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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 7, 2002 - 7B

Netters don't
disappoint at
home Invite
By Josh Holman
Daily Sports Writer
If there's one place you should make sure you
succeed, it's at your own tournament. The women's
tennis team did just that at this weekend's Wolver-
ine Invitational at the Varsity Tennis Center.
A plethora of Wolverines placed in their respec-
tive singles flights, led by junior Chrissie Nolan.
Nolan, who was seeded fifth, was runner-up in the
"Blue" flight after two upset victories of 4-6, 7-6
(5), 11-9 and 3-6, 6-1, 10-6 over the No. 4 and No.
2 seeds on her way to the finals.
Nolan finally fell yesterday to top-seeded Dora
Vastag of Michigan State 6-3, 6-1.
Freshman Debra Streifler also continued the suc-
cessful start to her young collegiate career. After a
fifth-place finish in her flight at the William and
Mary Invitational two weeks ago, Streifler breezed
through the "Maize" flight without dropping a set.
"There were no surprises," Michigan coach
Bitsy Ritt said. "I have a lot of confidence in each
player and was certainly pleased with their per-
Juniors Kavitha Tipirneni and Kim Plaushines
rounded out Michigan's scoring in the "Blue"
flight, with fourth- and eighth-place finishes,
respectively. Vastag proved to be a Wolverine
killer all weekend, as she was responsible for
Plaushines' exit in the second round, (6-4, 6-4),
and Tipirneni's defeat in the third round, (6-2,
Senior Jen Duprez recovered from her first-
round loss on Friday and continued on to win the
consolation bracket of the "Blue" flight. Another
senior, Joanne Musgrove, kept the winning trend
alive, winning all her matches in the singles

Reedus leads Michigan
to sweep over Buckeyes

Michigan junior Kim Plaushines finished in eighth place in the "Blue" flight this weekend, losing in the second
round to Michigan State's Dora Vastag, the top-seeded player in the invitational.

By Rob Dean
Daily Sports Writer
She tried her best to hide it, but you
just knew that Michigan's Chantel
Reedus couldn't wait to celebrate.
After netting two early victories, the
Michigan volleyball team was down
26-27 to Ohio State in the third game
of the best-of-five match, when Reedus
emerged as the clutch performer. Call
it natural talent, call it killer instinct,
but with her team down, Reedus was
ready to punish anything that came
even close to her personal airspace.
She jumped, pulled the trigger, and
sent the ball careening down toward
Ohio State, tying the game at 27.
On the next point, the ball got
passed around the Michigan offense
and settled on Reedus' side of the
court. She drilled a shot toward an.
Ohio State defender, who could only
cover her face for protection as her
team fell behind by one.
The Wolverines ran the same play
next time around, moving the ball back
to Reedus, who delivered a final devas-
tating blow to Ohio State. Michigan
went up, 29-27.
After each winner, Reedus turned
toward teammate Erin Moore and
smiled; barely able to contain her joy
and excitement. A victory, especially
the way the Wolverines were chasing it,
would be huge.
"I just looked at Chantel and told
her, 'Give me these last few points,
that's all I want,"' Moore said.
After battling back from a deficit as
large as five points, the game (and the
match) finally reached its storybook

conclusion with a 30-28 score and a
Michigan win.
Moore, who had been so stoic in
the closing moments of the game,
pumped her fist in the air and danced
at midcourt. Reedus collapsed into a
crowd of her teammates like an
exhausted prizefighter, having almost
single-handedly tagged the loss on
Ohio State.
But once the Wolverines gathered by
their bench after the match, surround-
ing each other in elation, it became
obvious why Michigan swept the pow-
erful Buckeyes this weekend.
On any given night, someone on the
team has stepped up and turned in a
career performance. On Saturday, it
was Reedus, who finished with a team-
high 12 kills to go along with four
On Friday, Katrina Lehman shined
in a 3-1 Michigan victory over Indiana.
She eclipsed former Wolverine Julia
Sturm to become Michigan's all-time
leader in blocks with 377.
The Hoosiers came to Ann Arbor
with as much hype as the Buckeyes.
They had upset Ohio State the previous
weekend and subsequently received
votes in the USA Today/ACVA Top 25
poll. Michigan, undefeated at home
this season, played the Hoosiers
aggressively at the net behind the work
of Lehman. The Wolverines forced
Indiana into 22 attack errors.
Coach Mark Rosen couldn't have
been prouder of his team's success.
"Last week we had some great prac-
tice," Rosen said. "We really grew up a
lot this weekend, and I can't wait to see
where it takes us."

