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68 - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 26, 2001

Conference
power Illinois
blanks Blue
By Albert Kim
Daily Sports Writer

Tennis teeters below .500 mark

By Seth Klempner
Daily sports writer

After finally getting a win last Thursd
to snap a season-high six-match losii
streak, the Michigan men's tennis tea
was looking to get a winning streak goii
as it traveled to Illinois on Saturda
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, they r;
into a very talented and determined N'
12 Illinois team.
"They're very, very good," sophomc
Chris Shaya said. "They're relentless, th
keep coming at you, and they don't stop.
Michigan (0-3 Big Ten, 6-7 overall) w
blanked 7-0, as Illinois (2-0, 9-5) jump,
out to an early lead by taking the doubt
point then sweeping all but one of the s;
gles matches in straight sets.
Every single big point that came
seemed to go the Fighting Illini's way,
they proved why they're the premier tea
in the Big Ten.
"If you're going to beat them, you ha
to-match their intensity, but we didn't
Shaya said. "I don't think we came ir
that match thinking we could win."
But the final score didn't indicate h<
close the match really was. The No.
adoubles team of Shaya and Henry Bea
fell by one break, 8-5, while the No.
doubles team of Ben Cox and Anthoi
Jackson fell in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (2).
"A lot of the matches were closer th
the score," Shaya said. "We had bre;
points all over the place, but didn't coi
,up with the big points."
-Michigan is trying to shake off t'
feects of a recent slump, as it has lc
seven of its last eight matches, with t
only respite coming from a win agaii
Bowling Green.
The slump started Feb. 17 at Northwe
ern, where the Wolverines let one sl
.ay, and quickly snowballed into clo
osses against Minnesota and India
Solid start f
-IrAdam Kaplan
.Jiy. Sports Writer
w =ith the coming of spring, the
Michigan women's track team has
_ilbarked on yet another season.
T'he Wolverines tipped off their
Outdoor season in Tallahassee, Fla.
,s weekend with a non-scoring
meet.
After a successful indoor season in
' ich they finished fourth in the Big
n Championships this past winter,
Michigan got off to a promising start
for the spring schedule.
The Wolverines captured four
events over the two days, including

After defeating Wisconsin 6-1 on Friday, Michi-
gan brought its winning percentage to the .500
mark for the first time since January. The Wolver-
ines then fell back below .500 with a 5-2 loss to
Minnesota, Sunday lowering their record to 6-7.
Chrissi Nolan and Kavitha Tipirneni were able to
win their doubles match against the Gophers 8-4,
improving their record to a 5-1, the best on the team.
"They played well," Minnesota freshman Brandi
Watts said of Michigan's play. "We had a good
weekend, we needed these two wins and we got
them."
The Wolverines had more than a pair of doubles
to boast about in its match against Wisconsin.
Michigan got off to a 1-0 lead when it won two of
the doubles matches against the Badgers. This
marked the second doubles point the Wolverines
have won during their then-three-match winning
streak.
The Badgers were able to win the top doubles
match, defeating Szandra Fuzesi and Kim
Plaushines 8-5. The match marked the first time
Plaushines has played since straining her hip flexor
after to the Notre Dame match.
The senior-freshman combo has compiled a 4-6
record since starting play at the beginning of the

season giving coach Bitsy Rill a strong reason to
move the duo to the No. I spot in the lineup.
After Jcn Duprez and Jen Vaughn won the No. 2
doubles match, the deciding match came down to
the freshman tandem of Tipirneni and Nolan which
beat Linde Mues and Vanessa Rauh in a tie breaker,
9-8 (3).
Michigan carried that momentum into the ingl
matches winning five out of the six. Nolan, FuzL
and sophomore Joanne Musgrove won their Tnatch-
es in straight sets while Tipirneni and Duprez took
three sets to win.
Jen Duprez tallied her third dual win of the sea-
son beating Teresa Gonzaga in the No. 6 spot, 6-4,
4-6, 7-6 (6). Her timely return to play has been
vital, stepping up and replacing the injured
Plaushines.
"I am still not even close to where I want to be
(playing wise), but I am getting there," Duprez said.
"I still need to work on shot selection on the court"
The streak that was
Michigan won three matches in a row bef6rd
falling to the Gophers.
Opponent Score
Western Michigan 6-1

Marquette
Wisconsin

6-1
6-1

Conditioning key to crew victor

Michigan men's tennis ended a six-match losing streak by beating Bowling Green this past
Thursday, but Illinois put the Wolverines back in the 'L' column Saturday.

State. The streak may be attributed to a
lack of mental toughness.
"Talent wise we're right up there with
the best, but it's, showing that we're
young," Shaya said. The losing "is mental.
It's really very little that separates us from
winning."
Now the Wolverines must regroup and
look to get some conference wins under
their belts.
They must prevent this streak from
becoming a season long slide. With a
three-match Big Ten homestand coming
up, the next two weeks will be crucial to
the season, both in terms of the Big Ten

and the NCAA Tournament.
"Right now we really need to pick it up,
especially if we have hopes of making
NCAAs," sophomore Jeremy Edelson
said. "We really need to bear down the
next two weeks, and the next month."
The young Wolverines must show that
they are starting to mature and are ready
to take the next step towards a NCAA
tournament berth.
"I really just think we've just got to
focus more in our matches," Edelson said.
"Every team we play is going to be good,
so we've got to prove that we want it
more."

