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Polo practices breed success
By Kristen FIdh
IDaily Sports Writer
It's an old clich6 and a Rolling
Stones trademark tune.
"You can't always get what you
Michigan softball CHICAuO &4
team couldn't wait for wo:No. 24 Mid
the chance to practice vs. No. 10 Depau
in the dirt and grass - Iflinois(28&12)
outs ide O os terba an When: Toddy at n
Ficjdhouse. N ow, wvith DePaul, tomorrow
Alumni Field welcom- Ihiinois and Sunda
ing the action, the s Ilinoisli
WolIverin es g ra bbe d ast: is is Bigren
the e qui pment and snteigr
threwv on some coats.
0But practicing outside is not all its
cracked up to be.
she has racked up 67 total strikeouts
with a 0.63 ERA. The Blue Demons
are hitting .258 as a whole while
holding their opponents to just .1 84.
Michigan's hatting practice has
gone well. But there is anything that
By J. Brady McCOIlough
The next time you look in the mirror and
admire your physique, go down to Canham
Natatorium, strap on a six-pound weight belt
and try to tread water for an extended period
of time. Then, when you're struggling to stay
afloat, try to pass a ball with one hand and
catch it with one hand while being tuggzed on
I (17-7-1) and
at 2 p.m. vs-.
y at 1p.rn.
nois first sea-
Ten. It's t
should confuse the hitters
it will be seeing double
- DePaul's first base-
man and second base-
man, Sarah and Christina
Douglas, are identical
will face Illinois for the
first time, as this is the
Fighting Illini's inaugural
season as part of the Big
rue that Michigan's experi-
by another player.
Welcome to the No. 13
Michigan water polo team's
basic training voith drill
sergeant Amber IDrury-
While Drury-Pinto is. in
reality, a coach, and not a
drill sergeant, she does put
the Wolverines through a
"It's tough. I get sick of it,"
Who: No. 13 Mchiga
17 Indiana. No. 18 M
setts and ichigan
When: All day tormor
Latest: The Wolver n
l oe her co pe
-- aLUlowing the players to push each other to
"The team's out for each other," Rupp
said. "I f one member of your tean fl
weak than the rest of you are weak. "So
exerybody tries to do their best in (the
weight room) and get everyone else to do
The workouts are a new experience-for
all the Michigan players this year, espc.-
c ially for the players whd
played for Michigan as aelupb
~nvs.No. '"lractices are over twice'as
lassachu- long, so it's a little more- riine
state consuming, but it's worth it'
row, all day said utilit y player A bbi Rowe.
who played on the club team~
~slook tO last year. "Our team has defi-
tc nitely improved a lot. We do -a
lot more leg work now, run a t
more drills, and have a lot more
plays. It takes miore concentration, a lot
lFresh off of a 4-() sweep of last weekend's
Southern Division Tournament, MIichigan.
travels to Bloomington this weekend for the
The Wolverines beat their arch-rival Indi-
ana twice last weekend, once in overtime an~d
the second time in sudden death.
In tough situations like the overtime per -
ods against the I oosiers, the Wolverir a'
hard work has paid off.
"The satisfatctioni when you win makes
(ihe work) all worth it, Rupp said.
lIn the bitter cold, in fielder L iz
Elsner hit a grounder to center field
that would have been a base hit, had
the team been playing a real giame.
She dropped the bat and hunched
over in pain.
~That one hurt," she said.
Pitcher Marissa Young hit a long
Oline dive to left that spurred cheers
from her teammates. But she imme-
diately threwv her bat against the
fence, clutching her right wrist.
Between the vibration of the metal
bat hitting the balls and the players'
already cold bones, each swing shot a
painful jolt through the joint.
"Inethis weather the vibratio an
bechn said. "Your bones are cold,
the bat is cold, the ball is cold - it's
But the Wolverines will have to put
all the stings aside this weekend,
when they compete in Chicago and
Today, the 24th-ranked Wolverines
(19) play a doubleheader against
No. 10 DePaul (1 7-7-1) and begin
their Big Ten schedule against
lllinios (28-12) with games tomorrow
The las t t ime Michigan me t
DePaul wvas last season's NCA A
Rio nal Tournamen t in whic h the
Wolverines lost both matchups - the
first time the Blue Demons defeated
Michigan in series history.
"We schedule them because they
are always a good team," Hutchins
said. '"The chance of us running into
DePaul again is really great, so meet-
-ing t hem early like this is a chance
Ofor us to build some confidence."
De Paul's ace, Sarah M artz, w ill
give the Wolverines some trouble as
ence will have an advantage over the
newcomers, bitt II linois cannot be
"We can't look down on Illinois
because they are a new team - they
are good," Hutchins said.
A s the team starts its Big Ten
matchups, "I don't think it gets easier
because the intensity really goes up,"
Hutchins said. "We play 20 games,
and - whether we play Illinois or
whether we play Iowa -all the wins
and all the losses count the same.
said two-meter Stephanie Rupp about the I 0-
20 miles of swimming that are required each
week. "I know the other girls do too, but you
have to do it just so you can be quick."
Along with swimming extreme niileage,.
Michigan hits the weight room three times a
week in the offseason, and twice a week dur-
ing the season.
"It's really intense" Rupp said. "We do a
lot of heavy weights, and w~e push it to the
The weightroom, while helping the
Wolverines bulk up and be more of a force in
the pool, has also brought the team together
Stephanie Volpe (16) celebrates after scoring a run against Western Michigan-.
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