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second among Michigan defensemen
with 19 points (four goals and 15
assists). Three of his goals have come
on the powerplay.
As a freshman last season, Rogers
earned just three points. His improved
production has been vital to the Wolver-
ines this season - particularly with the
loss of Mike Komisarek over the sum-
mer and Eric Werner during the season.
But Rogers said he still concentrates on
his defensive responsibilities first and
"offense comes along with playing
solid defense."
Powers said Rogers had to work hard
to learn how to play well without the
puck last season, and now that he has,
his confidence has increased. That has
allowed him to take more risks in the
offensive zone.
"Brandon's character I think is really
what's coming out (this season)," Powers
said. "He is just the kind of player that is
never satisfied with where he's at."
HONORED, AGAIN: Freshman Jeff Tam-
bellini was named to the All-CCHA
Second Team, becoming just the 12th
freshman in CCHA history to ever earn
that recognition. Goaltender Al Mon-
toya received an honorable mention. It's
the second honor this week for both
players - they were named to the
Bauer/CCHA All-Rookie Team on
best with
polo team
Daily Sports Writer
Are you what many baseball fans
would call a southpaw? Or in non-
sports lingo, do you write your term
papers with your left hand? If you are,
not only
would you
be an asset 9 R IDAY
r to any base-
balteam, , )' i
but proba-
bly to any T ne : 7 w^
water polo
"I really
am a fan of lefthanders," Michigan
water polo coach Matt Anderson said.
"Water polo is made for right-handers,
so if you're left-handed, you can really
dominate - it poses a lot of difficult
problems for the other team. Everything
you've learned growing up, you have to
do opposite (to guard a lefthander)."
Unfortunately, Anderson. only has
one of these precious lefties remaining
on the team. Left-handed starter Jo
Antonsen was lost a couple a weeks ago
after she broke her prized left finger in a
game against California-Santa Barbara.
So to fill the void, junior Stephanie
Rupp has joined the starting lineup.
This has given her the chance to put her
own left-handed skills to the test.
"Being left-handed is really advanta-
geous to the team because you can take
different shots," Rupp said. "With a
lefty in the pool, you have more shots
available to take."
This is especially true when there is
a powerplay, or in the case of water
polo, six members of one team in the
water and only five of the other team's
members in, a left-handed player can
almost guarantee a goal.
Left-handed players aren't the only
key to a good water polo team. On
Michigan's team, there are really three
forces at work in the pool: the left-

hander, 2-meter, and the go-between
who plays both offense and defense.
"We have a couple (2-meter players)
like Julie Nisbet and Megan Hausmann
(before she got injured) who can play
both ends of the pool," Anderson said.
"The game of water polo evolves
around the center person - the person
in front of the cage. It's your most phys-
ical player, and that's where you can
earn your powerplays and your (points)
from right in front of the goal."
The 2-meter player, or player who
always plays within two meters of the
goal, can throw the ball out to other
players in hope of getting a shot.
Perhaps the most versatile position in
water polo is the field player who slides
between offense and defense. Erin
Brown, Sheetal Narsai, Casey Kerney
and Abbi Rowe, who is also out with an
injury right now, normally play this
position. Narsai related her position to
the game of basketball.
"In basketball, they have people that
play the outside positions - guards,
and people that post up and play more
like Shaq (O'Neal)," Narsai said. "But
in water polo, you have the ability to
play both inside and outside positions.
We're little, but we're quick - like in
basketball, we can shoot the ball."
Narsai went on to explain that also
like the outside players in basketball,
her position calls for countering down
after fast breaks, swimming fast to the
other end of the pool after another team
memeau niced na n the rahnnl and

Tipirneni out six to eight weeks

By Jake Rosemwasser
Daily Sports Writer
The University of Michigan makes
all sorts of apparel. A maize "M" in big
block letters is one of, if not the most
recognizable, symbol for any university.
Michigan shirts, hats and
shorts can be seen all over.------.
the campus, the state and ;N.1
even the country. Unfortu-
nately, Kavitha Tipirneni W.s..
and the women's tennis 4: ._
team have learned that the e
Michigan logo also comes -Vs
on arm slings.
The junior fractured her
elbow in practice last week while par-
ticipating in a drill with doubles partner
Kim Plaushines, and will be out six to
eight weeks. Even though she felt pain
afterwards, Tipirneni did not judge her
injury to be so severe.
"I didn't think it was broken," she
said. "It was a big shock when I found
The Wolverines overcame the loss of
Tipirneni in their first match after the
injury. The team defeated Ball State 7-0
without dropping a set in the process.
To fill the void at No. 2 singles, the sin-
gles players each moved up one spot in
the lineup and won handily. With Tipir-

neni's absence, senior Joanne Musgrove
stepped into the sixth singles spot and
won 6-3, 6-3. Musgrove has been slated
to keep the sixth spot until Tipirneni
returns. On the doubles side, senior Jen
Duprez will replace Tipirneni to team
with Plaushines. Duprez and Plaushines
won 8-4 against Ball
------Diu State.
><«; With most of the Big
Ten schedule remaining,
it still remains to be seen
how the injury will affect
the team in the close,
raCnter hard-fought matches
- they will certainly
This week Michigan will host both
Western Michigan and Michigan State
at the Varsity Tennis Center. For the
matches, Tipirneni will be positioned
next to her coach with her arm fitted
snuggly in her Michigan sling.
Tipirneni hopes to be useful to the
team in other ways while injured. She
will support and cheer on her team-
mates as best she can.
"Kavitha is very vocal during match-
es and practice," coach Bitsy Ritt said.
"She will still be an important part of
this team even while injured."
Tipirneni will definitely be missed in
both the singles and doubles lineups.

She has recorded nine wins in singles
on the year to go along with nine in
doubles. Her biggest victory was the
deciding match at Wake Forest. She
defeated No. 65 Katie Martzolf 6-3, 5-
7, 6-3 to clinch the 4-3 match win for
the Wolverines.
The Big Ten Championships are
scheduled for April 24. If all goes as
planned, Ritt says she will be back by
that time, if not before.
"While injured, she will still work on
her cardiovascular conditioning," Ritt
said. "When she has healed, we expect
she will be ready to go."
Tipirneni continues to smile
despite the injury.
"I'm staying positive," she said. "I'm
motivated to get back on the court and
to contribute to the team."

Kavitha Tipimeni fractured her elbow at practice last week and will miss some time.



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