By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
For the second year in a row, the Michigan
women's rowing team defeated North Carolina and
Virginia in Charlottesville,Va.
After winning five out of the eight events last sea-
son, the Wolverines somehow found a way to outdo
themselves last weekend. No. 5 Michigan won three
of four events against No. 4 Virginia in the morning
and dominated the two events against North Caroli-
na in the afternoon.
The women's first and second varsity eight both
had big victories over the Tar Heels with times of
6:27.9 and 6:43.6, respectively.
"We had them right from the start," senior captain
Melanie Duncan said.
Although Michigan had two boats of four rowers
each for competition, it was forced to form one boat

of eight against Carolina. The Michigan secopd var-
sity boat and the combined boat both beat-North
Carolina's second boat handily. In fact, Michigan's
combined four boats tied North Carolina's firi varsi-
ty time of6:51.5.
Their races with Virginia were closer, but the
Wolverines were still able to prevail by sigificant
margins in their three victories.
The first varsity eight had a time of 6:32.6, alno
eight seconds better than Virginia's boat.
While the beginning of the women's second varsi-
ty eight was close, the Wolverines pulled away and
finished with a time of 6:41.38, five seconds'ahead
of Virginia.
"It had a lot to do with conditioning, Dunan said
about the team's victory.
The women's first varsity four beat Virginitafor the
first time, which R othstein called "a big plus.

or harriers in Florida

three victories from the relay teams.
"We probably had good perfor-
mances in every event," Michigan
coach James Henry said.
Friday's track and field events
were divided into twodivisions
based on performance level. Division
I featured those runners who had the
top eight performances.
Division II consisted of those who
would perform well against lesser
competition.
Senior middle-distance runner
Adrienne Hunter won the only indi-
vidual title for Michigan in the Divi-
sion II 400- meter dash on Friday.
She finished with a time of 57.76.

"I was very excited about my per-
formance," Hunter said. "I had not
run a 400 in two years."
She sat out her junior season
because of injuries.
"I was pleased with how she com-
peted," Henry said. "Participating as
a Division II runner gave her a
chance to run."
On Saturday, Hunter continued her
success placing first in the 800 run
in 2:11.93.
Henry indicated that maintaining a
well-balanced team with depth will
be the key to Michigan's success.
Three aspects of the Wolverines'
performance stood out. Henry was

Keep on running
Michigan track and fied will rely on
its All-American Katie Jazwinsk this
seasoni, but it was Adrienne Hunter
who had the only first-place finish in
the Wolverines' first meet. Both
already had competition this year
with the indoor season:
HUNTER: During the indoor track and
field season, her personal best of
2:12.11 in the 800-meter was the
third best for Michigan.
JAZwINSKI: For indoor track, she
holds Michigan's best times in the
mile, 3,000 and 5,000-meter
most impressed with Katie Jazwinski
on her triple event performance. But
the debut of freshman Melissa Bick-
ett in the discus throw and Michi-
gan's success in the 4 by 400 relay
also highlighted the beginning of the
outdoor season.
Overall, the Florida State relays
served as a springboard for the
Wolverines to push off of. The tran-
sition from the indoor to the outdoor
season can be physically and mental-
ly draining considering that track
and field, when including cross
country in the fall, is the only colle-
giate sport that consists of three sea-
sons.
The relay teams gelled in their
respective events and gained confi-
dence.
Next weekend the Wolverines will
participate in the Stanford Invitation-
al in Palo Alto, Calif.

Darkness invades in,
track's season-opener

By Shawn Kemp
Daily SportsW niter

As eight members of the Michi-
gan men's track team were cooling
down this past Saturday at the non-
scoring Aztec Invitational in San
Diego, the sun set on a long, satisfy-
ing day of competition for the
Wolverines.
There was just one problem - the
men's javelin hadn't even started.
"The meet fell behind schedule, and
the javelin was basically thrown in the
dark," Michigan assistant coach Fred
LaPlante said.
Michigan's lone representative in
the event, senior Andy Derr, finished a
distant 10th, throwing just 165-09 to
first place finisher Jim Orendorff's
215-09.
Because of the lack of lighting,
each contestant in the javelin was
allowed just three throws, instead of
the standard six throws in competi-
tion.
"It's hard to say what would've hap-
pened," LaPlante said. "If you have
more chances, you have more chances
that something will go well, but the
three throws that he had did not go
well."
But Derr has time on his side, as the
Aztec Invitational is Michigan's first

meet of the outdoor season. For many
of the Wolverines, this means getting
accustomed to a bigger, 400-meter
track (as compared to a 200-meter
indoor track), and competing intdif
ent events.
Derr's javelin performance 'as his
first of the year, as the javelin is not an
indoor event.
The 400 hurdles, is another event
that is competed just in the outdoor
season.Josh Sellers and Andrew Ochs,
two of Michigan's competitors in the
400 hurdles, made strong showings in
the event this past weekend. Sel
ran 53.69 for fourth place, while O s
finished sixth in 54.94,
Junior hurdler Derek Applewhite
planned on competing in the.event,
but never made it to the starting line,
as he strained a ligament behind his
left knee during warmups.
Junior Ike Okenwa, a San Diego
native, led the Wolverines with a first-
place finish in the 200-meter dash,
clocking 21.50 and finishing, 25 sec-
onds before the next competitor. i
Smith, Ochs and Sellers joined O -
wa in the 1600 relay, running 3:16.52,
good for first,
Smith also finished second in the
400 dash, running 48.29. Wolverine
teammates Chris Yee, Tony Wishart
and Anthony Beal finished fourth,
sixth and 10th, respectively.
Michigan traveled with just nine
athletes, a "satellite squad" in e
words of LaPlante. The Wolverm s
will field a full team next weekend at
the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, :North
Carolina.

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