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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 6, 2001-11
Tennis ready to follow up on win

llois-Wesleyan to
Shire Michigan's Trost
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois
Wesleyan athletic directoF Dennie
Bridges said last night that Michigan
assistant Scott Trost would be his
replacement for the basketball head
coaching position.
The 38-year-old Trost takes over
or Bridges who coached the Titans
or 36 years.
.Trost will be just the 13th coach in
Illinois Wesleyan's 92-year basketball
history, and just its third in the last 58
years.
. A Minnesota native who played
college ball at Minnesota-Morris,
Trost was Bridges' assistant in 1986-
87, was an assistant at Elmhurst Col-
lege from 1988-92 and served as
Elmhurst's coach from 1992 until he
ok the job at Michigan in 1996.
Trost was promoted to associate
head coach at Michigan for the 2000-
01 season,
With Trost as an assistant at Michi-
gan for the past five seasons, the
Wolverines played to a 106-83 record.
At Elmhurst, Trost coached to a
record of 51-49 for a winning percent-
age of .510, third on the school's all-
We list
Trost's services at Michigan also
included acting as the director of the
University of Michigan Summer
Camp fo his first three years in Ann
Arbor.
--staffand wire reports
Confident M' crew
head to East Lansing
The Michigan women's crew will
ave the waters of Belleville Lake
tomorrow to travel to East Lansing
for a dual meet against Michigan
State.
Coming off an impressive victory
in the ACC/Big Ten Double Dual
against North Carolina in Virginia
two weekends ago, the Wolverines
are working toward making their
rth consecutive bid to the NCAA
hampionships.
As sophomore varsity rower Kate
Maxim put it: "With the Virginia vic-
tory behind us, we have to focus on
our goal of the NCAA Champi-
onsips and win every race by open
water until that point."
The rivalry between Michigan and
Michigan State always creates an
atmosphere where anything can hap-
n. Last season, the varsity first
htboat lost to Michigan State in a
close race. This year, Michigan comes
into the race ranked higher than the
Spartans, but no one on the team is
taking anything for granted.
"The (previous) weekend off was
great because it allowed us to contin-
ue twining instead of having to travel
over the weekend and lose valuable
_ Ptice days," freshman Emily
jwin said.
Team workouts intensified as the
team pushed for higher ratings.
"The goal we have worked hardest
to achieve this season has been to pull
hard, yet pull efficiently," Maxim
said. "We weren't pushed as hard as
we wanted to be in the Virginia or
North Carolina race because those
weren't close races."
Last season, Michigan won the
ritral Region Championship and it
Olooking to return to Oak Ridge,
Tenn. once again on May 12 to
defend its title. The race against

lichigan State tomorrow is an impor-
tant step in making that journey.
-Allison Topp
GoIfers hurt by poor
leather this spring
ef Michigan men's golf team
has stumbled in the past two weeks
after starting its season strong, and
the disagreeable weather is partly to
blame. Normally, by the halfway
point of the season, the Wolverines
have had considerable practice on
the course, but this year they've
only managed to get outa few
times.
"The weather has hurt us more
to anything else," coach Jim Car-
ras said. "I can't think back - and
I've been here 21 years - to any
worse. It's been a terrible, terrible
spring."
But with three tournaments left in
the season, Michigan knows there's
no time for excuses. Starting today
at the Marshall Invitational in Hunt-
i ton, W.Va., the team must
*rove on its recent lackluster
play and finish near the top of the
leader board to secure an NCAA
Tournament berth.
Carras said Michigan's solid play
in the early part of the season
showed it's capable of reaching the

By Albert Kim
Daily Sports Writer
It was just one win, but one win
can go a long way in turning around
a season that up to last ,wekend had
been fillet with disappointment.
With its thrilling 4-3 comeback
victory over Wisconsin, the Michi-
gan men's tennis team new looks to
this weekend's crucia4 Big Ten
matches to revive its season. The
Wolverines will host rivals Penn
State tomorrow and Ohixo State on
Sunday at the Varsity Tenniis Center.
"If there was ever a tiwue that we
needed to forget the past, that time is
now," sophomore Chris Shaya said.
Up to its match against the Bad-
gers, the Wolverines had not won a
conference match, and were losers of
seven of eight. But the home courts
were conducive to Michign, and the
win ran the team's record to 7-2 at
the Varsity Tennis Center.
"It was a must-win match, and
winning was a big boost," Shaya
said. "At 1-3 there's still life in us,
but 0-4 would've been a big blow."
In Penn State, Michigan faces a
team that it has beaten in nine-
straight matches, including a 6-1
pounding last year in Happy Valley.

