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10 - The Michigan Daily -- tday, March 30, 2001

Robinson, Leary quit women's basketball

By David Horn
Daily Sports Writer

-Two more Michigan women
ball players are leaving ti
Sophomore Infini Robinson a
man Michaela Leary have bot
this past week to quit the W
squad and transfer elsewhere n
Their separate decision
approximately two months af
er..orne of their teammates,f
Christie Schumacher, quit the
lowing a disappointing loss
Cross
Both players have indicated
will be seeking to play somew
while Schumacher intends t
Michigan - but not play bask
Leary told The Michigan r

her decision is based partly or, home-
sickness and partly on her lukewarm
reaction to the University.
i's basket- "I just want to go closer to home,"
he team. Leary said. "I want to go back to the
and fresh East coast. I don't really like the school.
h decided I just want to go to a smaller school,
olverines' enrollment-wise because, sometimes
ext year. here, I feel like I'm just a number - I
ns came don't want to deal with that for four
ter anoth- years."
freshman Leary says her decision was person-
team fol- al, and had little to do with what hap-
at Holy pened on the court.
Coach Sue Guevara had "seen that
that they I've been unhappy for a few weeks
'here else, now, and she didn't try to talk me out of
o stay at it' Leary said. "Because it really didn't
etball. have anything to do with basketball."
Gaily that Robinson, a native of Detroit, was

not homesick. Instead, her reasons for
leaving the program had everything to
do with basketball.
"I came here to get my education and
to play, Robinson said. "And I wasn't
playing."
In fact, neither Robinson nor Leary
nor Schumacher were allowed much
playing time all season. Robinson aver-
aged 7.8 minutes per game, and Leary
averaged 6.2 minutes per game.
Neither player started, although
Robinson saw an increase in her min-
utes when senior point guard Anne
Thorius was injured late in the Big Ten
season. She had a career-best game at
home against Minnesota on February 1,
in which she scored 14 points on four
3-pointers.
Besides that night at Crisler Arena,
Robinson's productivity on the court
was low. But she feels that while
improving her game to earn minutes,

she contributed to the team in other
ways.
"I feel bad to go out like this,"
Robinson said. "I want to be some-
where where I get to help. I did lots of
things on this team -- I was a leader on
the bench. I helped this team out in
doing what I can do, just not on the
court."
Robinson also told The Michigan
Daily that her disappointment with her
experience in the program was restrict-
ed to her on-court relationship with
Guevara.
"Off the court, we were really good
friends;" Robinson said. "On the court
things were different."
The departures of Leary, Robinson
and Schumacher mark the third, fourth
and fifth players to leave the team in
three years. Guevara is in St. Louis for
the NCAA Tournament, and was
unavailable for comment.

The whole story
For complete coverage of Michigan sports this weekend check out
www.michigandaily.com/sports
BASEBALL VS. PENN STATE
WOMEN'S TENNIS VS. MICHIGAN STATE
MEN'S TENNIS VS. WISCONSIN ALYssA
WOMEN'S TRACK AT STANFORD WOOD!
COMPLETE RESULTS OF THE PIzzA HOUSE NCAA TOURNAMENT CHALLENGE
Injured Ortmeyer

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Art Competition
A competit ion to design a mounted traveling trophy for the UM
Athletic Team that holds the highest grade point average for the
'pevious year.
The competition is open to all U of M students.
Entrants should submit conceptual drawings of a sculpture
or suitable piece that signifies theVictors concept of
"..The Leaders and the Best..." and celebrates the recipient's
_ emic performance.
-Trries are due April 16, 2001 and should be sent to:
Gene Piganowski
School of Art & Design
University of Michigan
Ann Arbo~, Michigan
48109
'Three to Five Finalists will be selected by April 30, 2001.
Each will receive $1,000 and be asked to develop a
Full-scale model * of their entry, by June 15, 2001
'The winner will receive $5,000 and be commissioned to produce
the piece, by September 1, 2001.
'*Ujvards of 5,000 ounces of silver (available in 100 oz. Bars), if appropriate, for
,casting or fabrication of the sculpture.

