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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 18, 2002

I

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
- Edited by Kareem Copeland and Jim Weber
Wrestlers attracted to
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club

Demolition derby.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Who: Marissa Young
Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.

Sport: Softball
Year: Junior

A

By Dan Rosen
Daily Sports Writer
The main goal of Michigan's
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission
wrestling club is for the participants
to learn as much as they can from
each member of the group. The club
encourages a diverse membership due
to the wide array of perspectives and
experiences each person can provide.
As a result, members of the club
come aboard for a variety of different
reasons.
"I do it for stress relief and to stay
in shape," said the club's vice-presi-
dent Matthew Jubera. "(But) a lot of
(people) do it to lose weight or just (to
learn) self-defense."
Some, like the club's competition
captain, Glenn Hauk, participate
because they feel like they "need to
do something active."
The only required attribute for join-
ing is an open mind. Those who do
decide to participate show a strong
willingness to learn something new.
"Most people just come in and see
if they like it," Jubera said. "Some do,
some don't."
The sport itself is quite different
from the better-known martial arts,
like karate.
"Karate is a striking sport, (with) a
lot of kicks and punches," Jubera said.
"Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is based on grap-
pling, much like wrestling."

As a result of this similarity, many
of the club's participants have a back-
ground in wrestling.
"I wrestled in high school, and it
just seemed like a natural progression
from wrestling to (this)," Hauk said.
While such experience is helpful in
picking up the techniques of Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu, the club, true to its welcom-
ing philosophy, does not require its
members to have much prior training
in order to join.
"Wrestling sort of helps, but a lot
of (people) do really well without it,
too," Jubera said.
Six members of the club also partic-
ipate on the competition team, which
travels to various tournaments in the
region. Two of those members, Jubera
and Robert Linn - who made it on to
the competition team by winning the
club's in-house tournament in 2000 -
finished in the top three at the U.S.
Nationals a year and a half ago.
Whatever their reason for joining,
club members seem to develop a
strong affection for Brazilian Jiu-
Jitsu.
"I like it because it's just a unique
sport, I think," Jubera said. "There's a
lot of different (kinds of) grappling,
but I think (this is) just a lot of fun."
"It's really more like a competition
with yourself than with anyone else,
and I kind of like that," Hauk said.
"You can push yourself as hard as you
want."

What: Young tossed the third perfect game in Michigan softball history,
striking out 14 Utah State batters on Saturday en route to a 9-0 victory.
After falling 7-1 to Pacific on Friday, Young recovered with back-to-back
wins - including the historic performance. The junior followed up her flaw-
less outing with a nine-strikeout, 9-0 thumping of Pittsburgh. Young also
drove in three runs at the plate over the five-game weekend. Young
M't'S)C HEDULE
Today
W Golf at Lady Aztec Invitational (Lake San Marcos, Calif.)

+

Wednesday, Feb. 20
W Swim/Diving hosts Big Ten Championships, 7 p.m.
Thursday Feb. 21
W Swim/Diving hosts Big Ten Championships, 7 p.m.
Water Polo at Loyola Marymount, 6:30 p.m.
W Basketball at Northwestern, 8 p.m.

After spinning out Dale Earnhardt In last year's race, Sterling Marlin again
spun out a superstar, Jeff Gordon, causing a massive pileup.
Marlin its Gordon to
gve Burton Daytona

'M'NOTES

Perfect! Young helps
Blue go 4-1 at Classic
For the first time in six years a Michi-
gan softball pitcher achieved perfection.
Junior Marissa Young struck out 14 in
Michigan's 9-0 victory over Utah State
Saturday and became the third Wolver-
ine to pitch a perfect game in team his-
tory. The last was Sara Griffin in 1996
with a win over Oklahoma.
The feat came at the Campbell/Carti-
er Classic, where Michigan went 4-1 to
open its season. It closed the weekend
with a 9-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Young and Meghan Ritter combined
for a one-hitter in the 11 the-ranked
Wolverines' second shutout in a row,
and the offense put together its fourth
game with seven or more runs.
Hitting 15-for-26 against the Pan-
thers, Michigan was held scoreless in
just one innings - the Wolverines won
the game in five innings on a mercy
rule. Centerfielder Meghan Doe, who
was moved to the No. 2 spot of the line-
up after hitting No. 9 all last season was
4-for-4 from the plate with four runs.
Catcher Monica Shock drove Doe in
three of those times with sacrifice flies
in the first and fourth innings and a
double in the third.
Schock also had excellent chemistry
working with starting pitchers Young (2-
1) and Nicole Motycka (2-0). Young
struck out a total of 32 during her three
starts - 34 in her four total appear-

