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J ure domination: Rowers clean up at Buckeye Invite

By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - The Michigan women's
crew had been looking forward to facing No.
2 Southern Cal. at the Buckeye Invitational
all week.
On Saturday, the Wolverines made the most
of their opportunity to race against the Tro-
ns - not to mention everyone else in the
'Meld - by winning all 12 races that their
boats competed in.
Host Ohio State, Michigan State, Clemson,
Iowa and Kansas joined Michigan and South-
ern Cal at the Invitational, although no Michi-
but defense
for Varsity
By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Writer
At the annual spring game this
Saturday, the Michigan defense
made it clear that it was the team's
dominant half for the upcoming
season. The defense of both the
home and the visiting teams
pestered the opposing offenses,
causing a combined eight turnovers
- seven of which were intercep-
"I love turnovers, as long as it's
our defense making them," Michi-
gan coach Lloyd Carr said. "If there
is any place where the improvement
has been more noticeable than any
other, it is in the secondary."
The aggressive defensive play
set-up two of the scoring drives in
the 21-7 visiting team victory.
Sophomores Julius Curry and Bran-
don Williams each recorded two
interceptions, while junior Tad Van
pelt and sophomores Emmanuel
Casseus and Jeremy LaSueur picked
off the other three.
"Our cornerbacks are much
improved, and they should be
because they all have experience,"
Carr said. "Overall this spring, the
defense was around the ball much
The secondary took advantage of
starting quarterbacks John Navarre,
who led the visiting team, and Jer-
maine Gonzales, who led the home
team, for two and four intercep-
tions, respectively.
"That was the most disappointing
thing - the number of turnovers.
When you have young quarter-
backs, that is going to happen,"
Carr said.r
Navarre - who started three
games in the place of Drew Henson The Dre
last season - is expected to take Navarre-
Henson's place again as the starting
quarterback for the 2001-02 season attendan
and has learned from his experience ity and
last season. punishm
"Last year helped me tremen- option m
dously in preparation," for this sea- Sopho
son, Navarre said. "Last year you in check
didn't know what to expect - and by t
everything was new. You can pre- team, bu
pare differently if you know what to early-ent
expect." "That

Gonzales gave the Michigan wait you
offense a more mobile option, but and tha
his lack of arm strength and experi- expected
ence showed in the scrimmage. said.
Gonzales wowed the 15,000 fans in The rw

gan boats faced Clemson or Kansas.
Michigan's first varsity eight boat won each
of its races by almost four seconds over sec-
ond-place Southern Cal. The boat used strong
rowing between 1,000 and 1,500 meters in
both of its 2,000-meter races to propel it to
In the first race, the Wolverines fell behind
the Trojans and trailed at the halfway point.
But Michigan passed Southern Cal. shortly
thereafter and led the rest of the way. The
Wolverines finished with a time of 6:35.92.
"I knew that was going to be a tough race
and both of the races were close and tough
races," Michigan head coach Mark Rothstein

After coming from behind to beat Southern
Cal. in the morning, Michigan led the Tro-
jans, Ohio State and Michigan State wire-to-
wire in the afternoon race.
Michigan rowed an almost identical time to
its morning performance, finishing in
6:35.80. Southern Cal. again placed second
but considerably closed the amount of open
water between itself and Michigan by the end
of the race.
"We started out pretty solid the first 500,"
first varsity coxswain Helen Dalis said about
the race. "Then the second 500 we just kept
our lead - we didn't really make a big move

or anything.
"But, then in the third 500, we really made
a big move and we opened up on them quite a
bit. The last 500, we didn't have a very good
sprint. We were really tired, you could tell."
Or, as Christine Meyer explained it, "We
pulled away a lot sooner but it didn't really
open up as much in the second race."
The second varsity eight won its morning
race by almost nine seconds and its afternoon
race by five. Michigan's second boat clocked
a 6:32.10 in its afternoon race, three seconds
faster than either of the times the first varsity
eight rowed.
See SWEEP, Page 9A

Fresh faces

Blue works
on option in
spring debut
Petruziello sees shift in
position for fall; Carr a fan of
new hoops coach.
By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor
In Saturday's spring game, Michigan
ran the option on a few occasions with
backup quarterback Jermaine Gonzales.
"You're always looking for ways to
give defenses prob-
lems," Carr said.
"We'll try to do FOOTBALL
things that enable us Notebook
to move the foot-_
The last time the Wolverines had a
true option quarterback was in the 1988-
89 season, when Michael Taylor was
calling the signals under the watchful
eye of legendary coach Bo Schembech-
It is doubtful that Michigan will use
the option as long as the slow-footed
John Navarre is at the helm. Neverthe-
less, Carr is preparing the offense for the
possibility of an injury to Navarre.
"If he were to become the quarterback,
certainly there would be some things we
would do differently and the option is
certainly something we would consider,"
Carr said.
TRADING PLACES: To replace four
departed offensive linemen, fifth-year
senior Kurt Anderson and fourth-year
junior Dave Petruziello moved from
defense to center and right guard, respec-
tively. So far, the moves look appear to
be successful.
"I like the offensive line," Petruziello
said. "I thought I've had my best spring
so far. I'm looking forward to the chal-
lenge. The transition has not been that
hard physically, but the biggest thing for
me is learning and understanding in a
short period of time.
"The speed of the game any time you
make a switch is what catches your
attention. Now that I feel more comfort-
able, the game has slowed down a lot."
Said running back Chris Perry: "This
is Michigan, our line will be fine."
CARR ON AMAKER: While Rick Pitino
was still a candidate for Michigan's then-
vacant basketball coaching position,
Schembechler made public his opinion
that the Michigan football coach should
See OPTION, Page 3B

