The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 8, 2001- 13A
'M' hopes to get healthy by tournent
tournament for the second-consecu-
tive year and third time in four years is
no guarantee, but it is not too bold of
a prediction either. With a record of
10-6 in the Big Ten and 18-l1 overall,
projected Michigan to be an eight-
seed and even says it has a 100-per-
cent chance of being given a bid.
But Michigan coach Sue Guevara
warned, "Nobody can predict what the
committee is going to do."
No matter if the Wolverines are
going to the NCAA tournament or the
WNIT, they need to overcome the dis-
appointment of the loss to the
Boilermakers in the Big Ten tourna-
"It's going to hurt for a couple of
days but we're just going to have to
get over it," Stephanie Gandy said.
The Wolverines have more than just
a couple of days to put the loss behind
The team's first practice after the
Big Tens was today, and the tourna-
ment's earliest games are next
Thursday. Guevara welcomes the long
"I think it's very helpful," she said.
"The kids didn't get spring break last
week. I think they need the time to
heal, to rest, to get mentally ready, to
get rejuvenated. I think they're pretty
hungry to get back and I'll see that"
today at practice.
Michigan has had to bounce back
from a couple of crushing losses this
It dropped two in a row to
Wisconsin and Iowa by margins of 33
and 21, respectively, in early January,
and then a 22-point loss to Indiana in
its second to last game. Both times,
the Wolverines took their anger out on
nationally-ranked Penn State to get
back into the win column.
"We kept talking about how big
each of those games were and the first
(game of the tournament) we play will
be a big game," Guevara said.
The first games have proved trou='
blesome in the recent past for
Michigan. The Wolverines' dancing in
the tournament has been a sort of
hokey-pokey: Put your left foot in,
take your left foot out. The two times
Guevara has taken Michigan to the
tournament in 1998 and 2000, it has"
finished in first-round losses.
"We've done the two-step in the
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Netters desperate for
better doubles play
five matches (all losses), the
Wolverines have gone 1-4 in doubles
In addition, the Wolverines have
been unable to get the big points when
needed, losing numerous third-set
Who: Michigan (0-3 Big
Ten, 5-5 overall) vs. No. 26
Notre Dame (7-3 overall)
When: Today, 3:30
Latest: The Wolverines are
in the middle of a five-meet
losing streak and aching
for better doubles play.
tiebreakers. For the most
part, the mental tough-
ness needed to pull out
matches has not been
there during thestreak.
But this can be corrected.
"We've just got to keep
playing hard," sopho-
more Chris Rolf said. "It
will snap us out of this
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The five-match losing
streak is the longest of coach Mark
Mees' two- year tenure at Michigan,
and it hasn't been a pleasant ride. It
started with a close loss to
Northwestern in Evanston, and quickly
snowballed with two losses at home
and two more losses on the road.
* After the most recent loss against
Clemson - in which Michigan played
without Beam, its No. I singles player
- it was a frustrated team that
returned to Ann Arbor.
The young Wolverines, without a
senior on the team, are still looking for
their niche, so to speak. The season has
been a study of contrasts thus far, but
consistency is around the corner.
"We're still confident," Rolf said.
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