Women's gymnastics vs. Kentucky 7 p.m.
Women's swimming and diving vs.
Northwestern, 6 p.m.
Women's tennis vs. Western Michigan, 6 p.m.
Saturday January 29
Hockey vs. Ohio State, 7:05 p.m.
Men's swimming and diving at Indiana, 10
a.m.
Women's swimming and diving at Notre
Dame, 6 p.m.
Men's tennis vs. DePaul, 1 p.m.
Women's tennis vs. Yale, 11 a.m.
Men's track at Lyons Invitational
Women's track at Michigan Invitational
Sunday January 30
Wrestling at Purdue, 1 p.m.
COACHES' HOOPS POLL
ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25, Jan. 23

The Citadel 81 vs. Geo Southern 93
South Carolina 62 vs. Georgia 90
Mercer 51 vs. Georgia St 66
Sw Missouri St 61 vs. Illinois St 72
Drake 62 vs. Indiana St 67
Michigan 78 vs. Iowa 83
Fla Atlantic 63 vs. Jacksonville 82
Samford 65 vs. Jacksonville St 69
Nicholls St 63 vs. Lamar 70
Bucknell 67 vs. Lehigh 57
North Texas 63 vs. Long Beach St 100
Arkansas St 70 vs. Louisiana Tech 78
NC Charlotte 69 vs. Louisville 59
Illinois Chi 80 vs. Loyola Chi 86
Clemson 62 vs. Maryland 74
Rhode Island 50 vs. Massachusetts 89
Se Louisiana 66 vs. Mcneese St 67
Sacred Heart 69 vs. UMBC 77
No Carolina A&T 80 vs. Md Eastrn Shore 68
Houston 98 vs. Memphis 89
Boston College 54 vs. Miami Fla 62
Buffalo 54 vs. Miami Ohio 74
Tennessee St 73 vs. Middle Tenn St 80
Jackson St 61 vs. Miss Valley St 74
Oakland 64 vs. UMKC 62
Murray St 87 vs. Morehead St 86
Norfolk St 78 vs. Morgan St 70
Wagner 109 vs. Mt St Marys 99
CoIl Of Charltn 73 vs. NC Greensboro 59
Tex San Antonio 71 vs. UL Monroe 85
Baylor 55 vs. Nebraska 69
San Diego St 55 vs. UNLV 83
Air Force 72 vs. New Mexico 89
Georgia Tech 58 vs. No Carolina St 66
Marshall 74 vs. Northern 1I1192
Montana 67 vs. CS Northridge 79
Montana St 80 vs. Northrn Arizona 89
Pittsburgh 66 vs. Notre Dame 81
Western Mich 78 vs. Ohio 74
Youngstown St 63 vs. Oral Roberts 79
New Mexico St 48 vs. Pacific 47
St Francis Pa 63 vs. Quinnipiac 80
San Jose St 58 vs. Rice 56
American 63 vs. Richmond 78
Portland St 72 vs. CS Sacramento 70
Gonzaga 84 vs. San Diego 79
Pepperdine 76 vs. San Francisco 70
Nevada 65 vs. Santa Barbara 89
Loyola Marymnt 75 vs. Santa Clara 79
Eastern 1166 vs. Se Missouri St 77
Fresno St 78 vs. SMU 85
Chicago St 69 vs. Southem Utah 90
Southern Miss 51vs. South Florida 73
Alcorn St 77 vs. Southern 83
Bradley 59 vs. Southern 11 72
Monmouth Nj 67 vs. St Francis Ny 73
NBA STANDINGS

Who: Stacey Thomas
Hometown: Flint
High School: Southwestern Academy

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

0

Sport: Basketbali
Year: Senior

Why: Thomas scored a career-high 32 points to go with eight
rebounds and three steals in the Wolverines' 82-78 victory over Iowa.
Thomas also had a game-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds, five
steals and two blocks in Michigan's loss to Wisconsin on Thursday.
Background: Thomas is the career steals leader in the Big Ten with
338, setting the mark this year at home against Purdue. She is
fourth all-time in career rebounds at Michigan and fifth all-time in
points and blocked shots.

0

Wolvernes drop one
match, best Western

0

(first place votes in
Team
1. Cincinnati
2. Stanford
3. Duke
4. Arizona
5. Syracuse
6. Connecticut
7. Auburn
8. Michigan State
9. Florida
10. Ohio State
11. Kansas
12. Indiana
13. Tennessee
14. Texas
15. Tulsa
16. Oklahoma State
17. Oklahoma
18. Kentucky
19. Utah
20. UCLA
21. Maryland
22. Vanderbilt
23.St. John's
24. Temple
25. N.C. State

parentheses)

Record
17-1
15-1
15-2
16-3
15-0
13-3
16-2
13-5
14-3
13-3
15-3
14-3
16-2
12-5
18-1
14-2
15-3
13-5
14-3
11-5
13-5
12-3
12-4
12-4
13-3

Pts
775
736
688
674
652
605
555
492
467
446
445
417
415
358
351
312
286
277
192
131
126
119
102
86
81