JUTU L / Uaiy
Kim Plaushines lost yesterday in a
grueling three-set match.
for Blue
to no avail
By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer
If there was anyone on the
Michigan women's tennis team
who did not know the importance
of yesterday's match against Iowa,
they have not been listening late-
ly. With a 7-9 overall record and a
2-5 record in the Big Ten, the
team is fighting for a higher seed
in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Wolverines charged out of
the gates, seizing an early lead in
two of the three doubles matches.
They were playing with energy
and emotion, two key elements
which have been missing in previ-
ous matches.
Despite that unbridled fire,
Iowa settled down, and gained the
momentum in the match. The
Hawkeyes won 5-2, dropping
Michigan to 2-6 in the Big Ten.
After a breakfast dedicated to
the seniors, who played their last
home match yesterday, the
Wolverines played with reckless
abandon. Early in the match, Kim
Plaushines, emphatically slammed
a volley at Iowa's Deni Alexan-
drova, letting her know how badly
Michigan wanted the match.
"We were ready to play and
well rested," Chrissi Nolan said.
"That is why we came out so fired
up and sustained it throughout the
Freshmen Kavitha Tipirneni
and Nolan, also played with
unmatched intensity and got off to
an early lead.
The duo was rewarded for their
recent success with a move up to
the No. 2 spot in an effort to
change up the lineup.
But, that high energy could not
be sustained once Iowa woke up
and calmed down.
Michigan's No. 1 and 2, which
had been in control of their
matches started to falter and Iowa
was able to tie up both matches,
Iowa's No. 1 doubles broke the
tie and won the match, 9-7. With
that match, the doubles point had
belonged to Iowa, but Nolan and
Tipirneni continued to fight,
eventually winning their match, 9-
Michigan continued to play with
intensity through the singles matches
See HAWKEYES, Page 88

w Henson-Anthony Thomas connection eliminated, Michigan fans can expect to see a whole lot of John
B.J. Askew on the field this season.

ce with his scrambling abil-
also showed he can take
ent as Carr had him run the
aultiple times.
more Ron Bellamy was held
by the Michigan secondary
he more run-oriented home
t expects to take the place of
ry David Terrell.
's why we come here - to
ur turn to step up and play
t's what is going to be
of me this year," Bellamy
unning game was stuffed for

the most part by the defense, but
freshman Chris Perry had a long
run, which was capped off by him
knocking senior P.J. Cwayna over
and out of bounds. Perry also had a
three-yard touchdown run.
Sophomore B.J. Askew played
well as the running back for the vis-
iting team and benefited from a
well-executed fullback screen - a
Michigan staple - that went for
over 20 yards.
"To be successful you have to be
able to run the football and you
have to be able to pass it," Carr said.

"When you're one dimensional, you
get in trouble."
The scrimmage gave Carr and the
rest of the coaching staff an oppor-
tunity to see what needs to'be
improved before the season. Many
of the Wolverines were also excited
to get back on to the field briefly
before they spend the rest of the
summer conditioning in preparation
for this fall.
"(Being) in front of all of the fans
is exciting - they get a chance to
see what the 2001 team is going to
look like," Bellamy said.

Baseball knocks off Gophers


By David Horn
Daily Sports Writer
After Friday, things were going well
or the Michigan baseball team.
Staff ace Bobby Korecky had
pitched his sixth-straight complete
game in a 5-3 win in Minneapolis
against Minnesota. When the Wolver-
ines (6-6 Big Ten, 18-16 overall) went
to bed Friday night, they sat comfort-
ably in fifth place in the Big Ten, just a
half-ame hehind Pernn Site.

in Saturday's doubleheader, and a 26-8
spanking yesterday.
"All the games were battles," desig-
nated hitter Mike Sokol said. "We
could have come home with three wins
and one loss, instead of one win and
three losses."
Sokol went 2-4 with an RBI in yes-
terday's game, and 8-14 with two
homeruns and five RBIs over the
course of the series. Any other week-
end, in any other game, that would
have been enough.

infielder Bill LaRosa was brought in to
close the worst pitching day of the
Wolverines' season. Even the versatile
LaRosa was not the answer, as he
allowed three runs before retiring Min-
nesota for the last time.
Rich Hill (2-3) started the game, but
allowed eight runs - three earned -
in 2.2 innings of work. Hill got the
loss, but no one else on the Michigan
staff fared much better. Minnesota
pounded out 21 hits on Wolverine
nitching, including three homeruns.

Softball extends
winning streak to 15,
By Kristen FIdh Michigan's win streak has climbed
Daily Sports Writer to 15.




In a game where Marie Barda hit
the first Wisconsin batter she faced,
the Michigan softball team still
emerged victorious.
After that inauspicious start,
Barda calmed down and retired nine
out of the next 10 batters, leading

Yesterday, three was the lucky
number as Stefanie Volpe, Melinda
Moulden - who knocked in four
runs - and Rebecca Tune all home-
red in a four-run third inning, Michi-
gan's best inning of this season. The
Wolverines tacked on two more runs
in the fourth when three fielder's



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