Along with the play of their singles competitors,
the Wolverines were happy to see that the quality
of their doubles teams had not declined. The dou-
bles point in last year's dual meets was nearly auto-
matic for Michigan, and this year has started off as
more of the same. After two of their three doubles
teams placed two weeks ago, Michigan squads
won both the "Victors" doubles flight and doubles
round-robin. The team composed of Duprez and
Plaushines upset both the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds en
route to yesterday's first-place finish. The duo out-
did its Michigan counterparts of Nolan and Tipir-
neni, who finished fourth.
The pairing of Musgrove and Streifler went
undefeated in the doubles round-robin.
"We have a lot of work to do still," Ritt said.
"We need to identify what we are doing well, but

we did show good improvement from the William
and Mary tournament."
Michigan closed out the fall tournament season
without two of its brightest stars, sophomores
Michelle DaCosta and Leanne Rutherford. The two
were invited to this year's Intercollegiate Tennis
Association All-American Championship in Pal-
isades, Calif. But they were not as successful as
the rest of their team, failing to make it out of pre-
qualifying, losing their first-round singles and
doubles matches.
"I think at various times of the year everyone
will have to take a leadership role," Ritt said.
"Obviously, it should come from the upperclass-
men, but we'll see who steps up."
The Wolverines will resume play on Jan. 10,
when they host the Michigan Invitational before
dual play begins.

Top players in country too much for M' trio

By Mike Wolking
For the Daily

Anytime you have a field consist-
ing of 271 of the best players in col-
lege tennis, you can be certain it's
going to be tough for your three
entries to contend.
At the pre-qualifying segment of
the Intercollegiate Tennis Associa-
tion's All American Championships, a
big-time tournament that has featured
future professionals such as Todd
Martin and James Blake, the Wolver-
ines had no qualifiers, but left Ten-
nessee with a positive outlook on their
"It's one of the college grand-slam
tournaments," Michigan assistant
coach Dan Goldberg said of the com-
petition, which is the largest of the
three national championship events
during the 2002-2003 men's tennis
"You get a good feel for where you

stack up nationally."
Sophomore Michael Rubin got
some good news in this regard, win-
ning three matches and advancing to
the round of 32 before losing to Flori-
da's Troy Hahn 6-2, 6-4. Considering
it takes seven wins just to reach the
main draw, Rubin was the standout for
the Wolverines.
But Goldberg was satisfied with the
outcome of Michigan's other matches
as well.
"All three of our guys played good
tennis," he said. "Every match that we
lost was winnable."
A prime example was sophomore
David Anving, who ran into some
unfortunate circumstances beyond his
control. Inclement weather forced his
first-round match to be moved to an
indoor court where the alternate sur-
face proved to be an adversary to his
"Having David's match moved
indoors didn't help because it hurt his

serve," Goldberg said.
Anving won his first set, 6-4,
before dropping the next two 6-3, 6-4.
Junior Anthony Jackson won his first
match, but lost in the second round 6-
2, 7-6 (5).
One thing missing from the Wolver-
ines' journey to Chattanooga was sen-
ior leadership. The team sent two
sophomores and a junior, but that was
not a concern for the coaching staff.

"Everyone will take a leadership
standpoint on the team at some time
this year," Goldberg said.
Michigan was poised to field a
doubles team, receiving a bye in the
first round and winning by default
when their second-round opponent
did not show up. But with Rubin's
loss, the coaches decided to pull
themselves out and head back to
Ann Arbor.

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