ances - while Motycka allowed just
one run in each of her two victories.
In Michigan's only loss on the week-
end, No. 19 Pacific defeated the
Wolverines 7-1 on Friday. Pacific pitch-
er Cindy Ball threw a two-hitter, defeat-
ing Young. A homerun by freshman
Jessica Merchant in the sixth inning
brought the Wolverines within one, but
Pacific scored four in the bottom of the
inning to put the game out of reach.
Though the day ended with a loss,
Michigan split on Friday with a 7-1 win
over Loyola-Marymount. The Wolver-
ines also defeated Cal.-Santa Barbara 8-
1 in Saturday's other game.
-Staff reports
Field hockey inks star
pair from Mich., Penn.
The Michigan field hockey team bol-
stered its already deep lineup by inking
defender Lori Hillman and forward
Katie Morris on Thursday.
Hillman was named Player of the
Year in Pennsylvania two consecutive
years by the Philadelphia Enquirer and
The Star Ledger. She has played on the
U.S. Field Hockey teams the past three
years and was named a high school All-
America selection each of those years.
Morris led Ann Arbor Pioneer High
School to three consecutive state titles
and was named an all-state selection
the past two seasons. This year, Pioneer
finished with a 22-0 record.
-Staff reports

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla: (AP) -
Sterling Marlin handed Ward Burton
the biggest gift of his life - a victo-
ry in yesterday's Daytona 500.
Following a late red flag, Burton
won a three-lap dash to the finish
line for his fourth career win in 251
starts.
Marlin, who received hate mail
and death threats from people who
blamed him for the crash that killed
Dale Earnhardt at last year's Day-
tona 500, appeared to have his third
victory in "The Great American
Race" in hand.
Marlin had spun out Jeff Gordon
as a pack of cars crashed behind
them, then beat Burton back to the
yellow flag by less than half a car-
length.
Then, NASCAR stopped the
sometimes bizarre race to give the
remaining leaders a chance to race
for the win.
After the cars halted on the back-
stretch, Marlin got out of his car to
check for damage on the right front
fender.
He started to pull the bent sheet
metal away from the tire before an
official warned him to get back in
his Dodge.
That little effort to repair the
damage was enough for NASCAR
to penalize him, sending his car
back to the rear of the lead pack
after the cars restarted.
"I tried to get it pulled off, but
NASCAR didn't like it, and they
sent me to the rear," Marlin said.
Burton called the last three laps
"nerve-racking."
"I didn't even look at the flag," he
said. "I wasn't going to stop. When
the other guys backed off, I backed
off."
Following the restart, all the con-

tenders behind Burton's Dodge
began to race two-by-two and even
three-wide, letting the leader pull
away. He crossed the finish line
about three car-lengths ahead of
Elliott Sadler's Ford.
Former Daytona winner Geoff
Bodine, making a comeback at 52,
was a surprising third, followed by
Kurt Busch, 2000 race winner
Michael Waltrip, Mark Martin and
rookie Ryan Newman.
"A lot of what happens here is
atmosphere and luck. We had some
luck today," Burton said.
The 44th Daytona 500 began with
some unknowns, with NASCAR
giving both Ford and Dodge a quar-
ter-inch reduction of their rear
spoilers on Friday with little prac-
tice time to see how they would
work in the draft.
Chevrolet and Pontiac were con-
sidered the big favorites, but the
race turned into a 200-lap brawl,
with lots of side-by-side action and
two big crashes, one of them involv-
ing 18 cars.
Two-time Daytona winner Jeff
Gordon, the defending Winston Cup
champion, helped ignite the big one
when Kevin Harvick, last year's top
rookie, tried to block him on lap 149
as the two battled for second place.
Gordon tagged Harvick's rear
bumper and sent him spinning up
the banking into the wall. Harvick's
car then slid back down the track
right in front of a pack of cars rac-
ing at close to 190 mph.
Kenny Wallace's car erupted in
flames in the middle of the melee,
but nobody was injured in the first
big test of a NASCAR safety initia-
tive that was accelerated after Earn-
hardt's death in a last-lap crash here
last February.
Men's Basketball
Season Stats

Friday, Feb. 22
W Swim/Diving hosts Big Ten Championships, 11 a.m/7 p.m.
Baseball vs. Oregon State at Riverside Tournament, 2 p.m.
Softball vs. Connecticut at NFCA Leadoff Classic (Columbus, Ga.), 5 p.m.
Softball vs. Mississippi State at NFCA Leadoff Classic (Columbus, Ga.), 7:30 p.m.
W Gymnastics vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Ohio State, 7:35 p.m.
M Gymnastics at Iowa, 8 p.m.
Water Polo at Cal-Santa Barbara, 8 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 23
W Swim/Diving hosts Big Ten Championships, 11 a.m/7 p.m.
M Tennis vs. Illinois, Noon
W Tennis at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Softball vs. Arizona State at NFCA Leadoff Classic (Columbus, Ga.), 12:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. San Francisco at Riverside Tournament, 3 p.m.
M Basketball at lowa,.7 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Ohio State, 7:35 p.m.
Softball at NFCA Leadoff Classic Bracket Playoffs (Columbus, Ga.), TBA
M Track/Field at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis)
W Track/Field at Big Ten Championships (State College)
Water Polo at Cal-Santa Barbara Tournament
Sunday, Feb., 24
M Tennis vs. Northwestern, Noon
W Tennis at Illinois, 2 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m.
W Basketball vs. Penn State, 2 p.m.
Baseball at UC-Riverside in Riverside Tournament, 7 p.m.
Softball at NFCA Leadoff Classic Semifinals/Championship (Columbus, Ga.), TBA
M Track/Field at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis)
W Track/Field at Big Ten Championships (State College)
Water Polo at Cal-Santa Barbara Tournament
Monday, Feb. 25
Baseball vs. Oregon State (Riverside, Calif.), 3 p.m.
W Golf at Midwest Classic (Bradenton, Fla.)
Tuesday Feb. 26
Water Polo at Long Beach State, 7 p.m.
Baseball at UC-Irvine, 9:05 p.m.
W Golf at Midwest Classic (Bradenton, Fla.)
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Through yesterday