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By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer
The members of the Michigan hock-
ey team lounged on the bench boards
watching a five-on-five drill, their
heads turning left to right as the action
moved up and down the ice.
As backup goalie L.J. Scarpace
turned away a shot, another team mem-
ber, albeit removed from the action,
paid tribute to his teammates by facing
his comrades while jumping rope on a
far side balcony of Yost Ice Arena.
This scene at practice yesterday is
not unlike every other weekday after-
noon in Jed Ortmeyer's life since the
day his season took a turn for the
worst.
On Jan. 2.3 against Notre Dame,
Ortmeyer tore the ACL in his right
knee. Surgery effectively ended his
season.
In less than a week, Ortmeyer will
again watch his team from the side-
lines, this time at college hockey's pin-
nacle celebration - the Frozen Four.
"I'm real disappointed that I can't be
out there," Ortmeyer said. "But every-
body is playing well, some young guys
are getting a chance to fill roles and
you can't ask any more from them."
One of those "young guys" is Joe
Kautz. The freshman earned an regular
spot in the lineup, filling in for
Ortmeyer by simply imitating his
elder's style of aggressive forechecking
with offensive punch peppered in.

in spirit
But hockey players live for the thrill
of the big games and although Kautz
has done the job, Ortmeyer's plight is
not lost on his teammates.
"It's too bad, he's got that look on his
face like he's disappointed," captain
Geoff Koch said. "Obviously, hq' a
tremendous athlete and to not have him
in the lineup is going to hurt us a lQC"
Ortmeyer would be well within his
right to sulk about his situation, but, he
prefers a different solution to his prob-
lem - encouragement for his.team-
mates and manic rehabilitation.
"Whenever you see him on game
days you wonder what he's feeling,"
Scott Matzka said. "He's a positive kid
and he's keeping his emotions in check.
I'm sure inside it's hurting him a lot,
but he's such a great player and such a
great kid.
"He would do anything to help the
team win.
Instead of skating, Ortmeyer com-
bines agility work with an intense
weight-lifting routine.
Often times, with his teammates hit-
ting each other in zone drills, Ortmeyer
hits the iron - not only to improve his
knee, but to add muscle to his upper
body.
As a result of the discipline,
Ortmeyer estimates that he is "ahead of
schedule" and could be back on the ice
soon.
"I'm going to try to skate next ;wee
and hopefully that'll go good - we
see from there," Ortmeyer said.

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M nine open home
Big Ten slate vs Lions
Had it not been for Michigan's superb
pitching, the team would not have even
come away with a split against Oakland.
"Our bats need to get hot if we4
going to compete with Penn State this
weekend," Michigan coach Geoff Zahn
said.
The team will put in a little extra time
in the batting cage and try to study the
pitchers before preparing to play four
games against the Nittany Lions in Ann
Arbor this weekend.
"If our offense and defensecxome
together well, we can be a reallystro
team," center fielder Gino Lollio saiL
- Jeb Singer
'M' track among 3,000
competing in Palo Alto
At this week's Stanford
Invitational, Olympians will be pre-
sent on the Cobb Track and Agell
Field in Palo Alto, California. ;.
The Michigan women's track and
field team also will be prese
tomorrow and Sunday for the C _-
petition. Each year the meet attracts
over 3,000 athletes. In additifn-to
the collegiate schools present, the
meet draws an influx of high school
competitors from the Calif("ia
area.
The Wolverines, who just began
their outdoor season, will 3ryto
prove themselves stronger by placing
high in the endurance events.
"At this meet we expect a Much
higher level of competition li the
middle distance and distance run-
ning," Michigan assistant "each
Mike McGuire said.
- Rhonda Gilmer
Men's tennis awaits
critical homestard
When the Michigan men's teen
team looks back on the 2001 sea on,
will point to this next stretch of Match-
es as the turning point of the year.
Three Big Ten matches, all at home,
await the Wolverines as they look for
their first conference victory of the sea-
son.
Michigan will face Wisconsin Penn
State and Ohio State in the next two
weeks, all winnable matches. But they
are also quality opponents.
-Albert [im
Struggling Spartans
invade Tennis Center
For most Michigan sports thereisxcir-
cle, earmarking the date when they 'are
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