But like Northwestern, a team that
Michigan should have beaten a few
weeks ago, the Nittany Lions pose a
very real threat.
"Penn State I definitely don't think
is as good as Northwestern, but we
need to at least put together good
matches," Shaya said.
Similarly, the Wolverines have
had their way with Ohio State, taking
the last eight matches, and winning
4-3 at Columbus last year. But Ohio
State has a much-improved team
from a year ago, and is actually the
highest nationally ranked Big Ten
team.
"Ohio State is very good, they are
no joke," Shaya said.
The Wolverines have quietly been
led, at least statistically, by an
unlikely, and largely unknown play-
er, freshman - Anthony Jackson.
Despite being thrust into the start-
ing lineup from day one, Jackson has
responded well, leading the team in
wins and winning percentage. It was
Jackson's victory that capped the
comeback over Wisconsin. He has
been a solid player at the No. 5 sin-
gles position, as well as playing No.
3 doubles with junior Ben Cox.
"Anthony's a great player and
there's no reason why he shouldn't

VARSITY TENNIS CENTER
Who: Michigan (1-3, Big Ten, 7-7 overall) vs.
Penn State (0-4, 11-6) and Michigan vs. No. 16
Ohio State (40,17-1)
When: Noon tomorrow, noon Sunday
Latest Penn State is coming off a close 43 loss
to Minnesota. Ohio State is led by Chris Porter,
who is the fourth Buckeye with 100 career wins
be leading the team in wins," Shaya
said.
It has been a maturing process for
the Wolverines, but the team coll6e
tively realizes the importance- of
stringing some wins together.
"Everybody was looking to others
to win the match for them, but that
isn't happening now," Shaya said.
"We all got together and agreed that
we needed to pull it together."
With a match at Michigan State on
the horizon, and the Big Ten Cham-
pionships around the corner, Michi-
gan must get on the winning track to
build momentum for the conference
and NCAA Tournaments.
"It's not like the season is lost,
we're looking to make a nice little
run at the tourney," Shaya said.
One win can turn it around, but it
takes a streak to keep the season
going.

TOM LIN/Da ly
The Michigan men's tennisteanlookstouseIt'sfirst winInconference play as
a spark to turn around its season.

Thorius to play in prey-draft camp

By David Horn,
Daily Sports Writer
As the semester ends, many
seniors remain uncertain as to their
future plans. So, too, does Anne
Thorius, this past year's captain of
the women's basketball team. But
today and tomorrow she has the
biggest "interview" of her life: The
Women's National Basketball Asso-
ciation Pre-Draft Camp at the
Moody Bible Institute's Solheim
Center Gymnasium in Chicago.
If drafted, Thorius would be the
third Wolverine to play in the
WNBA. The last was Stacey
Thomas, who was picked last year
by the Portland Fire.
"I talked to (Michigan) coach
(Sue) Guevara on Monday, and she
told me I was invited," Thorius said.

"I wasn't even considering not:
going. It's an awesome opportunity,
because not everyone gets a shot.
You've got to go, because if you
don't your basketball career is basi-
cally over."
Thorius is Michigan's all-time
assist leader, and the only Wolver-
ine to have accumulated career
marks of 500 assists, 1,000 points
and 400 rebounds. Her leadership
this year helped the team to its third
NCAA Tournament in her four
years, where Michigan lost in the
second round to the eventual nation-
al champions, Notre Dame.
The camp consists of two days of
drills, position work, half-court
four-on-four and full-court five-on-
five play will give players the
chance to impress their potential
employers.

"I truly enjoy the drills, because
I'm such a perfectionist," Thorius
said. "They're going to Ie drills that
we've used in practice aFI four years
at Michigan."
Thorius was more likely to pass
the ball than to shoot during her
Michigan career. She fo ls that her
total of 540 career assists speaks for
itself, and needs to focus on proving
her worth as a shooter.
"Everyone's here to show everyone
else what they can do," 'horius said.
"There's going to be lots of shooting
from individual players. I feel I've
convinced people that I can play
defense and pass. Here Vve got the
) >pportunity to show that I oan shoot."
The WNBA draft will be held on
k 'riday, April 20 in Secaucus, N.J.,
a nd will be broadcast live on
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ALYSSA WOOD/Daily
Michigan senior co-captain Anne Thorius is in Chicago at the pre-draft camp for the
WNBA, trying to prove her ability to play at the next level.

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