NBA STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W
New Jersey 34
Boston 30
Washington 27
Orlando 27
Philadelphia 25
New York 20
Miami 20
Central Division
W
Milwaukee 29
Detroit 28
Toronto 29
Indiana 26
Charlotte 25
Atlanta 18
Cleveland 18
chicago 12
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Midwest Division
W
Dallas 36
Minnesota 35
San Antonio 33
Utah 28
Houston 17
Denver 16
Memphis 12
Pacific Division
W
Sacramento 39
L.A. Lakers 35
Portland 27
Seattle 26
L.A. Clippers 26
Phoenix 25
Golden State 15
Yesterday's games
NEW JERSEY 98, DenverE77
Memphis 92, CHARLOTTE 78
INDIANA 86, Philadelphia 76
Milwaukee 91, TORONTO 86
MINNESOTA 93, Miami 80
PORTLAND 111, LA Lakers 105
Utah at New York, inc.
Dallas at Phoenix, inc.
Atlanta at Golden State, inc.
Seattle at Sacramento, inc.

Pct
.667
.566
.540
.519
.490
.400
.400
Pct
.580
.560
.537
.491
.490
.353
.353
.235
Pct
.692
.673
.647
.538
.333
.327
.288
Pot
.765
.700
.529
.510
.491
.490
.312

GB
5
6.5
7.5
9
13.5
13.5
GB
1
2
4.5
4.5
11.5
11.5
17.5
GB
1
2.5
8
18.5
18.5
21
GB
3.5
12
13
14
14
22.5

Northeast Division
W
Boston 32
Toronto 31
Ottawa 29
Montreal 24
Buffalo 23
Southeast Division
W
Carolina 24
Washington 23
Tampa Bay 20
Florida 17
Atlanta 14

L
16
18
18
23
26
L
21
26
30
34
34

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W L
Philadelphia 33 15
N.Y. Islanders 29 19
New Jersey 25 21
N.Y. Rangers 27 25
Pittsburgh 22 26

Player
Blanchard
Robinson
Young
Ingerson
Jones
Groninger
Queen
Bailey
Gibson
Gotfredson
Adebiyi
Dill
Garber

G
24
24
24
24
20
23
23
24
12
24
16
2
2

NHL STANDINGS

Min
29.0
27.5
30.6
15.8
22.6
16.3
26.6
14.7
8.9
13.2
6.2
2.5
1.5

A
1.5
2.1
1.1
1.2
1.4
0.9
3.4
0.3
0.7
1.1
0.2
0.0
0.0

Reb
6.7
4.6
5.6
1.6
2.5
1.2
2.2
3.3
1.1
0.7
1.1
0.5
0.5

Avg.
14.4
11.9
10.9
8.2
6.3
5.8
4.7
4.2
1.3
1.0
0.6
0.0
0.0

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
W L
Detroit 41 11
Chicago 33 18
St. Louis 31 18
Nashville 23 25
Columbus 15 33

Pts
75
67:
62
61
54
Pts
75
71
69
59
54
Pts
64
56
48
42
39
Pts
90
75
71
56
40
Pts
73
64
63
57
51
Pts
70
65
63
62
51

GF GA
176 128
168 157
143 137
164 178
134 164
GF GA
176 142
172 145
182 145
148 153
149 148
GF GA
161 175
159 178
113 143
123 179
138 209
GF GA
186 126
169 157
161 131
143 148
117 170
GF GA
158 125
152 144
178 155
136 155
135 175
GF GA
168 139
155 135
153 148
150 159
135 154

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Northwest Division
W
Colorado 33
Edmonton 26
Vancouver 28
Calgary 23
Minnesota 18

L
20
23
25
24
27
L
17
20
20
22
31

Pacific Division
San Jose
Los Angeles
Dallas
Phoenix
Anaheim

W'
30
27
26
25
21

NHL games will resume Feb. 26 due to break for the
Winter Olympics.

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