The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 16, 2001-- 78,
Tripped by Buckeyes, men take third
By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer
Heading into the second day of the
Kepler Intercollegiate Tournament in
Columbus, the Michigan men's golf
team sat all alone in first place.
But on the second and final day of
the tournament, the weather turned
ugly, and the Ohio State golf team
stormed back to take the title. Posting a
team score of 893, the Buckeyes'
efforts were good enough to hold off
third-place Michigan by two shots.
Yet Michigan head coach Jim Carras
was not discouraged by the finish.
"To start with, I thought we were
going to have a good tournament," Car-
ras said. "The guys have been playing
well, they've been pretty loose - there
was just something that told me we
were going to play well.
"It's not a total disappointment, we
were playing with some very good
teams and Ohio State had the round of
The Wolverines came out on fire in
the first 18 holes on Saturday morning,
shooting a tournament best round of
292. Freshman David Nichols led the
Wolverines in the first round, notching
a career-best round of 70 en route to a
personal record 54-hole total of 223 --
five strokes better than his previous low
"Dave's a talent," Carras said. "He
can hit the ball well, he's a pretty good
irons player, and he putts very well --1
have a lot of faith that Dave is going to
be one of my key players while he's
Nichols finished ninth in the tourney.
Also shooting well on this weekend
was Andy Matthews. With a consistent
round of 74-71-75 on the par-71 course,
Matthews was able to charge to a third-
place individual score of 220. Andrew
Chapman pitched in a 229, while Scott
Carlton added a 230 and Scott Hayes
scored a 235. In addition to falling behind
Ohio State on the last day, the Wolverines
also succumbed to Northwestern, a team
that has been nationally ranked for most
of the year by just one shot.
The performance at the tournament
was a crucial one for a Wolverine team
that is desperate to qualify for nationals.
Every tournament at this point in the
year is important, especially one like
the Kepler where several teams from
Michigan's district took part.
"It was one of the stronger fields that
we're going to play in the district," Car-
ras said. "Toledo's a good team, Wis-
consin's been playing well and Kent
State's ranked high in our district - we
took care of them."
Michigan will now take two weeks
off before its final regular season meet of
the year - the Fossum Invitational in
East Lansing. That tournament will be
followed by the Big Ten Champi-
onships, and the Wolverines know that if
they plan on playing on past Big Tens,
it's now or never to get the job done.
"We're just going to try to continue
what we did this weekend and hopeful-
ly we'll be able to do that," said Carras
of the outlook for the rest of the year.
"We gained a little bit in this tourna-
ment and we're on the upward swing.
"We just didn't quite shoot the num-
bers we needed, but it was still a heck
of a nice tournament for these kids."
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Freshman Christine Nolan sports a colored headband in honor of her senior leaders,
who played their final match at the Varsity Tennis Center yesterday.
Dressed for departure,
'M' seniors bid farewell
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Michigan loses to Iowa
By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports WXriter
During the 1980s, Magic Johnson
and his Showtime style of basket-
ball made the headband all the rage
in Southern California. Then Jamal
*wford reinvigora, d the trend
here in Ann Arbor witi his stylish
Now, as a tribute to the
the entire Michigan women's t
team sported maize headbands th.
read, "We love our seniors" for
yesterday's showdown against
As if the team didn't already
know how important the match
4, with them sitting in eighth
place right behind Iowa in the Big
Ten standings with just two more
matches to play, the headbands
were to remind the team not to let
the seniors out on a loss.
"We wanted to win this for the
seniors," junior Jen Vaughn said.
"After the doubles point, (coach)
Bitsy told us to 'Get one for the
sjrs.' We just want to give them
a win in their last home match."
The departing seniors - Sandra
Fuzesi, Alison Sinclair and Marya
Farah - were honored with the
posters, flowers, water bottles,
headbands and a cake that read
Posters containing favorite pic-
tures of past memories lined a wall
in the Varsity Tennis Center,
re nding each player of the times
th shared together.
The posters showed the places
they had been and what they had
done. Not surprisingly, few of the
pictures contained tennis scenes.
Instead, they depicted times the
team spent together bonding, grow-
ing closer and making memories.
"I was about to cry when I saw
th osters," Sinclair said as she
stated to laugh. "I loved them,
they were so cute and thoughtful. I
remember every memory and pic-
ture. Vaughn did a great job mak-
The positive and up-beat attitude
of the team played a large part in
Michigan's getting off to a strong
start in the doubles matches. The
team knew it was the seniors last
match at home and seemed deter-
mia to get them their win.
It is often difficult to anticipate
the final moments of a significant
portion of one's life. It is easy to
not think about the approaching
end, which only adds to the rush of
emotion when it does hit them.
"I tried not to think about it too
much," Sinclair said. "But I began
to Ank about it this mornine and
wh I came in and saw the bal-
loons and flyers on my locker, I
realized 'Oh my god. I am playing
in my last match here."'
Senior day for the Michigan
women's tennis team is not just a
chance for closure on their college
despite energetic start
But once the match got started it
was business as usual, and the
match became like any other.
"I can't believe it has gone by so
quickly," Farah said of her time
spent at Michigan. "It doesn't feel
like I have been here four years."
The Wolverines will travel to
Indiana next weekend. where they
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