Pvs
1
3
6
2
5
7
4
10
9
15
8
11
14
13
17
12
16
18
20
19
24
23

By Jeff Pullips
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's tennis team got
off to a shaky start against Western
Michigan, but dropped only one match
in its first dual meet of the season,
The single blemish in the meet came
when senior John Long fell to Fernando
Garcia in No. 2 singles. A distraught
Long could not find a rhythm during the
match.
"I thought I played very poorly," said
Long. "I moved like Shawn Bradley out
there."
Perhaps riding the high of defeating
Michigan State's No. 1 player, Ken
Kigongo, a much improved Garcia
played like a backboard by returning
everything that Long was able to give
him.
"I am very proud of the way the team
played," Long said. "This loss won't faze
me.
Long teamed up with fellow co-cap-
tain Brad McFarlane for a doubles victo-
ry earlier in the day. The pair. defeated
Ryan Maarchalk and Kyle Gernhofer at
No. 2 doubles.
"We just tried to go out and have fun,"
McFarlane said. "It was kind of an ugly
match, but they all can't be pretty."
Senior Matt Wright and sophomore
Danny McCain provided the most
drama of the day.
At No. I doubles, McCain and Wright
trailed Western Michigan's Ryan
Tomlinson and Steve Pillon throughout,
but were able to tie the match when they
needed to.
Down 8-7, the pair forced the match
to a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, McCain
showed up in crunch time. McCain
came up with two huge serves on match
point to take the lead 9-8. Then on match
point, McCain hit the return that set up

the match winning shot.
"We were expected to win," said
McCain. "We had to take our game to
another level to finish."
This dual meet was the first doubles
match in two months for much of the
team.
"I think that as a team, we did not
have a good doubles day," Wright said.
"It is .a weakness that we have to wor
on."
After a tough doubles match, McCain
and Wright cruised in their singles
matches. Wright defeated Tomlinson at
No. I singles and McCain defeated
Christian Brattstrom at No. 3 singles.
"After the doubles match we were
able to just relax and play," McCain said.
On Saturday, Western defeated
Michigan State, 4-3 But attempting to
remain undefeated against Big Ten
opponents, the Broncos were shut dowO
"I think that Michigan State is clearly
in the lower half of the Big Ten," Wright
said.
Michigan sophomore Ben Cox and
senior Ron Nano showed no rust by win-
ning easily at No. 3 doubles. In singles,
Cox and Nano followed up their solid
performances at the Big Ten Singles
Championships by winning at No. 5 and
No. 6 singles respectively.
Michigan coach Mark Mees was gl*
to begin his first season with a win.
"I certainly had some butterflies and
was nervous for my first match," Mees
said. "We did some good things and
overall I think we played pretty well."
Members of the men's tennis team
will be back in action tonight at the
Michigan Theater - sans racquets.
Long and McFarlane will team up with
four other Michigan athletes to lip-synch
to the Backstreet Boys for Mock Ro1
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

SPORTS BRIEFS
Titans pummel Jags, earn first Super
Bowl birth in 40-year team history

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -
The Tennessee Titans found another
improbable way to win.
This time it's taking them to their
first Super Bowl in the franchise's 40
seasons - 37 of them as the
Houston Oilers.
The Titans upset Jacksonville 33-
14 on Sunday to win the AFC title,
beating the Jaguars for the third time
this season with a burst of 16 points
in about 4 1/2 minutes in the third
quarter.
Steve McNair led the way, running
for 91 yards on nine carries and scor-
ing on two I1-yard quarterback
sneaks, despite limping all week
with a boot to protect an injured toe.
Tennessee won as it has all season:
a little offense, a lot of defense, and
a big contribution from special
teams. The defense forced six
turnovers.

The Titans trailed 14-10 at the half
- but then came their third-quarter
scoring binge.
It began with a 76-yard drive on
six plays for the go-ahead touch-
down on a sneak by McNair.
Forty-three of the yards came on
penalties -- 15 on a roughing the
passer call when McNair somehow
ducked out of a 10-yard sack by
Kevin Hardy, rolled left and com-
pleted a 15-yard pass to Eddie
George.
Tennessee's trip to the Super Bowl
follows three straight 8-8 seasons,
one in Houston, one in Memphis and
the third and Vanderbilt Stadium in
Nashville. This year, in their new
home at Adelphia Coliseum, they
went 13-3 and qualified as a wild
card, a game behind Jacksonville in
the AFC Central even though they
beat the Jaguars twice.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Creighton 83 vs. Evansville 88
Niagara 78 vs. Fairfield 85
Northeastern 70 vs. Hartford 76
Navy 81 vs. Holy Cross 49
Drexel 83 vs. Maine 100
Rider 56 vs. Manhattan 78
St Peters 64 vs. Marist 79
Hofstra 83 vs. New Hampshire 45
West Virginia 82 vs. Providence 69
Villanova 60 vs. Rutgers 73
Portland 78 vs. St Marys Ca 80
UAB 62 vs. Tulane 73
Boston U 85 vs. Vermont 86
Oregon St 74 vs. Washington 57
Lasalle 80 vs. Xavier 49
Kent 64 vs. Akron 69
Prairie View 85 vs. Alabama A&M 103
Texas Southern 71 vs. Alabama St 51
Mississippi St 73 vs. Arkansas 83
Lafayette 77 vs. Army 55
Grambling 78 vs. Ark Pine Bluff 91
Central Mich 69 vs. Ball St 88
TBQ 81 vs. Belmont 96
Howard 70 vs. Bethune Cookman 95
Wisc Milwaukee 64 vs. Butler 72
Colorado St 47 vs. BYU 68
Boise St 53 vs. UC Irvine 52
Utah St 74 vs. Cal Poly 62
Troy St 73 vs. Campbell 59
Tx Pan American 86 vs. Centenary 89
Robert Morris 52 vs. Central Conn 73
Radford 82 vs. Charleston Sou 75
Uberty 71 vs. Coast Carolina 83
Dartmouth 53 vs.Colgate 60
Kansas St 70 vs. Colorado 78
Hampton 80 vs. Coppin St 81
Columbia 69 vs. Cornell 66
VMI 69 vs. Davidson 80
Geo Washington 76 vs. Dayton 83
Towson St 70 vs. Delaware 82
Florida Intl 69 vs. Denver 57
Cleveland St 68 vs. Detroit 71
St Josephs Pa 62 vs. Duquesne 59
NC Wilmington 57 vs. East Carolina 65
Tenn Martin 82 vs. Eastern Ky 74
LIU Brooklyn 61 vs. Fait Dickinson 62
Delaware St 61 vs. Florida A&M 55
St Bonaventure 60 vs. Fordham 66

Atlantic
Miami
New York
Philadelphia
Boston
New Jersey
Orlando
Washington
Central
Indiana
Charlotte
Detroit
Milwaukee
Toronto
Cleveland
Atlanta
Chicago
Midwest
Utah
San Antonio
Minnesota
Denver
Houston
Dallas
Vancouver
Paciic
LA Lakers
Portland
Seattle
Sacramento
Phoenix
LA Clippers
Golden State

PCT
.658
.615
.585
.475
.425
.415
.310
PCT
.650
.564
.538
.537
.513
390
.359
.189
PCT
.684
.634
.568
.447
.385
.333
.256
PCT
.805
.750
.659
.658
.605
.256
.211

GB
1.5
2.5
7
9
9.5
14
GB
3.5
4.5
4.5
5.5
10.5
11.5
17.5
GB
1.5
4.5
9
11.5
13.5
16.5
GB
2.5
6
6.5
8.5
22
23.5

Dream season continues for Rams

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Midwest
Express offense came alive just in time.
Kurt Warner threw a 30-yard touch-
down pass to Ricky Proehl with 4:44 to
go Sunday, lifting the mistake-prone St.
Louis Rams to an 11-6 victory over the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC
Championship.
The Rams, who struggled all day on
offense, rode their unheralded defense
and Warner's late heroics to the Super
Bowl.
St. Louis opens as an 8-point favorite
for next Sunday's game against
Tennessee in the Super Bowl.
Tampa's gallant defensive effort was-

n't enough against the Rams because
backup cornerback Brian Kelly couldn't
stay with Proehl down the left sideline
on the long third-down pass.
Proehl, the Rams' No. 4 wide receiv-
er, leaped to haul in his first touchdown
of the season. He finished with six
catches for 100 yards.
"If you are every going to bet on
someone coming up with a big play, bet
on Ricky Proehl,"' Rams coach Dick
Vermeil said.
The winning score was set up when
Bucs rookie quarterback Shaun King
was picked off by another rookie, cor-
nerback Dre' Bly, at midfield.

TONIGHT
Check out some athletes doing their best
rock star impressions, as SAAC hosts mock-
rock at the Michigan Theater, tonight at
7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6, planned athletes
Include: Hayden Epstein, Marcus Knight,
Sean Peach, Bill Trainor, Kevin Magnuson,
Sarah Cain and Shannon Shakespeare.
Scheduled judges for the competition
include: Michigan Athletic Director Tom
Goss, former Michigan and Olympic swimmer,
Tom Malchow, Michigan women's basketball
coach Sue Guevara, and Washtenaw county

DAVID KATZ/ i
Danny McCain (rght) and Matt Wright celebrate their 9-8 doubles win over the Broncos' Fb
Tomlinson and Steve Pillon, a match they were "expected to win," according to McCain.

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Bio 124
Bio Anthro 161
Bio Anthro 364
Comm Studies 101
Econ 101
Econ 102
Econ 402
Geo Sci 100
Geo Sci 104
Geo Sci 105
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Geo Sci 114
Geo Sci115
Hist 160
Hist 218
Hist 389
Linguistics 210
Philosophy 232
Philosophy 356
Physics 125
Physics 140
Physics 240

Psych 111
Psych 330
Psych 340
Psych 350
Psych 360
Psych 370
Psych 380
Psych 390
Psych 400
Psych 436
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